Justine “Butch” Spidell Pino, of Pocatello, passed away on March, 4, 2017 with her children by her side.
Justine was born on August 10, 1923 on the family farm in Rupert, Idaho to Marius and Evelina Giraud. She had 2 sisters and 1 brother and was raised in the Acequia area. She was the oldest of four children. Her father immigrated to America in 1904 when he was fourteen years old from Ocierces in Provence, France. He became a naturalized citizen in 1919. Her mother was born in Nephi, Utah, the daughter of Canadian immigrants. Justine spoke only French when she started school in 1929 but soon mastered English. She graduated from Acequia High School in 1941 in Minidoka County, Rupert where she was a star on the basketball team. She later attended Weiser Vocational Trade School in Weiser, Idaho.
She married Reece C. Spidell on September 25, 1941 in Burley, Idaho. She and Reece were married for 35 years and they had 5 children. Reece passed away on February 6, 1976.
In 1942 when Reece was drafted into the Army they moved to Pocatello where she worked at the Dutch Mill café. She later worked as a waitress at the Union Pacific Depot café before becoming a crew dispatcher for the railroad. It was there she was given the name “Butch” by her boss and was known by that name for the rest of her life. She worked at this job for nearly 40 years before retiring.
Butch continued working as a crew dispatcher where she met John H. Pino. They married on July 29, 1977 in Friday Harbor, Washington. They traveled extensively on vacation and going to meetings of the U.S. Coast Guard. She was member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and was his ‘crew’ on many boating trips. They were married 21 years before John died of cancer in 1998.
She later met John Burwell while walking in the mall and they became close companions for the next 18 years. Together they enjoyed going to dances and lunches with friends to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. After an accident at home mom and John made their home together at Quail Ridge Assisted Living until John passed away on July 2, 2016. They were inseparable and enjoyed meeting new friends, participating in activities and sitting next to each other in their lounge chairs everyday. Mom’s favorite activity was the horse races where she recently won several prices!
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the doctors, nurses, home health staff, and care-aids that took care of mom. She developed close and loving relationships with many of her aides. We are pleased they got to know her humor, sharp wit and spunky side of mom.
She is survived by 3 children, Kaye Jenkins, Pat (Jim) Farmer, Alan (Wendy) Spidell, all of Pocatello, daughter-in-law Robin Spidell, of Salem, Oregon and sister Jeanne Hirning, of Seattle, Washington. She also is survived by 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons Paul and Mike Spidell, grandson Joey Watson, and great grandson, Jimmy Jenkins, brother Maurice Giraud and sister Corienne Roemer.
Services are under the direction of Cornelison Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 1:00 p.m. at Cornelison Funeral Home at 431 N. 15th Avenue in Pocatello, Idaho. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services. Burial will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.