Elva Lucille (Jagger) Stands, 94, died on January 20, 2016, at Grace Assisted Living in Nampa, Idaho of natural causes. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, January 25, 2016, at 11a.m. at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise.
Elva was born July 2, 1921, in Oklahoma, the fourth of six children born to Barbee and Bessie Jagger. She grew up in Burr Oak, Kansas, during the Dust Bowl. She married Neal Stands, the love of her life, in Seiling, Oklahoma, on August 6, 1939. The young couple moved to Boise and raised three sons. They were married for 53 years.
Elva opened Jolly Time Kindergarten on Emerald Street in 1951. She taught morning and afternoon classes for twenty-six years. Students stayed in contact with her for the rest of her life. Her passion for learning and love of teaching inspired her sons to pursue careers in education.
Elva will be fondly remembered for her storytelling, recitations, and comical skits that she and Neal performed at gatherings and family reunions.
After retiring Elva’s lifelong dream for travel began with the purchase of their first Airstream trailer. For the next dozen years, she and Neal traveled throughout the United States, exploring national parks, traversing the backroads and visiting family and friends along the way. While wintering on Florida’s Sanibel Island, Elva developed her keen interest in seashells. She collected thousands of shells, researched the origin and labeled each one. She shared her shell collections with classrooms and senior groups. Later, the couple called Apache Junction, Arizona home, where she enjoyed the desert’s flora and fauna.
After Neal’s death, Elva moved back to Boise to be close to family. In 2004, she treated every member of her family (26 in total) with a tour of Alaska. Throughout her eighties she continued to travel to far away places. She enjoyed reading newspapers, keeping up with current events and Boise State football.
Elva’s faith in Jesus Christ never waivered. To the end she joyfully expressed her love for God, giving thanks to Him for her wonderful life, loving family, and many blessings.
Elva dearly loved her family, and is survived by an older brother, Albert Jagger, of Eugene, Oregon, her three sons and spouses, Gordon (Susan) of Nampa, Idaho, Duane (Linda) of Buhl, Idaho, Dennis (Mary) of Vancouver, Washington, five grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Grace Assisted Living and First Choice Hospice for their excellent care and the loving concern they shared with Mom.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.