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Loah Esther (Hatch) Elison

1938 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Loah Esther (Hatch) Elison Obituary
Loah Esther Hatch Elison, 77, of Blackfoot passed away March 15, 2015 in Idaho Falls from complications due to Alzheimer's.  
Loah was born March 12, 1938 to David Holbrook Hatch and Priscilla England Hatch in Riverside, Idaho.  She attended schools in Moreland and Blackfoot. 
While in high school she met and married Don C Elison of Groveland.  They were married October 17, 1956 in the Idaho Falls Temple.  They lived and raised their family in Blackfoot.    
Loah had a marvelous sense of wonder and curiosity.  Her mother said her first word was "pretty." She loved nature and saw beauty everywhere and in everyone.  She would see the smallest flower or the grandest snow topped mountain with equal joy.  Even as Alzheimer's was stealing her mind she would walk many times a day yet stop and look with joy at the sky and fields and hills.  She loved gardening.  Her vegetable garden was a labor of love especially the rows of raspberries. She sowed flowers around her house, behind the fence and along the ditch bank.
She loved to read and always had books around.  There are hundreds of books in closets, in bookcases, in cupboards and spilling on to the floors. Her interests included poetry, history, geology, archeology, gardening, religion, and music. She was an exceptional cook and baker.  The world is a inferior place today because there will be fewer buttery rolls, pot roasts, caramels, sugar cookies, pies and snow white taffy.   
Loah was a master teacher.  She hadn't set out to be a teacher but began taking classes at Idaho State University while Barrett was in special education classes.  She was an advocate of children.  As she taught in church or in elementary school she brought love and education into their lives.  Her 10-11 year old "guide patrol boys", girl's camp young women, primary children, or students held a special place in her heart. She received the BSA Silver Beaver award for her service in scouting and the 1986 statewide Outstanding Parent for her service improving the lives of handicapped youth. 
She lived her life in the service of others, her family, her church, her students and always those who needed an advocate. She genuinely lived the gospel she loved. The world is richer and lives are better because Loah loved, taught and served. Her legacy is love.
She is survived by her husband, Don Elison; her five children, Brenda (Dana) Willis of Tucson, AZ, Debra (James) St. John of Blackfoot, Pamela ( Mike) Wu of Meridian, ID, Stephen (Richard Brown) Elison of Houston, TX and Barrett Elison of Blackfoot; she was blessed with 16 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She also survived by her sisters, Marilyn Worlton, LaDonna Anderson, Mavis Willey; and her brother, Brent Hatch.   
She was preceded in death by her parents, David Holbrook Hatch and Priscilla England Hatch.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the Wapello 2nd Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Robinson conducting.  The family will meet friends and family from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho and for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 18, 2015
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