Doris Skelton Barsanti, 85, of Shelley, peacefully left this world in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 16, 2014, at her home.
Doris was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Morris Raymond and Lavina Ella Burch Skelton. She graduated from Idaho Falls High School and worked on the class reunions for over 60 years. She also attended Montana State University in Missoula, Mont., for one year.
She married the love of her life, Earl Barsanti, on June 8, 1951, in Butte, Mont. She has lived in Shelley for the past 58 years. For 13 of those years, she and Earl owned and ran the S Bar Cattle Co. at the north end of town.
She was actively involved with and a member of the Shelley United Methodist Church and served on the board for many years. She loved singing in the choir, playing bridge and bingo, and being with groups of people.
She founded the Quick Response Unit in Shelley in 1973 and served as a trustee at the Idaho Falls Eagles Lodge and loved spending time there with her many friends.
She worked and retired from the RT French Co. and held other bookkeeping jobs in her life.
Her proudest moment was being elected Citizen of the Year in 1979 for the city of Shelley and being grand marshal in the yearly Spud Day Parade.
She is survived by her daughters, Diana (Bill) Blakely of Idaho Falls and Pat (George) Cremeans of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Bernadine (Ron) Garbarino of Butte, Mont.; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; as well as her extended family, Sally Hartert, Rich and Julie Ludholtz, Kathy Coats, Kenton Jensen and Gary Walters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; stepson, Earl Barsanti Jr.; brother, Morris Skelton; and one grandson.
The family wishes to send heartfelt gratitude to Hands of Hope Hospice and all close friends who helped with her final care.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at United Methodist Church, 190 S. Holmes Ave. in Shelley. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, both at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.