Nelda Gene Peterson Fillmore, 89, of Shelley, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 5, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Kimberly, Idaho, to Carson and Mabel Mabey Peterson. She was the oldest of four children.
It was while Nelda was in Burley, Idaho, that she met the love of her life, Ray Laurel Fillmore. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity June 1, 1945. Saturday, June 1, 2013, marked their 68th wedding anniversary.
Her childhood years were spent in Kimberly. She graduated from Kimberly High School in 1942. She attended Albion Teaching Academy in Albion, Idaho, and graduated May 31, 1944, and furthered her education by earning a bachelor's and master's degree in elementary education from Idaho State University.
Early in her teaching career, she taught in Hazelton, Burley and Idaho Falls. But it was in Shelley, in her second-grade classroom at Goodsell Elementary, that her love of learning inspired so many. She spent 26 years teaching for the Shelley School District, retiring in 1986.
After retiring, Nelda and Ray spent many winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., and St. George, Utah.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings. She loved to serve others and was devoted and faithful in all she did. Her talents and hobbies were cooking, gardening, traveling, shopping and painting. One of her greatest achievements was that she created a warm and loving home, a place where she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and always making others feel welcome.
Nelda is survived by her loving husband, Ray Fillmore of Shelley; and children, Linda Black of Shelley, Debbie (Mike) Carter of Shelley and Ray (Janet) Fillmore Jr. of South Jordan, Utah. She has 11 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lois; and two brothers, Larry and Richard.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the Shelley 3rd/5th Ward Chapel, 513 S. Park Ave. The family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
A special thank you to Bonaventure Assisted Living and Solice Hospice for their compassion and kindness shown to our mother.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.