Ethel was born on January 10,1941 in Layton, Utah. She was the fourth child of Arvin Edward Stott and Selma Loraine Vest. Her family at that time consisted of her parents, an older brother, Arvin Vernile and two older sisters, Eolean (Ole) & LaVee. The family eventually built a home in Rexburg, Idaho, where two more sisters, LaGene and EllaDawn, were born.
She began school at Washington Elementary in Rexburg. When she was eight, her parents were divorced, but her mother, brother and sisters continued to live in Rexburg until her mother remarried to 49 year old bachelor, Clarence Rhodehouse. He took his ready made family to his farm in Egin Bench. In Egin, the number of her siblings was increased by two brothers, William and Robert, and two sisters, Christine and Carmen. Clarence was a wonderful father, helping to raise the ten children.
Ethel took to farm life. She didn't complain about working outside and she loved the animals. Except for a bout with a kidney infection, when she lost one kidney, she was healthy and strong. She attended school at Parker Elementary and South Fremont High School.
She met Lee Jay Ward at a church dance and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on December 30,1958. They were blessed with two children, Loura Lee and Karry Lynn. They were later divorced. Later, she had a second daughter, Kenna Kaye Dursteller.
Ethel lived many places and worked at many vocations. She lived in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Washington state, Texas, California, Arizona and Virginia. As a young girl, she worked in the potatoes and then in food service. She worked in Wyoming and Seattle with her father and brother in heavy equipment operation. She ran a merry-go-round. She worked in a convalescent hospital. In her later years, she cared for an elderly lady to the great appreciation of the lady's family. She had a number of friends who were elderly that she cared for and spent time who were appreciative of her friendship and the joy she brought to their lives.
She moved to Arizona to be near her mother who was living there at the time. She and her mother returned to Idaho. She went back to working in the potatoes and restaurants until health problems and various accidents prevented her from working. Her health took a turn for the worse and her life became very difficult.
She loved bingo and garage sales. She could be found attending garage sales, presiding over a garage sale, or planning a future sale as soon as possible. She brought so many treasures into her home (and storage units). She loved the treasures and loved interaction with the people she met. She loved roses and grew the most beautiful big roses, then gave them away to friends.
At the death of her beloved mother and after spending a few more years in Idaho Falls, Ethel moved to Blackfoot to be near her daughter, Kenna Kaye, where she had many friends in the apartment complex where she lived. Her door was always open and so many friends stopped by at any time, night or day, bringing her treats or or just to say hi. Both Ethel and Kenna Kaye were in poor health, but together they weathered each medical challenge for many years. So many times her family thought she would not survive yet another episode, but each time she managed to pull through and fight her way back. Kenna Kaye passed away August 4, 2015. Finally, she went on hospice. She was so grateful for the loving care she received from Alliance Hospice, especially Chantell, Susan and Fern and her aid, Necie. Our family would like to acknowledge them for their caring service and thank them.
Then she had hip replacement surgery and was transferred to Teton Post Acute Care in Idaho Falls. As she was recovering, she broke her other hip which ended with her living there permanently. She had wonderful care, loved the staff and other residents. She played bingo and other games, did crafts, and had many other activities. She was happy there. The family would like to express many thanks to the staff at Teton Post Acute Care for their patient and dedicated care.
On October 7, 2020, her earthly struggles ended and she was freed from her suffering to join her beloved mother, daughter and other family members. We have no doubt that there will rejoicing at the reunion.
She is survived by her daughter, Loura Lee Ramos and her son Karry Lynn Ward; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; her brother Robert Rhodehouse and sisters Ole Smith, LaVee Williams, EllaDawn Hoopes and Carmen Kerr. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kenna Kaye Dursteller, parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge. The family will visit with friends from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in Ashton-Pineview Cemetery.
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