Ila LaRose Hatfield Butterfield, 82, of Pocatello, Idaho, died on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
Born in Irwin, Idaho, to Lorin John and Delpha Wynona Sanderson Hatfield on April 7, 1937, Ila LaRose was the fifth of eight children. Her parents planned to name her Lorna, but at the suggestion of the doctor who delivered her, they named her Ila.
She described growing up on the family farm as a simple life where her father raised barnyard critters and her mother kept busy with tending children, chickens and a garden. Ila fondly remembered the many pets she had, including a rabbit named Fluffy, a lamb named Peewee and a deer named Buck.
When the farm had to be sold to make way for the Palisades Dam in 1947, the family moved to Rigby, Idaho. She graduated from Rigby High School, then went into training as an x-ray technician at LDS Hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Although she didn’t plan to be a career woman, she worked as an x-ray technician in various cities in Idaho until her retirement in 2000.
Ila had four children with Keith Buck who she met and married in 1958. They later divorced.
She was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her family and the gospel were central to her life.
Like her mother, Ila enjoyed having a garden and canning her produce. She also loved sewing, reading, studying genealogy, caring for her grandchildren, decorating her home and going dancing.
In fact, while at a dance, Ila met Robert Butterfield, who she married on Oct. 30, 1992, in Elko, Nevada. This year marked their 27th anniversary. He has faithfully taken care of her for several years as her health and memory began to fail.
Ila is survived by her husband; brothers John Barry, Donald Dale and Steven Kay; four children, Keith (Shari) Buck, Debra (Wayne) Johnson, Bryce (Judy) Buck, and Michelle (Rick) Wallace; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lorin Elray and Wayne DeVon, and sisters Dea LaRue Blosch and Joy RaNae Thompson.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at the Pocatello 9th Ward, 4010 Hawthorne Rd., Chubbuck, Idaho. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.
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