Louina Newsome, a woman as unique as her name, passed away Sun- day, March 9, 2014, from a prolonged illness at the age of 64.
Louina was born May 5, 1949, to Louis Rossi and Wanda Chandler Rossi of Pingree, where she spent her childhood years.
Louina later mar- ried her high school sweetheart, Jack Newsome, in Wells, Nev., in 1967, and they were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in1983. They later divorced. They had three children, Rebecca, Bart and Brock, who they raised in Orofino, Idaho.
Louina was a very sharp and educated woman, earning a bachelor's degree as a registered nurse, a physician assistant degree from North Dakota and a doctorate in homeopathic medicine.
She worked at the Blackfoot Medical Clinic as a nurse for several years. She was also part of the collaboration to open the clinic at the Bingham County Jail, where she provided medical treatment for inmates and officers. She retired from Bingham County.
She started her own business called ChiZone, where she performed acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She enjoyed helping others with modern medicine as well as energy healing, which she so deeply believed in and was a gifted provider.
Louina was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed many callings, but her most rewarding was working with the Young Women.
Louina was involved in several musicals and had the starring role as Dolly in the play "Hello Dolly" in June 1983. This is where she received her nickname, "Dolly." It was one of the highlights of her life. She had numerous roles in local plays and also was a director. She also enjoyed singing at church, at weddings and whenever the opportunity would arise.
Louina enjoyed outdoor activities such as camping, boating, floating the river and Jet Skiing. She was also very creative, loved arts and crafts and always looked for opportunity to travel. She took great pride in her Italian heritage but was not able to visit Italy.
Louina was well-known by many in our community and around the country. We will never forget the huge impact she had on so many peoples' lives. We have lost an amazing, giving spirit and unique soul, but heaven has gained an angel.
Louina is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Bob) Perenoud; son, Bart (Cami) Newsome; sister, Joan Gay; brother, David Rossi; grandchildren, Shauny (Zach) Solinsky, Bron Solinsky, Stetson Solinsky, Sabra Newsome, Ridge Newsome and Bodie Newsome; and great-grandchildren, Jager and Ruger Boekholder.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Brock.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends and relatives one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at con dolences@hawkerfuneral home.com.