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Caldwell - Jean Coffelt, Ramsey, Biggs, Rose, 77, of Caldwell, passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends, January 11, 2022. Born (Genevieve) Louise to Fred and Dorothy Coffelt on March 25, 1944 in Turner, Oregon. She joined siblings JoAnn, Margorie, Elmer, then was followed by siblings Shirley, Fred, Thomas, Sam, Linda, and Penny. Spending her early youth there, the family then moved to Boise area. Here she was baptized into the Followers of Christ Church and was a beloved member throughout her life. In June, 1961 she married Dave (Dale) Ramsey and they worked and lived in the Boise valley. They were married until his death in 1975. She then married Raymond Biggs in 1976 .They farmed in Middleton until they retired and moved to Caldwell. Raymond passed in July 1989. In September, 1989 she married Donald (Donnie) Rose of Caldwell. Her remaining years were spent on the Rose family farm outside of Caldwell. Donnie passed away in January 2011. Jean had no children of her own by birth, but became a "Mother, Aunt, Gramma to all her nieces and nephews. She would get so excited at the announcement of another baby coming (in her family, or her extended church family). And she loved on all of them. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Dale, Raymond and Donald, her siblings JoAnn, Marge, Elmer, and Penny, Frank and Randy. She is survived by sisters, Shirley (Frank) Beale, Linda Coffelt Boren, and brothers, Fred (Charlotte) Coffelt, Tom Coffelt, Sam (Patti) Coffelt. And many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and of course her church family and all of their families. Funeral Home: Dakan, Caldwell. Graveside Service: Tuesday, January 18 at 1 p.m. at Peaceful Valley Cemetery, Caldwell
Joseph Henry Millard Jr. 85, of Nampa, died Sunday, January 9, 2022. Funeral services will be at 11 AM, Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (927 Ruth Ln. in Nampa, ID). Burial will be at 1 PM, Thurs. Jan 20 at the Paul Cemetery (W 100 N, Paul, ID). To read the obituary visit ZeyerFuneralChapel.com 208-467-7300
Meridian - Mary Louise Mumford passed away on January 9, 2022, surrounded by her family, due to congestive heart failure. Mary was born in Boise, Idaho, on March 24, 1939 to Willard and Phoebe (Day) Kelsey. They were living in Cascade, Idaho, at the time, and stayed there until 1942 when they moved to Stibnite to work in the mine. Mary started school at Stibnite and went 2 years before the family moved to Ferdinand. In 1950 they moved to Craigmont and spent almost 6 years there, making friends and putting down roots. It was at the Christian Church they attended that she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior...the beginning of a wonderful, life-long relationship. In 1956 the family moved to the Boise Valley and Mary graduated from Meridian High School in 1957. After working a year, Mary decided to go to BIOLA College in Los Angeles, CA (a big step for a little country girl)...working her way through and graduating in February of 1964. She then came back to Kuna where she married her loving and faithful husband, Keith Mumford on Valentine's Day. Raising her girls and being a wife were the priorities of her life, taking part in the activities of the Kuna Baptist Church, and later Central Assembly and the First Baptist Church of Nampa. Attending Bible Study Fellowship, helping on the dairy, working part time at the Kuna post office were all things she enjoyed, but her husband and girls and later grandchildren and great grandchildren were her proudest and happiest accomplishments. She was actively involved in Treasure Valley Dairy Wives and Jersey Cattle Club...especially enjoying working at the Little Red Barn at the Western Idaho Fair. Going to class reunions at Craigmont became a fun thing to do after 40 years of being away. Traveling was a treat when the girls were growing up...memorable trips to Disneyland, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, the California Coast, Victoria B.C., Lake Louise and the Canadian Rockies. The trip to Ireland she and Keith were awarded by Avonmore Cheese in 1992 was a highlight of their dairy years. After the girls were married and moved to Oregon, it was at least a yearly ritual to go see them so they could connect with their grandchildren. In the 1990's she began working at medical clinics, copying records, working first for Smart Corp., and then 5-1/2 years for the Family Medical Clinics in Nampa and Caldwell. After retiring from this, she and Keith sold their Kuna dairy and moved to Emmett for 7 years where they enjoyed the Emmett countryside, fellowship at several churches and Coffee Buddies. They relocated to their current home in Meridian on March 24, 2011. Mary is survived by her husband of almost 58 years, Keith Mumford; her two daughters, Cathy (Les) Patterson of La Grande, Oregon and Anita (Bob) Vinje of Canby, Oregon; four grandchildren: Logan (Heather) Patterson of Sagle, Idaho, Laura (Thomas) Sharp of Spokane, Washington, Jeffrey Vinje of Tigard, Oregon, and Robert Vinje of Kirkland, Washington; five great-grandchildren: Ivan, Leisel and Linnea Patterson and Moriah and Jubilee Sharp; brother, Loren (Chris) Kelsey; sisters-in-law, Linda Kelsey and Karen (Jim) Lowery; as well as many cousins, nephews, a niece and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents Willard and Phoebe Kelsey; brother, Eugene Kelsey and sister, Beverly Boerner. A celebration of Mary's life is planned for Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Kuna Baptist Church, 1250 N. Linder Road, Kuna, Idaho. Private interment will be at Kuna Cemetery. