Vivian Elaine Judd Chandler, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Born June 17, 1937, in Burley, Cache, Idaho to Eldon Marshall Judd and Sylvia Mae Marshall Judd. She was the oldest of 5 children. Her family moved to Weiser when she was 1 year old, in 1938. She went to all years of school in Weiser. She was in the marching band and played the clarinet. She also participated in drama and dance productions at school and church. Her father kept her and her siblings busy helping the family by working in the fields and picking fruit. Elaine attended LDS Business college in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loved the college life.
She married Keith Eldon Chandler June 27, 1956 in the Salt Lake City, Utah temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Soon after they were married, Eldon was drafted and went into the military. Elaine was able to be with him while he was stationed in Colorado and Washington. They returned to Weiser to help with the family ranch in 1958. Elaine and Eldon raised 4 children at the ranch on Monroe Creek. She worked many years as a florist at the Blossom Shop for her sister-in-law, Thelma Norton. She also worked at Stark’s Green House, Swains gift shop, H & R Block during tax season, and doing demos at grocery stores. She served on the election Board for many years, and helped with local elections as recently as a couple of years ago. She was very involved in helping Eldon run the ranch and dairy, managing all the finances, and helping doctor sick cows and calves.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. She especially enjoyed the time that she and Eldon spent serving in the Boise LDS Temple.
Elaine loved learning, and was an avid reader. She always encouraged her children and grandchildren to get as much education as possible. She loved spending time with family, and made great efforts to make holidays special by decorating, and putting special thought into gifts.
Making family connections was important to her. She spent years researching who her ancestors were, and finding family histories. She felt that you needed to know who they were and not just have names on a family group sheet. She wanted to know how they came to the United States and ended up where they settled.
She loved to travel, and explore new places. Family trips usually included stops at historical markers and museums. One of her favorite places was Yellowstone Park. She enjoyed nature, and loved to feed the birds and raccoons. She loved camping and visiting with family around the campfire.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister. She is survived by her children Terry(Mardean) Chandler, Reed(Susan) Chandler, Tim Chandler, Lisa Wiggins, 17 grandchildren, and 4 ½ great grandchildren.
A Viewing will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Weiser LDS Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home.