E. Luellan “Lou” McGinty, 84, of Caldwell, left her home and family here on earth and went to be with her Heavenly Father and family. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Luellan was born Dec. 19, 1917, near Alma, Neb., to John Gipe and Opal C. Leake Gipe, the sixth child in a family of nine. Her childhood years were spent on the family farm near Alma.
In 1936 she met the love of her life and on Dec. 10, 1936, in Alma, Delbert E. McGinty and E. Luellan Gipe became husband and wife.
In the spring of 1937 the young couple decided to leave Nebraska and move to Caldwell, where Luellan’s parents, younger brothers and older brother, Clifford and his family were. They loaded all their possessions into a Model T Coupe and headed west. Delbert found work farming and milking cows for several local families around the valley. Many lifelong friendships were formed with these families.
In 1946 they settled on a small acreage in Marble Front Community. In 1956 they purchased a small acreage on West Ash St. just west of Caldwell. After Delbert’s death, Luellan made a final move to the Mobile Estates Retirement Park in 1988.
For many years, Luellan was a stay at home mom as her six children were growing up. She was always involved in their activities, PTA, Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H, music lessons, church, dance lessons, sports and Caldwell Jr. Riding Club to name a few.
Adult activities included square and round dancing groups, Dairymen’s employees’ wives group. Mason Motor employees group, Caldwell Riding Club, Canyon County Sheriffs Posse wives, Pleasant Ridge Grange, Pomona Grange, Idaho State Grange where she served as the State Chairman for the Deaf, Pleasant Ridge Community Club, Caldwell (West Valley) Hospital Auxiliary logging more than 2000 volunteer hours, Caldwell Senior Citizens Group Board and her card groups.
Lou and Del were baptized in the First Southern Baptist Church where they each served the Lord in many different areas wherever needed.
Lou began working outside her home in 1952 as a seed inspector, field crew boss and experimental seed nursery worker for Crookham Seed Company. She began working in the quality control Lab at the J.R. Simplot Potato Plant in 1959 and retired in 1980.
Each community she lived in, every group she was active in and wherever she was employed she continued to form more lifelong friendships. These friends have been a true blessing to Lou and her family.
Lou’s survivors include her five children and their spouses, Delbert Bud and Pat McGinty of Yakima, WA, Marjorie and Curtis Maxwell of Caldwell, Dorcel and Dale Wyman of Othello, WA, Kay and Danny Herman of Grandview, WA, JoAnne and Jack Phillips of Grandview, WA; her brother, Dorel and Velma Gipe; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister-in-law in Nebraska; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years; a son, Truman; three granddaughters; her parents; five brothers and spouses; two sisters and spouses; special sister-in-law, Maxine; and Delbert’s family in Nebraska.
Lou and her children would like to thank her friends and many family members for their acts of kindness during this last illness. The visits, food, flowers, cards and prayers will never be forgotten.
A special thank you to Pastor Earl and Jean, also thank you to the Four Rivers Hospice Team that cared for Lou: Karen, Robin, Lenora, Dr. Ted Baird and all the other team members.
A special thank you to niece, Leila and friend, Marion for all the loving care given.
A special thank you to Lou’s daughter-in-law, Pat, our family R.N. who came and assisted with her care.
There really are Angels among us, because each of you cared and gave so much, our Mother was able to spend her final days in her own home. Her last wish was granted.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Four Rivers Hospice Services, 6148 N. Discovery Way, Ste. 150, Boise, ID 83713 or to a favorite charity of your choice.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.