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Edith Marie Lewis Kantola

Edith Marie Lewis Kantola, 92, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 24, 2012, at her home at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Boise Worship Center, 600 N. Curtis Rd., No. 105 at Emerald Street in Boise.

A viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 2, 1920, in Kuna, the third youngest child of 10 children born to Wilton and Laura Lewis.

She attended first grade in Arling and grade school in Van Wyck, graduating from Cascade High School in may 1939. Edith married Jack Kantola on July 30, 1940 in Grangeville. Their first home was in Banks, where jack was a logger. They lived in a tent, which they called their honeymoon cottage.

Then they moved to New Meadows to continue logging. Their first son was born in New Meadows. Jack got hurt while logging, so they bought the family homestead south of Donnelly from his parents, where they farmed and raised their family.

Edith worked at McCall Memorial Hospital and the nursing home as a caregiver. They sold the farm in 1973 and moved to Molino, Ore., with the two youngest children. She continued to work as a caregiver in Oregon. They were married for 40 years before he passed away in 1980.

Edith moved to Idaho Falls in 1981, where she lived and worked for Dr. Hatch and his wife for 10 years. She then moved to Portland, Ore., and worked in the Family Affair adult foster care home helping the residents there. She loved taking care of people. She retired at age 81 and moved to Boise.

What was most important to her was her love of God and family. She kept very active in her Pentecostal church until she passed away. All her children were with her the last days of her life.

They had five boys and two girls: Jack (Linda) Kantola, Gig Arbor, Wash., Jerry (Pam) Kantola, Meridian, Dan (Barbara) Kantola, Boise, Marty (Debbie) Kantola, Vancouver, Wash., Ed (Taya) Kantola, La Center, Wash., Judy (Wally) Leonard, Boise, and Raelene (Brent) Hardin, Idaho Falls.

She had 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She had one sister, Roxie Delyea-Sylte, Coeur d’Alene.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, grandson Scott Kantola, four sisters, Edna, Arzella, Juanita, Maude, and three brothers, Bob, Gyle And Audie.

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