Geneva “Neva” Marie Dennis Troxel, 94, of Parma, passed away surrounded by her family on March 3, 2018.
Neva was born August 23, 1923, in Yellville, Arkansas near the Buffalo River, to Robert and Effie Dennis. The family travelled within the United States, following the path of available work, until they eventually settled on a farm near Wilder, Idaho. Neva reminisced about picking cotton in those early days, and how it was a painful task because of the cottonseed hulls pricking her fingers. She also told of living in tents close to Horseshoe Bend while her father and brothers found work in the woods near Garden Valley. Although Neva did not complete her formal education, it did not stop her from becoming successful. She had an iron will and was not afraid to stand up for herself. Neva met Joseph John “Joe” Troxel and they were married in Nampa, Idaho, on November 6, 1940. They were married for 73 years, until Joe’s passing in 2013. Neva missed Joe terribly and their reunion must have been grand! They were blessed with their only son, Robert “Bob”, in 1941.
Neva worked tirelessly her entire life, starting with various farm-related jobs, and then moving on to Seely Drug, Frank's Groceteria, Jenkins' Market, M & W Market, the Parma School District, and the Parma Senior Center. She also assisted Joe in numerous ways with his auto repair shop. Neva made many friends throughout the years, and many of the children that rode her school bus in the Parma area still remember her. She and Joe enjoyed square dancing in their younger years, and travelling in their later years. They took numerous vacations to Branson, Missouri. Neva also enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Donnelly, and making pancake breakfasts for her grandchildren at the cabin. She had a great talent for cooking on the wood cook stove without burning anything! Neva also enjoyed hosting holiday dinners for her family, and did so well into her 80s. She loved Christmas, and always wanted the grandchildren to help decorate her Christmas tree while they listened to Burl Ives and Jim Reeves on the record player. Neva insisted that we never forget the true meaning of Christmas.
Neva is survived by her son, Bob, of Parma; her five grandchildren, Robert (Rhonda LaPierre) of Parma, Neil (Cyndi) of Parma, Joseph “Joe” (Teresa) of Homedale, Ann (Scott) Jacops of Parma, and Lynn (Julie) of Parma. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Neva was preceded in death by her spouse, Joe, her parents, her brothers Leo and Con, her sisters Charlene and Dorothy, and her daughter-in-law, Judith “Judy”.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church in Parma, with a family graveside prior to services at the Parma Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Neva’s family would like to thank the Parma Living Center for their care, compassion, and support.
As Grandma would say, no matter the weather, “It sure is a nice day outside”.