Bertha Laree Hodges
1934 ~ 2014
Bertha Laree Hodges was born to Lee Hebert and Hazel Beckley Hebert at Hill City, Kansas on March 16, 1934. Laree passed away February 3, 2014.
Laree attended schools at Hill City through the 3rd grade. The family moved to Idaho in 1942. Laree attended school at the Japanese Relocation Center at Hunt where her father was employed. The family moved to Boise and later Eagle where Laree graduated from High school in 1951.
While working for A.T.& T. in Boise, Laree went on a blind date with Dean Hodges on September 8, 1952. She became engaged to Dean on February 14, 1953, and they were married on May 8, 1953.
In the following years, if you saw one you usually saw the other. They were seldom apart.
Dean became employed at Idaho First National Bank as a clerk on April 1, 1954. During the following years the family grew as did the banking responsibilities. Laree made homes for the family in Boise, Council, Marsing, Mountain Home, Rupert and again in Boise. Always there to support the children she too was there to support Dean in his banking and many civic activities.
Laree was an avid golfer and was women's Club Champion in Rupert in 1971.
In 1984 Dean accepted a banking position in Topeka, Kansas. This was an opportunity for Dean but a heart breaker for Laree as she found herself a 1,000 miles from her children and grandchildren.
Laree enrolled at Washburn University. After being out of school since 1951 she graduated 4 years later Summa Cum Laud. Then off to Kansas University where she graduated Summa Cum Laud with a Masters Degree in Social Work.
In 1994 Laree and Dean retired and moved back to Idaho to reunite with their family. Four years passed with Laree and Dean living in their mountain cabin in remote Garden Valley. In 1998 the couple built a home in Twin Falls and have lived there since.
Laree was a baptized member of the Episcopal Church for many years. She was right with God, right for Dean and a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Hebert and Hazel Hebert Weiss, sister Wanda Deal and brother-in-laws Bill Jacobson and Walter Deal.
She is survived by 3 sons and a daughter. Mick Hodges (Kyle) of Burley, Christene Schmidt (Kent) of Twin Falls, Brad Hodges (Kandi) of Boise & Gale Hayden (Carmen) of Eagle, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, 4 sisters and 1 brother.
Services for Laree will be held Saturday, February 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Anglican Church 707 W. Fort Street Boise, Idaho (corner of Fort and 7th.)
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Rescue Mission in Boise in her name.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 6, 2014