Nellie M. Thatcher
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August 15, 1921 - April 7, 2014
Nellie M. Thatcher, 92 was received into the loving arms of family and friends in her heavenly home on April 7, 2014.
Nellie was born on the August 15, 1921 to Lewis Solomon Arbaugh and Minnie Mabel Dehorty Arbaugh in Pioneerville, Idaho. She grew up on the family ranch and learned at a very young age how to put in a hard day's work. She had a love for and unique connection with animals and nature, but her love of God and family supersedes any of her many and diverse hobbies, activities, and achievements.
Her first marriage was to Allen D. Adams. She married Kenneth E. Arnold of Grants Pass, OR on October 27, 1972 and they were sealed in the Oakland, CA LDS Temple on November 20, 1976. After his death in 1987 she married their mutual friend, Marion Paul Thatcher of Homedale, ID on May 27, 1988. She never considered any of her relatives to be "steps" and faithfully sent birthday cards to each of them until she was no longer able to do so about a year ago.
She is survived by a sister, Xinia I. Jones, Pioneerville, ID; her children: Esther M. (Vern) Pollock, Grants Pass, OR; Robert L. Adams (Cathy), Emmett, ID; George A. Adams (Elaine), Roseville, CA; Paul A. Adams (Suzy), Crowely, TX; Mary M. Smith, Las Vegas, NV; Philip R. Adams, Cumming, GA; and Rebecca L. (Mark) Davis, Willis, TX; 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 niece, 1 nephew, 4 great nieces, 3 great-great nieces, and a host of step children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jack Arbaugh; 2 sisters: Ruth Ella Arbaugh and Eva Nettie Goicoechea, a daughter, Ruth Nellie Adams Sahlie, 3 grandchildren and her late husband, Paul.
Friends may call at the LDS Chapel, Thurs, April 10th in Homedale from 6-8 pm. Graveside services will be conducted at the Hawthorne Memorial Gardens in Grants Pass, OR on Saturday, April 12th at 11:00 am.
Arrangements are with the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
In remembrance the family suggests you plant some flowers or vegetables in your garden- something she was famous for.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street
Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 9, 2014