Idaho State Journal, 10/30/12
MONTPELIER — Venice Dayton Reed-Rucker, 85, passed away at the Bear Lake Skilled Nursing Facility October 26, 2012, after a short illness. Venice was born September 26, 1927, to Cyril G. and Myrtle Jane Toomer Dayton in Dingle, Idaho, where she spent a happy childhood.
She loved riding horses, driving machinery or anything that involved spending time on the farm with her beloved Dad.
She married Bud Dayton in 1950, and born to that union were three daughters, Eileen, Rebecca and Jill. They later divorced. She then married Ray E. Reed, who preceded her in death. She later married E. Lester Rucker, who also preceded her in death.
Venice practiced cosmetology for many years and later became an instructor (a job she loved.) She spent most of her married life in St. Anthony, Idaho, but always longed to be home in Bear Lake. She loved to sing, dance and enjoy good friends. She was an artist at needlework and meticulous in everything she did. Venice had a personality that was larger than life and a presence that couldn’t be denied.
Women’s weekends with her daughters, granddaughters and their paternal grandmother were highlights in all their lives because of the fun and energy she brought wherever she went. Her clothing, jewelry and style were one of a kind. She will always be remembered for her contagious laughter, good humor and colorful language.
Venice is survived by two daughters, Rebecca (John) Petersen and Jill (Neal) Black. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Glenn (Lee) Dayton; one sister-in-law, Gail Dayton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two sisters, Velda Watson and Gwen Bird Lyon and three brothers, LeGrand, Loren and Dayle.
A short memorial service will be held at Matthew’s Mortuary in Montpelier, Idaho, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Interment will be in the Dingle, Idaho Cemetery.