DeEtta Likes, 81, of Nampa, Idaho, formerly of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died peacefully in her sleep on August 28, 2017, at Karcher Estates where she had been residing for several years. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23rd at Dry Creek Cemetery, 9600 Hill Rd, Boise, under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
DeEtta was born July 29, 1936 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Orville and Ruby Huntley. Due to her mother’s illness at a young age she went to live with and was raised by Zella and Lawson Burgett, their daughter, Erma Kelly, and their cousin Everett Burgett, in Star, Idaho. She graduated from Middleton High School and attended Boise Junior College and obtained her teaching credentials. She taught elementary school in Shelley, Idaho.
DeEtta loved dancing and while dancing met Luther Likes, the love of her life, in Blackfoot, Idaho. They were married in 1962 and had three children LaMar, Lorina and Luralene. DeEtta gave up her teaching career to become a loving mother and wife.
DeEtta was religious and she was active in the Alliance Covenant Church. She was also a member of the Rebekah IOOF Lodge. These affiliations reinforced DeEtta’s passion to love, help those in need, and become an active participant in her community. So, once her children were older, she ran a successful daycare center out of the family home allowing her to be close to her family while giving her an outlet for her love for children, her nurturing nature and passion for education.
DeEtta could not walk by a person or animal in need. Over the years she welcomed many stray dogs and cats in her home.
DeEtta remained active throughout her life. She was well known for combining her love for shopping with walking and would walk miles to spend an entire day hunting for a bargain in local thrift stores. She and Luther had a paper route with the Post Register in Idaho Falls for three years in their later years in life. They were married 37 years before Luther passed away in 2000.
She is survived by her son, LaMar Likes; her twin daughters, Lorina Edwards and Luralene Schultz; her son-in-law, Larry Schultz; her grandchildren, Luke Likes, Daniel Edwards, Rachel Edwards and Jonathan Edwards; her sister, Melba Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Houston Humane Society, www.houstonhumane.org/giving.