Marjorie May Larson Sainz, 91

Marjorie May Larson Sainz, 91, of Springfield, Idaho passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Marjorie was born Nov. 29, 1921 in Soda Springs, ID, to Albert Gustave and Estella Genevieve Larson. Marjorie’s parents placed her in a shoe box in bed between them at night to keep her warm.

Marjorie’s family moved to Ontario, OR, for awhile. Marjorie attended elementary and junior high school in Porter’s Flat. For high school she traveled to Ontario and graduated in 1940 from Ontario High School.

She then went to Boise and stayed at the YWCA. World War II had started by that time. She completed an airplane mechanics course and was sent to Gowen Field to work on B24’s and B17’s. She was transferred to Colorado Springs and then became an engine mechanic first class. When she was 24 years old she decided to join the Navy. She was sent to New York City to take a medical course and complete boot camp.

Not long after that, she met a soldier named Bert Norred. They were married in Atlanta, GA. They later moved to Birmingham, AL. They had two children, Berton Lee and Shemya Mae. They were later divorced.

Marjorie went back to Soda Springs. It was there that she met Joe Sainz. They hit it off and decided to get married. They eloped to Elko, NV. They had two daughters, Mary Estella and Sheri Maria. In 1971, Joe died of a heart attack.

In 1985 Marjorie met and married Durl Gibbs, a cattle rancher from Montana. They were married for 14 years and then divorced.

Marjorie was a very loving and generous person. She loved her family dearly and would do anything for them.

Marjorie is survived by her daughters, Sheri (Layne) Arnoldson and Shemya (Ray Butt) Hamilton, both of Springfield, ID; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Sainz; son, Berton Sainz; daughter, Mary Sainz; and two sisters, Joey Genevieve and Donna Ray.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral. A cremation will be done under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. A graveside service will be held at the Springfield Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. A luncheon will follow the services, provided by the Lakeview Relief Society at the Springfield LDS Church.

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The family would like to thank the Blackfoot Hospice staff for all of their kindness and help. The family would also like to thank Melanie Welch, Marjorie’s home health care provider and her family for all of the love and support they have given to Marjorie and her family.

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