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Lila Jarvis


1927 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
LILA JARVIS Lila Jarvis, a Paradise resident the past 62 years, died at her home October 2 after a brief illness. Jarvis was born in 1927 in Lake Norden, South Dakota, the youngest of 6 children, to immigrants from northern Finland. Her dad was a homestead farmer. Jarvis moved to Berkeley in 1941 and graduated from Berkeley High in December 1944. In June 1948 she married Ken Jarvis. Jarvis quit her job as secretary to the treasurer of the Federal Land Bank in 1950 to raise a family. In January 1952 Jarvis and her husband moved to Paradise seeking a dryer climate for her. When her family were grown, Jarvis helped her husband in his State Farm insurance agency. Jarvis was a life-long member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America, a branch of the conservative Laestadian revival movement. Where Laestadian fellowship was not available, Jarvis attended other churches, including a Baptist church in South Dakota, Magalia Community Church in the 1950s with like-minded believers the Abkens & Schonbergs, and later the Nazarene church. Jarvis also actively practiced the power of positive thought and emotion. Jarvis enjoyed her trips to visit her far-flung family and attend church conventions, and her trip to her parents' homeland. Jarvis also loved gardening, handwritten correspondence, & good nutrition. Jarvis is survived by her sister Gladys of Oregon; 4 daughters, Lani (Dave) Siirtola of Michigan, Loretta (Dean) Fittinger of North Carolina, Lona (Randy) Suomi of Idaho, & Luella of Washington; son Kevin of Oregon & Ukraine; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Jarvis's husband of 48 years, Ken, died in 1996, and her son Mark in 2010. Visitation will be Monday, October 6 from 6:30 p.m. at Paradise Church of the Nazarene. The funeral will be Tuesday, October 7, at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Richard Niska of Portland will officiate. Burial will follow in Paradise cemetery.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2014
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