Idaho Statesman, 11/22/12
Ermadean Taylor Miles, 88, of Caldwell, passed peacefully from this life and returned home to her Heavenly Father on November 17, 2012. She was the daughter of Joseph and Anna Eriksen Taylor, born on the family farm in Winder, Idaho. She lost her mother at the age of eight, yet felt her influence all through her life. Her childhood was a joyous time with memories of working and playing side by side with her siblings. Ermadean graduated from Preston High School in 1942, in the midst of World War II. On December 12, 1944, she married her sweetheart, Roy Miles while he was still serving in the Marine Corps. This union would be blessed with three children, Bob, Tom, and Patti. They were sealed as an eternal family in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 9, 1954. They settled in the Boise Valley in 1951, living in Melba, Kuna, and Caldwell. Ermadean worked at King Meat Packing Co., sold cookware, and was a supervisor at Carnation Co. in Nampa for 15 years, cherishing the friendships she made along the way. Her hands were never idle. Her passions for gardening, quilting, crocheting and cooking were a blessing for all. She was happiest making lasting memories with her family and sharing her treasured baby afghans, quilts and meals with them. Ermadean never treated anyone who came into her life as a stranger. Mom always welcomed friends and family into her home and oh how she loved the long conversations and laughter they would share. Her stories, wisdom and counsel were cherished by all. Ermadean was a devoted wife, loving mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She had a very special place in her heart for her family, especially all of her grand and great-grandchildren.
Ermadean was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and lived her life as she believed. Her testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ, was strengthened through her service in the Young Women's, Relief Society, and Primary organizations. After Dad passed away, Mom developed a special love for the Boise LDS Temple and served there 21 years. It was there that she met and later married LaWayne Chapman. They shared eight special years together until his passing in 1997. Ermadean lived a life of charity; loving, serving and helping those in need.
Ermadean is survived by her two sons, Bob (Carol) Miles of Caldwell, Tom (Jil) Miles of Meridian, and her daughter Patti (Mike) Nancolas of Caldwell. Her legacy includes her beloved grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Helen Taylor and Norma Taylor, and two brothers-in-law, Steven Mortensen and Alma Golightly. Aunt `Dean' is loved and remembered by many nieces and nephews. Ermadean was preceded in death by her husband, Roy and his parents and siblings, and was the last remaining child of the Taylor family; being preceded in death by her parents and all 13 of her brothers and sisters.
The family would like to thank Mom's hospice angels who cared for her the last three years of her life.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 26 at the Caldwell East Stake Center, 11792 Linden Rd., Caldwell. A viewing will be held at the church, Sunday, November 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to the services. Arrangements are being provided by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa, 467-7300. Ermadean will be laid to rest next to her eternal companion at Hillcrest Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund, PO Box 410778 Salt Lake City, Utah, 84141.
Published in Idaho Statesman on November 22, 2012