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com
Emmett - Jack D. Hansen, 97, passed away January 4, 2022 at his home in Emmett, Idaho. Jack was born December 3, 1924 in Goshen, Utah to Alvin D. and Deon Hansen. He attended grade school in Goshen, then graduated high school in Payson, Utah. Jack served in the United States Army during World War II, in the European theater and then in the Philippines. He returned home April of 1946 and married his sweetheart, Barbara Staheli on July 15, 1946 in Payson, Utah. They were later sealed in the Boise Idaho Temple. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his parents; a son, Joe Douglas Hansen; brothers, Bert and Aldin Hansen; grandchildren, Dirk Walker, Andrew Hansen and Destiny Duman. Jack is survived by a son, George (Linda) Hansen; daughters, Karrie (Rod) Walker and Shelly (Dan) Duman; a sister, Wanda Shafer; 12 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Letha. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett and one hour prior to services at the Church on Thursday. Burial will follow at the Bramwell Cemetery.
Nampa - Marilyn Content (Hartley) McKay was born August 1, 1938 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to E.B. and Velda Hartley, the middle of three daughters. She died at her home on December 24 after many years of physical challenges which she faced with courage and faith and the support of her husband and family. Marilyn spent her childhood in various parsonages in northeast Indiana as part of the Hartley ministry team and spent vacations and holidays with the large extended family from both sides who all lived in Indiana. In 1952, her family made a momentous ministry move to Moscow, Idaho, where Marilyn entered high school as a freshman. Music and drama became her entry points into this new and somewhat intimidating culture. In 1955, the Hartley family moved to Boise, Idaho, where her father became pastor of Boise First Church of the Nazarene. So Marilyn had another move just before her senior year and into a much larger high school. But again, music and drama provided new friends and ways to connect. After her H. S. graduation in 1956, she entered Northwest Nazarene College (now University). She had the lead as a freshman in the play "Love is Eternal", playing Mary Todd, and was active in Crusader Choir. She also traveled with a singing group of young women during a summer visiting Nazarene churches in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. On June 2, 1961, Marilyn married the love of her life, Neil McKay, in Boise, Idaho. They began singing together at their wedding. Neil also sang to Marilyn, backed up by his quartet, the song "Always." Through all the years of their marriage, he played on the piano in the evening for her the strains of "I'll be loving you, Always"-right to the end. They lived in San Jose, then moved to Moscow for Law School at the University of Idaho where Marilyn helped to support them, then to Milwaukee, and finally to Spokane, Washington for many years. In each of these places, they were a music ministry team at the Nazarene Churches, with Neil leading the music, and Marilyn singing often with him and helping to produce many cantatas at Christmas and Easter and other special events. They sang together for many weddings and funerals. Marilyn finished her Bachelors' degree at Whitworth University in Spokane in 1985, majoring in religion. She thoroughly enjoyed the academic rigor, intellectual demands and friendships she made. She and Neil were also able to travel extensively in Europe and Asia and Canada, among others, fulfilling their early dreams of visiting "far away places." They retired to Nampa in 2007. The McKays celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family in June of 2021. Marilyn was an amazing sister. She actually started singing early in her life as the "Hartley sisters" sang trios in church and also while they were doing dishes at their mother's behest "so they wouldn't fight!" After living all over the country and even the world, It was a special blessing for the three sisters to be in the same town during retirement to exchange angels, hold afternoon teas for friends, go shopping, celebrate birthdays, do cookie bakes, and encourage one another. Marilyn