|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1916|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 2011|
Twin Falls County
Nova Payne Farmer West, 95, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at her home in Buhl. The Farmer and West Families mourn the passing of dearly beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Nova was born Feb. 11, 1916, at her family home near Rocky Comfort, Mo. She was raised on the farm where she learned the many things that would benefit her throughout her long life. She attended grade school at Cave Springs and Forest Grove and went to Ridgley High School at Ridgley, Mo.
Nova married Earl Farmer in May 1936 at Neosho, Mo., and traveled with him to Buhl, Idaho, where he had been working in agriculture. Sadly, four years later, Mr. Farmer passed away March 4, 1940. Five months later, Nova, now a young widow, gave birth to her first child and named him in memory of his father. Nova prided herself in returning to the potato fields for harvest soon after the birth of her son — a testament to her strong work ethic. A few years passed and, in addition to working in the fields, Nova provided household help to a farmer and his hired men as they worked land nearby. The farmer was Cecil R. "Dutch" West of Castleford, Idaho.
Nova married Cecil on March 17, 1942, at Twin Falls, Idaho, and he took on the role of dad to her young son. They added to their new family when Jackie and Garry were born — the family was complete. They all lived on the farm at Castleford until Cecil and Nova purchased the current farm near Buhl in 1948. They became members of the Clover Trinity Lutheran Church. Nova was a hard worker known to have strong opinions and a generous heart and knew the importance of instilling these same values in her children (and later grandchildren).
She also worked in the potato warehouse for Bob Weaver and later at Idaho Frozen Foods and remained there until she retired in 1981. Nova always had animals and especially loved her dogs who were constant and loyal companions. She did all this in addition to caring for her husband and children and completing all the daily chores necessary to keep a good home. Her family and guests were always welcome to her table which was never without a bowl of chilled cucumber slices, dishes of pickles and black olives, plates of fresh vegetables, stacked slices of bread, preserves and butter. All this was prior to setting out the actual meal. which was always bountiful in and of itself. She was truly a wonderful cook, confirmed by an embroidered sign above the table which read, "No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best."
She enjoyed planting flowers and kept a huge garden. She taught her grandchildren how to pick the strawberries which she kept on the two most outer rows (probably to keep little feet from trampling the rest of the vegetables). She also took the kids asparagus hunting near her home, which they all enjoyed despite electric fences and water snakes. She often employed her grandsons to rid the farm of various pests with their BB guns. Nova taught her grandchildren how to snap green beans so they could be ready for canning. She canned her own vegetables and was noted for the best strawberry jam anywhere. She prized her fresh tomatoes and onions the most; even when her garden grew smaller over the years, she always made sure to plant them. Nova could often be found outside or in her kitchen singing or whistling "Amazing Grace" and "Yes, Jesus Loves Me." Her faith was constant and strong until the end.
Nova was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha Payne; seven siblings; her husband, Cecil; and son, Jackie. She is survived by two sons, Earl (Evelyn) Farmer of Blackfoot and Garry West of Buhl; her seven grandchildren, Earl Farmer of Blackfoot, Elena Farmer of Brooklyn, N.Y., Shane West of Buhl, Kanice (David) Freeman of Perkins, Okla., Charlie (Max) Silva of Buhl, Denim (Jim) Weighall of Buhl and Kade (Veronica) West of Hagerman. Memories and lessons from Nova's resilient, noble and down-to-earth life will be passed on to her 12 great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to Personal Connection Care, Sherri, Maria and Barbara, for the support and compassion they showed to our mother, and Pastor Christ for his many visits during her final weeks of life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be given to Clover Trinity Lutheran Church.
James Robert Payne (1882 - 1952)
Bertha Payne (1890 - 1964)
Earl Farmer (1913 - 1940)
Cecil "Dutch" West (1901 - 1981)
Clover Lutheran Cemetery
Twin Falls County
Created by: Annie
Record added: Mar 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66760506
Added: Mar. 12, 2011