OBITUARIES - June 2008
| Harriet Lucille Alexander, 86, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Idaho Falls, of causes incident to age.
Harriet was born on March 12, 1922, in Kilgore, ID, to Hans Edward and Virginia McGovern Frederiksen. She grew up on the family ranch with her four brothers and two sisters.
Because Kilgore did not have a high school, she went to live with her grandparents and graduated from Nampa High School at the age of 16. She attended business college in Boise, and worked for a time as a secretary for Boise’s semi-professional baseball team.
She returned to Dubois, ID, and worked for the draft board. There she met Ward H. Alexander, a school teacher, and they married on May 22, 1942. In the course of her duties, Harriet handed Ward his draft notice, and they moved to Fort Sill, OK, for his artillery training.
In 1952 they moved to American Falls. Harriet worked for a number of years as the executive secretary at Lamb-Weston, Inc. from which she retired in 1982. Although she worked outside of her home, her primary job in life was to provide a comfortable, loving, and rich life for her family.
For the past ten years, she has resided at Parkwood Meadows Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls. The family thanks the staff at Parkwood and Aspen Hospice for their care of our mother.
Harriet was a member of Chapter U of P.E.O. and a 50-year member of Henrietta Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Earlier in her life she was a member of the Toastmistress Club. She enjoyed gardening, reading, playing bridge, and visiting with friends and family.
Harriet was loved by many for her kindness and loving spirit and for the example of courage, perseverance in the face of obstacles, and non-complaining attitude that she exhibited every day. She will be missed.
Harriet is survived by her children and grandchildren: Pat Chase of American Falls and sons Ben and Colleen Chase and Ellena of Wichita, KS, and Jeremy Chase and his fiancée, Nova Calverley, of Boise; Paul Alexander, Idaho Falls; Joe and Leslie Alexander of Idaho Falls and daughters Rachel of Canon City, CO, Heidi, and Amanda of Idaho Falls; and Mary and John Graham and sons Eric and Nicholas of Idaho Falls. Other survivors are her brothers Howard Frederiksen of Kilgore, ID; Horace and Shirley Frederiksen of Yakima, WA; Ken and Nancy Frederiksen of Nampa, ID; her brother-in-law, Bill Thomas of Dubois, ID, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, William Frederiksen, and two sisters, Margaret Taylor and Edna Thomas.
The family will receive friends at a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee in American Falls. Interment will be at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls following the services. In lieu of flowers, friends may send contributions to the Southern Idaho Learning Center, 564 Shoup Avenue W., Twin Falls, ID, 83301, in Harriet’s name or to a charity of your choice.
Keith Wayne Campbell 64, of American Falls, passed away May 29, 2008 at Portneuf Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Keith was born Dec. 17, 1943 in Putnam County, WV, to Raymond Lawrence and Arta Muzzetta Wheeler Campbell.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He has lived in Colorado, Oregon, Washington and a few other places before returning home to American Falls to be with his family and friends.
He enjoyed playing darts on the American Falls Dart League, hunting, fishing and being with his family. He also loved to be with his fishing buddy, his great nephew Tristan, who spent a lot of time together fishing, talking and just enjoying each other’s company, making a special bond between them that will be forever cherished. Keith will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
He is survived by three sisters and five brothers: Shirley Jones of Pocatello, Dianna (Dennis) Marvin and Eilene (Daniel) Long, both of American Falls, Karl Campbell, Larry (Linda) Campbell, Dennis (Dianna) Campbell, Jerry (Karen) Campbell, all of American Falls, and Eugene (Becky) Campbell of Pocatello. He also has 20 nieces and nephews and 30 great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arta and Raymond Campbell; one sister, Cheryl; one brother, Dwight; a nephew, Michael Campbell; and a brother-in-law, Jack Jones.
A special thanks to his sister, Shirley, for all the care she has given him, staying with him night and day, caring for him and making sure all his needs were met and to all the family and friends that were there for him. We love you.
