Jeneane Youngstrom died Jan. 30, 2010, at her home in Arco, Idaho, following a brave battle with cancer.
Jeneane was born May 13, 1936, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Leland and Verda Bailey. She was the third of five children. As a child, Jeneane's father was killed by a train, leaving her mother a widow at the age of 28 with five young children. Jeneane's mother later married Ed Paulus, who adopted all five children. Verda and Ed then had a daughter together.
The Paulus family left Idaho Falls in the early 1940s as Ed was following construction. In addition to Idaho Falls, Jeneane attended school in Carey, Moore, Mackay and Arco. Jeneane left school after her sophomore year to marry Frank "Bud" Gamett.
Jeneane and Bud were married Nov. 21, 1952. They made their home in Moore. Bud and Jeneane became the parents of four children. They divorced in 1968. Jeneane and the four children then moved to Arco. She married Jack Youngstrom on Dec. 23, 1971. They divorced in 2008.
At age 36, Jeneane completed her GED. This was a fact of which she was very proud. After a life of trying to make it without an education, she was an advocate to all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren about the value of learning and obtaining an education.
Jeneane was a woman who had more energy than you could imagine. She could outwork anybody on any given day. She ran the Arco Village Club since 1968. She also co-owned a tree farm, was the sole caretaker of the minipark on Arco's main street, and maintained a huge, beautiful yard all on her own. She was an avid gardener, card player, coin collector and antique shopper. Despite all of this, nothing could trump her family. She was the glue that held it all together.
Jeneane is survived by her children, Buddy (Tammy) Gamett and Judy (Jon) Stedtfeld, both of Arco, and Randy (Kim) Gamett and Brent (Laurie) Gamett, both of Moore; siblings, Elaine (Forrest) Scouten of Moore, Leland (Arlene) Bailey of Brigham City, Utah, Betty (Bill) Muir of Idaho Falls and Josie (Brent) Pearson of Arco; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland Bailey and Verda and Ed Paulus; sister, Lela Yager; and great-granddaughter, Sydney Kim Gamett.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Arco, under the direction of Lost River Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lost Rivers EMTs in Arco.