Letha Joann (Nichols) Amoth was born to Sam and Anna Nichols on November 1, 1938 at Fredonia, Kansas. Letha went home to be with the Lord on May 26, 2016 at her home in Buhl, Idaho surrounded by her family after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.
As a young girl, she moved with her family to California where they made their home, and she received her formal education. She made her lifelong commitment to serve the Lord and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, on April 2, 1952.
We were married on December 28, 1958, in Livingston, CA and made our home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho where our children were born. We had the disappointment of losing a precious son, Lon Darin, at the age of 4 ½ months.
In 1975, we purchased a farm and relocated to southern Idaho. Mom helped Dad with the farm and business doing whatever needed to be done. This included having a meal ready at a moment's notice for anyone that Dad happened to invite to stay for lunch. She was a wonderful homemaker, immaculate house keeper, and a great cook. Mom had a great work ethic and taught us so much; get it done, do it right… and she only had one speed!
Letha faithfully stood by me in the gospel ministry for over forty years, which included serving in Pennsylvania, Montana, Arkansas and various other locations where lifelong friendships were made. Mom also looked forward to, and enjoyed their winters in Arizona in recent years where she cherished her old friends and made many new ones!
Life brought new challenges when she was first diagnosed in 1996. After surgery and many treatments, she had nine cancer-free years. It returned in 2006, and she faced it with fortitude. God answered our prayers by helping her to endure the many needed treatments with unbelievable strength and courage. Unfortunately, this spring, it became apparent that the treatments available to her were becoming less effective.
We, as a family, would personally like to thank all of her wonderful medical caregivers, doctors, and nurses at St. Lukes Tumor Institute, the Mayo Clinic, and Hospice Visions.
We very much appreciate the overwhelming support from family and friends!
Those left to cherish fond memories are her loving husband Wayne, children, Brenda and Pat Wiebe, Gary and Kathy Amoth, Lavonne and Clark Wiebe, all of Buhl, Idaho, eight grandchildren, Clarissa and Mark Wiebe, Van and Lisa Wiebe, Amanda and Jonathon Schmidt, Whitney Amoth, Madison Amoth, Amber and Rylan Koehn, Kaylynn Wiebe, Mikelle Wiebe and seven great-grandchildren, Owen, Liam, Jake, Mariah, Taylor, Avery and Brantley, three sisters, Mae Koehn, Norma Koehn and Gloria Malear, three brothers, Willis (Leona) Nichols, Dewey (Thelma) Koehn, and Delmar (Harriet) Nichols, two sisters-in-law, Salena Nichols and Martha Nichols. Also, the Amoth family: Frances Koehn, Don Amoth, Melvina Amoth, Les & Doris Amoth, Ann Amoth and many more relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one infant son, five brothers, and three sisters.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Valley View Mennonite Church (3925N. 1900E.) Filer. A viewing will be 3 - 6 p.m. Monday, May 30 at Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl.