October 25, 2009

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IDAHO FALLS, ID -- Elna Valeen Hunter Leymaster, 95, of Idaho Falls, passed away on October 26, 2009, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

She was born November 17, 1913, in Heman, Idaho, to William Leslie Hunter and Margaret Elizabeth Jenkins Hunter. She attended elementary school in Heman and St. Anthony. When she was 15, her father passed away and the family moved to Idaho Falls where she graduated from Idaho Falls High School. She attended one year at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and then a year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She returned to Idaho Falls to help her younger sisters attend college and worked as a secretary at the Teton Peaks Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Elna then worked as a secretary for Peterson Furniture. During this time she met her future husband, Donald E. Leymaster.

On February 14, 1942, she married Don. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1946. Together, in 1944, they opened Leymaster Jewelry in downtown Idaho Falls. They had four children. She was completely dedicated to her husband and children. She was an exemplary wife, mother and grandmother.

Elna was active in the community, was a member of the Idaho Falls Music Club, and a member of the PTA. She was a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many leadership and teaching positions, including 3rd Ward Relief Society President. She had strong values instilled into her from early childhood. A long life full of experiences made her the strong, independent woman that she was, enduring some very difficult times. She worked at the store until she became ill and passed away.

Because of her long life and love of being active, cheerful, hardworking, helpful and independent, Elna Leymaster is leaving a great legacy for all her posterity.

Survivors include:
Daughter: Anne Leymaster, Idaho Falls, ID
Daughter: Jane Leymaster Priest, Idaho Falls, ID
Son: Craig E. Leymaster, Boise, ID
Seven grandchildren
Seven great grandchildren
Sister: Phyllis (Charles) Goldthorpe, of Tustin, CA
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lynne; sisters, Nila Bigler, Zella Swenson, Ines Schultz, Wilma Bennion; and her brother, Clyde Hunter.

Funeral Services will be at 12 Noon Saturday, October 31, 2009, at the Idaho Falls LDS 3rd Ward, 2025 Jennie Lee Drive, with Bishop Carroll Perkes officiating. The family will visit with friends from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction Wood Funeral Home.


Condolences received online:

Jenetta Jesperson and Family
We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories give you strength.
Jesperson Family

Roger and Connie Wright
Jane and family,
We extend our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Your Mother was always friendly, kind and sweet.

ILona(Young) Lewis
Anne Leymaster - I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I've spoken to those who seem to think that because a parent is old, the loss is somehow diminished. I know from experience that the loss of a mother, no matter the age, is tremendous. I also know that her spirit is present every day. Although I haven't seen you in a long while, wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and wanted to express my sorrow for you and your family. (Hopefully you remember me, it's been such a long time since the class of "65") God be with you and yours.

Louise DeRoche
Anne, Jane, and Craig
I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I know it's very difficult to loose a Mom, but she is now free from pain, sickness and strife, and she is with you Dad and other family members.
Stay close to each other and support each other through this time. May you be blessed with comfort and peace.
Louise DeRoche

Shirley Chastain
On behalf of the Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corp., we express our deepest sympathy of the passing of your mother. Leymasters is a huge part of Historic Downtown and her strong and witty personality will be in our memories forever. Owning/managing a business for 65 years is a major accomplishment.

Spencer A. Cranney
Dear Jane and Family,
With sympathy and love, we extend our thoughts and prayers to you all. Your mother was a wonderful woman of grace, dignity and beauty. Her life was full and meaningful. Her example was of goodness, of service and of kindness. Surely, her rewards will be great.
May the blessings you seek and those you stand in need of at this very important time, be yours.
Spencer & Anita Cranney
North Las Vegas, NV

Lucy & Jim Collette
We were so sorry to hear about your mother. She was She a very classy lady and always so friendly down at the store. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time.
Lucy & Jim Collette

Norma (Roberts) Nelson
Merlin and Norma Roberts family and Roger and Norma Nelson extend our condolences on the passing of your mom. The Lord has been good to her and she has lived a good life. May we appreciate all she's done in her lifetime.

The Buckholtz Family
We have just heard the news this evening and are so deeply saddened to hear about Mrs. Leymaster.
Elna was such a neat woman and such a pleasure to speak with... She was a woman who took great pride in her children and grandchildren, as well as in her business. She was graceful and charismatic, and she was never too busy to "chat" when we came in to the store. Elna always had never-ending patience with our boys with all of their many questions and "touching" everything in her store. It never phased her...She made us all smile.
We will surely miss coming next door and seeing her in her pretty red sweater, always primped and looking her best. She was one of the hardest working woman we have had the pleasure of knowing and we will never forget her.
Elna, although you may be gone from this earth, we know you are now with your Father in Heaven in his Kingdom.
Downtown will not be the same without you...
Anne, Jane, Blake (and family we have yet to meet): May God Bless your family and be with you during this time of pain and mourning. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Warmest Regards,
The Buckholtz Family

Mr, & Mrs. Eric E. Boody
Dear Anne, Jane and Craig,
We love all of your family and admire Aunt Elna, Uncle Don and all of you for your hospitality, generosity, hard work, love of the Lord and love that you have shown to all of us!
Thank you so very much!
Ann, Eric, Elder Hunter E. Boody, Rachel, Clark, Rex, McKay and Grant

Linda Nadauld Proctor
Leymaster Family
Your mother, grandmother led an awarding, prestigious life. She was well known in the community as a hard working, dedicated woman. My prayers are with you.

Jodie Wedman
I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. My heart aches for you. Take the time you need to grieve, and just know that I am thinking of you and your family. I care about you very much. If you ever need anything, please let me know. I know you have many fond memories of your mom, and she will be greatly missed. Please take care, my special friend.
Jodie Wedman

Dane & Sherry Watkins
Dear Leymaster Family, I want to send my condolences on the recent passing of your mother. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a great person, and her outstanding accomplishments in the community will always be remembered.
Sincerely, Dane & Sherry Watkins

Linda Jensen
I'm so sorry to read of your mother's passing. She was so classy and so beautiful physically and spiritually. I'll never forget her sweet smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Smith Jensen


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Death: October 25, 2009

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Idaho Falls, ID