Darla Bair Heindel Mathews, 91, of Idaho Falls, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls due to an illness. The family would like to thank Life Care Center for helping her with her rehab.
Darla was born December 8, 1921, in Rexburg to Robert Welcome Preece and Mary Jerusha Bair Preece. She attended school in the Rexburg area. Darla grew up on a farm. Later in life, she worked in a bakery and took in ironing, where she was an expert.
She was first and foremost a homemaker. Darla lived in Hibbard for the first 18 years of her life and then moved to Idaho Falls, where she lived for 73 years.
On November 28, 1939, she married Harold LeRoy Heindel. They had one son and one daughter. Harold was killed in World War II on May 10, 1945.
On June 6, 1946, she married Lewis Grant Mathews in Idaho Falls. Darla and Lewis had one son. They were married for 62 years.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed playing cards, square dancing, cooking, quilting, was a great bowler, and a great mother, wife and grandmother. She was adored by her family.
Her focus was on her family and grandchildren. Anyone could drop by her house and you would not leave hungry. You were always wel come in her home. She loved all of her dogs. She was a perfectionist at everything she did, doing it the right way with the right tools. She came from the generation who believed when you went out, you dressed up and looked your best, and she always did.
Darla is survived by a son, Harold Richard Heindel of Farmington, Utah; a daughter, Darla Jean Storms of Idaho Falls; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold LeRoy Heindel and Lewis Grant Mathews; son, Lewis Lynn Mathews; her parents; a stepmother, Lila Preece; a sister, Verda Bair Preece Pincock; and three brothers, Dean Bair Preece, Perry Bair Preece and Robert Grant Bair Preece.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., with Bishop Steve Holtom officiating. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.