Lillie Gaumer, age 100, passes in Boise
Lillie Lavonia Likes Harris Gaumer of Boise, Idaho, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, July 30, 2006. She passed away of natural causes at 100 years and 4 months old.
Lillie, a well known former resident of Arco, was born March 7, 1906, in Teton City, Idaho. Her parents were Dora E. and Agnus Cunningham Likes. She was the 9th child in a family of 10 children. She moved to Rexburg when she was 5 years old. She attended the first several grade school years in Rexburg. She attended her eighth grade in Teton City, Idaho, where she graduated with the second highest grades in Fremont County. She attended Teton High School, but later transferred to Sugar Salem where she met and later married Earl Harris Jr. on September 27, 1923 in Rexburg. They made their home in Sugar City.
Lillie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a member of the Primary Stake board and also taught Primary. She was also a member of Mary Thomasâ€™ Singing Mothers.
The family moved to Idaho Falls where her husband worked and later moved to Pocatello in 1941. When the war was declared, Earl became foreman at the Naval Ordnance Plant. Earl was taken ill and passed away on July 26, 1946 in Idaho Falls. Lillie remained in Rigby with her five children.
Lillie was appointed librarian of Jefferson County, serving three years, and was also elected City Treasurer. She met and married Edmund Gaumer in 1949. They moved to Arco, where Lillie was a charter member of the Business and Professional Club of Arco. She was a member of the Lady Lions, a member of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and VFW Auxiliary, American Legion, secretary of Butte County Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. She was responsible for bringing service men home on emergency leaves. She also helped her husband in the insurance business.
Lillie and her husband moved to Boise in 1969. Ed passed away on January 19, 1982, and Lillie moved to Idaho Falls to be near her family. She moved to Lincoln Retirement Center in Idaho Falls in 1985. She was elected Mrs. Lincoln Court in October, 1988. She was a member of the R.S.V.P. and helped with all the sing-alongs in the valley.
Lillie moved to Boise in 1992 into Camlu Retirement Center. She was voted Queen for a Day at Camlu. Due to failing health she moved to Heritage Assisted Living Center in May of 2003. She fell in her room and was taken to the hospital with a fractured vertebra. Upon release from the hospital she moved to Life Care Center of Treasure Valley. There she lived until her demise.
As of July 30, 2006, Lillie had six children (two deceased), 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bel Air Ward, 3555 S. Cole Road. Friends may call to visit with the family from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday before services at the church. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pioneer Cemetery in Rigby, under the direction of the Relyea Funeral Chapel.