We also thank Portneuf Medical Center for the care in making his passing peaceful for him and the family and to the doctors and hospice for your loving care in his battle.
The graveside service and inurnment for Keith will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, with military honors provided by the American Legion Roland Evans Post #3. A dinner for family and friends will be at 235 Oregon Trail (Daniel and Eilene’s home) after the service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Shirley May Beck, 86, of American Falls, passed away quietly in her sleep at her son’s Pocatello residence on Monday, June 2, 2008, following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 18, 1922 to Herbert and Ruth Spencer in Bucyrus, ND. She grew up on the family farm with her two brothers and two sisters.
She was known as a “miracle baby” when a 1922 cyclone destroyed the family home and infant Shirley was blown from her crib and carried one-quarter mile away, where she was later found by searchers still wrapped in her blanket, sleeping.
After graduating from Bucyrus High School, she graduated from the North Dakota State Teacher’s College in Cooperstown, ND, and taught for several years in Grenora, MT, where she met a young, handsome Army private. She married Sam Beck and began raising their three children in Miles City, MT, where she was an active business partner with her entrepreneur husband in several businesses.
In 1966 her husband took a job with Peter Kiewit and Sons construction company and she moved from Miles City, MT, to Gunnison, CO, then to Libby, MT, finally settling in American Falls. She retired from her position at the American Falls Library in 1987. Throughout her life she was an active member of the Lutheran Church and served on numerous church and community committees at a time. She was an active member of Lutheran Church Choir and served as treasurer for the Power County Senior Citizens for several years.
Shirley loved being involved with her children and grandchildren and is famous for numerous treks across the country for ski races, dance recitals, baseball and football games, graduations, weddings, and anything else she was “required to go to”. She is a legion in her family for her Sweetish meatball and Christmas cookies and her incredible dedication to her family.
Shirley was a very talented softball and basketball player in her younger years. She enjoyed traveling to anywhere there was a family activity and in later years enjoyed picnics with her son in Yellowstone Park. “Shirls” or “Gramsey-Bamsey”, as her grandkids called her, loved going to senior citizens, playing bridge with her buddies, and the coffee social hour after church. She parted us being a die-hard Denver Bronco fan with a picture of John Elway by her side.
Shirley is preceded in death by her mother and father, husband Sam Beck, sister Lois Bovee and daughter Sydney Williams. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Kelley from Grand Junction, CO, a son Scott Beck from Pocatello, three granddaughters Debbie McEntee, Sebrina Kelley and Danette Witzel, two grandsons Robbie Williams and Brad Williams, all from CO. She is also survived by seven rambunctious great-grandchildren, two brothers, Wallace Spencer and James Spencer, sister Jean Tollesfson, and her son-in-law, Bob Williams.
Visitation will be at the Davis-Rose Funeral Home in American Falls with date and time pending. Funeral Services will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls with the date and time pending. She will be buried in Gunnison, CO. The family would like to thank Creekside Home Health, specifically Magee Jeblonski, Tracy Merrill, and Rachel May for their wonderful and dedicated care of Shirley throughout the difficult several months. The family would also like to thank pastor Richard Sansgaard from St. John’s Lutheran Church for the comfort he provided Shirley with his weekly visits.
| Daniel Alma Harris 64 passed away at his home on Sunday, June 15, 2008. Daniel was born July 5 1943 to Fairold Alma and Amee (Culmer) Harris in American Fork, UT. He was reared and educated in Aberdeen. In 1973 Daniel married Joy Wilson and became stepfather to Grant and Kelly Wilson, and in 1977 his only daughter Melisa, was born. Daniel has worked many places including the family farm, Alan Funk Farms, and after five years of enjoyable work retired from E & R transportation in 1998. Since then he has enjoyed gardening, mechanic work, fishing and most of all caring for and spending time with his grandchildren.
