Sandra (Sandy) Stoller, an 84-year-old resident of Paul, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020.
Sandy was born August 19, 1935, to Ben and Mary (Balser) Rogers. She has a younger brother, Paul Rogers, who resides in Chubbuck, ID. She grew up in the Paul, Heyburn area. Sandy graduated from HeyburnHigh School in 1953, and attended St. Alphonsus Nursing School in Boise graduating in 1956. Sandy was a licensed Registered Nurse from 1956 till 2016; 60 years.
Sandy married Dallas M. Stoller on November 10, 1956. Dallas was in the Army and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska where they resided their first year of marriage. Following Dallas’s service time, they returned to Paul, Idaho where they raised five daughters together.
Sandy had three very distinct loves. She loved her family; she loved her faith; and she loved her profession.
Sandy loved her family first and foremost. There are five daughters: Tammy Ingram (Ken Dick), Lisa (Dan) Klamm, Nancy (Robert) Kunau, Claudia (Daron) Garner, & Colleen (Hector) Parkin. These children gave Sandy and Dallas grandchildren that they loved with all their heart; Candace (Jeremy) Ennis, Jennifer (Travis) Ingram, Riley (Tiffany Dockter) Ingram, Jeff (Katie) Klamm, Andy Klamm, Hudson Kunau, Greyson Garner, Madeline Mae Garner, Chelsey (Brant) Ball & Ethan (Eryn) Parkin. Sandy and Dallas have six great-grandchildren; Conner & Ben Ingram; Ellie, Briggs, Ava Ball; & David Scott Ennis.
Sandy Stoller is survived by her husband Dallas Stoller. They were married for 63 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Mary Rogers; and her son-in-law Ralph Ingram.
Sandy was always able to prioritize the needs of her family. She is the only person we knew who was able to accomplish 32 hours of activities in a 24-hour day. How did she do that? She never slept! She was an amazing homemaker. Our mom could bake, cook, can produce, and prepare meals like no other. Without a doubt her homemade fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, fresh corn, carrot & raisin salad, butter horn rolls and apple crisp were always outstanding. We mention this because we enjoyed it not a hundred times, but thousands of times as a family. We now know, years later that we were raised as an organic family. Our parents raised all our food excluding cheese and sugar. We drank unpasteurized milk for years. Mom was a Trader Joe’s fan long before they existed. When our mom was not working, she was home wearing Birkenstocks. What does organic food and Birkenstocks reveal? She might have been more of a rebel than we thought! Our mom made homemade wheat bread twice a week from the time we were little. When you left my mom’s home you always had a loaf of bread and usually one or two jars of something she had canned. In 2018 she suffered a brain injury. That injury took all of our mom’s short-term memory. It robbed her of her ability to bake and cook and it robbed us of the most amazing foods ever. We were all saddened by the great loss that occurred that day; we were also grateful that she had her long-term memory, the ability to speak and her ability to walk and be independent. We have had 28 additional months with our mom before she left us.
Our mom walked every day; 365 days a year. It did not matter how hot or cold it was; she dressed for the weather and headed out. She understood that if you move you can eat; and she enjoyed doing both. The past ten years my mom and dad walked at the Seniors Fit class at the CivicCenter. My mom loved the walking and our dad loves the socializing. If you asked my mom what she loved to do, she always mirrored what my father loved to do. She loved their yard, their garden, building and repairing wagons with my dad, their church family, camping, going to YumaArizona a number of winters, and participating in the D.L. Evans Premiere Club. If you knew our mom, you understood that she was always quiet, but present. One of the smartest people in the room.
Sandy had unwavering faith. Our mom was baptized as a child of God. She was Confirmed May 29, 1949 as a member of the TrinityLutheranChurch. Our mom and dad actively raised all five of us girls in the LutheranChurch. Our mom was such a faithful servant in living her faith and supporting her congregation. She belonged to the L.W.M.L (Lutheran Women in Mission). Their Motto is, “Serve the Lord with Gladness.” That was something she did with a full heart. She always shared; she was so glad that we are all saved by the Grace of God. Our mother loved CampPerkins, the most amazing Church Camp in the State of Idaho. For many years my parents went to CampPerkins to help with the spring opening. They spent many summers going to family camp. They sent all of us girls to camp when we were younger. Mom loved the fact that CampPerkins shared the salvation of Jesus Christ in one of the most beautiful settings on earth. If you choose to send a donation, we would encourage you to donate to CampPerkins, in the memory of Sandy Stoller. CampPerkins, 219 S. River Street, Ste 203, Hailey, ID83333, Phone 208-788-0897
Our mom loved and lived her nursing profession with great pride. She loved learning at St. Alphonsus and spoke of that learning experience often. She stayed in contact with many of her nursing friends for the past 60 years. Our mom’s clinical skills, empathy and understanding of being a caring and thoughtful nurse were exceptional. She was a Florence Nightingale if there ever was one. She worked at St. Alphonsus in Boise, in FairbanksAlaska, the Cottage Hospital in Burley, and MinidokaMemorialHospital in Rupert. Mom was the Minidoka County Public Health Nurse for more than 22 years.
Family, faith, and her job were things that defined her. However, her sweet spirit, deliberate direction and unmatchable work ethic also defined her. It needs to be noted that she noticed every bright and shining car or pick-up on the road. She would comment on the color and how shiny the vehicle was, she also identified the county it came from every time. If you were speeding, or if she thought you were speeding, she would comment on that too. She would have been a great State Patrol Officer; she loved procedure, loved the law, and she was compassionate and kind. Traits that every law enforcement officer should possess.
Since our mom has passed, we thought it was imperative that we notify the company that makes Citron Peel, Glazed Cherries and Glazed Pineapples for making Fruit Cakes. We are pretty sure that she is the last person on earth to make dozens of Fruit Cakes during the Holiday Season.
Mom was firm in what she believed and how she lived her life. She prided herself on solid ideals of quality, function, health, and wellbeing. She loved our dad, and she unconditionally loved all five of her girls. We were all blessed to be able to call her mom!
We will all miss her walking us to our cars. She always asked, “Is there anything that you need?” Her parting words were always, “Thank you, Thank you”!
Remember, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Funeralservices were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday July 10, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church.909 8th St, Rupert, Idaho. Services were under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.