Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Grandma Ada Irene Stuart

Warning! This is going to be a long post.

My dear sweet grandma, GG to my kids passed away on Monday! She is incredible! I love her and miss her already, as do our kids. We've had the opportunity the last couple of years to take her to church with us and spend some really great time building memories that I hope my kids never forget her and what an amazing woman she is. She shares a birthday with one of my girls and they loved to celebrate every year that they were birthday sisters. She taught me so many things mostly how to love and serve everyone! Tonight is the viewing and tomorrow the funeral so we have a couple wonderful days ahead of us to spend time with family and friends. I thought I would post a couple of pictures and her obituary from the local paper.

Ada Irene Stuart, 87, a long time resident of Inkom and formerly of Tyhee was reunited with her eternal companion, Monday, January 19, 2009.
Ada was born June 17, 1921 in Rose, Idaho to John Oscar Chaffin and Veda Irene Matthews. She was the oldest of six children. She had 2 sisters, Vera and Alice, 3 brothers, Roscoe, Fred, and John. She attended school in Henry, Lavaside, and Blackfoot, Idaho.

She married her sweetheart, Claude William Stuart, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 21, 1942. They lived in the Tyhee and Pocatello areas until 1960 when they purchased a dairy farm in Inkom which they operated until 1975. The farm was later developed into the Stuart sub-division and the Stuart Sports Complex.

Ada was the proud mother of 3 sons and 1 daughter. Stephen (Wende) of Pocatello, Argina (James Swenson) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Roscoe, (Betty Ann Wasuita) Mountain Green, Utah and Dean (Treina) of Chubbuck. She cherished her time with her 18 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Ada was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served faithfully in all of her church callings, touching the lives of many through her service in Relief Society, Primary, Young Women and approximately 8 years as a set-apart temple worker in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.In 1978 Ada and her sweetheart served an honorable, fulltime mission to the Hawaiian Island Mission which included the island of Yap.

Ada was known as a great comforter through her service and love to others. Known not only for her acts of kindness and comfort but for the many “Grandma blankets” that she and grandpa made which continue to comfort her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to this day. As a little lady she was a giant of a worker. She and Claude worked side by side, farming, milking cows, picking raspberries, canning fruit, raising a family and creating a beautiful yard. Later in their retirement years, they worked for several years for Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel.

Ada was famous for her rhubarb pies which she would often give to those who stopped to visit. Until health issues made it impossible, Ada and Claude would attend any important activity that involved their family whether it was in Idaho, Colorado or Utah.

Ada was preceded in death by both parents, her siblings, her sweetheart Claude, her son, Roscoe, and great-grandson, Braxton Young.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Quality Home Care and Creekside Hospice for the incredible support during the recent few weeks.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January, 22nd at 11 am at the Inkom Ward Chapel, Inkom, Idaho with Bishop Gordon Lish of the Inkom 1st Ward officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 21st at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel 510 N. 12th Ave. from 6-8 pm and also on Thursday, January 22nd, from 10-10:45 am at the church. Interment will be in the Inkom Cemetery. Visit for online condolences.

We love you GG (great-grandma)


Mohna said...

That was sweet of you to put up a post of your grandma! She is a very gentle a kind person. I'm glad I was able to meet her and get to know her a little bit. I bet she will be missed by many!

Kristy said...

That was a great post Jen, thanks for doing such a wonderful job. I am so thankful you were able to help GG all of these years. You are an Angel.

Priscilla said...

Sorry about your family's loss. Sounds like she was a wonderful person!

Laura said...

I too am so happy that I was able to get to know her a little bit these last few years. She truly was an amazing women.

Gammy said...

trying to learn how to leave comments. I'm glad your family had such a special relationship with GG. She was a wonderful lady and I love her a lot too.

Ruuddudes said...

Oh, I didn't even know your sweet grandma, but this post made me teary! Aren't you so grateful for Forever Families?

Gammy said...

I'm just trying to figure out how to leave comments. You did a great job on Grandma's memories.