Kay Babbel Ivins (71) lived without regrets. She gracefully transcended mortal life on April 13, 2018 in the embrace of her loving husband of 49 years, Jim Ivins, and lovingly surrounded by their 15 children and spouses, 29 grandchildren, her three sisters and many other family members and friends.
She bravely endured a seven-year wrestle with a brain aneurysm and a seven-month struggle following brain surgery.
Kay was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on Jan. 13, 1947 to Roy and Rhoda Welker Babbel. She loved her childhood in Twin Falls, where she created lifelong friendships and traditions. She relished her adventures with her parents, her three beautiful sisters, her four stalwart brothers, and dozens of Babbel and Welker cousins.
The Babbels worked hard and played hard. They loved ice skating on the cooley, swimming in Dierkes Lake, shore-hopping at Redfish, camping in the Sawtooths and enjoying family reunions with aunts, uncles and cousins. Kay loved her summer work at Redfish Lodge and later as a Forest Ranger at the Visitor’s Center.
Her love for the Sawtooth mountains later led to celebrating her honeymoon at Redfish which started an annual Jim & Kay Babbel Ivins tradition for her children/grandchildren at Redfish and the Babbel Family Cabin.
While Jim is fond of saying “Home means Nevada,” Kay was adamant that “Heaven means Idaho.” In reality, for those who knew her, Heaven is wherever Kay is. Jim was a quick study and wasted no time making Kay his forever sweetheart. Jim and Kay first laid eyes on each other in Paris en route to a BYU Semester Abroad in Salzburg, Austria. Their momentous love has been memorialized by the beautiful Musée d’Orsay.
Mom was blessed to live and serve in some of the best wards and stakes in the Church: Twin Falls 6th Ward, Douglas Ward near the “U”, Bountiful 11th, Parleys 1st, and Mueller Park 8th. She served in Primary, YW, Relief Society, and Scouts. She loved being with family, gardening in her yard, thawing a fresh pound butter, baking chocolate chip cookies, creating annual family photo books, and traveling the world with family. She slept with the window open, watched General Conference at home, and chose a window in her laundry room.
Mom’s core focus was creating meaningful and memorable Family Traditions, including: hosting Sunday dinners, planning Family Home Evenings, leading Saturday work parties, and finding a Christmas Family each December. She taught us the importance of escaping for long weekends to: Twin Falls for water-skiing on the Snake, Lund for the 24th of July parade, Blanding for Easter Egg Hunts, Colorado for branding at Keith’s Ranch, Hurricane for hiking in Zion, the Babbel Cabin and Redfish for “End-of-the-Lake Huckleberry-Picking.”
Her legacy includes: the love of her life Jim, their eight children and spouses: Tanya (Matt) Whitney; Jason (Robyn Kindred); Michael (Betsy Gardiner); Tiffany (Mitchell) Spence; Natasha (Geremy) Birchard; Jonathan (Lindsay Burton); Peter; Christian (Amy Jensen) and their 29 grandchildren and many adopted neighbors and friends.
Her siblings are: Gary and Ann Babbel; David Babbel (deceased); Candy and Brian Croft; Fred and Soni Babbel; Connie and Lee Brundage; Bob and Michelle Babbel; Mary Ann and Darrell Back; Mike and Loretta Babbel. Jim’s siblings include: Tony (deceased) and Joyce Ivins; Colleen and Gardner (deceased) Scow; Marilyn Ivins (deceased); Ronald and Faylene Ivins; Keith and DeAnn Ivins; Beverly and Darwin Leavitt.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Mueller Park 8th Ward (1320 East 1975 South, Bountiful). Visitations at the same chapel on Friday, April 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate Kay’s life at www.larkinmortuary.com