Carlyn VanDenbur; Clara Hornbeck; Judith LeBoeuf; Lucky Hester
Carlyn Dorothy (Kennedy) VanDenburg, 63, Bigfork,
Carlyn Dorothy (Kennedy) VanDenburg, a young 63, died of cancer on Earth Day, April
22, 2013, at her home in Bigfork, Mont., surrounded by her loving sons, family
members and close friend, RMaya. She was born on
April 30, 1949, the daughter of Angus and Dorothy Kennedy, in Grangeville, Idaho.
She attended school all 12 years in Grangeville, graduating
in 1967. She married James H. VanDenburg on Jan. 26,
1968, and moved with him to Florida, but they yearned for the Pacific Northwest
and the mountains, lakes and rivers that they loved, so they soon returned to
live in Columbia Falls, Mont., where Jim worked for the U.S. Forest Service on
the Flathead National Forest, and Carlyn worked for a
local bank and for several health care professionals in Kalispell and Bigfork.
Jim and Carlyn had three sons, Barton, Jeb and Colby.
They later moved to the Swan Lake Ranger Station in Bigfork and in 1983, built
a home outside of town with majestic picture-window views of the Jewel Basin
and Swan Mountains that she said “gave to her every day.”
Carlyn was a strong, vibrant woman
with a playful spirit that made her the favorite with children wherever she
went. She was a devoted mother and considered mothering her three boys and then
being a grandmother the most fulfilling roles of her lifetime. She was a deeply
spiritual mystic who was dedicated to her spiritual quest. She had the courage
of her convictions and lived her life according to her beliefs. She inspired
others all along the way with her intellect, wit, perception and loving
kindness. She was a woman of many talents and interests, demonstrated in the
way she decorated her beautiful home, in her writing, her art and her skill as
a cook. She was an inveterate outdoorswoman who loved camping and hiking in her
beloved mountains and swimming in Montana’s icy lakes. She loved a good book, a
good song, a good poem and beautiful art, and was an enthusiastic dancer as
well as a discerning literary critic. She was a champion leg wrestler and not
afraid to prove it! She would beat you at Boggle, Hell or Scrabble every time.
She was also known for daredevil fun (especially after a few sips of whiskey)
like hijacking the boys’ Big Wheels with her friend Linda, and riding them at
breakneck shrieking speed down the mountain trail at the ranger station until
the wheels wore off. She had a special affinity for Ireland and Scotland and
all things Celtic and appreciated the opportunity to spend time in those
countries with her spiritual group. She was looking forward to traveling to
Scotland this spring with her special friends, Jan and John. It was no accident
that she worked in the health and wellness industry because her care was always
to help others. She loved her work these past years at Flathead Physical
Therapy using her healing hands and heart to help those in pain. It’s difficult
for all of us who knew and loved her to believe that she is gone because she
had such joie de vivre. She lived every moment that she was alive. There is a
huge hole in our lives where she should be.
She had a rich, strong marriage with her husband, Jim, and
was devastated by his sudden death of a brain hemorrhage in 2010. She had not
recovered from that grief when she was diagnosed with the cancer that finally
conquered her body, as it could not conquer her spirit. She was especially proud
and appreciative of her sons, and treasured them for their unfailing support
after their dad’s death and for their tender caregiving during her illness. She
used the last weeks before her death to console us and teach us how to die.
She is survived and
remembered with love by her sons, Barton (Amy), Shingle Springs, Calif.; Jeb
(Jacque), Hamilton, Mont.; and Colby (Sheryl), Littleton, Colo.; her sister,
Dawn Kennedy-Haeder (Dewey), Grangeville, Idaho; her
brother, Clinton Kennedy (Marlene), Cascade, Idaho; six grandchildren, Ashley,
Spencer, Josephine, Logan, Olivia, and Finley; nephews and nieces that she
claimed as her “first children,” Daren Fales, Melanie
Fales, Cinda Bodell, and Jason Fales; nieces
and nephew, Tara, Erin, and Conor Kennedy; and a large
extended family of aunts, cousins, and friends whom she considered family.
She was amazed by and grateful for her many wonderful
friends who took it upon themselves to be sure she had help every day for the
past year and a half, many traveling great distances to be there for her when
family members could not be, and for the Hospice nurses and workers who eased
her last days.
A celebration of Carlyn’s life was
Saturday, April 27, at the Swan River Community Hall, Highway 83 and Echo Lake
Road. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home handled the
Judith Mae LeBoeuf, 91, Nampa, Idaho
Our wonderful, loving, Godly mother, Judith LeBoeuf, 91, passed away on April 22, 2013, surrounded by
her loving daughters and family.
A viewing was held for family and friends on Friday, April
26, from 5–7 p.m. at Alsip Funeral Chapel. A funeral service to honor and
celebrate her life was held at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel Saturday,
April 27, at 2 p.m. A private burial was held at the VA cemetery on Monday, April
29, at 9 a.m.
Judy loved to paint; loved beautiful flowers and most of all
loved her Lord Jesus Christ. She studied the Bible and was determined daily to
“live out her faith.” She taught us all about loving others and to always
believe the best. She had a powerful prayer life. All her children and
grandchildren knew that they needed to be on her prayer lists, because when she
said she would pray, she would!
Judy was born in Payette, Idaho, May 8, 1921, to Ellen May
and Noah Irwin. She grew up in New Meadows, Idaho, and graduated from
Grangeville High School in 1939. She graduated from Kinman
Business College in Spokane, Wash., with a degree in business.
