Marilyn Joyce Betts Rhinehart, age 76, Nampa, formerly of Fruitland, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020, at St Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.
Marilyn was born November 21, 1943 in Payette, ID. She was the seventh of nine children born to Omar & Gladys Betts. She attended Fruitland school, graduating from FHS in 1962, along with her future husband, Eugene Rhinehart. They were married August 18, 1962 and celebrated 56 years of marriage. Her interests included camping and traveling, but most of all spending time with her family and friends. Marilyn never knew a stranger.
Marilyn worked at The Argus Observer and was the Office Manager at the Independent-Enterprise, retiring after 45 years. She was an active member of Highway Worship Center, where she helped with the food bank, was involved in women’s ministries, and played the piano for many years.
She was involved with several community service clubs, including the Ontario Optimist Club, Payette Chamber of Commerce and Help Them To Hope organization. She and her husband served as Grand Marshall in the Apple Blossom Parade and as Grand Marshall in the Fruitland Spring Fair Parade. She helped with the Fruitland Booster Club in the late 1970s and early 1980s, coached and umpired Little League Baseball, and served as a Cub Scout Den Mother.
Marilyn is survived by her sons, Art (Diana) Rhinehart; Scott (Deanna) Rhinehart; Kelly (Laura) Rhinehart; grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Pickard; Boone (Hannah) Rhinehart; Chaselyn Rhinehart; Brittney (Justin) Morken; Bailey Rhinehart; Tyler Rhinehart; Kailey Rhinehart; Zach Rhinehart; Josh Rhinehart; Sarah (Aaron) Sweet; great grandchildren, Rhiannon Pickard; Justice Rhinehart; Quinn Rhinehart; Cooper Morken and Megan Morken.
She is also survived by her siblings Eunice (Henry) Conner; Lois (Gerald) Barker; Gary (Kris) Betts; Carolyn (John) Turner; Gene (Lorie) Betts and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill (Joan) Betts; Dwayne (Michi) Betts; and Leon (Caroline) Betts.
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Highway Worship Center, 100 S. Whitley Drive, Fruitland, at 11 am.