Daniel is survived by his daughter Melisa (Martin) Coon of American Falls, his two step-children Grant (Tenille) Wilson of Pocatello, and Kelly Wilson of Aberdeen, his grandchildren Lexi and Cody Daniel Coon of American Falls, and six step-grandchildren Ryan and William Coon of Aberdeen, Jareth and Blake Wilson of Pocatello and Jake Wilson of Blackfoot. He is also survived by four sister’s Ardith Whited of Pocatello, Laverne Arellano of Pocatello, Faye Blair of American Falls, and Patricia Garrett of Pocatello. He is preceded in death by his parent’s Fairold and Amee Harris and his two brother’s La Var Harris and Clinton Harris.
Graveside services will be at the Aberdeen Cemetery on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 12 p.m. The family will receive friends and family after the service from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Powerhouse Christian Fellowship Church (2905 Sunbeam Road) in American Falls. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Daniel Harris’ name at Advantage Plus Credit Union.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Kaylynn Lilya, 55, passed away peacefully at her home in American Falls on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. She was born Nov. 18, 1952 to Freeman and June Lilya. She was the baby of the family and the only surviving daughter. She was raised on the farm in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen High School.
Kaylynn held several different jobs at Lamb Weston, Simplot, Knudsen Irrigation, Double L and even worked for a time as a flagger in highway construction. For the past 20 years she worked as a bartender at the Sagebrush Bar in American Falls.
She will be best remembered as ‘that girl’ with the dog named Bandit. Bandit was her constant companion and would often beg for coins to buy a stick of jerky. Kaylynn was a generous and loving person with a heart as big as the moon. She would give you the shirt off her back and never ask for a thing in return. She had so many friends and touched so many people with her kindness and compassion. We all miss you terribly Katie.
She is survived by her father Freeman of Blackfoot, her brothers Gayle (Bonnie) Lilya, Kennmore WA, Gary (Irene) Lilya, Dodge Center, MN and Terry (Kathy) Lilya American Falls. She is also survived by her dog Brandi and her extended family at the bar. She was preceded in death by her mother, June Christensen, two sisters Doreen and LaNae, a brother Gene and by her beloved dog Bandit.
Graveside services and inurnment will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made in Kaylynn’s name to the Bannock County Humane Society.
Barbara Ferne Gardner Sparks (Ferne), 89, of Nampa, ID, passed away June 3, 2008 at her home with most of her family with her. She was born on April 4, 1919, in Fort Morgan, CO, to Ralph and Delia Gardner.
Ferne was raised in Wray, CO, and graduated from high school in 1937. She graduated from Colorado State College, at Fort Collins, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1942. She was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and a member of Spurs.
Ferne married Walter C. Sparks on May 31, 1942, in a garden wedding at her parents’ home in Wray, CO. They lived in Fort Collins where two sons, Robert and Richard, were born. They moved to Aberdeen in 1947 where their third son Gene was born. Ferne was active in the community where she was a teacher, Cub Scout leader, 4-H leader, and a member of Eastern Star and loved working with Job’s Daughters.
Ferne was a Home Economics teacher in Aberdeen from 1952 until 1971 when she and her husband, Walter, went to Denmark for a year. During their life she and her husband visited more than 40 countries and circumvented the globe twice. They enjoyed going on cruises and traveling to see relatives.
They moved to Nampa, ID, after her husband retired in 1993. They lived in Silver Crest II where she enjoyed playing Bridge, Bunko, and Ponytail Canasta with her friends in the complex. She was also involved in Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was a beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband of almost 65 years, and a son.
She is survived by her sons and their family: Robert (Simone) in Milford, NH; Richard (Colette) in Lake Forest Park, WA; and Gene (Cecilia) in Nampa, ID. There are six grandchildren (Mary, Karin, Jana, Rylan, Kali, Shawn) and seven great-grandchildren (Cassandra, Brianna, Hannah, Akiro, Malachi, Ian, and Gabriel).
“Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh to love to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found PEACE at the close of the day.”
