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Thelma Hennebold


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Thelma Hennebold Obituary
Thelma Hennebold, 93, of Pingree, Idaho died Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, from an aneurysm.
She was born August 13, 1922 in Rockford, Idaho to Herbert and Ethel Proctor McKinney; fourth of 10 children. Although she grew up during the Depression, she remembered with fondness and warmth the simple joys of swimming in the canal and playing kick-the-can and baseball with her brothers, sisters, and friends. In school, she lived to play basketball - a 5'4" center on the girls team.
She began working at an early age and in a variety of jobs that included the Rockford Merc, and Kraft Dairy in Blackfoot. She also lived with various families in the area to care for their children and help with household duties.
Her family moved to a farm in Pingree where she met and later married Hans Hennebold who owned a nearby farm. They were married on March 23, 1942 and she began her career as a farming partner, wife, and mother.
She enjoyed life and lived it well. She knew what she liked, and had high hopes that others would like it as well. She taught her children and many of her grandchildren to love fishing. She delighted with their catches but was equally delighted when she "skunked" them. She enjoyed camping with Hans and her young children in an army surplus tent, and later in a motor home. She and Hans took many motor home trips that ranged from a few days in the Idaho mountains to a few weeks across the United States and Canada. She was happy for her opportunity to travel to Europe and cruise with friends and family to Alaska, Nova Scotia, and Hawaii.  
Thoughts of her cooking -- of her pies, biscuits, pot roasts, etc. -- spark wistful memories in her children and grandchildren. Recalling her love of games evokes memories of her spirited competitiveness.  She loved to win, and most of all she loved to take the bid and win a Pinochle game with a moon-shooter.
She was an avid reader, and it had literal meaning when she said she "couldn't put the book down". Countless books were read by her in a day or two. She loved raising chickens and gathering their eggs, but she also loved their wings with a crispy fried coating.
Although she moved to Salt Lake City in later years, she always considered Pingree to be her home. She had long-lasting friendships with the Circle 4 women from the Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Church, neighbors, and others in the community.  
Thelma is survived by her six children; Janet Webb (Bruce), Nancy Markham (Steve), Judy Estep, Alan, Connie Madden (Larry), Jon (Karla), ten grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Hans, 1 grandchild, and 8 siblings. We will always be grateful for her love, care and example in life. She will be greatly missed.
The family will meet with friends on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday March 25, 2016  at the United Memorial Methodist Church, 168 S. University Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho
Condolences may be sent online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 22, 2016
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