and Neil were blessed with two children - Todd McKay and Heather (McKay) Becker. Marilyn loved being a wife and mother and provided a warm and nurturing environment for their growing up and later for the grandchildren that they brought. There were games and cookie baking, and warm, intimate conversations one-on-one with each dear one. She could make each one feel as if they were the only person in her universe for that point in time. And she provided that same intense interest to other neighbors, friends, family and sisters as she reached out to support and encourage. Above all, Marilyn was characterized by her vibrant faith in God. She read widely and deeply and pondered the mysteries. Christian music carried her through many days. Her deepest desire was that those she loved would have an abiding walk with God as she did. Her example of faith and acceptance under pressure will be a lasting legacy for all those who were privileged to know her. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Neil McKay, of Nampa, a son, Todd McKay, of Phoenix, AZ, a daughter, Heather Becker (Kenny) of Nampa, grandchildren, Brendan McKay, Francesca McKay, Avana McKay of Phoenix, AZ., Kyler Becker (Brannon) of Arvada, CO, McKaylee Becker, Aubriana Becker, of Nampa, a sister, Sharon Mowry, of Nampa, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave., Nampa, Idaho, on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Feed My Starving Children ( www.FMSC.org ) or to Hands of Hope, 1201 S. Powerline Rd., Nampa, ID 83686.
Boise - Emma Suzanne Mills, 23, of Boise, Idaho passed away on January 1, 2022. Emma was born September 3, 1998 on the island of Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She was adopted at birth by Holly Lloyd Mills and Scott Mills. Emma was initially raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she grew up surrounded by a lot of love, close friends, and horses. In 2005, Emma's family returned to Boise, Idaho and she continued to grow surrounded by her grandparents; the Lloyds, many aunts, uncles, and cousins; the Schaffners and the Inmans. Emma found a personal relationship with God at an early age. She was baptized at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School and attended Christian schools for most of her education. Reading and studying the Bible often set the tone for Emma's life and she frequently referred to her favorite verses for guidance. Recently, she scouted through these verses to pick which prayers would be read at her grandfather's funeral. Additionally, she found God and joy in the outdoors, which was obvious through her love of traveling, snowboarding, surfing, and boating with family and her many friends. She attended Cole Valley Christian for her elementary years, Heritage Middle School, Rocky Mountain High School for a year and then three years at Bishop Kelly High School where she graduated in 2017. Emma played Elite level soccer for over ten years where she played for the Boise Capitals as well as the FC Nova soccer clubs. She also played 4 years of varsity soccer at both Rocky Mountain and Bishop Kelly High Schools and won the 4A High School State Championship with her team at BK in 2016. In May 2020, she graduated from the University of Idaho, where she majored in sociology, minored in justice studies and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. Emma planned to attend post graduate school, which would allow her to accomplish her goal of starting her own adoption agency. She shined brightly when working with children and advocating for those in need. Emma's love for others was evident in all that she did. Emma is survived by her mother, Holly Lloyd Mills of Boise, ID; father, Scott D. Mills, M.D. of Portland, OR; grandmother, Judy Rose Lloyd. She is also survived by her aunt and uncle, Joni and Dennis Schaffner and their two daughters, Kourtney and Danielle; cousins: Ashley Graham Earl and her family, Jordan Graham, Kaitlyn, Ben, and Thomas Inman. She is also survived by her Colorado family; aunts and uncles: Cathy, Mark, Sandy and Doug, as well as cousins, Hilary, Morgan, Alyssa, Philip, Trevor, and Chase, and their families. Emma is preceded in death by her aunts: Tanya Lloyd and Kelly Inman; grandfather, Herbert Lloyd; grandparents, Fred and Susie Mills, and her beloved pets: King, Buddy and Kelly. A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 9:30 AM, at the Eagle Nazarene Church in Eagle, ID (1001 W State Street, Eagle). A private family interment will be at Meridian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local adoption facility to help a child in need and change another child's life. Remembrances may be left for the family on Emma's webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com . Services are under the care of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. In addition, the family will hold a memorial celebration of Emma's life in the summer of 2022. Announcement to follow on Facebook!