January 31, 1919 – July 12, 2012
Leah Jeanette Dyer passed away at her home on Thursday, July 12, 2012. She was 91 years old. She passed away as she lived, with dignity and an unending energy for life. A Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 18th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Fruitland. A celebration Mass of Jeanette’s life will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 19th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Her family invites you to a luncheon and fellowship immediately following the Mass at the Olde School Community Center, Fruitland. Her final resting place will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser next to her beloved husband Joseph Dennis Dyer. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. Condolences may be made to Jeanette’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Jeanette was born in Ontario, OR to Benjamin and Etta May Thomas on Jan. 31, 1921. She was one of three children. Her dad, Ben drove the stage coach between Vale, OR and Emmett, ID. As a small child her family moved to her Grandpa (Judge) Lamberson’s homestead located at the current site of Beulah Dam to run the family ranch. At the age of three the family moved to Fruitland where her grandfather purchased the Universal Motor (Ford) Company located in the building known as the Ben Thomas building. Her mother Etta May was a master gardener, culinary expert and a member of the Fruitland Brethren Church, who died on her birthday, May 28, 1981.
Jeanette attended school in Fruitland and was always proud of her school. She became the second youngest woman to hold the position of Student Body President at Fruitland High School. She was awarded the FHA Alumni Hall of Fame for outstanding service. In the fall of 1939, Jeanette attended nurses training at St. Alphonsus School of Nursing in Boise and finished her degree in the fall of 1942. Nurses’ training was one of the happiest times of her life.
That same fall Jeanette and her parents were devastated at the loss of her eldest brother, Second Lt. Leland Thomas, who was killed in action at Guadalcanal. In 1944, she accompanied her parents to Houston, TX to launch the USS Leland E. Thomas, destroyer escort. Soon after Jeanette met and married Lt. Art Clune. Art was a pilot training at Gowen Field. As the years rolled by Jeanette and Art divorced and Jeanette returned to Fruitland. While working at the Ontario Clinic she met and married Joseph Dennis Dyer who was working for Standard Insurance Company. He was a wonderful dad for their boys. They made their home in Ontario until 1964 when Denny and Jeanette built a new home overlooking the Snake River, never to leave Fruitland again. Denny died in Dec. of 1983. The Dyers loved entertaining with family and friends. They were avid golfers and supporters of Fruitland athletics and all school activities. Both Denny and Jeanette were involved in numerous civic activities within the valley as well as their local Catholic Church. In 1957 Jeanette took a position as the Fruitland and New Plymouth School Districts Nurse. In 1973 she founded a new health career program for valley school students, Orientation to Health Occupation Education. The program was extremely successful.
Jeanette was a wonderful mother to her three sons; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Leland A. Clune (Debby) of Anchorage, AK, Thomas H. Dyer (Cindy) of Cambridge, ID, and Brian J. Dyer of Fruitland, ID; grandchildren, Ben and Nathan Dyer, Dean Clune and Rochell Liedike (Christopher); great grandchildren, Jaxon and Macie Dyer, Jerrick and Jordyn Liedike, Madison, Mackenzie, and Morgan Clune.
Jeanette believed in the importance of family, community and her faith. She loved to share with others her love of nursing and teaching. Our mother believed that life was exciting when you invested in people. She created good times with her warm smile and zest for life. Jeanette received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fruitland Chamber of Commerce for her many years of devoted service to the citizens and community of Fruitland. Jeanette also received the STATE OF IDAHO CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION presented to her by then GOVENOR JOHN EVANS.
Memorials in her name may be made to Heart ‘n Home Hospice Foundation, specifically for families who are financially unable to access hospice services, the Old Fruitland High School Community Center, Alma Mater Inc. or Corpus Christi Catholic Church Building Fund, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661. Jeanette’s family would like to thank the staff from Heart ‘n Home. Specifically, Laurie, Karolyn, Consvelo, Maja, Berry, Irene Haney and all the other staff that have made this a memorable celebration.
- Prayer Service Wednesday, July 18, 2012
- Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2012
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September 4, 2012
Brian: My prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your mother. Your dedication to make her happy and be the person she always wants to be is a testament to your faith and love. You are in my prayers. Just found out about this. I will write you soon.
July 31, 2012
Condolences to the family from the Wilks's
July 25, 2012
Thanks to all of you for the wonderful words of support. We all loved Mom Dyer as she was an icon for the entire Fruitland community. She is missed already and we keep her in our hearts and charish all wonderful memories of her. Thanks again. Lee and Debbie Clune
July 23, 2012
Fruitland friends have forwarded to me the notice of Jeanette's passing. Her mother, May, was my father's cousin and he visited May and her sister in Ontario occasionally through the years. My father was E. Everette Kendall from Wenatchee, Wa. I taught in Fruitland about 30 years ago and Jeanette was my son's (Dan Thompson) teacher. Our condolences. Hope Kendall Thompson - Box 213 - Boardman, OR. 97818
Donna Polley Vincent
July 20, 2012
Tom & Brian,
I am so sorry to hear that your mother passed away. She was always such a good friend. And besides that, she was just so much fun. From cleaning my skinned knees when I was in the first grade (with tincture of green soap - ouch) to giving me hugs at my mother's funeral it seemed like she was part of my life. I know that you and all the rest of your family will miss her always.
July 19, 2012
I am saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Your mother was an amazing woman in any context. Surely unbeknownst to anyone other than the two of us, she extended her care, concern and guidance to me at a pivotal time in my life and helped me through a crisis which could have resulted in a very different life for me. I (and many others I suspect) carry a deep and lasting gratitude for your mom's willingness to simply help us when we needed it. Your mom's kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration for others left the world better.
July 19, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 19, 2012
We are so saddened by the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful friend to my parents, Jim and Betty Porter.. We hope that your wonderful memories will see you through this sad time.
Betty Porter and Diane Sherer
July 19, 2012
We are so saddened by Jeanette's passing... She will always have a very special place in my heart... I will miss her... Our thoughts and prayers are with you...
Lucinda Van Vleet
July 19, 2012
Dear friends- my heart goes out to you all at the passing of your precious mother and grandmother. Jeanette and Dorothy Dolton Goodnight were such good friends over so many years- their birthdays were close together as was their passing. Dorothy died peacefully on May 26th, 2012. May God bless and carry you through these days- what a legacy Jeanette left behind.
July 19, 2012
Dear Tom & Cindy, Leland & Debby, Brian and Families,
We were so sorry to hear and read about Jeanette's passing away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. The Sasaki family has very dear memories of such a wonderful and kind human being. She was our nurse in the Fruitland schools! We will miss her!
Ruth Sasaki, Sandra Tucker & Family, Cathy Sasaki-White & Family, Patti Ward & Family, Lee Sasaki & Family, Ellen Nettleton & Family, and Mike Sasaki & Family
Mark A. Brown
July 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
July 18, 2012
Dear friends, Brian, Tom and Lee , I send my love and prayers to all of you and your dear families.
I will miss my dear friend. Sorry I am not feeling so well right now and will not be ab le to make it to services.