Elsie “Inez” Tew Weeks received her angel wings and made her journey to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, December 31, 2017, surrounded by the loves of her life…her husband Glen, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
Mom was born September 10, 1936 to Cameron Francis Tew and Mattie Ethel Porterfield Tew at home in Haw River, North Carolina. She was the youngest of 13 siblings. To hear her siblings tell it, she was always full of spunk, sassiness and sweetness as a child, traits she charmed us all with throughout her entire life. She grew up loving God, family, life, gospel music and having fun! She received all of her schooling in Haw River, North Carolina. In high school she was active in many clubs and was a proud four-year member and star guard of the Haw River Indian’s girls basketball team.
While out with girlfriends in Graham, North Carolina one weekend evening she met a handsome paratrooper, Carl Dobyns, who was stationed at Fort Bragg. They began a courtship that lasted through her senior year of high school. She graduated high school on May 31, 1955 and married dad the following day, June 1, 1955!
Mom and Dad made their first home in North Carolina. Their daughter, Belinda Kay, was born in April of 1956. They moved to Idaho when she was an infant. In August of 1958 their daughter Angela Dawn joined the family. A couple of years later they moved back to North Carolina where Dad worked for Associated Transport and they both farmed with Inez’s sister “Bill” (Maggie) and brother-in-law Fletcher. The winter of 1962 they moved back to Idaho where they had an opportunity to purchase the Chevron Gas Station in Wilder. Mom did the bookkeeping for the station and also worked at the Wilder Market for many years. For three seasons she even drove beet truck with her niece Lana to earn extra money for the family. In 1969 they built the Stinker Station in Wilder. Mom and Dad worked hard together to make their businesses successful. Belinda and Angela attended schools in Wilder and our parents were our greatest supporters. Mom was active in PTA, Toys for Tots, bowling, church, her beloved Jolly Janes group, was a room mother, the annual mom and daughter softball game, Job’s Daughters, and the annual Dobyns Family Reunion. They were wonderful parents and grandparents and made every effort to give us and their grandkids a memorable time when we were together. She and Dad later operated NAPA stores in Susanville, California and in Portola, California for many years and were very active in the communities. In July of 1998 Mom lost our Dad to cancer. She continued to live in Portola for a few months, then decided to return to Idaho.
Mom bought the house on 6th Street, where her dear friends, Bernie and Wanda, lived across the alley from behind her and Dixie lived across the street from her. Mom, Wanda and Dixie played Bingo every week, making many treks to Caldwell and Ontario. While living in Parma she became active in Neighborhood Watch. It was during this time she met Glen Weeks, a handsome fellow who stole her heart and made her whole again! Mom and Pops were married in April of 2002. She gained a son, Evan, and two more daughters, Evelyn and Marcia, many grandkids and great grandkids. The two families melded together perfectly and she loved each one with all her heart and soul.
Mom and Pops enjoyed their years together immensely. She loved him with all her heart, as he did her. They made many spontaneous road trips, camping trips to Pine Ridge and McCall, spending lots of time with their kids and grandkids, Neighborhood Watch, the Senior Citizen Center, gardening, canning, going to church, playing games, her beloved pets, watching NASCAR, and weekly Grandma Game Nights…anything they could do together. Mom loved her Lord and Savior first and foremost, and shared her love of him with each and every one of us. She loved angels, Dr. Pepper, playing games and gospel music, especially southern gospel. The Gaither’s and the Hopper Family were some of her favorites and said listening to it could smooth the edges of the roughest day.
Mom was truly a beautiful person, inside and out. She was feisty, full of Southern sass and loved with all of her heart. She was an angel herself (though she would be the first to admit her halo could become a little crooked at times!). Her laugh was beyond contagious, it was the one thing we and anyone who met her always remembered and loved about her. She has left a lasting impression upon each and every one of us.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Carl, her brothers Edward, Albert, Daniel, Wellie, Eugene and Hardy, her sisters Alene, Maggie (“Bill”), Polly, Tiny, two stillborn baby sisters, her granddaughter Nicole and her son-in-law Gary.
She is survived by her loving husband Glen, her daughters Belinda (David) Jones, Angela (Rich) Elliott, Evelyn Inga, and Marcia (Brian) McCormick and her son Evan (Lorellyn) Weeks. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Michael Jones, Christina Weymouth, Sarah Jones, Andrea Abel, Wendy Jones, Charlyn Cardenas, Jennifer Lietz, Jessica Wilson, Greg Durrant, Glen Durrant, Taunia Gossman, Edward Durrant, Brett Durrant, Bruce Durrant, Nicolas Durrant, April Gaylord, Adria McCaw, Lacey Hetherington, Lynnora Gross, Thomas Weeks, Karlene Fife, David Weeks, Kaylyn Palmer, Pamela Cheney, Laurie Charley, Angela Martinez, Michael McCormick and Mark McCormick, plus many great grandchildren.
We would like to thank Pops for taking such good care of Momma during her illness. He was always by her side, loving her all the way. Theirs was a true love story! We love you Pops, with all our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at Dakan Funeral Chapel, 504 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside services will follow at the Wilder Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering at the Senior Citizen Center in Parma, 410 N 8th St, following the graveside services.