May 11th, 2011
The Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Chelsea Barzee of Independence Alternative High School thanks members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce for a top senior award on Wednesday, Barzee and classmate Wendi Cameron joined Chamber president Derek Preece at the podium. The Chamber honored 26 seniors from Independence, Sho-Ban, Snake River and Blackfoot high schools. Photos of the other groups can be found on our Website, www.am-news.com.
By BOB HUDSON
BEND, Ore. â€” Mildred I. Orton, 85, of Bend, Ore., passed away May 8, 2011, at her home.
She was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Blackfoot to Thomas and Elva Scott Miller.Â Mildred lived and attended school in the Lost River area, Pocatello, California, and completed her high school in Salt Lake City, Utah.Â She also attended Business School in Salt Lake City and Pocatello.
REXBURG â€” Penny Maye Wheeler Blacker Gentillon, 35, of Pingree passed Monday, May 9, 2011, at the Madison Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 16, 1976, in Idaho Falls to Norman LaMar and Julia Diane Ricks Wheeler.Â Penny attended Hillview,Â Ammon Elementary and graduated from Hillcrest High School.Â She received her Medical Assistantâ€™s Certificate from EITC in Idaho Falls.
On Nov. 28, 2008, she married Clinton Gentillon in Firth.Â They made their home in Pingree;Â she has resided in the Blackfoot area the past nine and a half years.
PRESTON â€” Nelda Bradley Francis, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston.Â A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the paper.Â Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home in Preston.Â
Reta Maxine Andrus, 75, passed away on May 10, 2011, at her home in Blackfoot after an extended illness.Â
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.Â Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2011, and for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.Â Interment will follow services at the Groveland Cemetery.
POCATELLO â€” Kenneth â€śWoosieâ€ť Dixey, 80 of Blackfoot passed on May 9, 2011, at Portneuf Rehabilitation Center in Pocatello with his family next to him at his bedside after complication from sudden illness.Â Â
Kenneth was born on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation Aug. 3, 1930, to Lawrence Dixey and Mae Pocatello.Â He was raised just outside of the Blackfoot city limits most of his life.Â He attended schoolÂ in Blackfoot up until the eighth grade.Â
FIRTH â€” Firth High School (FHS) senior Brittney Robinson won first place last week in the nation in desktop publishing at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) in Washington, D. C.
This is the second time Robinson had qualified in this discipline at BPA nationals. The 2010 contest was in Anaheim, Calif.
"I wasn't expecting anything," Robinson said. "It was a complete surprise.
"I was just happy to make it to the top 10," she said. "I couldn't believe I had actually done it."