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Helen Floyd, 100, passed away February 6, 2018 at her home as the sun rose on her beloved valley and Owyhee Mountains.
There will be a viewing for Helen on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell and a memorial celebrating her life will be held at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, at 11:00 a.m. February 13, 2018. Following burial at Marsing-Homedale Cemetery, family and friends are invited to join the family at the Marsing Community Center for lunch and memory sharing.
Helen was born on April 29, 1917, to William and Pearl Downey. Her only sibling, Dorothy, was born on her birthday six years later. As a farm girl, Helen learned early on how to milk cows and drive a team of horses. Going to Sunday school meant a trip by horse and streetcar to Nampa. She attended Lone Tree Elementary and graduated from Nampa High School in 1936. It was there that Helen met a farmer named Harold Floyd. They dated and on November 2, 1937, they married and moved to a farm south of Nampa. Their children, Gayle and Jerry, were born there before the family moved to a farm in the Riverside Community in 1943. Daughter Shirley was born there.
Helen was always involved in the community, whether it was Riverside or Marsing. She and Harold were involved in the establishment of the Marsing Disaster Auction, a cause that was dear to their hearts and in which they worked tirelessly for many decades. Helen became known as the “Donut Lady” because of the fresh-cooked donuts that she helped to organize for the auction every year. Always ready to be a chaperone, Helen went on field trips and senior sneak trips with her kids. They were also active members of the Marsing Lions Club, often traveling with friends to meet members in other communities throughout Idaho.
But family was always most important to Helen. She loved her kids and enjoyed her grandkids immensely and treasured their visits. Her “goody drawer” was always stocked in anticipation of their visits.
Helen was preceded in death by Harold, her husband of 62 years, son Jerry, and sister Dorothy. She is survived by daughters, Gayle Hagler (Al) and Shirley Gibbens (Dan); grandchildren, Debra Servatius (Paul), Mary DuBois, Janet Westlake, Bryan Hagler (Amber), Wendy Everett (Chuck), Cindy Floyd, Becky Bosma, Lori Anderson (Scott), Jennifer Trull (Chris) and 24 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to the wonderful, compassionate caregivers from Home Helpers who enabled us to keep mom in her home. Thank you, also, to hospice nurse, Abbi, from Canyon Home Care and Hospice for her amazing care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Marsing Disaster Auction, PO Box 493, Marsing ID 83639 or the Sandbar (formerly Marsing Senior Center) PO Box 481, Marsing ID 83639. Condolences may be given at www.Flahifffuneralchapel.com.