Delores Sharp Bair, 90, passed away July 2, 2019 in Nampa, Idaho, surrounded by her family. Even though she had suffered multiple strokes in the later years of her life, she was the perfect example of Christlike love to everyone she met, freely sharing food, smiles, hugs, warm words and a loving heart.
Delores was born in Ganger, Utah on May 8, 1929 to Glendall Herbert Salter and Alzina Grant Salter, the oldest of six children, two of which died in infancy. The Salters were a farming family and moved to Adrian, Oregon in the early 1940’s with several other families for farming opportunities after the Owyhee Reservoir was completed and farm land became available. She was known to her friends at that time as ‘Doris’ or ‘Salty’. She graduated from Adrian High School in 1947. During high school, she met a handsome young man named Edward Junior Sharp who lived across the valley from her and they fell in love. They were married on February 20, 1948 in the Salt Lake temple.
Doris and Eddie farmed in the Vale, Oregon area where three children were born to them. They lost the first of those children, a daughter Bonnie, at birth. In 1953, the family moved to Othello, Washington where three more children were born to them. Tragically, they lost another daughter, Sherry, from injuries sustained in a fall from the car on the way to the hospital for the delivery of a new baby son. In 1960, the family moved back to Adrian and later to Parma, Idaho, where three more sons joined the family. Wherever they moved to farm, Mom made their modest home comfortable and welcoming to all.
A daughter, Lilly, died in 1981 in a plane crash and her beloved Eddie died in 1985, leaving her in the care of her sons. In 1986, she left the care of her sons, married Cecil Bair and resided in Nyssa, Oregon for many years. Most of the Sharp and Bair grandkids remember and cherish Mom as Grandma Bair. Delores and Cecil went on two missions for their Church; one to Lagos, Nigeria and another to the Orlando Florida temple. They also served in the Boise temple before and after those missions. Mom and Cec eventually returned to Parma during their later years and lived next to her son Jerry.
Mom was a hard worker, and enjoyed gardening, homemaking, camping and loving people. Wherever they went, they sought out people who needed a helping hand of service, a word of faithful encouragement and loving arms around them. Many people have been touched by Mom’s love over the course of her life. Mom enjoyed her total of 70 years of marriage to two wonderful men.
Delores is survived by a brother, Keith (Yulan) of Las Vegas, her six sons; Jerry (Sheila) of Parma; Doug (Sandi) of Elko; Ted (Sheri) of Nampa; Richard (Jolee) of Caldwell; David (Kathy) of Meridian; and Lynn (Diana) of Nampa, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, three daughters Bonnie, Sherry and Lilly, two brothers Leo and Grant, two sisters Valate and Margie, and two grandchildren. There was certainly quite a party in heaven as Mom returned home!
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:30pm at the Parma Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewings for family and friends will be held on Friday, July 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell and prior to Saturday’s services at 12:00 noon. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.