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Leila Cannon 96 years young Our dear Mother/Grandma, Leila Cannon, passed away on April 12, 2014 at the age of 96. Born April 6, 1918, in a soddie homestead on farmland in Malad, ID, she was the 7th of 12 children born to parents Henning and Mary Christensen. First, moving to Ogden, UT, they then settled in New Plymouth, where she met, Karl N. Cannon. After graduation she joined Karl in Portland, OR where they married in 1936. In the midst of bearing 4 kids, Mother and Dad built our home in Maplewood, OR, with only hand tools, determination, and our Dad's natural skills. Growing up during the Great Depression Mother had learned to be frugal, to clean houses as a child for a nickel a day, and how to use every morsel of food in the pantry. While we were growing up, she picked produce to help with finances, made homemade everything, and cried when an earthquake knocked over a new hutch, breaking her dishes. In 1955 we began the move south. First, to Eureka, CA., then to Sacramento, to finally settle in San Diego near the ocean. In all her ventures, Mother loved collecting sea shells and helping Dad gather clams and oysters. It was in San Diego that she found the religion that would maintain her until the day she passed away. In 1958 Mother was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Mother and Dad returned to Idaho in 1976, following family who had moved here earlier, purchasing a small home in southeast Boise. She enjoyed gardening vegetables and the flowerbeds that were admired by many. She was still laying bricks in her yard at the age of 89. Dad passed away in 1990 from emphysema, and her beloved son, Carl Dean, passed away under hospice care at her home, in 2007 from lung cancer. A fall in 2008, coupled with failing eyesight, forced Mother to move into an assisted living facility. Selling her home meant leaving behind many memories. After five years Mother had to move into a nursing home where she remained until passing. We are grateful for the loving care she was given at Avamere Transitional Care. We will always be grateful for the many friendships Mother made with other Jehovah's Witnesses. Their continued attention and love gave her solace, her belief as a Witness gave her hope. Mother was preceded in death by her husband, Karl Nelson Cannon, son, Carl Dean Cannon, and all but one sibling. She leaves behind those who love her dearly, daughters Virginia (Roy) Sorenson and Janice (Ronald) Conta of Boise, son, Rodney Cannon of North Carolina, her sister, Joan Fielding, Caldwell, grandsons Sean (Jackie) McDonald, Brady (Paula) Cannon all of Boise, and Dale (Michelle) Cannon of North Carolina. Also, seven great-grandchildren, one great, great granddaughter, and those she stayed close to, ex-daughters-in-law Jeanne Cannon of Boise, Maryann Ibbotson of Arizona, and ex-son-in-law Mike McDonald of Boise. The family will have a private gathering to spread her ashes at a later date. Age, infirmity, and finally her passing have not diminished her place in our hearts. We will forever cherish the gifts she left us: The memories, the lessons, the love. Read Obituary
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