Obituary of LaVila Muldoon Johnstone
LaVila (Muldoon) Johnstone passed away peacefully on October 2, 2022, at the age of 98 at Grace Assisted Living surrounded by her family.
LaVila was born on June 9, 1924, in Presho, South Dakota. She was the second child born to John and Alma Muldoon. She started school in a one room schoolhouse on the prairie near Kennebec, South Dakota. When LaVila was 9 years old, her parents made the decision to move to Idaho due to the drought conditions in the midwest. This family of 8 traveled in an Overland automobile pulling a small trailer with $70 in cash, for a better life in Idaho. LaVila celebrated her 10th birthday on this trip.
LaVila began her education in Idaho at Edison School, just outside of Marsing. While earning her education at Marsing, she made many lifelong friends that she kept in contact with her entire life. She graduated from Marsing High School in 1942. Right after high school, LaVila started working at the Marsing Drug Store and later moved to the Marsing Post Office. She delivered mail for the Marsing area. She earned a good salary and was able to help family and friends who needed extra cash. LaVila loved to dance and attend events at Claytonia Dance Hall. She assisted Emma Johnstone with preparing sandwiches and cakes for the attendees at Claytonia. It was during this time that Emma introduced LaVila to her son, Carroll Johnstone.
LaVila and Carroll dated for 2 years and were married on February 5, 1950. They lived in several homes west of Marsing before settling on the Johnstone family farm in 1957. They lived there for 48 years before moving to Caldwell in 2007. They had four children, LeAnda, LiNae, LoRetta and Scott.
LaVila was a dedicated homemaker. She was considered the best pie maker of all time, according to her family. LaVila produced large meals for hay crews, harvest teams not to mention every holiday and family gathering. LaVila was very involved in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s school and sporting events. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. LaVila lived her faith daily.
LaVila is survived by her siblings, Dorothy Ihli, Jack Muldoon, and Joyce (Howard) Shorb. She is also survived by her four children and their spouses: LeAnda (Danny) Uranga, LiNae (Rich) Bauscher, LoRetta (Kendall) Hopkins, Scott (Cindy) Johnstone. Her grandchildren include Tony (Amanda) Uranga, Camille (Isaac) Henry, Chad Hopkins, Darren (Tarah) Uranga, Mistie Bauscher (Scott Schlager), Brandon (Liz) Hopkins, Matthew (Lindsay) Bauscher, Amanda (Jacob) Peña, Brett (Holly) Hopkins, Megan (Blake) Brands and Connor Johnstone. LaVila is also survived by 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a multitude of cherished nieces and nephews and very dear friend, Flo Hopkins.
LaVila was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Johnstone, her parents, John and Alma Muldoon, her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Mary Ann Muldoon, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Alpha and Wade Percifield, Helen and Jack Harris, “chosen sister” and her husband, Bette and Joe Churruca, brother-in-law, Charles Ihli, sister-in-law, Frankie Muldoon and infant brother, Joseph Muldoon.
LaVila always provided a loving home for her entire family. We have countless cherished memories throughout our lives that were made possible because of the eternal love and devotion that she showed to each one of us.
The viewing will be Monday, October 10, 2022, from 5:00-7:00pm with the rosary at 7:00pm at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00am at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Caldwell. Interment will follow the mass at the Marsing/Homedale Cemetery.
Any financial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in honor of LaVila’s memory.
The family would like to thank Grace Assisted Living for the dedicated and loving care of LaVila over the last two years.
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