Lloyd Ann Fairchild, age 72, of Grangeville, Idaho, died 8:30 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at her home in Grangeville, Idaho, due to a massive heart attack. Lloyd Ann, much like her mother, went in “true Texan style” with a heart of gold, well loved, and unforgettable. It isn’t a lie when said, “when God made her He broke the mold”.
Lloyd Ann was born in Cleburne, Texas, December 31, 1939, to Lloyd Bentley Rawdon and Mary Christine Hall-Rawdon. She was the eldest of three children. The first nine years of her life she traveled the Southern and Eastern most parts of the United States with her parents, owing to her father working as an oil and gas pipeline welder. While traveling the family spent quite a bit of time in Kentucky where Lloyd Ann developed a unique drawl, a mix of Texican dialect and Kentuckian twang.
Lloyd Ann graduated co-valedictorian from Godley High School, Godley, Texas, in the spring of 1958. In the autumn of 1958 she rode a bus from tiny Godley, Texas, to tinier Albion, Idaho, to attend Magic Valley Christian College. It was here she first heard her husband-to-be, David Fairchild, say a prayer in church. It was love at first voice. After a short whirlwind romance they were married the following spring on March 6, 1959, at the Twin Falls Church of Christ by their teacher/friend, J. C. Davis, attended by Ellen Stanton Nelson, Maid of Honor, and Jim Fairchild, Best Man.
On August 22, 1960, Lloyd Ann birthed her first child, a boy, named David Arthur Fairchild II. On June 27, 1963, she then welcomed her second son, Jeffry Scott Fairchild, into to the world.
Lloyd Ann had always wanted six children to love and care for. It was this want that led her and David to adopt two little girls, Glenda Lawaine and Angela Christine, in 1970 and 1975. It was this same want that allowed Lloyd Ann and her husband to raise two grandchildren, Megan Dawn and Anthony David. Lloyd Ann never realized how much her love and care helped others to survive and better themselves in this world. She took those unwanted and considered troublesome and provided a home, kinship, safe haven, and a listening ear for woeful sorrows, wonderful hopes, and dreams. She was the glue that bound her extended family together: a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, friend, and confidant. Lloyd Ann was a great Southern style cook who loved to entertain her family and guests, and she was also an excellent seamstress and clothes designer. One of her greatest pleasures was making award-winning baby blankets and quilts for her loved ones.
Lloyd Ann was predeceased by two siblings, Glenda Naomi and Harold Dwaine Rawdon, father and mother, Lloyd Bentley Rawdon and Mary Christine Hall-Rawdon, her step-father, Richard D. Nichols, and her close friend/bosom buddy, Ellen Conrad.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, David Fairchild of Grangeville, ID, four children, David Arthur Fairchild II of Honolulu, HI, Jeffry Scott Fairchild of Midvale, ID, Glenda Lawaine Fairchild-Jokiel and husband Seamus Jokiel of Garland, TX, and Angela Christine Fairchild-Lumpkins and husband David Lumpkins of Dallas, TX, eleven grandchildren (Stephanie, Silicia, Shannon, Brieanna, Kirk, Ben, Chelsea, Megan, Anthony, Cheyenne, and Mort), six great-grandchildren, and two pugs, all of whom she adored.
Two viewings will be held at Blackmer’s Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 – 25, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The funeral service will be held Friday, October 26, 2012, at the Church of Christ in Midvale, Idaho at 1:00 pm. (MST), graveside ceremony to follow at East Side Cemetery, Midvale, Idaho.