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Lydia Beth RENFROW

Lydia Beth RENFROW

Female 1921 - 2016  (94 years)

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  • Name Lydia Beth RENFROW 
    Birth 1 Dec 1921  Fairfield, Camas, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    FamilySearch ID GMH3-VLF 
    Death 8 Aug 2016  Fresno, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lydia (Harris Renfrow) Spratt | 1921 ~ 2016

      Lydia was born at Fairfield, ID on December 1, 1921, and after living a very full and productive life, passed away at the age of 94 at Fresno, CA on August 8, 2016.

      Mom wrote about her life a few years ago, which seems a perfect way to let her story be told.

      I was born in the small town of Fairfield, Idaho. It's not a great deal larger now, but in those days there were many small towns and ranches spread throughout the Camas Prairie. There were also several summer elementary schools, for there was no way for children to get into the town school during the heavy snowfalls of the winter season. I attended one of these schools for eight years. It ran from "snow gone" to "snow comes", usually a 7 ½ month period. I was several years older than my two brothers, so often these long winter months seemed to last forever. One trip weekly, if we were lucky, to town in a horse drawn sled for mail and groceries.

      My childhood years were spent on a ranch or at a sawmill my father owned, which was located about a mile above what is now the Soldier Mountain ski lift.
      Upon entering high school, the family finally moved into town for most of the winter months. Basketball, drama and public speaking are my favorite memories of high school days. Upon graduation, I moved to Gooding and was employed at the State School for Deaf and Blind children.

      A few years later, I married my high school sweetheart (who had become a "Railroad Man") and for a time we moved around living in some strange and funny surroundings with the Union Pacific. After a short time, we moved to Nampa, where we raised 2 sons and 3 daughters. I am now a widow, the grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 9.

      My husband and I ran an evening telegraph school for 16 years during which time I also worked part time as a real estate saleswoman. I then decided to take the Practical Nurse course at the old Mercy hospital location and then transferred to the new Mercy Medical Hospital on its first day of operation, and I worked here until the Union Pacific moved us to Pocatello. Needless to say, it was a very happy day when my husband retired and we moved "Home to Nampa".

      I am now finding much pleasure in being a Mercy volunteer. I work in the gift shop and serve on the Volunteer Board. I am also a Eucharistic Minister serving patients for St. Paul's Catholic Church.

      She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Nancy Spratt (Michael) of Boise and their children, Brian and Bruce; son, Jerome and Shirley Spratt of Boise and their children, Tina, Nikki and Danielle; daughter, Mary Kathleen Mace of Spokane, WA and her children, David and Keri; daughter, Cheryl and William Racz of Boise and their children, Amanda, Samantha and Sarah; daughter, Christine Malsom and Sally Olson of Fresno, CA and Christy's children, Tony, Jenny and Jacob. Numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive her.

      Lydia was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce D. Spratt, on Easter Sunday 1993, and by her son, Michael B. Spratt, in 2000. Her parents, Mary and Carl Renfrow and Cliff Harris, and her brothers, Jack and David Renfrow, also preceded her in death.

      For many years, Mom shared her talents and gifts with family, church and community. She sewed most of her daughters' clothes including formal gowns and incredible costumes for parades, Halloween and drama productions. We will all remember the love she stitched into those amazing quilts, blankets and clothing for her grandchildren and some of those items are still being used today by her great-grandchildren. When St. Paul's church asked for baked goods, she was ready and willing to produce her famous mile-high lemon meringue pies. Mom's passion for service was evident in her dedication to the Catholic Daughters of America. In 1998, she was honored to be named the Idaho State Catholic Daughter of the Year. While volunteering in the gift shop at Mercy Hospital, she was teased about being her "own best customer."

      A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on August 29, 2016 at Saint Paul's Catholic Church, 510 W Roosevelt, Nampa, ID, at 11:00 AM with burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Saint Paul's Catholic Church Building Fund (1515 8th St. S, Nampa, ID 83651) for the new hall and school, or to a charity of your choosing in Lydia's name.
      Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel is handling the arrangements.
    Person ID I3832  Main
    Last Modified 21 May 2020 

    Family Bruce Daniel SPRATT, Jr.,   b. 22 Nov 1920, Fairfield, Camas, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 May 1968, Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 47 years) 
    Marriage 11 Jun 1941  Hailey, Blaine, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2024 

  • Photos
    Lydia Renfrow
    M. Jean Smith (left) and Lydia Renfrow (right)
    M. Jean Smith (left) and Lydia Renfrow (right)
    Jean Smith with friend Lydia Renfrow | 1936
    Lydia Renfrow (left) and M. Jean Smith (right)
    Freshman Class of Camas County High School
    Freshman Class of Camas County High School
    1935-36 Camas County High School - Sophomore Class
    1936-1937 Camas County High School - Junior Year

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