The passing of Veda Irene Tadlock, 95, on June 8, 2014 marks the end of an era. An era linked to the Addy dairy farm, kids, grandkids, friends and hard work. For over 60 years, friends and family turned off Highway 395 to the home of Wendell and Veda Tadlock. All were welcomed, and there was always âa little somethingâ in the kitchen â no matter what time of day or night guests might arrive.
Veda was born on July 20, 1918 in American Falls, ID. The youngest of three children, she lost her father to the great flu epidemic when she was just months old and raised by her mother, Mahala Drummond, and a stepfather she thought of as dad. So began Vedaâs long life. Kindness, gentleness, honesty, generosity and a zest for life were the hallmarks of her legacy.
Veda married Wendell Tadlock (1918-2005), her husband of 66 years, in San Francisco in 1938. She said sheâd known he was the one for her since the age of 14 when they were both growing up in southern Idaho. After a few years in San Francisco and a brief stay in Oregon, they made their way north to Addy, where they eventually settled on a farm near Riecker Mountain in 1947. They ran a successful dairy farm for many years and were named Dairy Family of the Year in 1961. After moving off the original farm (bye bye, cows), they enjoyed more leisure time and took a number of trips around the country in their motor home. Before moving to Pinewood Terrace, Veda spent much of her time in their home outside Addy, reading books with a view overlooking their fields. She was always known for her cooking and hospitality.
Veda leaves behind her loving children, Larry (Janet) of Yakima; Merle of Addy, and Linda (Bill) Way of Colville, as well as grandchildren Shane and Kyle Tadlock, Cory and Randy Tadlock, Jonathan and Jennifer Way, Craig, Jeff and Josh Tadlock, Lindsey Fryatt, and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Wendell, and their youngest son, Danny (1950-2011).
Vedaâs family is truly thankful for the wonderful care she received at Pinewood. Veda felt very safe and content there.
At Vedaâs request, there will be a simple graveside service for family. An informal memorial gathering will be held on June 28 from 3-5 p.m. at her Addy home. Please bring a favorite memory of Veda to share. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choosing.