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AAlma Bain

| August 3, 2005 12:00 AM

Alma Lillie Bain, 81, of Troy, died on July 26, 2005, at the Libby Care Center.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1923, at Oswalt, Okla., to Grace Ruby Dotson and Arthur Vinson Tankersley.

Alma was the third child in a family of five boys and four girls.

She attended school at Long Grove, Okla., and moved with her parents to Phoenix, Ariz., in the early 1940's.

Alma married Earl Floyd Bain in Lordsburg, N.M., on March 23, 1945.

At the time, Alma had two small children, a boy and a girl, from a previous marriage. The little girl died in an accident when she was two years old.

Earl and Alma lived in Litchfield Park, Ariz., from 1945-1960, and added two more daughters, Alma Sue and Wanda Faye, and a son Earl Floyd Bain Jr., to their family.

While Earl worked as a foreman for a large corporate farm, Alma busied herself raising the children and working in the cafeteria for the Litchfield Park school district.

In 1960 the family moved to Payson, Ariz., where Earl worked in the local sawmill and Alma tended the children. In 1969 she went back to work outside the home in the kitchen of the Payson Hospital. Alma worked at the hospital until retiring in 1978 as supervisor of food services.

After retiring Alma and Earl moved to Bonners Ferry to be near family members, and in 1980 they moved from Bonners Ferry to Troy.

Alma and Earl were active in the Southern Baptist Church and were instrumental in starting churches in Payson and at Troy.

A devout Christian who loved the Lord, Alma enjoyed reading her Bible and sharing her faith.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, a son and a daughter.

She is survived by three children, Wanda Pooler and her husband Ed of Winnemucca, Nev.; Sue Conway and her husband Fred, Tonto Basin, Ariz., and Floyd Bain and his wife Jane, Troy, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Milnor Lake Cemetery with the Rev. Cam Foote officiating.

Pallbearers were Tim Shaver, Joe Dice, Bart Stapley, Derek Meyer, Mike Bain and Jim Benedict.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.