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Cleo Irene Amy

Cleo Irene Amy was born on September 29, 1928, to Oscar Clifford and Hazel Farnsworth Johnson.

She was raised in Arco, Idaho with her sisters, Claris and Betty. They soon became known as “The Johnson Girls”. She lived in the Lost River Valley all of her life. For the first 24 years, Cleo lived in Arco and for the rest of her years, she lived in Howe, Idaho.

Cleo said, “Growing up in Arco was the best of times!” It was like one big family. All of the kids would gather under the one street light near the church and play games. Cleo graduated from Arco High School (Go Wildcats) in 1946. There were 14 students in her class, seven girls and seven boys. When it came time to paint their number on the hill, the girls fixed lunch and helped carry the supplies to the site. Due to the war, it was difficult to find paint. What they did find was poor quality and the 46 has been repainted three times since.

Some of Cleo’s favorite memories as a teenager were the dances that were held at the Rec Hall. She fondly recalls the hall being packed full and everyone danced, even parents would dance with their kids. Proms, graduations, and other special events were also held there.

Cleo married LaMar Summers on September 30, 1946, in Dillon, Montana. Together they had three children; Clifford, Allan, and Sherry. LaMar passed away on January 22, 1953. Cleo continued to work at the telephone office and a year later met Leo Amy of Howe. On December 6, 1953, Cleo married Leo Amy in her parent’s home. After a quick honeymoon to California, they immediately move into Leo’s home, a Quonset hut at the farm in Howe. Two sons joined the family, Dee, and Kelly.

Six years later they built a new home in which they lived for 61 years. Leo moved to The Willows in 2018 and Cleo joined him in The Willows in 2020 during COVID.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Amy, of 68 years; sons Allen J. Summers(Debbie), Blackfoot, ID, Dee Leo Amy (Juliet), Howe, ID and Kelly J. Amy (Cheryl), Howe, ID; a daughter Sherry Lyn Smith (Dean); 15 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar & Hazel Johnson, a son, Clifford LaMar Summers, and sisters, Claris Harrell and Betty Allen.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Howe Branch. A viewing will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Howe Cemetery under the direction of the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Arco.

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