Obituary of Laura Maye Englehart
Laura Maye Englehart passed away on June 20, 2018 in Nampa, Idaho. She was born on August 7, 1922 to Hugh and Rhoma (Coffin) Hansberry in Cortez, Colorado. She spent her younger years on the farm near Cortez and moved with her family to Weiser, Idaho in 1935.
She graduated from Weiser High School in 1940 and shortly thereafter went to work for the Prudential Insurance Company in Seattle. In 1944 she transferred with the insurance company to San Francisco and on June 11, 1945 she married John Englehart in Reno, Nevada. John was in the U.S. Navy and had served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II. He had just been assigned to the Navy Department, so the couple made their first home in Washington D.C. While there their first daughter (Leslie) was born at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
Following John’s tour of duty with the Navy, the family moved back to Weiser where their second daughter (Barbara) was born.
In 1957 the family moved to Caldwell, Idaho. In 1962 Laura went to work for the CPA firm of Jackson, Messuri & Company where she worked for 22 years, retiring in 1984. In 1977 John went to work for the Association of Idaho Cities in Boise and John and Laura moved to Middleton. In 1988 they moved to Silvercrest Estates where she resided for the rest of her life.
Following their retirement the couple spent their winters in Southern California and Arizona (a total of 27 for Laura) and their summers enjoying their RV and many activities with family and friends in Idaho. They made many lifelong friends, played lots of golf and thoroughly enjoyed their retirement.
John passed away in 1999 and Laura continued, with her little dog Yuki, to spend her winters in Arizona for another 14 years. In 2013, at the age of 91, she announced that would be her last winter in Arizona. She continued to live independently in her Nampa home enjoying a variety of interests. She passed her driver’s license test in 2017 and was still driving her one owner 1996 Chevy Lumina two weeks prior to her passing. She was a proud, active and enthusiastic member of the Rebekah Lodge for 68 years. In 1982 she served as President of the Rebekah Assembly of Idaho and during her term as Idaho’s president she visited all 80 of the state’s Rebekah Lodges. She was a recipient of the Odd Fellows’ Merit Jewel and the Decoration of Chivalry.
She is survived by her daughter Leslie (Jimmie) Yorgensen of Boise, her daughter Barbara (Byron) Wilkerson of Harper, Texas and grandson Scot (Lisa) Wilkerson and granddaughter Susan Wilkerson and four great grandchildren, all of Spring, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her only sibling, a brother, John.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on September 7th at the Canyon Hill Cemetery. A reception and Celebration of Life will follow at the Elks Lodge, 1015 N. Kimball Ave., Caldwell, Idaho 83605.
Laura would like it if any memorial donations were made to the West Valley Humane Society, 5801 Graye Ln., Caldwell, Idaho 83607.