Ella Bybee Hancock, 95, Our beloved mother entered her next estate on November 23, 2020. At 95 she boasted about 100 descendants. A viewing will be held in the Arimo funeral home of Horsely mortuary, at 10:00 A.M., a short service at 11:00 with grave side services to follow. Social distancing and masks are requested.
Ella was born in the Cambridge area outside of Downey, Idaho. Her parents were William Dow and Mildred Wise Bybee and her siblings were Vern, Beth Reese, and Guy. They grew up in a two room house with the Downey cemetery as the neighbor to the east and a favorite playground. The boys slept on a screened in porch with cardboard to cut the wind in the winter. A large dog and hot bricks at the foot of the bed warmed the night. Her parents owned a café in town where the girls worked while their husbands and brothers were away at war. Weekends were for her father’s family band. Friday and Saturday nights they played at venues all over Marsh valley. The extended family would crash on their floor. She loved to dance with her father when he would take a break from the band. It was a magical time when life was simple.
She married Carl Hancock in 1941. In 1951 they moved to Pocatello to take advantage of Carl’s G.I. benefits. He attended I.S.U. / vo-tech. to get a trade education. Ella worked at Stouffers Diner and Carl worked swing at the Garrett loading docks. They lived in Portneuf Park, then on Richland before moving to a new home in 1955 at 926 Wayne where they lived until retirement. They then moved to St. George, Buhl, then Hagerman finally returning to Pocatello in 2002. Carl died in 2004. She has been living with her daughter and son in law for the past ten years.
She worked in the cafeteria kitchens of Pocatello High, Irving Jr. High and Highland before helping to open the Central Kitchen. She was part of the management team until she retired. Carl worked at the I.N.E.L. for over 30 years. They were sealed in the St. George temple.
When ask about past experiences and associations her ever present smile warms to soft memories and kind feelings. Those who know her well always remember her sweet words and endearing manners. She loves people and people love her.
Her children, Vern (Elouise), Wally (Joann), Karla (Larry Jensen), Eric, Rocky (Nancy,) Troy (Kathleen), and grandchildren are looking forward to celebrating her life.
We will miss her dearly.
Private Family services will be held on Monday, November 30 at 12 noon in the Horsley Marsh Valley Funeral Home, 570 N. Meadowview Dr. in Arimo. There will be a family viewing for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Cambridge Cemetery.