Mora Sayer(1925 - 2014)

Mora Bae Williams Sayer, 89, formerly of Shelley, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at her son's home in Whidbey Island, Wash.

Mora was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Shelley to Sarah Belle Arave and Joseph Benjamin Williams.

She married Merlon Burdette Sayer on March 4, 1942, in Dillon, Mont. They were sealed March 4, 1955, at the Idaho Falls Temple. They lived in Shelley until 1958, when they moved to Mesa, Wash., where they lived until 1977, when they returned to Shelley.

Mora enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, making quilts, fishing, playing Scrabble and pinochle.

Mora graduated from LPN training in 1967. She was very proud as she always wanted to be a nurse. She worked 1 1/2 years at Othello Community Hospital, then returned to school and received her RN associate degree in 1971. Her daughter, Melody, graduated from the same RN program the following year. They were the first mother-daughter graduates in Washington State. Mora worked at Othello Community Hospital for six years, then at Idaho Falls Consolidated Hospital post-partum unit for an additional seven years.

Mora is survived by her daughters, Mora Lynne Dixon of Salt Lake City, Kathleen Bourne of Phoenix and Melody Jean Inzer of Spokane, Wash.; her son, Merlon Brent Sayer of Whidbey Island, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Belle Arave Williams Gillies and Joseph Benjamin Williams; stepfather, Jesse Archibald Gillies; husband, Merlon Burdette Sayer; three sisters, Glenda Fern Larson, Wilma Sarah Waters Edwards and Nyla Belle Chriswell; two brothers, Joseph Ambrose Williams and Rulon Arave Williams; and one great-grandson, Conrad Steven Lile.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Taylor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley.

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Nalder Funeral Home
110 W Oak St Shelley, ID 83274
(208) 357-3231

Published in Post Register on Apr. 24, 2014