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Nola Jean Higley

d. September 7, 2020

Nola Jean Webb Higley, age 83, of Kimberly, Idaho, passed away at home surrounded by her family on 7 September 2020 of complications following a stroke. Nola was born in Milner Idaho on August 22, 1937, to Roy and Ardis Merkley Webb. She was welcomed by siblings Alan and Gloria. Later brother Larry and twins Rex and Rita joined the family. She graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1955 and attended Ricks College, and other colleges until receiving her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Colorado. She then worked at the Federal Geology Library in Denver. Nola met and married Kirk Rheames in Colorado and later relocated to Kimberly Idaho on her “farmette” where she was able to have cows, chickens, goats and her cats and dogs. Nola loved all animals and took care of many through her life. She enjoyed hiking, gardening and her pets, was an avid reader, but most of all spending time with her family. Nola was the favorite Aunt to her siblings children who she loved, cared for, and kept in close touch with them all of her life, helping them in many ways. Following Kirk’s death in 1988, Nola married Clark Higley in November 1989. She became a mom and grandmother to all of Clark’s children and grandchildren, and made the transition seem easy and was immediately accepted and loved by everyone. Nola worked as the Medical Librarian at the Magic Valley Memorial Hospital and was instrumental in setting up the new library. It was a career that she enjoyed immensely, and was very good at it. Nola was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, serving faithfully in many positions. She served everyone and welcomed all new neighbors with a visit and a homemade treat. Nola loved anything outdoors and animals. She rode horses, hiked in the mountains and gardened. Nola was always interested in what others were doing and a great listener. She kept conversations on the person she was talking to and made everyone feel like they were accomplishing something important in their life. Nola was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kirk Rheams, Sister Rita, Brother Rex Webb, Sister in Law Karen Web, stepson Blaine Higley and his wife Yvonne Higley. She is survived by her husband Clark Higley, her brothers Alan Webb, Glendale AZ, Larry Webb (Paige) Clinton, UT sister Gloria (Dale) Dopita, Pocatello ID, Sister in law Colleen Webb, Highland UT, Brother in law Emmett Bartlett, Wendell ID, Stepson Chad(Mary) Higley, Kimberley ID, Stepdaughters Sherie (John) Thain, Declo ID, Lanette Higley, Portland OR, Linda Higley, Twin Falls ID, 17 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren. Nola remembered each grandchild and great grandchild by sending them a 2 dollar bill on their birthday. A graveside service will be held on 16 Sept 2020 at Sunset Memorial Park at 2:00 PM.
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