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Patsy Nora Chabis

April 19, 1936 — August 7, 2018

Patsy Nora Nelsen Chabis, 82 years of age, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Patsy was born on April 19, 1936, in Dillion, Montana to the late Ace Nelsen and Cora Florence Underwood. She was the oldest of five children: Peggy Shepherd, Lou Davis, Bea Denning, and Ace Nelsen (Jr.) who preceded her in death. Patsy was a native Montanan. She attended various schools in Montana and later in Firth, ID where she graduated.

Patsy married the late Robert Vernon Chabis where they lived and raised their children in the Firth area. From that marriage she had three children: Barbara Jean Rosenkrance (Steve), Firth, ID, Deborah Ann Nakamura, Idaho Falls, ID, and Robert Eugene Chabis, Idaho Falls, ID. Patsy was later married to Robert Eugene Rupe where they lived in American Falls, ID. From that marriage she was blessed with a cherished step-daughter, Bonnie Marie (Rupe) Hensley.

Patsy’s biggest happiness in life was her children, grandchildren, companion and friends. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, all of who will miss her dearly.

Patsy was a devoted stay at home mom most of her life. After her children were grown, she worked at Lamb Weston in American Falls, ID, where she retired.

After retirement she moved to Montana and spent the biggest part of her later years with her best friend and loving companion Marvin Hayes in Whitehall, Montana. Patsy lived at the Gables in Idaho Falls, ID at the time of her death.

In her early years Patsy was a great cook. Her cinnamon rolls, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies were her signature treats to her family and friends. Patsy also enjoyed dancing the jitterbug, country music, rodeos, crafts and doing ironing for family and friends. In her later years she simply loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, friends and nurturing her precious dog, Wiggles.

Patsy cherished the Lord and enjoyed attending the Waterspings Church in Idaho Falls, ID.

She was a cup full of love to everyone she knew. She was the kind of person who gave without thinking and loved without hesitation. To know her was to love her.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W Oak Street in Shelley. The family will meet with friends Saturday for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

The family would like to express gratitude to the numerous nurses at the Gables who became her friends. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff and care givers on the 4th floor of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, her doctors and Aspen Hospice, who provided the most dignified, professional, and loving care.

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