Lela E. (Hunter) Lower
November 18, 1927
September 12, 2017
Our beautiful mother left
this world behind on September 12, 2017.
She will be greatly missed by many people.
Lela was born November 18,
1927 in Picabo, Idaho.
She was the
oldest child of John “Jack” Hunter and Ethel Baldwin Hunter.
In 1935, Jack Jr was born, and Lela had a
little brother that she would dote on.
They were close for their entire lives.
Jack Jr. preceded her in death, and she missed him very much.
Lela adored her father, and
she was the apple of his eye.
passing in 1968, she wrote a poem to him, expressing the many reasons why she
was proud of him for his wisdom, strength, and guidance.
Lela had those same traits herself.
Lela grew up in Blaine County,
Idaho, and graduated from high school in Hailey, Idaho.
After high school, she worked as a secretary
and administrative assistant at several government and legal offices.
On May 28, 1949, Lela married Raymond
They lived in the Hailey area,
and started their family.
born in 1950, followed by Ted in 1954.
Lela and Ray moved to Boise in 1956, in search of better employment
opportunities for Ray.
continued to grow, with Peggy born in 1957, and Kelley in 1960.
When the children were a little older, Lela
returned to office work.
She worked for
the Secretary of State’s office for several years, and then worked for the J.L.
Terteling Company until her retirement.
After her retirement, Lela
spent her time looking after her expanding family, with grandchildren, and
great grandchildren being added.
Ray became ill, she cared for him tirelessly.
After a long battle with cancer, Ray passed away in 2013.
Ray and Lela were married for 63 years.
Lela loved music and dancing,
and enjoyed playing her piano.
children fondly remember her turning cartwheels in the living room when they
were growing up.
She had a wonderful
laugh and her eyes sparkled when she smiled.
And she made the best cookies.
Lela loved to have company,
and ended every visit by encouraging her visitors to come back soon.
She was a caring person, who gave to those in
need, helped many who were suffering, and always had a shoulder for those who
Lela was devoted to her
church throughout her life, and followed its teachings faithfully.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew
Lela is survived by her four
children, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great
grandchild on the way.
She was preceded
in death by her husband, her parents, her brother, and one great grandchild.
Our Mama was a beautiful and
wonderful woman, a loving mother, a caring soul, a great friend, a giving heart
and a fierce protector.
The world is a
lesser place now.
Rest in peace,
You will always be remembered and