Phyllis (Gwen) was born May 10, 1955, in Caldwell, Idaho and died with her sister lying next to her in bed, and surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. She was the second daughter born to Donald H. & Phyllis Bell. Gwen was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, where she attended Church & Sunday School as a small girl. She spent her younger years happily growing up on a farm in Notus and in 1966 moving back to Caldwell while living with her family, and attended Caldwell Schools, working in the SnoBell Drive-In Cafe her parents owned after school and on weekends. She was a Charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Caldwell, Job’s Daughter’s Caldwell Bethel 8, an avid Square and Round Dancer with Capital Squares, and enjoyed traveling to other states to attend the National Square Dance Conventions.
She married Tom Kohl and together they owned and operated the Overland Stage Floral Shop in Boise for 12 years. Her creativity to design beautiful floral pieces for special occasions, weddings, homes, and funerals were incredible! After selling the floral shop, she and Tom were blessed to travel the United States for 5 months in their motor home, visiting the highlights of as many states as they could, sightseeing and living the American dream. Her favorite places to visit were the Oregon Coast and New Orleans. They later divorced. She married Don Jones, and became a member of the LDS Church in Boise and later Caldwell 2nd Ward. She held various jobs throughout her life including Book-keeper at Dry Creek Cemetery, Data entry at Nampa Police Dept., and the YMCA in Caldwell for the last 2 years.
Gwen was a classy dresser and took pride in the way she looked, as anyone who knew, she had closets full of clothes, shoes, purses & jewelry to match and always looked her best! She loved to be with her friends and LOVED to laugh! Gwen made other’s laugh as well with her witty sense of humor which she kept right to the end! She loved to go camping, fishing, on hunting trips and riding snow mobiles with her friends and family. Her hobbies included making crafts with her mother, sister, and nieces, scrapbooking, card making with her sister, nieces and friends, decorating and shopping! She learned to china paint and was excellent at it. She was a great artist doing oils and acrylics. She lived life to the fullest, be it with her mom, sister, friends, family and was known to take off in the car across country even by herself now and then on different adventures throughout her life. Christmas was her favorite holiday and loved making candy, cookies, cakes and cards for those she cared about. She enjoyed giving to others, and serving others in any capacity. She was always the happiest when surrounded by her family, nieces, nephew, and doing things together. Gwen always had a warm welcoming smile, and made you feel welcomed in her home. She was a WONDERFUL sister, a FABULOUS Auntie, and for those who were blessed to have her friendship, she was the BEST OF FRIEND! Sis……you will always be in our hearts………..never forgotten!
She will be missed by her loving sister, Debbie Boyer of Boise, her nephew Jason, his daughter Raegan Woods of Caldwell, her niece Shaunna (Shawn) and their children Hannah, Holland, & Halley King, of Star, sister in law LeeAnn Bell of Sterling, CO., and many many friends who loved her!
She was preceeded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, mother, father, & her brother Roy.
A celebration of her life will be held in her honor on:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ 2:00 at the LDS Church 4509 So. Montana Ave., Caldwell ID. Enter at the North Entrance. A dinner will follow after the memorial for close friends and family.
I am planning on attending Celebration of Life, along with.my Niece Arnette. We will Bring a wheelchair. (Dinner optional for us))
GWEN WILL BE MISSED , SHE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE, NOW SHE IS WAITING THE CALL FROM JESUS IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION WHEN HE SHALL RETURN SOON.
Gwin was à wonderful friend. She deserves thé very best.
Debbie our prayers to you and your family. Wish I could hug you right now!!
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss, losing your beloved sister. She was lucky to have you with her when she left this world, she could feel your deep love for her, & her spirit can still feel it, because love never dies. I pray that God will comfort you in your grief, knowing that she is now free from pain & with her loved ones that have gone on before her, this is not the end, you will someday all be together again. God Bless you.