Annie Fernand Francois Lucienne Alphonsine Hanchir Nye

Afton Don & Ann Hanchir Nye Headstone

Born: 4 Nov 1928

Died: 11 Aug 2010

At the age of: 81

Spouse: Afton Don Nye

Children:  Shirley, Elizabeth (Betty), Stephen, André, Robbin

Parents: Adolphe Hanchir, Germaine Beaufays Hanchir


MALTA – Annie Fernande Francois Lucienne Alphonsine Hanchir Nye, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

Ann was born on Nov. 4, 1928, in Aywaille, Belgium, to Adolphe and Germaine Beaufays Hanchir. In 1950, she came to the United States and married Afton Don Nye for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 3, 1950. To this union, five children were born, Shirley (Bill) Morris of Washougal, Wash., Elizabeth (David) Kimber of Grouse Creek, Utah, Stephen Nye, Andre (Carol) Nye and Robbin (Jeff) Thomas, all of Malta.

Her lifelong dream was to become a nurse and she accomplished that dream in 1964. She spent her nursing career at the Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert, where she developed lifelong friendships and became a favorite nurse of many of the patients there. She had a special way with the geriatric patients and was truly an angel to them all.

She was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. She enjoyed serving in all capacities but her favorite callings were working in the Logan LDS Temple and her temple mission to the Frankfurt Germany Temple with her husband in 1994-95. While serving in Germany, she was able to visit her relatives in Belgium, whom she had not seen in many years. Some of her children were able to go to Europe, and she loved showing them where she grew up and introduced them to family and friends.

She had a great love for her husband’s family, for the community of Malta, and for the United States.

She enjoyed doing puzzles, growing beautiful flowers, cooking, watching old movies, reading, collecting beautiful and unique crystal pieces and traveling with her husband and children. She was an accomplished accordion player and took up playing the piano and organ after all of her children left home.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years; two sons; three daughters; 18 grandchildren; 17 1/2; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Gaston; a sister, Jeanne; and two nieces.

We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kerry W. Saurey, Dr. Joseph R. Peterson, the doctors and nurses at Minidoka Memorial Hospital, Countryside Care and Rehabilitation, and the staff of Intermountain Home Health and Hospice (Tina, Debbie, Mario, Misty, Tiffany and Vanessa).

Ann will be missed by many, but her memory will live on in our hearts forever.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Malta LDS Church, with Bishop Jeff Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Valley Vu Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.

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