Jeanette Ruth Hindman, 81, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed peacefully Sunday night, June 3, 2018, at home with family after a valiant two-year battle with cancer.
Jeanette’s life was a love story, of all things good and right, of her husband Charles, of her children and grandchildren, of education and beautiful music. She is an elect lady who will be greatly missed.
Born January 25, 1937, in Baker, Oregon, she was the third of nine children to Tom and Marie Hunt. After attending Baker schools, she graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. While in college, she had fallen in love with 1st Lieutenant Charles Hindman. Upon her graduation, they married in the Salt Lake Temple. They eventually welcomed seven children into their family.
A talented musician, Jeanette gave thousands of piano lessons, toured as a violinist with the BYU Symphony, played in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, and was influential in the launch of the Meridian School District Orchestra Program, teaching orchestra for many years at both the elementary and middle school levels.
As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jeanette accepted many calls to serve in multiple positions of leadership and service, including Relief Society President (four times), Primary President (multiple times), and playing the organ for the congregation. She also served two church missions - helping to manage the Bishops’ Storehouse Food Pantry and a genealogy research mission.
Her life was a testimony of her love for her husband, family, and country. She never wavered in her support for her husband in his Air Force pilot career, creating homes in many locations and also caring for their children on her own during his various deployments, including Vietnam. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She had a special way of making each feel loved and appreciated. She was always loving and always loved.
In addition to her own family, Jeanette graciously took in or cared for many other children (children of relatives, friends, or friends of friends) who needed a home or her special attention. She was the most generous soul - also providing homes for countless years to two brothers, her mother, mother-in-law, many other relatives, ward members, and even strangers. She also cared for several refugee families. Always with a sincere smile, no one was ever turned away.
She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of over 58 years, Charles Hindman, her seven children, their spouses, and 28 grandchildren: Greg and Lynne Hindman (Alyssa, Lauren, Ryan, Rachel), Karen and Joel Drake (Katie (Jordan), Kristen, Jolie), Diane and Wes Tibbitts (Dannielle, Tracee, Tanner, Wyatt, Boone), Alison and Rob Seitz (Ben, Natalie, Olivia, Logan), Sandra and Bruce Elliott (Sydnee, Connor, Hallee, Tyson), Bill and Melissa Hindman (Carter, Preston, Avery, Sadie), and Dave and Becki Hindman (Hannah, Leah, Timmy, Nate).
She is also survived by her brothers Jim (Norma) Hunt, John (Susan) Hunt, Robert Hunt, and sisters Barbara Beck and Marie (Dan) Hines.
Her viewing will be held Monday, June 11, from 6-8 PM, and Tuesday, June 12, at 10 AM, with funeral services following at 11 AM at the Meridian East Stake Center, 11443 W. McMillan Rd., Boise. A graveside dedication and interment will be at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 1 PM.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations in memory of Jeanette to the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (www.meridiansymphony.org or Meridian Symphony, PO Box 1016, Meridian, ID 83680) or a charity of your choice.