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OBITUARIES - December 2007
Lois Pierce Babb

23 August 1921 – 9 December 2007
Lois Pierce Babb was born Aug. 23, 1921 in Payson, UT. She is the oldest of six children born to Cora Hiatt and Angus Franklin Pierce. Both Cora and Angus had children from previous marriages.
Lois accompanied her family when Angus Pierce and his brother Isaac Pierce relocated to the Aberdeen area when she was younger than five years old. The Pierce home was east of Aberdeen not far from the reservoir on Beach Road. Lois and her family helped their father clear sagebrush and raise livestock and sugar beets. She spoke frequently of hoeing beets with a short handled hoe. Her siblings remember Lois as hard working and happy even through the Great Depression. Lois attended school in Aberdeen from elementary through high school, where she was the first of her family to graduate with a high school diploma.
Lois Pierce married Clarence Ross Babb on Nov. 29, 1939. Two children were born of that union, Judy Kay Babb and Larry Ross Babb. Lois loved her children and grandchildren. In 1958, Lois and Judy attended Cosmetology School in Pocatello. They worked in a beauty salon together in Aberdeen for years. Lois later had a beauty salon in her home where she continued to supplement their family income.
Lois and Ross farmed north of Aberdeen. Their children were raised in a farm lifestyle, with livestock and animals. All of Lois’ grandchildren have memories of the farm where Grandma lived.
As age progressed, the farm was sold and Lois moved into the Senior Citizens Center in Aberdeen. She was comfortable there and was close to church. She was able to live independently for many years.
After breaking her pelvis in a fall, she was moved to the Nursing Home at Harms Hospital in American Falls. She passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, from age related complications at age 86. Her parents, Angus Franklin Pierce and Cornelia Hiatt, and one brother, Leo Angus Pierce, preceded Lois in death. Her half-brothers and sisters who have passed are Angus Pierce, Ralph Pierce, Florence Pierce Sperry and Beulah Pierce Haskell, Claire Taylor Nelson, Dorothy Taylor, Claude Taylor and Lynn Taylor.
One brother, Stanley Pierce, and three sisters, Hazel Becker, Romana Anderson and Ethel Claunch, survive her. Her two children, Judy Prescott of Afton, WY, and Larry Babb of Pocatello, mourn her passing. Lois has nine grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at the LDS Church in Aberdeen. A viewing will begin at 10 a.m. and the funeral service will commence at 11 a.m., with Bishop Val Wahlen conducting. Interment at the Aberdeen Cemetery will follow directly after.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Merion Philo Farnsworth

POCATELLO — Merion Philo Farnsworth, 71, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at a local care center after suffering a series of strokes. He was born June 26, 1936 in Pocatello, to Lewis Franklin and Rosetta Hansen Farnsworth. He graduated from Pocatello High School and continued his education and graduated from Utah State University in animal husbandry.
He married Sharel Brighton on Jan. 21, 1967 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They made their home in Pocatello. He worked as a computer programmer and then at Lamb Weston’s receiving department.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in the Northern States Mission, and has served faithfully in many callings in the church throughout his life.
Merion enjoyed fishing and back-country traveling. He grew a wonderful garden, and loved to grow fruit trees and experiment with grafting, then sharing the harvest with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sharel, and his three brothers, Lewis Dixon (Cecilia) Farnsworth, American Falls, Floyd Delwin (Marjorie) Farnsworth, Pocatello, and Ronald Oliver (Roxie) Farnsworth, Woods Cross, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Pocatello 18th Ward Chapel, on Hawthorne and Eldredge roads with Bishop Roger Campos officiating. The family met with friends Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave., Pocatello, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church on Thursday prior to the service. Interment was at Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.

Kristopher James Perry

Kristopher James Perry, beloved son of Heather D. Perry, Nampa, rejoined his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, after a short illness. Kristopher was born June 6, 2007, to the thrill of his mother, grandmother Diane Perry, and uncle Michael W. Perry. During Kristopher’s short life, he brought much joy and laughter to his loving family and close friends.
Kristopher is survived by his loving mother, Heather D. Perry; his adoring grandmother, Diane Perry; his uncle, Michael W. Perry; his great-grandmother, Billie D. Barnard-Nelson; and his grandfather, Melvin Perry; and many great aunts and great uncles. Kristopher is also survived by his father, Mik Toney’ his grandfather, Jim Toney; his grandmother, Mar-Lynn Toney; and his loving aunt, Cassi Toney.
Kristopher was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, William C. Barnard, and his step-great-grandfather, Richard G. Nelson.
The family wishes to thank Toni and Jim Fletcher and the many friends and family who knew and loved Kristopher.
Sweet angel, we will miss your sparking eyes and slobbery kisses.
A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 3, at the LDS Church, 6111 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID, at 11 a.m. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at Fallsview Cemetery, American Falls. Services are under the direction of Conner Family Funeral Chapel, Nampa, ID.
God’s little angel could not stay long
God called his angel back to his side
And God’s little angel did not run or hide
He kissed you good-bye and passed on unknown
Then flew back to him before he was grown.
You mourn his passing, but there is no need
Your angel is watching, he knows your heart bleeds
You say it’s unfair and you’re filled with despair
But God’s little angel will always be there
He sings in the wind and dances in the rain
He knows you miss him and are filled with pain.
The years will go on day by day
And God’s little angel will show you the way
For all the strength that you have shown
God’s little angel will not leave you alone
Someday you will, by decision fate
Meet God’s little angel at Heaven’s gate.
Heather Perry
(aka Kristopher’s mommy)

