La Grande, Oregon
Ida Nebeker Lyman, 96, of La Grande, died June 2 in Cedar Hills, Utah, at the home of Marsha and Ken Hildebrandt, her daughter and son-in-law.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., as well as before the funeral service, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday.
Ida was born March 25, 1911, to Joseph Wiley Nebeker and Annie Helen (Lindsay) Nebeker in La Grande. She grew up in the Mount Glen area. Her father died when she was 9, and she and her siblings helped their mother run the family farm.
Ida worked to put herself through college and became a teacher. One of her jobs was working at the Hot Lake Resort making pastries. Because teaching jobs were not available at the time, she moved to Salt Lake City and began working at Salt Lake Knitting, soon working her way up to be the supervisor.
In Salt Lake City she met Mark Lyman, and they were married Nov. 30, 1940, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in both La Grande and Salt Lake City and had two daughters. Mark died in 1944, four months before their third daughter was born. Ida then moved back to La Grande with her daughters.
After the girls were in school, Ida worked at several jobs, including in her brother Vern’s and brother-in-law Alfred Westenskow’s real estate and insurance business. She later worked as office manager at the Grande Ronde Hospital until retiring. She also served many callings in her church and spent one year working in the Seattle Temple.
After retiring, Ida spent many hours making quilts for her family, typing books for her daughters and doing much genealogy, learning to use a computer at about the age of 80. She was a great source of strength and inspiration to her family as well as many others. She didn’t like to ask others for help, but very much appreciated the many things others did for her.
Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Gayle and Paul Sewell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Marsha and Ken Hildebrandt of Cedar Hills, Utah, and Phyllis and Eugene Thompson of Rexburg, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 33-great grandchildren; sisters and their spouses, Gertie and Eugene Hibbert and Verda and Alfred Westenskow, all of La Grande; sister-in-law, Jeane Nebeker of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings, Vern Nebeker, Alex Nebeker, Helen Zaugg, Wiley Nebeker and Viola Barritt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family History Center of the LDS Church, 10807 S. D St., Island City 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending June 9, 2007 published: June 9, 2007
Transcribed by Dixie Ricker