Nancy Jane Dille as written by her own hand.
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Nancy Jane Dille born Sept. 19, 1881.
Born in Hyrum City, Utah.
Father named Arvis Chaplin Dille and mother was Mary Ann Bradley Dille.
At the age of 3 years old my parents moved to Salem, Idaho in the year of 1884. Father came out in 1883 and homestead on farm of 160 acres. Then the following spring moved his family up. There was no bridges or roads. All there was was sage brush and mosquitoes were plenty. When we had crossed the river father had to tie on a big log chain around the wagon box to keep it from floating off. We crossed the big Snake River on ferry boat that was pulled by cable. I can remember how scared we were and cattle swam across.
Our first home was of logs and dirt roof. In summer the wind would blow the dirt off and when it rained mother would take a milk pan to catch the rain off the beds. In fall, Father would have more dirt to keep us dry. We had lots of snow in the winter. It would freeze so the horses could walk on top of the snow. So we did not need roads. The snow was deep enough to cover the fences.
In summer, as soon as I was big enough to ride a pony it was my job to go get the horses from the bench while the boys milked the cows. Then take the cows up on the bench. Them days no one lived on the bench. I had scouted in the summer for Indians. They used to come in big crowds. It was a mile when they crossed the river and [all lived about so if they came about it was to our place. My brother John about got to a field for] father and I picked up chips to get in the oven so mother could made cookies for them. She always made friends with them. Good times in them days. All the like one big family. Everyone shared alike and helped each other.
On Feb 28, 1900 I married James Cherry at our home and in 1905 we were sealed in the Logan Temple May 31, 1905. I was the mother of children James Cherry, Mary Luella, Elveda, Ray D., Delpha, Velma, Daniel Farell, Daniel Farell died on 13 of Oct 1914 was born on July 31, 1912. I raised one grand child Gerald Frank Hicks. I took care of of my mother for 16 years. I worked in Primary 23 years seen all my children graduate from seminary and all my grandsons Gerald Franks Hicks. I was a Relief Society teacher (visiting teacher?) for 50 years of more. I did work in the Relief Society. I am thankfull I belong to this wonderful Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I filled two temple missions and lots of temple work.
Nancy Jane Dille eulogy as provided by Veda Dille Smith
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Eulogy for Nancy Dille Cherry. Provided by Veda Dille Smith.
Life’s richest reward is the love, devotion, and respect of family and loved ones, plus the warmth of true friendship. Among us today is one who has reached this goal in life – one who has walked through the Valley of Death many times – yet God has always given his hand and led her back for her mission on earth was to give to others – Her burdens have been many – yet she didn’t complain – Death took her husband and two sons yet her determination and strong will to live carried her on. She has lived in a progressive world coming from sagebrush to gas – in her younger days they used sagebrush for firewood whereas today a simple turn of the hand and we have heat from gas instantly. She came from covered wagons to jet airplanes – travel across the country in a covered wagon took months yet today we go in hours. In such a fast moving world it is a sincere pleasure to know someone that can still take time to help others, listen to their problems giving understanding and advice. Even though her own health is not too good can take time out and give help to a sick friend or relative.
As I look in her face today I see it radiant with happiness for surely she has received her reward she so richly deserved. The love, devotion and respect of all who know her.
Nancy Dille Cherry was born on September 12, 1881 in Hyrum Utah. When she was three years old she moved with her family – in a covered wagon from Hyrum to Salem, Idaho – they were one of the first settlers in this area/ Their first home was one of logs with a dirt roof- when it rained the roof leaked and they all scurried to cover the furniture with canvas and placed buckets and pans to catch the water. At the time it was not too pleasant a task but is a fond memory now. One of her first recollections was of the Indians- at that time they were still quite hostile and caused many problems to the early settlers. Every Fall the Indians came down from the Mountains for the winter and in doing so came on horseback across the Dille ranch-they could be seen for miles as there were perhaps 30 or 40 in a band- when the Dille family saw then on their way- Grandma Dille hurriedly sent the children for chips of wood to build the fire and she would make sugar cookies- by the time the Indians got up to the house, the cookies were just out of the oven and were passed around to the band of Indians-this served as a peace offering preventing any trouble-every year they stopped-and surely the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” is proven for they were good friends with the tribe.
Nancy grew up in Salem going to school whenever a school and teacher were available. When she was 17 she went to work in St. Anthony as a waitress in a large hotel. This was very hard work as the girls had to carry large trays of food and dishes, but she was used to working on the farm doing a man’s work and became known as one of the very best waitresses in the country. Once again her pleasant personality, winning smile and friendliness prevailed.
It was while working she met James Cherry and after a romantic courtship married him February 29, 1900. To this union 7 children were born- 3 boys and 4 girls. All were born in Salem, Idaho, where she and her husband were engaged in farming. This was one of the happiest times in her life, for here she raised her children and though times were hard and she and her children had to work in the fields and help with the chores to make ends meet, they were together and had a closeness that many families do not have. Her motto has always been, “Idle fingers are the Devil’s workshop” and even [missing text].
In 1923 they moved to Rexburg and the 4 older children one by one were married or moved away and she devoted her time to her 2 younger children, her church and friends, and in a few years with her grandchildren. Today she has 5 living children- 9 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren love her just as much as her own children do as she gave her love, devotion and time to them as freely as if they were her own.
It is hard to find words to use in paying tribute to such a wonderful person who has given so freely of herself to others. Your love and respect and your being with her today is the greatest reward, for it has been said the goodness and mercy shall follower her all the days of her life.