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Marietta Merle Salyards

April 15, 2022

Marietta Merle Salyards passed away at the robust age of 100 on April 9, 2022, at Sunset Home Assisted Living in Bonners Ferry. Her daughter, RaNae, was at her side when she passed of natural causes. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Riverside Cemetery, 1969 North River Road, Payette.

Marietta was born to Charley and Ava Grimes in Nampa, Idaho, on July 31, 1921. She was soon joined by twin brothers, Dwayne and DeWitt, both of whom preceded her in death. She spent her entire life in the Treasure Valley area.

At the time she was born, her parents were farmers who rented different farmlands around the Nampa area. When she was a freshman in high school, the family bought a farm in the Emmett, Idaho, area.

Marietta graduated from Emmett High School in 1940. She attended Boise Junior College for two years. She worked at Gowen Field Air Base for one year before continuing her education at the University of Idaho. She graduated from the U of I in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education.

Marietta began her Home Economics teaching career in Payette, Idaho, where she met her future husband, Wendell Salyards. They were married on July 6, 1947, in Payette. Shortly after that, she retired from teaching to be a homemaker and raise a family.

After her two children were in school, she returned to teaching at Payette High School to help pay for the new house she and Wendell were building, which she designed herself, and to help save money for the children’s college. After the house was paid off and college was finished, she retired from teaching again in 1974.

Marietta’s passions in life were sewing, cooking, vegetable and flower gardening and, of course, her family. She was nothing if not organized and often in charge. She sewed almost every day. As soon as she finished one project, she was on to the next. Everyone in her family wore clothes that she had made and felt lucky to receive these special gift – husband, children, grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren.

In later years, she made many beautiful quilts for her family, as remembrances.

After Wendell passed away in 1989, she lived by herself and took care of the house and her flowers. He was chairperson of the Payette Senior Center when he passed, and she stepped up and took over for him. She served for many years on the board of directors and volunteered for every project and fundraiser that came along.

Her children and grandchildren were a great joy to her, and she spent much time with them.
She is survived by her son Monte Salyards (Tracie Searles), Nampa, Idaho, daughter RaNae Salyards Barker, Bonners Ferry, grandchildren Warren Barker (Brenda), Eureka, Montana, and Michelle Barker (Lee Wright), Boise, great-grandchildren Kimberly and Megan Barker, both of Eureka. She is also survived by her niece, three nephews, extended family cousins and Dr. Mark Barker.

In recent years, Marietta spent numerous winters with her daughter in Bonners Ferry. In this last year, after falling a few times, she could no longer live on her own. She planned to live with RaNae full time after selling her home of over 60 years in Payette. Her increasing health issues made that impossible, so last November, she came to reside at Sunset Home Assisted Living in Bonners Ferry.

We wish to very much thank everyone there for their skillful, tender and respectful care in her final months.

Memorials in Marietta’s honor may be given to The Payette Senior Center, 137 N. Main St., Payette, ID, 83661.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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