Mary Jauregui

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Mary Imogene Jauregui
June 18, 1920 - March 30, 2013
Our mother, Mary Imogene Jauregui, passed away quietly on the morning of March 30, 2013, at The Cottages in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 92. The last surviving member of the original Chatfield clan which homesteaded in Richfield, Idaho, beginning in 1910, Imogene will come to rest at the Meridian Cemetery with her husband, Luis Jauregui. They will live forever in our hearts, minds and souls. We will miss them both dearly.
After our father died eight years ago, Joy Reeb, the keeper of the Chatfield history and genealogic flame, asked our mother to write a short story of her life for the family archives. We are pleased to share an excerpt from that story below, in our mother's own words:
"Mary Imogene first saw the light of day on June 18, 1920, in the ranch house of Mary (Maidie) Patrick Chatfield and Christopher Otho Chatfield at Richfield. Idaho. Grandmother, Mary Mariah Chatfield, Otho's mother, was a midwife and helped with the birth.
The baby girl weighed 9 pounds and was healthy even though she had a wobbly head, which she soon outgrew. She joined four siblings, Walter Alexander, Edna Arlie, Crandall Fayette and Allison Beth and two years later by Leslie Odell.
Imogene started to school at age 6 (1926) and made many friends who remain friends today. In 1926 her mother took the 4 youngest children to Florence, Colorado, to visit Grandma and Grandpa Patrick, Mom's parents. 'We all rode on a train and played on the banks of the Arkansas River.'
During High School Imogene met a Basque boy from Dietrich. Arlie taught school at Dietrich. She said those Basque boys were the nicest boys in school. After graduation Imogene married the oldest one, Luis Jauregui on July 3, 1938. She was never sorry. They had 4 children, Mary 1940, Paul 1941, John 1950 and Jim 1956. Who could ask for more?"
What set our mother apart was her life-long love of family and children, for whom she fashioned magnificently colored quilts. But she also was dedicated to her work at the Nampa-Meridian Irrigation Company, the local Catholic Church and a variety of community activities in Meridian, Idaho, where she lived for sixty years.
We, Imogene's children, live on with our families: Mary in Kimberly, Paul (Vickie) in Boise, John (Christy) in Garden Valley, Jim (Tammie) in Eagle. Imogene leaves to this world a legacy of 11 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. May they all be as happy and prosperous as their (great) grandmother. Our special thanks go out to the staff of The Cottages in Boise and Treasure Valley Hospice for their very kind service and dedication to our mother's needs in her last days. Our hearts and thanks go out to Mom's long time caregiver and good friend, Laura.
We would also like to acknowledge all of our mother's extended Chatfield clan and friends who have made her life so wonderfully rich in God's pocket here in southern Idaho. Mom had a good life. You all made it sparkle. Thank you.
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, April 5th at 10:30 AM at the Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Rd. in Meridian followed by interment at the Meridian Cemetery. A viewing will held one hour before the service. Services are under the care of Accent Funeral Home in Meridian. In lieu of sending flowers, please make a "Tribute Gift" in Mary Imogene Jauregui's name by contacting the ST. LUKE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SCHOOL by calling (208)381-2209 or e-mail foltmans@slhs.org. Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.AccentFuneral.com

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 3, 2013