Carol Nielson Sagers, 90
Carol Nielson Sagers, 90, passed away peacefully at The Willows in Blackfoot, Idaho on July 12, 2014. She was attended by her daughters, Sandi, Jane and Lisa and her granddaughter, Abbe.
She was born at Manard, Idaho on the Camas Prairie October 21, 1923, the 3rd daughters of Elmer Walter Nielson and Jane Butler Nielson.
Carol was raised at Fir Grove Ranch near Fairfield. She spent most of her time riding her horse, Chief White Cloud and learning to love everything native American. She graduated from Wendell High School. She was a cheerleader and in her Jr. year wrote the school fight song. Her parents had their winter home in Wendell as well as Sand Springs Ranch. She was very close to her three sisters, and they had many wonderful time together between to two homes.
She attended the University of Idaho Southern Branch where she met her eternal companion, Harold Monroe (Moe) Sagers. Moe enlisted in the Navy at the start of World War II and became a Marine pilot. On December 14, 1943, he received his commission as a 2nd Lt. and was allowed to be married. They were married that same day in Pensacola, FL. As soon as Moe could get leave, they traveled to Salt Lake City where they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. While Moe was overseas, Carol worked as a bookkeeper for Wendell Lumber Co. Upon
his return to the states, they lived in San Diego, Chicago, New York and Oklahoma. They had five
children while managing the ranch. Summers were spent at the ranch and winters were spent in
Wendell and Gooding. In 1957, they bought a ranch east of Gooding and lived there until they
moved to Burley in 1975. Moe passed away in 2009, and Carol moved to Blackfoot in 2011 to be close to her daughters.
Carol loved to hunt for Native American artifacts, which were plentiful at Fir Grove. Every spring and summer she could be found wandering amidst the sagebrush, where rattlesnakes were prevalent, searching for arrowheads. Although the children were frightened of them, Carol was know to kill them with her hammer, after which she would put a notch in the handle for each one killed.
She was a skilled poet, and wrote poems for special occasions and for her family. Each member of the family has a cherished copy of her poetry entitled, “For Better or Verse.” She must have aspired to be an actress, as she wrote, directed and starred in many roadshows for her church.
Carol was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in numerous positions including Relief Society President and a teacher in almost all the auxiliaries. She was always willing to help anyone in need. She was a member of DUP and was proud to be a member of such a wonderful organization. First, and foremost, she was a devoted wife and mother. Her family was always her chief concern.
Carol is survived by her 5 children: Sandi (Evan) Dance, Blackfoot, Steve (Mary) Sagers, St. George, UT, Jane (Jim) Johnstone, Blackfoot, Joe (Sherre) Sagers, Torrance, CA, Lisa (Dave) Chadwick, Kimberly; 30 grandchildren and 66 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Moe, here parents, sisters, Elma Jen Christiansen, Fae Williams, Donna Kidd and a great granddaughter, Hailey Jane Cotterell.
A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Emerson 1st Ward Building, 127 S. 950 W. Paul, ID with Bishop Richard May conducting.
A viewing will be held for two hours prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.