Reta Maxine Andrus, 75, passed away on May 10, 2011 at her home in Blackfoot after an extended illness.Â
She was born Oct. 13, 1935, to James Hyrum and Stella Killian Garrett at the family home in Lewisville.
Reta spent her youth in Lewisville. She married James Andrus in 1952; they later divorced. Most of her adult life has been spent in the Blackfoot area.
Reta worked many years at State Hospital South in the geriatric unit.Â While president of the local chapter of Business & Professional Women in 1982, Reta was instrumental in starting the Bingham County Crisis Center.
Reta has been able to visit much of the United States because of where her children have chosen to live.Â Last year her travels took her from Alaska to Delaware.Â Upon returning home she announced she didnâ€™t want to travel anymore.
Reta was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janet; one sister, Barbara Holzendorf and a brother-in-law, Don Berry.Â
She is survived by brother Keith (Mary) Garrett of Rigby; sister Helen Berry of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother-in-law William Holzendorf of North Carolina; two sons, Raymond of Alaska, and Milo (Robin) of Blackfoot; two daughters, Joyce (James) Owens of Kennewick, Wash., and Deborah (Ron) Miller of Pocatello; 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
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.