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Rhea Luella Howard McBride


1922 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Rhea Luella Howard McBride Obituary
Rhea Luella Howard McBride died peacefully on February 1, 2018 with her family by her side. She was 95 years young.
She was born October 21, 1922 in Groveland, Idaho to LeRoy Elsdon Howard Sr and Hannah Gummersall Howard. She grew up surrounded by a loving family with two younger brothers, Elsdon and Frank. She learned the value of hard work as she grew to maturity. She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1940 where she loved to sing and act in musical festivals and drama activities.
Luella met her eternal companion, Harold William McBride, in the summer of 1940. They were married for time and eternity on December 17, 1941 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Their early married life was spent in Santa Monica, California. In 1943, after the birth of their first daughter, Harold moved the family back to Blackfoot while he served in the Army during World War II. When he returned from service, they made several places their home: Aberdeen, Blackfoot, and finally moving to Groveland where they bought a large house to raise their children. Over the years, six more children joined the family. In 1961 they bought a farm and moved their family to McDonaldville, and later in 1977, they moved to Moreland.
Luella worked many different jobs - she sold Avon, and drove school bus for a number of years, worked for June Johnson in her craft shop and later became the manager of the bakery at Carl and Don's Grocery Store. Her specialties were beautiful birthday cakes and elegant wedding cakes. 
After Harold retired, they served as temple workers in the Idaho Falls Temple. In 1984, they were called to be full time missionaries at the New York City Visitors Center in downtown Manhattan. Upon returning from this mission, they resumed their service in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Harold passed away in 1990, but Luella still wanted to serve the Lord and was called to a mission at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City where she served for two ½ years. Following that mission, she accepted another Family History call to assist in the 1851 Census project in the England Birmingham Mission. Once the census project was complete, she finished her mission serving in the London Temple for six months. After returning home, she moved to Alpine, Utah where she spent the next 16 years. In 2012, she moved to Moreland to live her son, Will, until her health declined. She then moved to The Gables in Blackfoot.
Luella loved to travel and was able to visit such places as Alaska, Europe, Jerusalem, and Hawaii. She enjoyed camping and outdoor activities with her family. A special way she expressed her love for others was by creating many wonderful individual birthday cards.
At 78 years old, Luella's love for missionary work was still strong and she willingly accepted a proselyting mission to Alabama Birmingham mission. Her service continued upon her return as a temple worker in Mount Timpanogos Temple.  She was diligent in her Family History work and often received recognition for indexing the most records in a month in her stake. Her dedication was a reflection of her love for her Heavenly Father and his commandments, and her strong, amazing testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
She was preceded death by her husband, Harold, her parents, four sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her seven children and one foster son: Julia (Edward J) Schneider, Tooele, Utah; Howard (Linda), Big Water, Utah; Katherine (Steve) Berger, Harrisville, Utah; Russell (Judy), Richland, Washington; Pheobe (Udell) Blackham, Alpine, Utah; William (Kathy), Blackfoot, Idaho; Janet (Donald) Henscheid, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and Earl Broyles, Lomita, California. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren, 78 1/2 great grandchildren, and 11 1/2 great great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Gables of Blackfoot and Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice for their kind and considerate care of their mother these last 3 years. She loved her aids and the friends she made while staying there.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Moreland 1st Ward Chapel, 740 W 175 N, Blackfoot, Idaho. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 7, 2018
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