Our beloved mother and grandmother, Lois Ann Richins Adams, peacefully passed away and joined her eternal companion, Gene Adams, on June 27, 2014, at her home, surrounded by loved ones.
Ann was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Labelle, Idaho, to Alma John Richins and Estella Y. Lundquist. The family lived in Monteview, Idaho. Ann was the second of six children.
Ann met her sweetheart, Gene, while working at Liddy Hot Springs in Medicine Lodge. They were later married on Feb. 10, 1950. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Aug, 14, 1965.
They had three children, Linda, Mark, and Kim. Gene preceded Ann in death on June 20, 2006.
Gene and Ann moved to Moreland in 1960, where they purchased a small farm. They spent the next 46 years farming and ranching and raising chickens, turkeys, bum lambs, bucket calves, and kids.
Ann worked for Sunspice for over 20 years, and she also enjoyed working at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in the crafts booths. Ann had a special place in her heart for any stray animal or child that showed up at her home and took them in as one of her own.
Ann and Gene regularly spent hours together working in their yard and garden. They were both from an earlier generation to whom hard work wasn’t seen as hard, but simply what you did when something needed done. In fact, it was nearly impossible for Ann’s family to stop her from working outside, even when her health required she rest.
Because of Ann’s inviting nature and the result of constant work in the yard and garden, their home was a popular gathering place for family and friends. The yard, with tall poplar trees for shade, provided comfort on hot summer evenings, and the garden provided plenty for everyone to eat.
Ann was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. She was a member of the Moreland 6th ward, where she was loved and admired. She loved her many neighbors and friends and always had a treat of candy, cookies, fresh vegetables, or, most popular, raspberries.
Ann had many friends and associations with whom lasting bonds of friendship were formed. She was a proud member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, the Sewing Club, and the Saturday Breakfast Club.
Ann had a love of the outdoors and nature. She loved hunting and fishing trips with her family. She was a devoted sports fan. She rarely ever missed the sporting events of her children and grandchildren, and she loved the Utah Jazz.
Ann was an example and friend to all and was always helping those around her. She was well- known for her generosity and her kind heart, and she exemplified the values of hard work, service, and dedication
Ann’s greatest joy was her family. She was the cornerstone of our family and she will be greatly missed.
She leaves behind three children, daughter Linda Zollinger of Challis and sons Mark (Carol) Adams and Kim (Lori) Adams of Blackfoot; 11 grandchildren, Jake (Jennifer) Zollinger, Ross (Leslie) Zollinger, Stacie (Zack) Adams, Jared (Sarah) Adams, Angela (Weldon) Richardson, Cody Adams, Nickolas (Jennifer) Adams, Alison Adams, Cole Adams, Tye Adams, and Mallory (Patrick) Edinburough; 17 great-grandchildren, Jace, Gracie, Mason, and Ellie Adams, Nate and Carson Adams, Tessa and Hayden Richardson, Ryker and Kade Adams, Gage Crow, Cayden, Callyn, and Cyzer Zollinger, Claire, Sabrina, and Lila Zollinger; and two brothers, Dave (Beverly) Richins of Menan and Jack Richins of Monteview.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, of 55 years; her father and mother, Alma and Estella; brothers Richard, Alan, and Bob; sister Irene VanLueven; and son-in-law Ferd Zollinger.
The family would like express special thanks to Kathy Hjlem, Susan Fulmer, and Chantell Anderson, who provided care for Ann in her final weeks, and to all the friends and neighbors who have offered care, prayers, and support.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, at the Blackfoot Northwest Stake Center, with Bishop Mark Adams conducting. The family will visit with friends and relatives from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 at the Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the funeral services on Thursday.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com .