Michael David Cardona

Michael David Cardona, 29, of Vinton, VA, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. He was the father of Alyssa Nichole Cardona.
Born June 1, 1978 in Lynchburg, VA, he was a son of Brenda C. Maddox and her husband, Kenneth Maddox of Goode and the late David Pena Cardona.
He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elory and Nellie Cornelius; and paternal grandfather, Eloy Cardona, Sr.
In addition to his mother, and daughter, he is survived by a brother, Brian W. Perrow and wife, Gina of Amherst; paternal grandmother, Martha Pena Cardona of Aberdeen, a nephew, David W. Perrow; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with a burial in Virginia Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the local Salvation Army.

Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 Graves Mill Rd. (434) 239-2405 was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.

Diane Marie Spingler

ABERDEEN — Diane Marie Walker Spingler, 63, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Clifford and Margaret McDonald Walker. She was born in Reno, NV and grew up with her immediate and extended family there.
She would beam with pride as she described how her dad owned a bakery and the baking heritage he passed onto the family. When she was 18 years old, she married her first husband who died a year or so later. Her second marriage ended in divorce after 15 years. Diane spent the next 15 years pouring her life into her children and work. Her daughter Cheryl remembered the many family reunions celebrated on Father’s Day growing up. The value of the family remaining relationally connected was something Diane strongly embraced and instilled in Cheryl.
Cheryl recalls a time when she was being disobedient, Diane said as she pointed to a homeless man with a long, dirty beard, “If you don’t start behaving, I’m going to marry that man and you’ll have to braid his beard everyday.” Needless to say, she never followed through with that threat.
Diane worked at Simplot in Aberdeen and retired in 2001.
Diane married Richard Spingler on Nov. 8, 1988 in Aberdeen. She and Richard enjoyed being together and spent as much time together as they could. He was the love of her life. They renewed their vows on Nov. 7, 2007 in Aberdeen.
Diane was a special and favorite aunt, grandma, sister and mom. She will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her husband, Richard; only daughter, Cheryl; five grandchildren, Javy, Sylas, Eliab, Braxton and Trustyn, all of Aberdeen; and five remaining siblings, Joe Walker, Joyce Thompson, Larry Walker, Scott Walker and Nicole Lobato, all of Reno, NV.
The funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Calvary Chapel, 552 South 2nd West in Aberdeen. Interment followed at Aberdeen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Hubert Keith Logan
Hubert Keith Logan, 85 of Concord, CA, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 in Concord. He was born June 11, 1922 in Rockland, the son of Hugh and Delpha Harris Logan.
The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Rockland Congregational Church. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Allen Nelson
Allen Ivan Nelson, 65, of American Falls, passed away on Thursday, Dec 13, 2007, quietly in his sleep in the comfort of his home. He was born in American Falls on April 8, 1942. He is the son of Ivan (Doc) Nelson and Norma Jensen. He graduated from Aberdeen High School and then joined the Air Force in November 1960 and became a Veterinarian Technician. He retired as Master Sergeant after 20 years of dedicated service.
He married the love of his life, Patricia L Torman, Dec 10, 1964 in Ogden UT, while stationed at Hill Air Force Base. After retiring from the Air Force they settled in American Falls. He was a trusted and valuable employee at J.K. Merrill & Sons for the last 20 years.
Allen was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and camping with his three sons and grandchildren. He also enjoyed rodeos and cooking up a meal for anyone and everyone that came over or stopped by. He was best known for cooking the best sourdough pancakes and scones this side of the Mississippi. He was a wonderful supporter of his grandchildren and attended all of the sporting events that he could. He was quite a jokester and was never without a new joke to share. He never met a stranger because he made friends everywhere he went and had a heart the size of a giant. He will be greatly missed by everyone.
Allen is survived by his wife Pat; three sons, Shane (Kimber) Nelson of Pocatello, Neil Nelson (Laurie Henley) of Pocatello, Kirk (Sheilah) Nelson of American Falls; two sisters, Norma Jean (Dan) Neu of American Falls and Loretta (Charlie) Constantinidis of Boise; four grandchildren, Deserai Stormi, Challis, Kaden and Grant Nelson; and two step-grandchildren, Kolby and Alexis Gines. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Walter Horsch, grandparents, and two brothers, Donald (Butch) and Harvey Nelson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 650 Pocatello Ave, in American Falls. Interment followed at Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls with military honors by the American Legion, Roland Evans Post #3.
The visitation was Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., in American Falls and Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
Vera Anderson Bronson

