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The Press OBITUARIES - June 2011

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Maxine Ruth Driscoll
Maxine R. Driscoll passed away on Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Power County Hospital (Nursing and Hospice Care) at the age of 85, with family at her side.
She was born on March 17, 1926, in Sibley, Iowa, to Charles and Josephine (Bloes) Fox. She received her education at St. Ann’s Catholic School in Humboldt, SD, and later moved to Portland, OR, to work in the shipyards during WWII. During this time, she met and married James A. Driscoll on Aug. 29, 1944; they were later divorced. Together they had three children, James, Marjorie and Mark.
In 1953, Maxine and her three children moved to Humboldt, SD, where she worked diligently at various jobs to support herself and her family. She was a very dedicated and loving mother; with a very strong work ethic that she passed along to her children.
After retiring from Sioux Valley Hospital, she moved to American Falls in 1992, to live closer to her daughter and enjoy her retirement years. Maxine always had a beautiful garden of flowers that she carefully planned each spring. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and lived her daily life with spiritual goodness. Her engaging sense of humor and unique ability to socialize and hold conversations with loved ones, friends, and complete strangers will be sincerely missed.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three children, James (Linda) Driscoll, Marjorie (David) Heinson, Mark (Sue Battista) Driscoll; grandchildren, Darrin (Wendy) Heinson, Gina (Don) Breding, Kristi (Troy) Richmond, Carter (Brandi) Heinson, Nick (Jody) Driscoll, and Jamie (Brent) Fjerestad; also 14 precious great-grandchildren; and her sister Marcella Struck, sister-in-law Viola Fox and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, loved one Bruce Leonard Sr., and her brothers Eugene and Donald.
Services were held at the Presentation of the Lord Catholic Church in American Falls. The rosary service was Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m., and the funeral service was on Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. A graveside service followed at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Memorials are preferred to Access Hospice Care and/or Power County Hospital.

Linnea Lee Payne
Linnea Lee Payne passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011 after a brief illness. She slipped away surrounded by friends and family into the arms of her loved ones awaiting her. She saw them and happily moved toward them and all who were there felt her joyful passage.
She was born in Neeley, ID, on Feb. 5, 1938 to Oscar and Syvella (Harris) Payne. She was the youngest of nine children: Elmo, Afton (Baugh), James, Chester (died as a child), Verl (died as a child), Bernice (Gish), Pauline (Fisher), Verna (Simons) and Linnea.
Linnea moved to Pocatello after graduating from American Falls High School where she worked at Farm Bureau Insurance for 43 years. She served an LDS Mission in Boston and returned to work at Farm Bureau. She retired in 1999 and continued to travel, and collect books and music which was her lifelong passion. Those books and music will be donated to two city libraries to benefit everyone who loves books as much as Linnea did. She will be proudly watching as her treasured books benefit generations to come.
Linnea loved to do genealogy and had a huge and rare collection of music. She was a benefactor of the Humane Society and PAWS in Pocatello and assisted in their spay/neuter plan for stray cats. She loved cats and had eight when she passed on; all of them rescue cats. She finally got to the number eight because she would take the strays into her home during the cold weather and then was too soft-hearted to put them back outside. She also had a lifelong passion for bird watching.
Linnea has legions of friends and pursued many hobbies -- usually a different hobby with each different friend. All have stories to tell about her wonderful company, her wit and her loving nature.
She will be missed by her one surviving sister, Verna, and by all the other family members who loved her so.
Her funeral was Thursday, June 23, at the Third Ward Chapel at 1 p.m. There was a one hour family viewing before the service and she was interred at the Neeley Cemetery near American Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bannock Humane Society or PAWS.

Ella Joy McCarthy
Ella Joy McCarthy, cherished infant daughter of Justin and Katie McCarthy passed away, Thursday, June 16, 2011. She was born June 16, 2011 at Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, ID.
Though she never spent any time with us, she touched many of our lives and we will always miss and love her deeply. We look forward to the day that we will all be united again.
She was greeted in Heaven by her maternal great-grandparents, Claire and Mary Lou Rudeen, and paternal great-grandparents Richard and Joy Matthies and Maurice McCarthy. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her parents; maternal grandparents, Tim and Deborah Rudeen; paternal grandparents, Angela (Arnold) Boldt, and Kevin (Georgi) McCarthy. Ella will also be missed by her many aunts and uncles, Angela (Marc) Mortenson, Breianne (Brandon) Bauer, Shawn McCarthy, Emily (Ryan) Happe, Hailey McCarthy, Katie McCarthy; by her maternal great-grandparents, Earl and Ardith Vollmer; paternal great-grandmother Eileen Hinphy; and her cousins Cody, Abby and Maycee Mortenson.
Graveside memorial services were held Tuesday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.

