Neva Parigian Butler, 84, of Idaho Falls, passed away peacefully in her home holding her daughter's hand Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, following a stroke.
She was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Basalt, Idaho, to Samuel Enoch Butler and Emily Myrtle Butler. She was raised and went to school in Blackfoot.
Neva always loved to dance. As a young lady, she went to as many dances as she could find and taught dancing lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in California. She loved good country music and watching her grandchildren dance around her house.
While living in California, she attended the College of Sequoias, where she received her nursing degree. She worked at nursing homes in California and Blackfoot, and also as an emergency room nurse in Blackfoot.
For years, Neva did her own nails and the nails of many friends after attending cosmetology school and becoming a nail technician. "Nails by Neva" was a fun hobby, and she loved looking her best and helping others to as well. Oftentimes she would do just one "fancy" nail for her young granddaughters.
Neva loved children. In her early years, she taught Primary in the LDS church. She always had a place in her heart for those who needed an extra mom or grandma. She loved, helped and housed many children and young adults over the years. Her love also extended to animals, and her children never remember a time when they didn't have pets. In her later years, she loved her three cats, Baby Doll, Cali and Tommy.
She always loved playing cards. Neva loved playing pinochle and cherished her friends from the Monday Nite Pinochle Club. It was the highlight of her week. She also enjoyed cooking healthy meals for herself and others, oftentimes making up a batch of rice pudding for her sisters when they were sick.
Neva was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Parigian; sons, Sam Wilcox and Marty Parigian; and sisters, Lillian Clark and Bonnie Burns.
She is survived by her children, Gayle Wilcox of Blackfoot and Pam Winn of Bakersfield, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Nora Reeder of Burley, Idaho, and Leah English of Idaho Falls.
The family would like to thank all those who made her last days comfortable: Brandi and Neely from OneSource Hospice, Matthew Johnson from Lincoln Court and Debbie Paulson from Quality Care. A big hug also goes out to the Idaho Falls 24th Ward, the Monday Nite Pinochle Club and all of the dear friends and extended family who have reached out in love and support.
Her family will miss her very much.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery. In case of really bad weather, we will meet at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .nalderfuneralhome.com.