There was a memorial service at Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel at 3 p.m. on June 7. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to any of the following: Shriners Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Hope House Inc., P.O. Box 550, Marsing, ID 83639; or Mercy HOSPICE, 1512, 12th Ave. Road, Nampa, ID 83651.
|Kenneth Craig Talbot, 53, of Jasper MO, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2008 after his courageous battle with cancer.
Craig was born Feb. 16, 1955 in Idaho Falls, ID, to Kenneth S. Talbot and Djon Olsen Talbot. He was the oldest of seven children and grew up on a dairy farm in Sterling, ID. He graduated from Aberdeen High School and served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Calgary, Canada.
He attended Ricks College, Rexburg, ID, where he met and fell in love with his eternal companion, Julie Lee Jarvis. They were married Feb. 14, 1979 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
For the first 18 years of their marriage, Craig operated the dairy farm on which he was reared. In 1996 he moved his family to Jasper, MO, where he worked as a paraprofessional at Jasper Elementary R-5 schools. Craig especially loved his family, his church service, the children at Jasper Elementary, and his co-workers.
He had a gift for writing poetry and for making those around him feel loved and accepted. Craig also enjoyed the great outdoors, including hunting and fishing. His example and love will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Craig is survived by his wife, Julie, and his seven children, Casey (Lizzy) Talbot of Columbia, MO; Katricia Talbot of Carl Junction, MO; Lora Talbot of Joplin, MO; Elizabeth (Levi) Zuber of Jasper, MO; Logan Talbot of Joplin, MO; Carrie Talbot of Pocatello, ID; and Candice Talbot of Jasper, MO; two grandchildren, Jayce Talbot and Porter Talbot. Craig is also survived by his parents, Kenneth and Djon Talbot of Springfield, and siblings, Teri (Randy) Anderson, Kelly (John) Neilson, Cindy (James) Hilton, Reed (Jill) Talbot, Sandra (David) Jensen, and Karen (Robert) Baker.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 29, in Carthage, MO. Condolences may be sent to Julie via email at email@example.com.
| June Neibaur West, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 6, 2008, to be reunited with Art, her loving husband of 60 years.
She was born in Newdale, ID, June 18, 1924, to Sophie and Daryl Neibaur, one of nine children. She grew up in the Canyon Creek area and attended a one-room schoolhouse with her brothers and sister. She graduated from Sugar City High School. After graduation she moved to Salt Lake City, UT, and started nurses training. When WWII started she went to work at Hill Air Force Base as a forklift driver.
After the war she met and married the love of her life, Art West. They were married on July 21, 1947 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They lived in Ogden and Tremonton, UT, then moved to Paul, ID, where they spent the next 10 years before finally settling in American Falls.
She was a farmer’s wife and mother of four children. She was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was working with the cub scouts, Primary, Sunday School, Young Womens, serving twice as Relief Society President and doing extraction work. She was involved for many years with the Cancer Drive and the American Heart Association. She volunteered in various capacities during the Power County elections for many years.
Art and June were avid golfers and spent many winters in St. George, UT, Novembers in South Carolina, summers at their cabin in Island Park and many summers at Sun Valley. She loved gardening and reading biographies.
June is survived by four children: Doran (Connie) West, Kim (Kerrye) West, Shane (Kim) West all of American Falls, and Shauna (Rick) Krumenacker of Blackfoot; three brothers, Bruce Neibaur and Warren Neibaur of Paul, ID, Grant Neibaur of American Falls, and two sisters, Afton Wasden of St. Anthony and Joyce Schofield of Idaho Falls; sister-in-law Shirley Harwood and brother-in-law Albert West, all of Salt Lake City; 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, three brothers, Merritt, Mac and Darwin, her wonderful husband Art, who died Oct. 20, 2007 and one of her grandchildren, Joshua. She could not wait to be with all of them.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 650 Pocatello Avenue, American Falls Fourth Ward. Friends visited with the family Tuesday, June 10, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and may visit Wednesday prior to the funeral service from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
| Florence Durkee Madden, 90, died Thursday, June 12, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Florence was born on June 11, 1918 in American Falls, Idaho to Fred D. and Eva Durkee. Most of her early years were spent in Salt Lake City where she graduated from East High School. She then went on to attend the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics.
