Archive - Obituary
June 13th, 2011
POCATELLO â Lorraine O. Mecham, 84, a lifelong resident of Pocatello, passed away on June 7, 2011, at Portneuf Medical Center after suffering a short illness.
Lorraine was born on March 22, 1927, to Albert Barnard and Elizabeth Herbst Olson in Groveland. She attended school first through eighth grades at Groveland and then graduated from Blackfoot High School.
After graduation, she and Marge Denney went to Pocatello and landed jobs from Mountain Bell, later being transferred back to Blackfoot.
Polly (Lankford) Heaney, 87, a long-time resident of Aberdeen, passed away on June 7, 2011.
She was born March 29, 1924 to William and Mariah (Whitaker) Lankford in Somerset, Kent. Three months before Polly was born, a tornado demolished their home. The family lived with relatives until they relocated to Indianapolis, Ind., where her father helped build the âBrickyard,â home of the Indy 500.
After 3 Â½ years they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where Polly attended a one-room schoolhouse for a year.
July 25, 1918 â June 7, 2011
Jean Mary VanSice was born in Helena, Mont. She attended Helena High School, then Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 1939.
She married Eugene F. Berry, also of Helena, in 1940. They had six children, spending 28 years in Blackfoot.
Jean was active at various times in League of Women Voters, PEO, Eastern Star, and was a member of DAR. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Following her husbandâs death in 1990, she lived in Boise; Coeur d âAlene; and Oregon City, Ore. She died at age 92.
Polly Heaney, age 87, A Long time resident of Aberdeen, passed away on June 7, 2011 at Spring Creek Independent Living in Boise.
A celebration of her life will be held June 25th at her home. A full obituary will follow.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POCATELLO â Lorraine O. Mecham, 84, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, June 7, 2011 at a local hospital.Â
Please note: Lorraineâs funeral will take place next week at 11 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Holman Ward LDS Chapel, 4890 Whitaker Road, Chubbuck.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Rd., and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.
Burial will follow the services at the Restlawn Memorial Gardens.Â
A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Morning News.
Joseph âJoeâ Oral Jacob, 81, of Blackfoot, Idaho, died of a long-term illness Tuesday at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Joseph was born in Victor, Idaho, to Luella and Joseph Jacob. Joseph, known to his family and friends as Joe, served as a first lieutenant in the Air Force during the Korean War as a navigator instructor.
Joseph met and married the love of his life, Jannette Peterson, on Nov. 18, 1955, in the LDS Salt Lake Temple and lived in Albany. Joe and Jannette were happily married for 55 years at the time of his death.
Owen Lavell Durfee, 81, of Pingree passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the home of his daughter, Ann Sutton, in Twin Falls.
Owen was born April 13, 1930 in Tremonton, Utah, to Melvin Henry Durfee and Erma Sophia Johnson.Â He was raised until the age of six in Almo, then moved to Pocatello and remained there until 1973 when he moved to Pingree.Â He attended school in Pocatello.Â Owen served his country in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict.
On Aug. 28, 1953, Owen married Patty Lois Rhoades in Pocatello. Their marriage was later solemnized the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1959.
Whitney Owen Johnson, 91, of Groveland, passed away June 6, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital of old age.
He was born Nov. 6, 1919, in the farming community of Groveland.Â His parents, Michael Johnson Jr. and Elsie Mae Paskett Johnson, purchased an 80-acre dairy farm in Groveland where he would live and work for half his life.Â They also raised apples on the dairy farm.Â The Johnsons raised potatoes, beets, hay and snakes on a second farm at the end of Bond Road near the lavas.
Lucy Honena Diaz, 87, of Fort Hall passed away Monday, June 6, 2011, at her home.
Lucy was born on Sept. 7, 1923, in Fort Hall, the eldest daughter of Laura Tendoy and Samuel Honena, descended through her great-grandfather Chief Tendoy and her grandfather Toopompey of the Agaiâdika or Lemhi band of the Shoshone tribe.Â Orphaned at the age of nine, she was raised by her grandmother, Nena Tendoy Tissidiment.
Darlene S. Evening, 51, of Fort Hall passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
Darlene was born Nov. 10, 1959, in Blackfoot, the daughter of Daniel Bill, Sr. and Inez Mink Evening. She was raised in the Fort Hall area and attended school in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School. Following high school she attended Idaho State University.
Darlene enjoyed bead work, quiltwork and going to the casino. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.