Ida Kay Ross Richins, 79, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Idaho Falls after a courageous battle against cancer.
Kay was born June 7, 1934, in Rupert, Idaho, to John Harold Ross and Lillian Gertrude Wheeler Ross. She spent her early years in Rupert and Aberdeen.
After graduation, she took a job in Jackson, Wyo., where she met her future husband, Dean Keith Richins. On one of their dates, he took her to sit in front of the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he planned to be married. She investigated and joined this same church. On Dec. 30, 1952, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple.
They started their family while Keith was in the service in North Carolina and continued building onto their family in the Shelley area. During these years, she lost her husband to an industrial accident but continued raising the children with pride. After the children left home, Kay moved to the Idaho Falls area.
She filled her life with family and others. She served in various ward and stake positions in her church, including missions to Peru, Texas, Ireland and Jamaica.
When cancer struck again, she was forced to stop working in the elementary school with children as a foster grandmother. She was well-loved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Dean (Sharon) Richins of Orem, Utah; daughters, Debbie (Terry) Rieth of Idaho Falls, Tammy Richins of Idaho Falls, Deanna (David) Fried of Shelley, Linda (Albert) DeLaGarza of Idaho Falls and Karen (Gary) Davis of Idaho Falls; one brother, John Ross of Los Altos, Calif.; two sisters, Shirley (Jay) Beck of Aberdeen, Idaho, and Jenny (Mike) Mahoney of Meridian, Idaho; 22 grandchildren; 39-plus great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillian Ross; daughter, Shirley Louise Richins; and grandsons, Jeff Lynn and Merlin Dean Dial.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Shelley 1st, 4th and 8th Ward building, 184 N. Park Ave. The family will meet with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Shelley. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .nalderfuneralhome.com.