Florene C Mendenhall

26 Dec 1927 - 16 Nov 1997

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26 Dec 1927 - 16 Nov 1997
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Florene Crockett Mendenhall Recollections by Dennis Mendenhall Florene Crockett was born on December 26, 1927 in Preston, Franklin, Idaho to Frank Lee Crockett and Alta Eliza Webb. Mom was always just a little upset about having a birthday the day after Christmas, because when ever family brought he
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Florene C Mendenhall

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Dayton Cemetery

Highway 36
Dayton, Franklin, Idaho
United States
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Lona Graham

April 29, 2015
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April 29, 2015

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Florene Crockett Mendenhall Recollections by Dennis Mendenhall Florene Crockett was born on December 26, 1927 in Preston, Franklin, Idaho to Frank Lee Crockett and Alta Eliza Webb. Mom was always just a little upset about having a birthday the day after Christmas, because when ever family brought her presents they would always say “here is your Christmas present and your birthday as well” that was always a bit of a sore spot with her. She has an Older brother Deverle Frank Crockett, a younger sister Aldeane Crockett, a younger brothers Armond Lee Crockett, Clell Webb Crockett, Reed George Crockett and Reese Crockett. She went to school in Preston, Idaho and eventually graduated from Preston High school. She met and married Lorin K. Mendenhall while she was in her senior year in high school. She and Lorin eloped and were married on March 27, 1946 in Elko, Nevada. The fact that she was married didn’t seem to carry much weight when it was time for mom to graduate from high school. The high school principle didn’t want her to graduate with her class because she was pregnant. She later received her diploma from the High school. From that time on mom was very involved with raising a family. She was a stay at home mom which was the norm when her family was young. She gave birth to eight children, three boys and 5 girls. Sadly the first daughter Sheila was still born. Mom enjoyed camping with her family when they were younger. She became a very avid sports fan when her children (the boys in particular) started getting involved with Baseball. As the boys grew older and the baseball games became more intense she became more and more vocal. It got to the point that you could hear her yelling over the rest of the crowd when something in the game upset her especially when it involve one of her children. There were times when she was yelling, that her family moved away from her and wouldn’t claim her until she settled down after an umpires call that upset her. But after all is said and done you knew without a doubt that she loved her children and wanted the best for them. As the children grew older she found employment with the Pocatello School district as a cook at Irving Junior High school. She was a very good cook. I don’t know of anyone that could make bread and rolls as quickly and a good as she could. She made many friends at the school with her co-workers and some of the children at the school. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. She encouraged her children to be active in church. She was a dedicated visiting teacher and always tried to do her part. Two of her sons served full time missions in foreign countries. As I think back one of the things I remember most is a time when I was 16 years old. As I said mom was a great cook, and when she was cooking you didn’t mess with her. I had a hard time keeping that rule in mind, it was just a great opportunity to tease her. She was, on one particular day trying to finish getting dinner ready and was making the gravy for dinner. It just so happened that I had in my possession a squirt gun and I thought that since mom was making gravy I knew she wouldn’t stop stirring until the gravy was done. I squirted her and she told me to behave so I squirted her again knowing she wouldn’t stop stirring that gravy, she threatened me so I squirted her again, she made an attempt to come after me but she had to keep stirring that gravy or it would burn, so I squirted her again. I nearly got to wear that pan of hot gravy. I thought I had escaped any kind of retribution, I soon found out mom had a memory like an elephant. She waited for a few days, then one day as I was lounging on the couch in the living room I suddenly was the recipient of a pan of cold water. The moral of the story is “don’t mess with mom” unless you want to spend the rest of your life wondering when she would get even. Marcia, the oldest of the girls remembers a time after Marcia had married and had a little girl named Lynette. Mom was asked to baby set Lynette, but when Marcia left the house, Lynette started crying and mom couldn’t get her to stop crying. Marcia said that Lynette was the first of moms grandchildren that she really wanted to spank. Mom loved her grandchildren I don’t know if she ever spanked one of the grandchildren. Marcia made the comment that she love mom and now misses her terribly. When my brothers and sisters moved away from home, mom looked forward to going to visit her children wherever they were living. Dan, the youngest of her boys moved to Detroit, Michigan. In 1987 she was able to travel to Detroit to visit Dan. Dan took her on a Boblo boat tour on the Detroit river. The boat had a band and a dance floor. Dan said that mom danced with him and his little children. He said that mom and the kids had a great time. Linda the second oldest girl said her fondest memory was a time walking with mom to Halliwell park to watch a baseball game. I was a pretty long walk with four little girls. She said also enjoyed walking with mom when they took lady Ann the puppy for a walk and having mom all to herself. Mary Jane was the third girl born but within a few months from birth developed a bladder and kidney problem that threatened her life. Mary remembers that during this period of her life that she said “Mom was a wonderful mother. She was with me though all my kidney problems. She hated leaving her kids but she didn’t want me to be alone in the hospital. I don’t remember most of my hospital stays I was pretty young. I remember her taking me to primary at the Primary Children’s hospital. Every year Mom and Dad took me to Salt lake for my doctor appointments. Mom would have my hair cut {pixie style} for my hospital stays. She said I was easier to take care of my hair. When I started having kids she was afraid it was going to be too hard on my kidney because I had a kidney transplant. My kidney was donated by my brother Dennis. My kidney did well. She loved her grand kids and taking care of them. She loved spoiling them. We ran a fireworks boot one year and Mom took care of Donna for us and Donna loved staying with Grandma and Grandpa. Mom was always worried about my health and was always telling me to go to the doctor but when her health started failing she wouldn’t want to go to the doctor. She would always say she was fine. She ended up having a kidney transplant and her brother Reed gave her one of his kidneys. Mom would call me everyday at least once and sometimes more and I would call her almost as much. Gerald and I would go over and play Aggravation with Mom. She would get so aggravated with Gerald because he was always trying to get her out. We loved playing games with her. She was always concerned about her kids and grand kids. We all lover her very much.” My mother was an amateur coin collector. She really enjoyed collection the new state coins the federal government minted. She was fond of quarters and half dollars. After she passed away as I was going through all of her things I found her coin collection hidden under a bunch of boxes in her closet. With all of her coin collecting she never actually had any of what you would call a rare or valuable coin. She just love to collect coins.

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1927
Florene C Mendenhall was born on 26 Dec 1927
Florene C Mendenhall was 12 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Florene C Mendenhall was 16 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
Florene C Mendenhall was 28 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Florene C Mendenhall was 36 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Florene C Mendenhall was 51 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Florene C Mendenhall was 52 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Florene C Mendenhall died on 16 Nov 1997 at the age of 69
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