Sept. 27, 1923 – Dec. 11, 2011
Loa Dillon, 88, of Lovell died Sunday, Dec. 11, at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.
Loa Shumway Dillon was born to Willie Johnson Shumway and Ida Lucy Millett at their ranch south of Lovell in the area known as Pumpkin Center on Sept. 27, 1923. She grew up on the family farm riding her horse in the cedars with her cousins Smith and Evelyn. They would bake potatoes in a campfire and explore the world around them.
Loa attended Lovell schools and graduated with top honors in journalism. She married the boy who sat behind her through grade school, Bill Dillon. He had declared to his mother in second grade he was going to marry Loa Shumway and he did on Dec. 16, 1941. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on Oct. 21, 1954.
With Bill working out of town, Loa raised her family of eight with a firm but loving hand. Loa instilled the love of the outdoors in her family whether pulling weeds in the garden or camping on the Big Horns. She loved to hike, fish and cook great meals for anyone who dropped into camp. Loa was a very talented seamstress, cook and quilter. When the classes at school voted who would be room mother for the year, they always voted for Loa because of her beautiful decorated cookies.
Through the years she worked as a clerk, secretary and cake decorator for the Lovell Bakery. Her favorite job was working in the school lunchroom and being the grandma for Head Start.
Loa was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many church callings and touched the lives of many people with her love of teaching and her testimony.
Her sense of humor and innate kindness brought her through the last painful and debilitating years of her life, earning her new friends and the love and respect of all of those she associated with.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, her sister Elma Rodgers, sister Phyllis Haynes and grandson Stuart Currie.
She is survived by her brother Bill Shumway, daughter Billie Jean, daughter Peg (Mike) Snell, daughter Pam (Jim) Currie, daughter Jane (John) Schneider, son Scott (Sharon), son Tom, daughter Sue (Shane) McKinny and daughter Toni (Tom) Bassett.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Lovell LDS Chapel. Viewing/visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Haskell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Lovell Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.
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