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Regina Pettingill Despain

Sep. 26, 1946 - Dec. 8, 2017

Date of Service: Dec. 12, 2017

Gina Pettingill Despain passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family on December 8, 2017.

Regina Estelle Pettingill was born on September 22, 1946 in Long Beach California, the first of two daughters to Redge and Marge Pettingill. Her sister Nancy was born two years later.

In 1967, she married Greg Peterson in Highland California. The first of their four children, Wade, was born and Amy followed three years later. In 1975 they moved to Elba Idaho and opened the Connor Creek Store, where Redge was born. Two years later, they returned to California and Rebecca was born.

They were later divorced, and Gina moved with her children to Albion Idaho where she opened the Little Mountain Inn. She was active with Fish and Game and operated a Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Acequia Idaho.

In 1995, she moved to Rupert Idaho and married Kenneth Despain. She retired shortly after and enjoyed her time with the grandkids. She found passion with numerous hobbies including quilting, crocheting, painting, home decorating, gardening, and various crafts.

In 2013, she began her battle with breast cancer. One year later, she lost her mother and husband. Her final years were full of love and laughter surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

She is survived by her father Redge Pettingill of Burley ID, sister Nancy(Fred) Bihlmaier of Provo UT, children Wade(Jen) Peterson of Des Moines WA, Amy(Rob) Purin of Jackson ID, Redge Peterson of Louisville KY, Rebecca(Eric) Boyd of Rupert ID, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Proceeding in death are her mother Marjorie Pettingill, husband Ken Despain, and grandson Garrett Lisonbee.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Susanne Cook of Minidoka Home Health & Hospice for your comfort, support, and love.

She will be dearly missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing her. A truly strong, compassionate, loving, sincere woman.

Her Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Hansen Mortuary. Services are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.

Condolences for Regina Pettingill Despain

From Jared Taylor:
RiP. You were and will continue to be a perfect loving grandmother to us all.
From Lynda Fleckenstein :
My thoughts, love and prayers are sent to all of you. Your Mom was the only best friend I ever had because no one could compare to her. She taught me to laugh, find my confidence and made my life an adventure from California to Idaho. I will never forget.
From Stephanie Mccurry:
Amy and Wade i wish i could make service but i wont be here. Love you guys my god bless you during this time of loss. Give Rebecca hug she probably dont remember me.
From Scott:
What an amazing woman she was to leave behind such an extraordinary legacy as her children. Proof that she had a God given talent for creating such beautiful things for this world to enjoy. My heart is with you.
From Kandi Thomas:
I am so very sorry for you all..Gina was a very sweet,fun loving person..I will remember her with love and remember her watching our goofy antics and laughing at us..Love you now and forever Momma Gina...
From Barbie ingalls Thornton:
I am so sorry for your loss.i will always remember your mom being such a force of nature.prayers for all of you.
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