While attending the U of U (and an active member of Chi Omega Sorority), she met her husband, David (Gene) Eugene Madden and they were married on March 7, 1940. They had two sons.
Following the close of World War II, Florence and Gene moved to American Falls, Idaho where they owned and operated an O.P. Skaggs store. She helped run the store until it closed in 1967. From there, she discovered a passion and love for teaching.
She first taught kindergarten at the Episcopal Church, and then went on to teach first grade at Hillcrest Elementary School until she retired in 1987.
Along with her husband, they were active members in their community and were active in raising their two sons. She was a 50+ year member of Chapter U PEO. Since 2001, she has been living in Salt Lake City.
Florence will be greatly missed. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She always had a good story to tell and was full of laughter. She had a warm heart and kindness for all her friends. And she touched the lives of the children she taught. Her students even as adults continually expressed how much they loved having her as a teacher.
Florence is survived by her eldest son, Michael (Kathy) Madden; her daughter-in-law, Jane Madden; and her four grandchildren, Michelle Madden, Robert (Jennifer) Madden; David (Nighean) Madden and Patrick Madden as well as her two nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, David Timothy (Tim), and her sister, Grace Meldrum.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 from 1-2 p.m. at the Christus St. Joseph Villa Chapel, 451 E. Bishop Federal Lane, Salt Lake City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Primary Children’s Medical Center, 100 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84113 or to the Grace Durkee Meldrum Endowed Scholarship – Department of Art at the University of Utah.
Thanks to the St. Joseph’s staff for taking such good care of her during her final years.
Florence made a difference in this world through her laughter, kindness and love.
| Don LeRoy Adams, 83, of Sterling, ID, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2008, in his home surrounded by his eternal sweetheart of 63 years and his family.
He was born Jan. 17, 1925 in Pleasant Grove, UT, to Byron and Nora (Adamson) Adams. The Adams family moved to the Grandview Sterling area in the fall of 1925.
He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1943. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Mae Herbert, on May 21, 1945 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
In 1944, Don was drafted into the Army and served in WWII, Occupation Japan. He started working for the USDA in September 1956 and retired in September of 1995 after 39 years at the age of 70. In 1954, Don and Ruth bought the Herbert homestead and farmed for 50 plus years with his son, Steven by his side. All of his eight children claim their success due to the work ethic that was taught them on the farm by their parents. Don loved and was very proud of his children. He loved to fish, hunt, and cut wood in Island Park. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and giving them rides in Big Blue.
He was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice, which he shared with the surrounding community at weddings, funerals and community gatherings. He will be missed but the family knows that he is sharing his beautiful voice with his parents and four brothers who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his eternal sweetheart, Ruth Mae of Sterling; his eight children, Don (Dennae) Adams of Orem, UT; Gary (Marilyn) Adams of Kearns, UT; Steven (Penny) Adams of Sterling, ID; Richard (Stephanie) Adams of Orem, UT; Diane (Bruce) Mullenix of American Fork, UT; Cindy (Blaine) Empey of American Fork, UT; Sherri (Mark) Horrocks of Sterling, ID; RaNae (Eric) Duclos of Lehi, UT; and 32 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren; and his brother Keith Adams of Groveland, ID.
Don was an active member of the Lakeview LDS Ward and served as High Priest group leader, ward chorister, temple worker and many various church callings.
Funeral services will be Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the Lakeview LDS Ward building. Friends may call prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A viewing will be held Friday, June 27, at the Lakeview Ward building from 7 to 9 p.m.
Interment will be in the Groveland Cemetery with full Military Rites.
| Arnold Ray Long, 69, of Pocatello, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Beacon Hospital of a lingering illness. He was born June 27, 1938 in Pocatello to Ray and Florence (Estep) Long.