Bruce Dormier
A memorial service will be held for Bruce Dormier on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at PowerHouse Christian Fellowship.
Bruce’s parents, Rev. Martin and Viola Isaak Dormier, preceded him in death. He is survived by two brothers, Willard (Jonee) of Seattle, WA, and Larry (Sharron) Dormier of Portland, OR, and six nieces and nephews.
Viola was born and raised and attended school in American Falls. Bruce lived in American Falls in the early 50’s and began first grade here. His dad, Rev. Martin Dormier, pastored at the American Falls Assembly of God. Bruce was 61 when he passed away and will be missed by family and friends. Bruce had a strong faith and lived his faith throughout his life.
PowerHouse is located at 2905 Sunbeam Road in American Falls. Pastor Steve Isaak will be officiating the service.
Memorial Service
John “J.W.” Wegner
September 7, 1941 - January 13, 2011.
A celebration of the life of John Gustav “J.W.” Wegner will be held at the American Falls City Park shelter on Sunday, July 3, at 1 p.m.
All are welcome to join us. Please bring a dish for the potluck picnic, and any memory you’d like to share.
Funeral Notice
Linnea Lee Payne
Linnea Lee Payne, 73, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011, at her home in Pocatello.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 225 Oakwood Dr., Pocatello Third Ward Chapel. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls. Interment will be at Neeley Cemetery.
Elven “Ray” Robinson
Elven “Ray” Robinson passed away at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the age of 86.
Ray was born to Henry Lawrence and Fern (Peck) Robinson on Dec. 5, 1924 and grew up in Rockland. He was brother to 11 siblings, Wilda, Bernice, Henry “Lawrence”, Ruth, Clifton, Myrl, Gordon, Max, Elden “Jay” (his twin brother), Dwayne “Curtis”, and Hazel “Beth”.
He met his wife and “sweetheart“ Veda, and they were married on March 18, 1944 prior to him serving in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy.
After the war, he and Veda were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They settled down in American Falls, where they were blessed with five children, Clifton and Clinton, followed by Gordon, Julie, and Laurie.
Ray worked in Ford’s Garage as a mechanic and later worked in maintenance at Westvaco, which became FMC. He was a VFW boxing coach, and his three sons all participated in boxing. For many years, he was involved in scouting, along with his wife, Veda. He also loved hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and spending time with his family.
Ray and Veda moved to Inkom, ID, in 1972, where they enjoyed living in the country. They adopted their little girl, Melody, who was later sealed to them in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Ray served an 18 month mission with Veda, in the Tulsa Oklahoma Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and enjoyed teaching the gospel and serving others.
Ray rejoined his Heavenly Father and beloved family members including his wife, Veda, daughter, Melody, and his grandson, Clay Robinson. He is survived by his children Clifton (Nola) Robinson, Inkom, Clinton (Galene) Robinson, Weston, Gordon (Dona) Robinson, Inkom, Julie (Marvin) Siler, Inkom, and Laurie (Charlie) Atkinson, Lewiston, UT.
Ray was the last living child of Henry Lawrence Robinson and Fern Peck Robinson. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his 11 brothers and sisters.
He will be greatly missed by his family including his 31 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren, who will always have fond memories of “Grandpa” and the way he teased and made them smile.
Thanks to the Idaho Veterans Home and Hospice Alliance for the excellent care he received, and to all of the friends and neighbors that took the time to visit him.
Rays’s funeral was held Saturday, June 11, in the new LDS Church located at 150 Snowpeak Avenue, Inkom.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Colonial Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.
Donna Treasure
Donna LaVon Olsen Treasure, 82, a resident of Aberdeen and Pocatello, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Pocatello Care and Rehab after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Donna was born on Nov. 30, 1928, to Donald and LaVon Marchant Olsen in Buhl, ID. Her parents would move back to Lovell, WY, when Donna was a year old, and she lived there permanently until she was married.
Donna graduated from Lovell High School, where she was active in marching band – clarinet, glee club, French club, the National Honor Society, and she was a frequent vocal soloist. Donna enjoyed working at the local drug store at the soda shop, and told many stories of how much fun she had in that position. Donna was named to the Court of Beauty her senior year, and received a music scholarship to Brigham Young University. While at BYU, she participated in Opera Workshop, Madrigal Choir, and other musical groups.
Donna went to work for Mountain States Telephone Company as an operator for several years. It was there that she met Monte Jack Treasure, a lineman for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. They were married in Elko, NV, on Nov. 5, 1954. Their marriage was later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They were blessed with eight children: Melodie Treasure, West Jordan, UT; Monte Treasure (Mary), Marysville, WA; Donald Treasure (Eileen), Idaho Falls, ID; Michael Treasure (Rebecca), Springville, UT; Tamara Treasure Kendell (Lynn), Pocatello, ID; Gregory (deceased), Elaina Treasure Hall (Mike), Boise, ID; and Sean Ray Treasure, Pocatello.
