Mary Louise Rodgers Hart, 74, of Blackfoot, Idaho returned to the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on Feb. 4, 2014 in Riverside, Idaho.
Louise was born Nov. 24, 1939, Riverside, Idaho to Russell and Verda Hoskins Rodgers. Louise was the oldest daughter and fourth of 10 children. She was raised in Howe and Blackfoot. She attended schools in Howe and Blackfoot. Her father was a farmer and she grew up in the farming community. They were taught to work hard and to play hard as children.
She was a devoted sister and daughter and loved her siblings very much. In their young adult lives, she was often called on by her brothers to bail them out of one situation or another. Louise and her siblings were close as they raised their children, and their children have many good memories of growing up with cousins as their best friends. Several years later, her brother Rex would battle and succumb to cancer. Louise was with him throughout that time to nurse him and see to his needs.
While a junior in high school, her older brother Rex was in the Marines. While on leave, he brought home a friend, Samuel Richard King. Louise and Sam were married in April of 1956. For the next 10 years they moved around a lot to different Marine bases, then on to the Blackfoot area. They had eight children during that 10-year period. Sam and Louise would later divorce.
On March 27, 1986, Louise married her eternal companion, Alvin Eugene Hart. They solemnized their vows in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 20, 2011. They have lived in Pocatello and currently reside in the Riverside area.
Louise was most happy while camping at Spring Creek, in the Howe area. She was an avid fisherwoman and taught all of her children and grandchildren how to catch fish in the little creek. She also loved to garden, sew, crochet, make quilts, making and wearing jewelry, and loved to go dancing, especially to country music. She also loved to restore dolls and had an entire “doll room” dedicated to her hobby.
As her health declined, she was not as able to go camping as much, so she worked in her yard, growing beautiful flowers and vegetables. She made dozens of quilts, which delighted her children and grandchildren, as they were the happy recipients. She also loved the new computer technology, especially Facebook, where she could stay in touch with many family members from around the country.
Louise is survived by her children, Verda Katherine (Will) McBride of Moreland, Russell Richard (Calisse) King of Arco, Samuel Wayne (Michelle) King of Blackfoot, Peggy Elaine (Jeff Evans) Shipman of Blackfoot, Billy Joe King of Tennessee, Donald Kevin King of Arco, Steven Everett King of Idaho Falls and David Scott King of Pocatello; stepchildren, Calman (Becky) Hart, Sherrie (Chris) Hunsicker, Joe (Debra) Hart, Carol (Gary) Dresher, Andrea (Shane) Clemons, Jennifer (deceased) Hart, Danny Hart and Matthew Hart. She also leaves behind 31 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. They all knew that grandma’s door was always open for them, day or night.
Also surviving are her siblings: Beverly Kelly of Blackfoot, Shirley (Robert, deceased) Baron of Blackfoot; Carol (Mike) Akers of Blackfoot, Clinton (Colleen) Rodgers of American Falls and Larry (Vicky) Rodgers of Jacksboro, Texas.
Preceding her in death are her parents; brothers, Rex, Leonard, Kenneth and Wayne; and great-granddaughter, Megan Wilcox; along with numerous brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the Riverside 1st Ward LDS Church, 7 North 700 West in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery.
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