After the death of his mother in 1948, he and six other siblings went to live with their grandparents, Luther and Lucy Estep Sr. at Arbon Valley. He attended school in Power County.
He enlisted in the Marines after graduation and served his term at Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon his discharge he worked various farm jobs and for the railroad. Later he joined the Navy Construction Battalion. During his tour in Mississippi, Hurricane Camille came ashore causing terrible devastation: the lingering effects of this have ruled his entire life.
For a period of time he lived in American Falls and health facilities in Shelley, Blackfoot and Pocatello. Arnie was a kind and loving man and was always a gentleman.
He is survived by three sister, Doris and Donal Garrison of American Falls, Louise Long Hawker of Grangeville, ID, Shirley and Paul Kendall of McCammon; four brothers, Gale Long of Spokane, WA, Glenn and Pegi Long of American Falls, John Long of Reno, NV, and Dell and Susan Hayden of Stanfield, OR. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, great- great nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Florence Long, and grandparents, Luther and Lucy Estep, Sr.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 28, at 3 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello. Memorial donations may be made for Arnold to Power County Museum, 500 Pocatello Ave., American Falls, ID 83221 or to a charity of your choice. Many thanks to Beacon Hospital & Rehab for their wonderful care of our brother, Arnie! Thank you, the family of Arnold Ray Long. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
|August 21, 1925 to June 17, 2008
Patricia Ruth Logan Taylor was born in Rockland, to parents Hugh and Delpha (Harris) Logan. She lived there through high school and worked at the Pocatello Air Base during WWII. She went on to attend Idaho State University to become a school teacher, then married Roy E. Taylor (November, 1949) and farmed in American Falls.
In 1968 they moved with their two children to Moscow, ID, where she went on to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education and taught at the Moscow Junior High until she retired in 1988. In retirement she continued her love of teaching by leading classes at her church and teaching English as a Second Language.
Other great joys for her were playing Bridge and teaching others to play the game as well as entertaining in her home. Some of her most cherished memories include an archeological trip to Israel and educational trips to Europe and Russia.
She was very supportive of several Christian outreach and missionary organizations. Her chief desire was that individuals would know that they could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and know hope and purpose in Him.
She is survived by her two children, Nancy (Don) Shrope of Pullman, WA, and Kevin (Marcy) Taylor, of Pasco, WA. She was a very proud loving grandmother to Kelli (Dan) Campbell, Susan (Shane) Young, Melissa Shrope (Chris Muehling), Sara Taylor, and Joseph Taylor, as well as three great-grandchildren, David, Daniel, and Alexis.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Keith Logan.
A service was held Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at Bridge Bible Fellowship, 960 W Palouse River Drive in Moscow. A private family interment preceded the service at the Viola cemetery. In lieu of flowers charitable contributions can be given to Hospice of Tri-Cites (509-783-7650) or Bridge Bible Fellowship (208-882-0674).
| Our dear mother and grandmother, Opal Marie Wegner, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2008 with family at her side. She was born April 10, 1920 near Payson, OK, to John William and Mary Bell (Meers) Sexton, the fourth of eight children.
She loved being outdoors, and had a spirit of adventure, from climbing an oil derrick at age four (to her mother’s consternation!), to soaring in a parasail at age 86. At the tender age of five, she convinced her father to customize a hoe for her and she worked hoeing and picking cotton and potatoes with him and her siblings. She loved to recite poetry as a child and this love carried over to writing. She received awards and had several poems published in “The Book of Anthology.” At age nine, she learned to sew on a treadle machine. She would look at clothes in town, then go home and cut her own pattern from newspapers and sew them. She made everything from western shirts and coats to prom dresses for her family. She designed and made her wedding dress, and those of her daughters. She crocheted afghans and wrote poems for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.
