LaDean Jones Hill, 86, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2014 in her home in Rexburg, Idaho, after a full and rewarding life, surrounded by loving family members. Born June 17, 1927 in Blanding, Utah, to Thomas DeAlton Jones and Anna Mackelprang Jones, she was the youngest of five children. She was proud of her pioneer grandparents who came through Hole-in-the-Rock to settle in San Juan County, Utah.
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LaDean grew up in Blanding in an era of outhouses and dusty, unpaved streets. She had a quick mind and was valedictorian of the 1945 graduating class of San Juan High School. She graduated with honors in 1950 from Utah State Agricultural College in social work. She was an educational pioneer in her family, being the first in to receive a college degree.
LaDean met her eternal companion, Edward Eyring Hill, while a student at Utah State. After graduation, they took jobs in New York City, courted and became engaged in Times Square on New Year's Eve. They married on Aug. 1, 1951 in the Logan, Utah Temple.
LaDean loved her four children and taught them right from wrong. She also fed her children very well. They all remember her shepherd's pie, toast, eggs, hot homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. She was skilled at making a pioneer remedy, sticky gum salve, to heal cuts and bruises.
LaDean was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints every day of her life. She served as Primary president in Santa Cruz, Calif., in the 1950s. Those Primary workers called themselves the Bluebirds and had reunions for more than 50 years. She served as Relief Society president twice: in Parkland, Wash., and Rexburg, Idaho. Her tearful, compassionate heart and ability to listen patiently comforted countless women. LaDean served a mission with her husband in Little Rock, Ark., in the 1990s.
LaDean had a penchant for perfectly recalling names and songs. Ed estimated she knew more than 1,000 songs. Each evening they would sing together for about 45 minutes. Ed would play and sing from the printed page but LaDean knew all the words by heart. In her last days, though unable to speak, she would mouth words as her devoted husband would tenderly sing Danny Boy and Let Me Call You Sweetheart.
LaDean will be remembered for her welcoming nature, quick wit, charitable actions, willingness to work, service to her family, listening ears, appreciation of different cultures, love of her pioneer heritage, her laughter and tears and her devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. She will be greatly missed.
LaDean is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edward Eyring Hill; her children, Edward Jeffrey (Tamara Snell Mulford) Hill, of Orem, Utah; Scott Emery (Melody Loertscher) Hill, of Layton, Utah; Ted Howard (Lisa Garrison) Hill, of Mesa, Ariz.; Anne Kathryn (John) Murry, of Astoria, Ore.; 28 grandchildren (and 15 spouses) and 41 great-grandchildren (with three on the way. She was preceded in death by four siblings, (Cardon Jones, Kay Jones, Marva Laws and Alene May); one granddaughter (Heidi); and two daughters-in law, (K.C. and Juanita.)
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Rexburg 1st Ward, 314 East 2nd North, Rexburg, Idaho 83440. Viewings will be held Friday, June 6, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 pm at Flamm Funeral Home, 61 North 1st East, Rexburg, and at the church from noon to 12:45 pm. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the Perpetual Education Fund or the Temple Patron Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.flammfh.com.
Flamm Funeral Home
61 North First East Rexburg, ID 83440
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on June 5, 2014