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Elvira Packer Adams Jeffs, 96

August 13, 2013

Elvira Packer Adams Jeffs, 96
Elvira took her first mortal breath in Virginia, Idaho, Nov. 8, 1916.  She was the second of nine children born to Nessie Mecham Packer and Edsel Hyrum Adams.  Her brothers and sisters include Una (Tate), Dean, Hyrum, Raymond, Edna (Manwaring), Norma (Furniss), Donna (Springer), and Darrell.  She has spent most of her years in the Idaho Falls and Blackfoot area.
Times were hard, yet happiness and love radiated from the Adams home--wherever that home may have been.  Her life has been filled with memorable events—which are just as vivid today as they were then. 
She had two hopeful promises in marriage.  She married Daryl “Dade” McMullin, then later Shirl Jeffs.  Ultimately these marriages ended in divorce.  Given her circumstances, she was self-sufficient her entire life.  Many times she would have two or three jobs at a time to provide for her needs and a few of life’s luxuries.
She never was blessed with children of her own, but has a legacy of family who adores her, respect her, love her, and are so proud to have an “Aunt Elvira.”  She truly did spend her every hour thinking of others, not only thinking of them, but also providing for their happiness. 
Elvira was part of “The Greatest Generation,” and experienced World War II similar to all those of that time in history. 
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving faithfully therein.  She faithfully delivered ward bulletins to the homebound after church on Sunday.  She loved the temple and lovingly was involved in all that her church offered.
Her hard work allowed her to pursue her love—shopping!  Not just compulsive shopping, rather seeking the right item for the right purpose.  Most of her hard-earned dollars were traded for material!  Every single piece was examined and imagined.  Before she parted with her funds, she already had envisioned the finished product---and the recipient.
As is usually the rule, rather than the exception, good intentions fall short of fulfillment.  So, after retiring at age 70, too much time to shop left insufficient time for thimble and needle.  Extra material and yarn on the table soon was stacked on shelves.  Soon the shelves were bending and the precious fabric became piles.  The piles soon filled rooms.  The small home on East Elva was running out of rooms, but the desire to seek out that special quilt material still was present.  Before solving the dilemma, she barely room to sit or sleep in her humble home. 
Aunt Elvira is survived by two living sisters:  Norma Furniss, Moreland, and Donna Springer of Largo, Fla. 
Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers Hyrum, Dean, Raymond, and Darrell and sisters Una Tate and Edna Manwaring.
Elvira quietly took her last mortal breath Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2013.  The family sincerely wishes to thank the staff and residents of the The Willows and Hospice Access for their attentive kindness and care. “Mayor” Dell Young truly makes life happy for those residents of his “town.”  Tom Packer and Jodie Davis have given kind, yet professional direction which is deeply appreciated.  
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.  Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at the Riverdale Cemetery in Preston. 
Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfuneralhome.com.

 

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