Lenna H. Deist, 92, of Idaho Falls, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Turtle & Crane Assisted Living Center. She was under the care of her loving family.
Lenna was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Clifton, Idaho, to Simon Sidney Hooker and Emma Ann Howell Hooker. The youngest of nine siblings, she grew up and attended schools in Clifton until age 12, when she moved to Idaho Falls to live with her oldest sister and brother-in-law. She attended O. E. Bell Jr. High and then graduated from Idaho Falls High School. Lenna attended the University of Idaho, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She also attended an interior design school in New York City.
On Nov. 4, 1944, she married Wesley Walter Deist at Ft. Pierce, Fla., after traveling from New York City by train. To this union were born three children, Dana (deceased), Kelley and Holley. After marrying Wes, she moved back to Idaho Falls while Wes left to serve in World War II as a frogman.
Lenna worked at First Security Bank and was employed by Clyde Hess and Son Distributing. She worked 13 years as a credit manager and also in-house controller, a job which she created at Sacred Heart (Parkview) Hospital. Lenna then moved to United Insurance Agencies, where she worked until well past retirement age. During this time she was also secretary of the Ladies Golf Association and was on the Board of Directors for the Medical Credit Union.
Lenna was an avid tennis fan and golfer, and she taught many how to ski as well as play golf. Later in life, her biggest passion was her granddaughters. She loved watching them in multiple sports and theatre productions. She hardly missed an event, no matter what distance the drive. They all learned etiquette, grace and self-reliance from one who truly set an example, and they will always remember her love for baking and gardening. She will be sorely missed.
Lenna is survived by her son, Kelley S. (Shannon) Deist of Idaho Falls; daughter, Holley (Chris) Deist duPont of Ketchum, Idaho; six granddaughters, Morgan Jensen, Katie Curtis, Whitney Deist, Emilie duPont, Lexi duPont and Madeline duPont; a great-grandson, Knox Jensen; and great-granddaughter, Noa Curtis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; eight siblings; a son, Dana Deist; and her husband, Wes.
We would like to thank Joyce Williams, head of Turtle Team 1 staff, for the tremendous care they gave to our mother.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., prior to leaving for the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be made to the Lenna Deist Youth Tennis Program, 520 Memorial Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83405.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.