Gertrude Elizabeth Hulet
December 20, 1925 - October 9, 2012
Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Gertrude Elizabeth Gehring Hulet, passed away on October 9th at her home following a long illness. She will be truly missed, but always remembered by her family and all those whose hearts she touched.
Gertrude was born on December 20, 1925, in American Falls, Idaho. She was the first child born to Jacob and Christina Ruff Gehring, joined later by two sisters and four brothers. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Hunt Hulet, four siblings, and a grandson. Gertrude and Jay were married in Hollywood, California, on June 13, 1943, and sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on February 19, 1960.
She is survived by her six children and spouses: Barbara (Don) Hartley of Melba; Marilyn (Sid) Allen of American Falls; Janice Rudeen of Kuna; Linda (Michael) Ihli of Kuna; Marcia Hulet of Kuna; Blaine (Yvonne) Hulet of Murphy; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, as well as, a sister Elfrieda Gehring Chaffin, brother Kenneth (Nancy) Gehring, and sisters-in-law Barbara (Ronald) Gehring, and Virginia (Reuben) Gehring Arnold, and sister-in-law Lorraine Hulet.
Gertrude's early years were spent growing up in a family with strong German traditions. She attended grades one through six in a one room school house where she was one of a few children who could speak both English and German.
She graduated from American Falls High School as an honor student and married shortly after graduation. During her early married years, she was a serviceman's wife as Jay was in the U.S. Army during World War II.
She actively assisted her husband in their farming business for many years in American Falls. During those years, she cooked meals for nine hired men while raising six children. She knew the art of canning and canned peaches, pears, apricots, and cherries every summer for many years. The family moved to Murphy, Idaho, in 1967 where they farmed for nearly 40 years. During the Murphy years, Gertrude spent a lot of time on the road between Murphy and Nampa "running parts", especially in the summer. She was Chief Operating Officer and kept the home and business going.
Gertrude always supported her children in their school and community activities. She was the first woman to serve on the Melba School Board and served in that capacity from 1973 to 1975.
Gertrude enjoyed traveling with her husband and family, and they enjoyed many family vacations to Disneyland. Her daughters were always ready and willing to join her on shopping trips, going out to lunch, or traveling.
Gertrude was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served in many capacities over the years. She was very thoughtful and loved to give and receive cards. Many have felt her love as they received a note in the mail from her recognizing a birthday, anniversary, or holiday. Her unofficial calling was crocheting around baby blankets and burp pads which she did for every new baby in her ward. She took organ lessons at the age of 80 and enjoyed learning something new.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kuna Second Ward Humanitarian Aid Fund in care of Bishop Lane Thornton, 3224 S. Swan Falls Road, Kuna, ID 83634 or the Melba Valley Senior Center, 115 Baseline Road, Melba, ID 83641.
The family expresses their thanks for the kind care provided by her daughter Marcia, Treasure Valley Hospice, Care for Living, and Zeyer Funeral Home.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, October 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Zeyer Funeral Chapel located at 83 N. Midland Boulevard in Nampa, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at the Melba LDS Chapel located at 112 Randolph in Melba on Monday, October 15th at 1:00 p.m. followed by interment at the Melba Cemetery. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services on Monday.