In 1937, Mom followed a brother and their dad from Oklahoma to Twin Falls to work as a cook for a family and their farmhands. The remainder of the family followed when enough money was saved to send for them. She met and later married, Gustav Frantz Wegner, at Bethel Temple in Twin Falls on Dec. 5, 1938. They lived and worked on the Wegner family ranch near Rockland. She enjoyed riding horses and going on family hunting trips, and was an excellent marksman. They also lived in the Magic and Treasure Valleys, and Pablo, MT.
Mom was one of the first employees hired when Lamb Weston opened. In 1963, she quit to attend cosmetology school with her daughter, Carletta. She owned “Opal’s Cut & Curl” in American Falls for five years, and was an examiner for the State of Idaho Cosmetology Board from 1968 to1974, when they moved to Nampa. She was a licensed instructor at Western School of Hair Design in Nampa. They later lived in Jerome, where she worked as a mold operator in the Tupperware factory until its close, at which time they moved back to American Falls in 1989 and she worked during harvest, grading chipper potatoes for Breding Farms until 2001.
She was a very conscientious worker, giving her very best to everything she did, and she passed on a strong work ethic to her children. Her motto was “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” She was the epitome of the Fruits of the Spirit and lived her life with dignity, character, courage, and unconditional love. She will also be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor.
During her life she was a member of the P.T.A., Business & Professional Women’s Club, Stephen’s Ministries, Grange, and was a Sunday School teacher and Children’s Church leader.
“Slim” and Opal were married 67 years and raised six children. She is survived by a son, John Wegner; daughters, Carletta (Ralph) Breding, Rose Vee Wegner, and Sheila (Greg) Hahn; grandchildren, Paul (M.J.) Wegner, Gustav (K.C.) Wegner, Rene Turner, Kimberley Wegner, Julie Rezai (Bill), Don (Gina) Breding, Lesa Breding, Jody Breding, Jerrod (Rishay) Ackley, Ryan (Dawn) Ackley, Cade Ackley (Mellie), and Chantelle Ackley; also 26 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Roy (Edwardine) Sexton. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, sons Donald and Timothy, daughter Cheryl, her parents, three brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren.
Though we will miss her terribly, we find comfort in the fact that her children were her gift to Dad, and our gift to him was her reunion with him and our Lord on Father’s Day. We have truly been “blessed beyond measure” to have been their children.
Services will be held at the American Falls Assembly of God, 329 Harrison St., Friday, June 27, at 11 a.m. The graveside service will be at the Twin Falls Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Family will receive friends at Davis-Rose Mortuary Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service.
|Mark Stanton 47, of American Falls, died Friday, June 20, 2008 at Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls.
His wife Sharon will announce a memorial service at a later date with arrangements under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Jesse Harrison Coffey, 65, of Blackfoot, passed away early Thursday, June 12, 2008 at his home following an illness.
He was born Dec. 13, 1942 in Aberdeen, a son of Joseph B. and Melba Anderson Coffey. As a young man, he attended schools in Monteview and Mud Lake, ID, and graduated from West Jefferson High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force where he received training as an aircraft mechanic.
His marriages to Donna, Lloydiene and Aloha all ended in divorce. He worked in Pocatello at the AV Center as a mechanic for several years. He then worked as a welder at the Bucyrus Erie plant in Pocatello. His last employment was with Liggett Industries in Pocatello. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the LDS Church.
Survivors include his stepmother, Shirley Coffey, Blackfoot; a son, J.D. (Rachael) Johnston, Pocatello; a daughter, Yvonne (Monty) Cardona, Blackfoot; five brothers, Edwin (Maxine) Coffey, Afton, WY; Blaine (Virginia) Coffey, Spokane, WA; Duane (Terry) Coffey, Yakima, WA; Lane (Trena) Coffey and Scott (Patty) Coffey, both of Blackfoot; a sister, Bonna Hunsaker, Salt Lake City; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Melba Coffey; father, Joseph Coffey; two brothers, Joe and Sherm; and an infant sister.
Graveside funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 17, at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery with his brother Blaine officiating. Military rites were provided by the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post No. 23. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel.
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