Ethel M. Gifford, 91, a
third-generation native of Idaho and former longtime resident
of Homedale, died on January 20, 1996, at Fallbrook,
Funeral services will be held on January 29, at 2 p.m., at
Alsip Funeral Chapel in Nampa. Pastor Richard Mark of Nampa
will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial
Gardens in Caldwell.
Ethel was born in Delamar, Idaho, to Laura Baxter Hayes
and Robert Hayes, on November 25, 1904, and attended school in
Delamar and Silver City. At age 19, she married Guy J. Shea of
Jordan Valley, Oregon.
For most of her adult life, Ethel was a 'working woman'
outside the home. She worked for the Homedale post office and
the IGA and Morfitt's stores. During World War II, she worked
for the Office of Price Administration and Simplot's.
After the death in 1948, of her husband, Guy Shea, Ethel
married Robert "Bob" H. Gifford of Reynold's Creek in 1950.
Upon their retirement from the Naval Ammunition Depot, in
Hawthorne, Nevada, they moved to Murrieta, California.
Ethel was known for her liveliness and sense of humor. She
loved to dance and sing and was a published poet and avid
reader and worker of crossword puzzles. She was an original
and current member of Post 32, the Homedale American Legion
She is survived by daughter, Colleen Shea Skaggs and
son-in-law, Douglas Skaggs; and grandchildren, Kelly Carson
Becker, Guy Shea, Kevin Shea, Shannon Shea, Erin Anderson and
Tricia Heaton; and fourteen great-grandchildren. She is also
survived by her nephews, Dan Townsend, Don Townsend, Bill
Townsend and Bob Birmingham.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Brian Shea and
Robert Gifford; her husband of forty-three years; sisters,
Ruth Hayes Townsend and Leona Hayes Birmingham; and brothers,
Clarence, Thomas, George and Cecil Hayes; a niece, Joyce
Townsend Ford; and nephews, Fred and Richard Birmingham.
Ethel will be deeply missed and forever remembered and
loved by her family and those who knew her as a friend.