June 3, 1922 – December 17, 2007
Our dear mother and grandmother passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Jerome, ID, after valiantly battling cancer for 23 years. She died due to complications from her last surgery in November.
She was born June 3, 1922 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Axel Wilhelm Anderson and Myrtle Elizabeth Morris Anderson. She was the youngest of four children. She grew up in Taylorsville, Alberta, Canada having many happy memories of her childhood. She graduated in 1941 from Cardston High School. She then attended Calgary Normal School and received her teacher’s certificate in 1944. She taught grade school in Canada until 1948.
On her way down to summer school at Brigham Young University, she met Arthur Eugene Bronson from Sterling, ID. They were married July 7, 1948 in the Cardston, Alberta LDS Temple and resided in Sterling. The winter of 1948, she taught grade school at the Grandview School. Vera and Arthur had three children, Valdene, Lynn and Keith. They moved to Aberdeen in 1961. She had a supervisory position at the Experimental Station and the Processing Plant in Aberdeen. She was also a custodian at Aberdeen Elementary until she retired in 1987.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She held many positions including Primary President, Beehive teacher and Ward Single Adult Representative. She loved music, collecting tea cups and being with her family. She compiled many beautiful family history books that her family will always treasure. She loved attending her great-grandchildren’s school programs and spending time with her many cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, her parents, her brother Leo Anderson and sisters Luella Lybbert and Myrtle Neilson. She is survived by her daughter Valdene Pratt of Jerome; two sons, Lynn Bronson of Aberdeen and Keith “and Diane” Bronson of Idaho Falls; six grandchildren, Va Leen Henderson, Lee Pratt, Janilee Pratt, April Pratt, Elizabeth Ochs and Jeph Bronson; three step-grandchildren, Steele Beringer, Lindy Beringer and Tyler Tetley; and 14 great-grandchildren. We will all miss her beautiful smile and positive attitude.
The funeral will be held at the LDS Church in Aberdeen on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m., with the viewing at 9 a.m. that morning at the LDS Church.

Gerald Lynn Bolingbroke
Gerald Lynn Bolingbroke, age 66, the son of Ephraim Thomas and Zella Marie (Daniels) Bolingbroke, was born May 29, 1941, in Pocatello, ID. He died at his Lamoni, Iowa home on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007.
Services were held at the Community of Christ Church in Lamoni, Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at 10 a.m. Burial was in Independence, Missouri.
Dr. Bolingbroke grew up on a wheat farm in the Arbon Valley of Idaho. He and his three brothers worked on the farm with their dad. He attended a one room school house until the eighth grade. He graduated valedictorian of his American Falls class in the late 1950’s. He then received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Idaho State University in physics. While working on his doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Utah he met his future wife, Patricia Ann Klamm. They were married in 1966 at Prairie Village, Kansas. Two daughters, Tanya and Michelle, blessed their union.
After receiving his doctorate degree in nuclear physics, he accepted a position as a professor at Graceland University in Lamoni. The family moved to Lamoni where Gerry taught physics, astronomy, physical science and computer engineering for 35 years at Graceland University. He retired in 2005.
Gerry enjoyed astronomy, his computer, reading and doing research on his own. He enjoyed yard work and traveling with Pat. Gerry was a member and an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. His family remembers him as a “very humble man.”
Proceeding him in death are his parents, Ephraim and Zella Bolingbroke.
Survivors include his wife Pat Bolingbroke of Lamoni; two daughters, Tanya (Tony) Finger and Michelle (Drew) Ballantyne, all of Independence, MO; five grandchildren, Olivia and Sylvia Finger and Taylor, Ashlyn and Kaylee Ballantyne; three brothers, Glen Bolingbroke of Arbon; Ronald (Donna) Bolingbroke of Avondale, AZ; and Dale Bolingbroke of Pocatello; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been created in Dr. Bolingbroke’s name. Those who want to contribute to the fund may do so by mailing: Dr. Gerald L. Bolingbroke Memorial Fund, c/o Pat Bolingbroke, 209 W. Lincoln, Lamoni, IA 50140. Funds donated will be dispersed to various health organizations and orphanages.
Merlin “Jay” Jefferson Hunt
12/25/1920 – 12/16/2007
Jay was born the oldest of five children to Merlin Hunt and Ella Nora Allen Hunt in American Falls, Idaho. He married his one love and wife of 63 years, Ophelia Naomi Hansen, and raised a family of eight children.
He is survived by sister, Aleta Stringham (Lonnie); children, Penny Bone (Bruce), Bobbie Hunt (daughter-in-law), Gerry Lee Hunt, Luaine Furgason (Homer), Norman Hunt (Joelene), Utahna Waddoups (Mike), Tammy Black; and his 31 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at the Bountiful 53rd Ward LDS Chapel, 1365 North 650 East, Bountiful, UT. Friends and family called Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and Thursday morning 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment was at American Falls. The online guest book is at www.russonmortuary.com.
 
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