Lillian Thora (Dennett) Hoadley

August 7, 1921 ~ December 16, 2019 (age 98)


Lillian Thora Dennett Hoadley, age 98, passed away on December 16, 2019, in Caldwell, Idaho, at the home of her youngest son Randy, where she had resided for the past few years   She is now dancing & residing with Daddy in their castle in the sky! 

There will be no public service per Mother’s wishes   A Private family service will be held Monday, December 23, 2019, at the Nampa Funeral Home, 415 12th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho at 2:00 p.m.  Family viewing at 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.   Interment will be at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, Idaho. 

Lillian was born August 7, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to David Alma Dennett & Adria Rosalie Benfell Dennett   Mother was preceded in death by her spouse, Calvin Hoadley, two sons, David Calvin Hoadley and Fredrick Monroe Hoadley, her parents David & Rosalie Dennett Tidwell Smith, & 10 siblings, Lourice Dennett, Cecilia Dennett, Beverly Ann Dennett, Ronald Miller Dennett, John “Bud” Dennett, Lawrence Dennett, Dean Dennett, Grace Dennett Nelson Montgomery, Stanley Dennett DeMille, & Lucille Richins, twin great granddaughters Makensie & Mallory Casey Hoadley  & grandson-in-law Micheil James Cross. 

          She is survived by two of her children, Setha Christine [Ronald] Weekes & James Randall [Chris] Hoadley, both of Caldwell, two daughters-in-law Phyllis Hoadley of Marsing & Catherine Hoadley of Caldwell, one brother, Roy [Marie] Tidwell of Pasco, Washington, 15 grandchildren, 36.8 great grandchildren, 13 great great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews, three sisters & brothers-in-law, Shirley [Don] Oehler, Rachael Wilhelm & Erlene [Wayne] Tachick, all from Alaska, plus special friends Lovalynn & Delbert Perry who meant so very much to her.   

She was delivered by her father in their home.  The family then moved on to Rockville, Utah, at the edge of Zion, where she and her siblings played in the sunshine & red dirt, & placed tarantulas in Mason jars & rolled them down small hills.  When the jars made it to the bottom, they would turn the tarantulas loose and laugh at them as they tried to walk while being so very dizzy.  She lost her father & sister Cecilia in 1930.  After the death of her father, her mother married Mr. Tidwell & he moved the entire family to Idaho to a small house just below the lower dam of Lake Lowell.  She was 13 at the time.   This is where she met her life-long love, Calvin Hoadley.  She said it was love at first sight, they just didn’t know it!  They married September 13, 1938, in Nampa, Idaho & began a journey that neither of them expected.   They never moved out of the community – lived there all the remaining days of their lives within one square mile from their first little two-room shack!  They had four children, David, Fred, Christine & Randy, which in turn gave them 15 grandchildren:  Andrew Hoadley, Scott Hoadley , Richelle Weekes Cross, Heather Hoadley Hale, Patrick Hoadley, Geoffery Hoadley, Gregory Hoadley, John Hoadley, Sherry Ann Hoadley Richter, Mark Weekes, Diane Hoadley, Eric Hoadley, Catherine Ann Hoadley Doyle, Jacob Hoadley & Tera Hoadley Allen.   These 15 grandchildren presented her with 35.8 great grandchildren [one is due in January] & 13 great great grandchildren.  She adored them one & all.

The grandchildren have wonderful memories of Christmas parties, Easter Egg Hunts, and many family picnics at Grandma Hoadley’s, and just spending time with her.  She fed them well , PB&J sandwiches, homemade chili & delicious pies & cookies, & educated them more than they know. 

She was very involved in her children’s lives.  Taking the boys back & forth to Caldwell so they could play baseball from the time they could swing a bat & all through high school.  Many summer days spent cheering them on.  And then with Christine & her music, which wasn’t quite as much fun as watching the boys play ball!  Supported them in all they wanted to do.  

Mother was known for her green thumb.  She raised some beautiful roses, the most delicious red & black raspberries, which she then turned in to heavenly jams & jellies.  She also kept an immaculate yard. 

She loved her piano, & many forms of music filled her life!  We spent many an evening sitting in the living room listening to her play & singing along, although I’m sure we weren’t quite in tune.  She continued to play up until a few months before her death.  She is playing for the angles now. 

She was truly loved by us all and will be missed by many.


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December 23, 2019

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Nampa Funeral Home
415 12th Ave. So.
Nampa, Idaho 83651

Private Services

Nampa Funeral Home
415 12th Ave. So.
Nampa, Idaho 83651

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