Ila Blanch Smith Backlund, 94, our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Gables in Shelley.
Ila was born Nov. 20, 1916 at home in Shelley to her parents, Francis Thomas Smith and Myrtle Anderson Smith. She was the sixth of 13 children. She grew up on the family farm where she learned to work at an early age. She attended and graduated from the schools in Shelley
Ila married Arnold John Backlund May 20, 1937 at Woodville. They were later sealed in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple Nov. 23, 1937. They lived and farmed at Idaho Falls, Shelley and Firth where she has resided for the past 68 years.
Ila was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings, even teaching Primary in her 80’s. She served in different offices of the Farm Bureau.
Ila could be found helping on the family farm until the last year of her life. She also enjoyed hand work, crocheting and making beautiful quilts. She was an excellent cook. Her coconut, banana, and chocolate cream pies were a favorite. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her two children, Annette Eliason and Maurice (Carol) Backlund; 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; siblings Dean (Zola) Smith, Donna (Carlos) Nielsen, Mildred Schwabedissen, Maxine Ransom, Vanda Kendall and Dorothy (Richard) Cradall.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnold, grandson Lance Backlund, son-in-law Lynn Eliason, brothers Lee and Kenneth Smith, sister Lucille Jensen and three infant siblings.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.8, 2011 at the Firth Stake Center (823 North 675 East) in Basalt.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com .
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