Archive - Obituary
March 4th, 2014
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend, JoAnn Jackson Polatis, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home in Thomas, Idaho, her favorite place to be.Â
She was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Thomas, Idaho to Clarence Mark and Wilma Martin Jackson at the home of her grandparents. She attended school in the Snake River District, graduating in 1955, the first class in the new high school. She then attended Ricks College.
Wayne A. Whitten, 91, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello.
Wayne was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Blackfoot to Albert William and Florence Leona Cones Whitten.Â He was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot.Â He attended school in the Blackfoot School District and graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â In 1943, Wayne joined the Army.Â He was trained as a radar technician and was stationed in Japan following World War II.
Wayne married Thelma Coles in Las Vegas, Nev. in 1964.
Owen Verne Taylor, 78 , of Blackfoot, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014 with his family at his side.
Verne was born on May 9, 1935 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Owen Albert and Lois Dunn Taylor.Â He attended school in Snake River, graduating from Snake River High School on May 20, 1953.Â Following graduation he attended Idaho State College, graduating on May 18, 1954 in Auto Mechanics.
On May 27, 1955 Verne married Vera Petersen,Â their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
DeEsta Cornwall, 71, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away February 28, 2014 in Pocatello.
DeEsta was born April 21, 1942 in Idaho Falls to Leonard and Wilma Ross. She was raised by Clarence and Wilma Warren in the Rigby/Ririe area. She married George T. Hames on August 15, 1958. Together they had four children, two girls, Connie Jean and Quantilla Rae and two boys, George Allen and Vernal Lee. She was married to Verl Cox from 1977-1991 and Ray Cornwall from 2005-present.
Becky Jo Keele Giles, 45, of Firth passed away February 27, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.Â
Becky was born February 7, 1969 in Idaho Falls, ID to Darryl and Myrna Keele. She and her mother were best friends from the moment she was born.Â Becky attended school in Shelley, Idaho Falls, and Graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â
â€śBirdâ€ť Robin G. Matsaw, 52, sprouted her wings and journeyed on from this world Friday, February 28, 2014, at her home in Fort Hall, surrounded by family after a very courageous two year battle with colon cancer.
Robin was born July 23, 1961, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Elizabeth A. Cerino and Clyde O. Dixey Sr. and had five siblings: two brothers, Clyde â€śTykeâ€ť Dixey Jr. and Aaron Dixey and three sisters, Caroline Dixey, LeeAnn (Vincent) Avila and Lizzie (Lance) Boyd.
Â Â Jeannette Elizabeth Parmelee Powell was born December 26, 1919, in Pocatello, Idaho to Bruce Eugene Parmelee and Winstead Davie Parmelee.Â Jeannette was 94 years old when she passed away in her sleep February 26, 2014, at The Willows, 898 Meridian in Blackfoot.
Â Â Jeannette lived most of her life in the Springfield community, with time out for school and travels.Â Her parents were early day farmers, and until recently, Jeannette still lived in the house she grew up in with her only sibling, Jane Ritter of Maine (deceased).
Joyce Higgins Jensen, 72, passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by her family. After a courageous battle with cancer, she enjoyed a glorious reunion on the other side of the veil in the arms of her husband, parents, brothers and sister, and her Savior.
Joyce was born Jan. 13, 1942, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Arthur Eugene and Thelda Romreill Higgins.Â She was the youngest of seven children, six of whom survived to adulthood.Â She was raised in the Riverside-Thomas area, and attended local schools, graduating in 1960 from Snake River High School.
Sandra Ellis, 72 of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.Â
She was born June 24, 1941 in Pocatello, Idaho, the daughter of Yantes Everett and Evelyn Thompson Hensley.
Her father passed away before she was born.Â She was raised in Tyhee and the BlackfootÂ area by her mother and step-father.
Sandra married Gary Ellis on Aug. 20, 1958 in Blackfoot.
She and Gary lived in Blackfoot all her life and raised their family here.
Margaret Hillam Hansen, 84, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at her home from cancer.
She was born Feb. 8, 1930 in Marysville, Idaho, the daughter of George Marvin Hillam and Laura Mae Lemmon.
She grew up in Marysville and Ashton, Idaho.Â She attended elementary school in Marysville, Ashton and then at Madison High School.
Margaret served a LDS mission when she was 21 years old to the New England States.Â When she returned, she married her sweetheart, Alvon Jerry Hansen in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on April 11, 1952.