Lotus Haskell, 88, a life-long resident of Caldwell, ID, took her leave on Dec 12, 2018 to attend a family reunion in heaven. Waiting to greet her were her parents, Frank and Ioan Evans, older brother Everett, Aunt Lila, and a niece Lila. Born Lotus Ioan Evans on September 3, 1930, she was the second of three children and only daughter. Lotus inherited the family’s musical talent in the gift of a melodic voice and during her high school years, she showcased her voice on the local radio station, KGEM. Whether she was humming or yodeling, Lotus could soothe or entertain her family with song.
No stranger to hard work, she waited tables to put herself through Links school of business. After graduation, she took a secretarial position with Aerojet. Later, while working for a family owned flooring company, she met and married one of the proprietor’s sons Randall Stephenson. In 1953, she became a mom to her son Rick and in 1955 she welcomed her daughter Janice. As an accomplished seamstress, Lotus supported her family as owner and supplier of her own clothing shop. Knowing it would not be easy, but wanting a better life for her children, Lotus moved on as a single mother of 2.
She married William Carr in the early 1960s and gained a step-son Ray. They were married for a short time before Bill passed away unexpectedly.
After a few years, Lotus and her Aunt Lila started playing shuffleboard at the local Corner Bar and Grill. One evening, the team they were playing against rotated in a replacement player, a recently reassigned soldier to the Wilder Airforce Base, Henry Haskell. Ten weeks later, on June 29, 1969, Henry and Lotus were married. They enjoyed many Grange dances being partial to the one held in Ola. They belonged to various clubs and Lotus cooked for the Marsing Rod and Gun Club. She tried shooting trap but only shot the trap house! They enjoyed 49 years of marriage from a 2 ½ month courtship!
Grandchildren were the next great adventure with Great Grandchildren to follow. Lotus embraced the role and rights of Grandma. She created Halloween costumes from scraps, wrapped Christmas presents that rivaled any department store, and fulfilled special request for specific recipes, like her “white salad.” Lending her sewing expertise to help with baby blankets or T-shirt quilts, Grandma helped see many projects to completion. A front porch observer of grandkids on scooters or Orphan Annie patrons, she redefined neighborhood watch. Sharing her opinions as freely as she did her love-you always knew where you stood.
Family and friends were especially dear to Lotus. There were also trips taken that brought her great joy. If you could combine family, friends, and a trip, well then, you had one happy camper! Whether she was learning the Polka in Kansas during TDY with Dad, in Donnelly at Bob and Sandy’s place, at SeaWorld in San Diego while visiting her brothers and their families, or traveling the Oregon Coast, she loved them all.
Beyond the title she held by those she loved and who loved her back, Lotus was a connoisseur of Frappuccinos, an Alfred Dunner fashion model, an armchair Wimbledon official, proud supporter of the armed forces (particularly Dad), an original iron maiden (think sewing, not the music group), and the supervisor of churning homemade ice cream on the 4th of July. She was also a Yahtzee dice whisperer-calling into the cup the number or amount she needed and then rolling it out just like she called it. Feigning surprise, she would state through soft laughter, “Oh my goodness.” None of us have been able to duplicate her hex on the dice.
In her final days with us, Lotus was visited by friends and cared for by family. She was surrounded by love and support. The family would like to share their appreciation for the staff at Heart and Home Hospice, Dr. Wolf and Dr. Augustus, and many nurses at West Valley Medical Center for their care of Lotus.
Lotus will be greatly missed and eternally loved by her dedicated husband Hank, her devoted daughter (and shopping chauffer) Janice (Raymond) Wolfe, son Rick Stephenson, step-son Ray Carr, grandson Jeff (Jessica) Briggs and their boys-Dakota, Jayden, Donovan, Zander, all of Caldwell, Id, grandson Phillip (April) Briggs and their children-Henry and Maesyn of Nampa, ID, grandson Ricky (Mary) Stephenson and their daughters-Sophia and Emily of Bexley, OH, step-grandson Cody (Lindzee) Jones and their girls-Elizabeth and Mackaylah and step-granddaughter Sherrie Carr-Madsen and her family of Caldwell, ID. Lotus will also be dearly missed by her remaining sibling and younger brother Robert (MaryAnn) Evans and their family of the San Diego, CA area.
It is difficult to summarize the life of one so loved and who enjoyed many adventures with family and friends, but to borrow a line from a favorite song shared between Lotus and Hank, “Until the twelfth of never…”
At Lotus's request there will be not funeral service.