She married the love of her life, Eugene LeBoeuf,
in 1941 and they celebrated 65 years of marriage. In 1946 they moved to
Riggins, Idaho where Gene was the first elected mayor of Riggins and they owned
the Golden Rule Store. They lived for a few years both in Craigmont
and Grangeville, and settled for a time in Nampa, Idaho, in 1974.
They both went to work for Nampa Christian Schools and Judy
became the bookkeeper. They served together there for 11 years and in 1985 were
given the “Most Distinguished Service Award” in grateful appreciation for loyal
devotion and dedicated service to Nampa Christian Schools.
They retired and moved to Grand Junction, Colo., for five
years and moved back to Nampa in 1990 to be close to their son, Jim, who was
diagnosed with cancer.
Mom and Dad attended and faithfully served in their church
at Nampa First Church. Mom loved her Bible study group and their prayer group
that they had in their home and the wonderful teaching and fellowship she
received at her church at Nampa First Church. After Dad died she lived with her
daughters, Sunday Wesche and Susie Underwood, in
Eagle, Alaska, and Spokane.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen May and
Noah Irwin; her husband, Gene LeBoeuf; and infant
son, Mark; son, Eugene James LeBoeuf; grandson, Luke LeBoeuf; and son, Richard LeBoeuf.
Surviving family members include a daughter, Sunday R.Wesche and husband, Bud from Eagle, Idaho; and a
daughter, Susan Underwood and husband, Perry from Spokane, Wash.; and
daughters-in-law, Ronna LeBoeuf,
and Helen LeBoeuf; eight grandchildren, Rick (Andi) LeBoeuf, Tami (Jay) Thomson, Randi (Jon) Garrett, Johnny Wesche, Annie Wesche, Amy (Joel)
Peters, Christy (Cody) Kerr , Levi Underwood and Lindsey Smalley; 12
great-grandchildren, Justin, Kailey, Sydney, Madison
and Benjamin LeBoeuf, Melissa Thomson, Tyler and
Logan Garrett, Elizabeth and Jeriah Peters and
Tristan and Jonah Smalley.
Memorial donations may be made in honor of Judy LeBoeuf to Nampa First Church of the Nazarene or to Nampa
Clara Hornbeck, 78,
In spite of the cancer that invaded her body Clara was able
to pass peacefully away in the comfort of her own home in Lewiston on the
afternoon of April 26, 2013. She was born to James and Mary Crews in Columbus,
Ga., on June 25, 1934, and was the fourth of eight children. She was raised in
the small rural town of Fortson.
War has a way of separating families and the Korean War did
this to Clara. Not only did this engagement take the life of her brother,
Buddy; it also put in her midst a young soldier with a wandering eye that
spotted her working as a waitress in a café near Fort Benning
where he was stationed. For the first six months of his pursuit of her, she
thought his last name was “Cornpeck.” Having a sense
that his intentions were growing stronger and fearing a lifelong existence with
such a foul label she sought refuge with an aunt far to the north. Little did
she know that Terrence Hornbeck was from Michigan and tracking her down was
made much easier close to home. They were married July 9, 1952, in Columbus
and despite Clara’s dislike for cold her “soldier boy” would land her in
wind-blown and always chilly Craigmont as their first
home in Idaho.
Clara was only seeking warmth as a woman often does but she
ended up with a brood instead. Shirley, Troy and Steve divided all her
attention and focused all her mothering instincts as they grew to adulthood in
Grangeville. As was common in the ‘60s, women were entering the workforce and
Clara was among them. A brief stint as a nurse’s aide was followed by lengthy
employment at Howard’s IGA. From there she moved to their meat processing plant
where she acquired advanced skills to prepare her to handle the many wild game
carcasses her youngest would deliver to the door. With a few additional turns
in her career path, she would arrive at the position of which she was most
proud. Bob Waite appointed Clara as deputy auditor for Idaho County and she
served in this capacity throughout his tenure.
Summer was the season Clara enjoyed most during her life in
Idaho. It was finally warm! Many evenings were spent on local rivers with
picnic dinners and family swims. She always looked forward to the annual trip
to Red River Hot Springs; packing the family in the Edsel
for the thrilling trip up the winding dirt road dodging logging trucks through
clouds of dust along the way. Without fail it seemed she always had to attempt
to make friends with a mother moose when we reached the meadows. As fall would
near, most of the local bears would leave the mountains. When the huckleberries
ripened they were simply making way for the master picker. In addition to her
prowess on the mountain, Clara was also a threat on the lanes. Many years she
was the top or among the top lady bowlers in the local area. Clara also had a
high level of respect for education. She dedicated herself to the task of
obtaining her G.E.D. late in life and no head was held higher as she crossed
the stage to receive her certificate in a ceremony at Lewis Clark State
She would lose her soldier “Cornpeck”
in the early winter of 1983 and filled portions of her remaining 30 years with
Robert McKee from Hemmet, Calif., until his death in
2004. Loren Schussman shared the last four years of
our mother’s life. In his words, “All I wanted in return was to see that
beautiful smile.” He found it most often on the dance floors they shared.
Clara is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Jack); and son,
Steve (Paula); brother, Roy of Georgia; and sister, Margaret Ann of North
Carolina. She was preceded in death by her first-born, Terry who never escaped
her memory; husband, Terry; and son, Troy.
A viewing will be conducted at Vassar-Rawls in Lewiston from
12-6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Graveside services will be held at
Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville May 4, at 11 a.m. A gathering in her
memory will follow. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the
Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Disabled American Veterans organization.
Lucille G. Hester,
88, Riggins, Idaho
Lucille G. Hester, 88, Riggins, Idaho, died April 27, 2013,
at her home. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 30, at the Salmon
River Community Church in Riggins. Arrangements were by Boise Funeral Home, Aclesa Chapel.