1958 ~ 2014
(Obituary from Idaho Statesman/Legacy.com on 11/22/14)
Our mom was born in Boise, ID to Elmer and Betty Eide. She was the youngest of 4 daughters - Karen, Linda and Eileen.
Sonja was a force to be reckoned with, strong beyond her years. She miraculously survived a horrendous accident on Labor Day 1976, when she and her fiancé, Steve Lamm were thrown from a vehicle that plunged off Arrowrock. She overcame multiple injuries including a broken back/paralysis. Sonja and Steve married 1977. Although the marriage ended after 12 years, this union blessed Sonja with the lights of her life - her son, Casey Steven, born in 1979 and her daughter, Lacey Ann, born in 1981. She loved and cared for them, to the very best of her ability, from the moment they were born.
Sonja subsequently struggled with multiple issues, many stemming from the accident, and never completely found her bearings again. What was "larger than life living" through her 20's and 30's, gradually morphed into battling many health issues. As her health declined in the last few years, she held tight to her family. She received great solace and healing from their many visits, and joy from their presence. Right up until the end, she had family surrounding her with love. We love you more mom, always and forever.
Sonja leaves behind her son Casey, daughter Lacey (Sam) Mendenhall, and 5 grandchildren she loved dearly: Hailey, Jesiah, Cayden, Deghan, and Addison.
Sonja is also survived by her mother, Betty, her sisters Karen (Bob) Cook and Linda (Rich) Shaffer, and several nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by them all. Sonja was preceded in death by her father Elmer and sister, Eileen.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Apex center for all their loving support and help in our mom's final months.
There will be a memorial service on Sunday, November 23rd at 2:30pm at Cloverdale Funeral Home. Mom will be laid to rest at a private family gathering at Dry Creek Cemetery on Monday, November 24th at 1:00pm.
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To share memories with the family please visit Sonja's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.