Hattie Fay Landon, 80
Hattie Fay Dye Landon was born on March 13, 1930, to Arthur Clair and Althea Teeples Dye in Goshen. She was the oldest of five children, Betty Anderson (deceased); Dennis (Lanae) Dye, Chubbuck; Shanna (Claylon) Perkins, Arbon; and Beverly (Gary) Hirschi, Chubbuck.
She went to school in the Goshen/Firth area and graduated from Firth High School. While attending high school, she was involved in many of the activities and played clarinet in the school band. Hattie had many fond memories of her childhood and the life she had being raised on a farm. Her journal is filled with stories of her family, especially her sister Betty, who we are quite sure, welcomed Mom to heaven with a handful of chicken mash. Mom lost her father from an illness when she was young. Her mother was re-married to Willis Ward, and we know that Mom loved and respected him as a father.
While still young and naïve, she met a young man by the name of Jack Deloy Landon. This was the beginning of a love affair and partnership that would last for more than 60 years. Jack and Hattie were married on Sept. 23, 1949, in Lower Presto (Firth area). Looking at photos of the event, they were a smiling, happy, cute couple. She would share that happiness and that smile with whoever met her for the rest of her life. Mom was a very spiritual and humble woman and over the years she guided our family to the church. Her greatest joy was the day the marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple sealing us together as a family for eternity.
Marriage brought many changes – especially to Hattie. They found out they were going to be parents almost immediately. Sandra came first in 1950 followed by Steve in 1951, Dave in 1953, Mike in 1954, Lori in 1959, and Lisa in 1966.
Hattie and Jack resided in Chubbuck most of their married lives, in a home they helped build. Hattie was not afraid of work, which is something that she learned as a young child on a farm, and carried through into her adult life as a wife and mom. Hattie did the best that she could to raise six of the most beautiful and well-mannered children ever to present themselves in public. We are not sure that the neighborhood where we were all raised in Chubbuck would agree with that assessment but considering what she had to work with she did a pretty good job.
Hattie was very active in her children’s lives. For the most part she was a stay-at-home mom, but she did work outside the home occasionally when the need was there.
Mom was not afraid of work, as a matter of fact she relished a good hard job, especially if she could assign it to one of us kids. We learned the value of a job well done through her guidance and her example. She was a 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother as well as being involved in many civic and church activities. Anyone who cast a vote in an election in her precinct for over 20 years would see her at the polls monitoring the ballot box. Hattie was her grandkids’ greatest fan. Hattie and Jack’s golden years, before Mom became ill, were filled with dance recitals, ball games, choir concerts and camping trips. Our family was her greatest passion and she formed the bond that holds it all together.
Hattie was a faithful member of the LDS Church and had many callings in the church. She was in Relief Society presidencies as well as Young Women’s.
She had a fear of public speaking and was actually a very shy person. She credited the callings for service in the church and her faith with helping her to overcome her fears and become a more outgoing and well-rounded person. She was a very faithful visiting teaching partner and spent hours preparing lesson plans and discussion topics.
One of her greatest talents was her beautiful alto singing voice. It was a pleasure to listen to her sing and harmonize with songs from the radio or hymnals from the church. She loved to sing in the choir. She was very proud of being chosen to sing with a select choir of women in the LDS Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Her voice could be heard in the home as she sang songs along with the radio, or she would hum a tune as she would go about her everyday life.
Before her illness, Hattie could be found walking with her longtime friends around the neighborhood. The walks would often meander from place to place as they were inclined to visit and check on family and friends. Mom had a “green thumb” and during the spring and summer, with Sunday being the only exception, you would find her in the garden pulling weeds or tending to her flowers. She was extremely proud of her “flags” and would give them constant care and attention.
Mom, we will miss you but we know that you and Dad are together once more and that you are with family and friends that have gone on before. The pain is gone and your memories have returned. We want you to know that the lessons of love, humility, kindness and service to others that we learned from you and by your example will not be forgotten. You will live on in our hearts and our memories until we meet again.
Hattie was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Dye, step-father Willis Ward, her mother Althea Dye Ward, her husband Jack, and her sister Betty. She is survived by her children, Sandra Lee (Larry) Hirschi, West Jordan, Utah; Steven Charles (Pam) Landon, Chubbuck; David Arthur (Shauna) Landon, Osgood; Michael Dee (Stacey) Landon, Pocatello; Lori Jean (Blair) Gilbert, Pocatello; and Lisa Dawn (Cody) Barfuss, Bancroft; 18 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. at 11: a.m. at the Chubbuck 1st Ward Chapel (4775 Hawthorne Road) with Bishop Brett Fuhriman officiating.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. and Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Interment will be in the Firth, Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.manningwheatleyfuneralchapel.com