Though Donna stayed at home for many years raising her children, she also held several jobs she enjoyed: She worked at The Paris and The Modern Deb in downtown Pocatello, where she loved dressing the windows and working with clientele. She worked at a toy store at Christmastime for several years, where her love of Madame Mademoiselle dolls was born. Donna also had the difficult task of keeping the books for two family-owned businesses for over 30 years.
Donna was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life and held many positions: Primary teacher and leader, visiting teacher, Relief Society teacher and leader, Ward chorister and choir director, and finally as a temple worker in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Donna loved music more than anything. She was the President of the Pocatello Music Club and an active participant for many years. She sang in several choral groups in Pocatello and Aberdeen. She loved listening to opera, and said “…she felt the heavens near” when she saw Les Miserables in Salt Lake City. Donna was also an expert seamstress. Her favorite thing to do was listening to beautiful music or to watch “The Nanny” or “The Golden Girls” while she sewed. Donna loved sewing for her family, and there are probably hundreds of warm fleece “cuddles” to prove it.
Donna is survived by her husband, Monte J. Treasure; a brother, Ronald Olsen; and two sisters, Ruth Brage, Sylvia Wamsley; seven children; 25 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Donna was preceded in death by her son, Gregory Lynn Treasure; her granddaughter, Angela Dawn Avila; her parents; and her brother, Gordon Olsen.
The last two years of her life were spent at Spring Creek Assisted Living Center in American Falls, where she resided with her husband. The family thanks the staff of Spring Creek for their loving assistance.
Funeral services for Donna will be held Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at the LDS Chapel in Aberdeen. A viewing will be held Friday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and Saturday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Interment will follow services at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 208-226-2147.
Elaine Ball Bragg
Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, climbed the stairway to heaven to be with our Father, May 30, 2011.
Elaine Ball Bragg was born March 9, 1925, to Myrtle and Chancey Ball, in Milo, ID. She married the light of her life Ben on Feb. 19, 1946. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1952. They made their home in American Falls.
She worked at Harms Memorial Hospital for over 25 years as an LPN. She continued working until she was 80 years old in hospice. She was active in the LDS Church holding many different callings.
She is survived by her children: Julia (Allen) Warner, American Falls, Patricia (Garland) Larson, Preston, ID, Rick Bragg, Jackson Hole, WY, Gloria Hobbs, American Falls, Lanette (Tom) Chambers, American Falls, Val (Ruth) Riverton, WY; 18 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Calvin Bragg, and her parents.
The funeral services were held Friday June 3, in American Falls. She was laid to rest in the Falls View Cemetery.
Funeral Notice
E. “Ray” Robinson
E. “Ray” Robinson, 86, of Inkom, passed Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Rapid Creek Ward LDS Chapel (Skyline Building, 150 Snow Peak Ave., Inkom). A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave, and also from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will follow services at the Inkom Cemtery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.
Joseph H. Canfield
Joseph Harold “Joe” Canfield, 83, died peacefully at his home on Friday, May 20, 2011 in American Falls. He was born on May 9, 1928, the son of John Wesley Canfield Jr. and Mary Jane Malcolm Canfield.
I leave behind my best friend Dotty. I was raised in the Fairview area of Power County. “When I was young I needed shoes and my brother had some good shoes, I had an old ewe, so I traded it to him for the shoes and then the old ewe died. He never let me forget it.”
I loved animals and loved to fish until my health slowed me down. I worked many jobs throughout my life: for famers, (the Vanderford’s in Aberdeen), on the railroad, (UP and PFE), construction by Wendell and Glenns Ferry, ID.
I went to school at Fairview for eight years. I belonged to 4-H and was a member of the Moose Lodge. “I love people”. I was always known to play tricks on people or tell some good jokes, mainly about Chevy’s and Fords.
I enjoyed all the reunions “my nieces and brother Lewis would plan. I think the world of you.” It was great to go to one place and see so many relatives. I want to thank Will Rowe for all you did for me as a neighbor and friend. If I needed something you would come or send a worker. “Ornery Joe”
Joe was a great son, uncle, brother and friend. He will be missed by many, whose lives were blessed to know him.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls.
 
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