A funeral mass celebrating her life will be held on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., at our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post #26 will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Born Feb. 3, 1923, in Glenns Ferry, Lydia was one of nine children born to Francisca and Jose Dobaran. Lydia grew up on the family farm in Glenns Ferry. It was that upbringing that ingrained in her a keen love of family and the extraordinary work ethic she maintained for her entire life.
Lydia trained as a nurse at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, then joined the Army, serving as a nurse in the Women's Army Corps.
Lydia worked more than 40 years as a registered nurse in both Boise and Mountain Home at Elmore Memorial Hospital.
She married Bob Mendiola in 1953. They spent 55 wonderful years together in Mountain Home, where they raised their three children.
Bob and Lydia were a terrific team who took great pride in their community and their ability to serve others.
Upon retiring, Lydia remained active through volunteer work, traveling with Bob and watching her grandchildren grow. She and her brothers and sisters remained close, often traveling together or meeting for dinner and card games.
Lydia is survived by her son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Susanne, her daughter, Carol Dennis, and her son-in-law, Kirk, daughter Anne Marsillo and son-in-law Paul, her grandsons, Patrick and Andrew Dennis and Paul and Maximus Marsillo, her granddaughter, Carly Mendiola, sister Pilar Dobaran, sisters-in-law Arvella Dobaran, Carmen Dobaran and Gloria Mendiola, brother-in-law Francis Boyd, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lydia was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her mother and father, her sisters, Angie Dobaran, Flora Aldape, Marie Boyd, and Frances Dobaran, brothers Lou, Joe and John Dobaran, brothers-in-law Tom Mendiola and Joe Aldape, and nephew Richard Boyd.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Mountain Home Basque Association, Euskal Lagunak, P.O. Box 88, Mountain Home, ID 83647, or the Boise Basque Museum, 611 W. Grove St., Boise, ID 83702.