Regina “Jean” Catherine (Wemhoff) Dustin, 77: sister, aunt, friend, teacher, crazy granny, ... Mom, died early Dec. 9, 2016, in Meridian, Idaho.
In 1939, “Jean”, aka Mom, was lucky enough to be born and raised on a ranch outside Greencreek, Idaho. The ranch she grew up on consisted of wheat fields, horses, a one-room school house, cattle and combines, and of course several, foul, feather-coated creepy cringeworthy chickens!
In 1961, Mom married our Dad, Gary Dustin, who preceded her in death 32 years earlier almost to the day. Teaching was Mom’s passion from early on in life. From teaching kindergarten, to her work with special needs children of all ages, Mom worked tirelessly while raising four of the most wunder ... wond ... wo ... ornery kids a mother could ask for! Four kids who are now feeling slightly guilty for being the cause for her vast current wig collection.
Mom was the first-born child in 1939 to Sylvester “Buster” and Philomena “Phil” Wemhoff. She proved to be the quintessential rancher’s daughter. Sensible, humble, and frugal to the end. We are all pretty sure she invented the hand-me-down program!
Mom is survived by many that love her and we would like to honor her in a way that would represent her wishes. A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Risen Christ Catholic Community located at 11511 W. Lake Hazel Road, Boise. A memorial mass will then be held at the same location at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A lunch will be held in the dining room following Mass. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery, 9600 W. Hill Road Parkway in Boise. For all of those that live close, we would love to have you attend.
For all of the friends and family who live in distant lands that are quite possibly covered in ice and snow right now, don’t worry. We don’t want you to feel obligated to travel during this treacherous and busy time of the year. Instead, we invite you to a celebration of life party to be held in Grangeville, Idaho, once God paints the Camas Prairie in purple, green and gold again! Stay tuned to social media, your local paper, or the good old fashioned grapevine!
We love you mom, Godspeed!
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