January 8, 2008 - May 26, 2018
Burial Date: June 1, 2018
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 1 from 9:00-10:30 am at the Mountain View LDS chapel at 105 West Fishburn Dr., Brigham City. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 2 at the Brigham City Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held in honor of Lydia on June 15 at 11:00 am at the LDS Chapel at 517 E 46th St. Kearney, Nebraska.
Signaling what her life would be like, Lydia Jane Chaffin made a pragmatic and efficient entrance into this world on January 8, 2008, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she was welcomed by her loving parents, Daniel and Jill, and two sisters, Eliza and Liesel. As she grew, she greeted everyone with a darling grin and low cooing; she seemed to want to communicate who she was and what she was about from the very beginning.
Born into a passionate and dynamic family of five, Lydia was soon joined by two younger brothers. As the middle child, one of the trademark characteristics she developed was her desire to include everyone. She became the peacemaker in their family, and she was as happy to play with the older girls or younger boys. When the family made the long trip to Idaho, and the boys needed support and encouragement to get along for fourteen hours on the road, Lydia was always willing to ride in the middle seat and provide creative, entertaining activities for her younger brothers.
She was fortunate to have many adventures as she lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Okemos, Michigan; and Kearney, Nebraska. Undaunted by her new surroundings, she assumed that the outcome would be positive and was quick to make new friends. She also spent significant time in Idaho attending the Jones’ family reunions, the Chaffin Memorial Day Campouts, and cousin camps, and she was an enthusiastic participant in every activity. At the 2016 Cousin Camp, Lydia shared, “I had so much fun at the movie theatre created by my cousins. Annie made us a great milkshake, we watched Zootopia, and it was so much fun.” During another cousin camp, Lydia chose to make orange bunny rolls for her meal, and she wanted to do every step of the recipe on her own. She worked so hard, and all of her cousins were impressed with the beautiful and delicious rolls.
Lydia showed her love for life and her body by enjoying tasty food and engaging in physical challenges. She loved healthy food and fruit, particularly green apples; she made sure they were on every shopping list and would almost daily raid the fridge for them. She was also careful that the lunch she packed included all of the food groups. She loved movement and used her body to dance, play games, and do gymnastics. She decided that she wanted to learn to do a cartwheel and practiced over and over until she perfected it. When she received a pogo stick, she tried again and again until she had achieved 487 jumps, and this year, at the Memorial Day Campout, Papa Tom brought stilts, and Lydia practiced until she got 57 steps. When the family decided to take up Taekwondo, Lydia embraced it. She practiced the moves, and loved to challenge and test herself. She cherished her life and her body. She ate good food to nourish it, exercised and played to strengthen it, and used it to live life to the fullest.
Lydia loved to learn and develop her talents. Quick as a whip, she learned to read when she was four, and her preschool teacher lovingly remarked that she would read to anyone in the class that would let her. Lydia told her mom that she never met a book she didn’t like. At her parent teacher conferences, her teachers would comment, “Every teacher hopes to have a Lydia in their class.” Her choir director enjoyed having her in class and invited her to sing a solo in the school choir concert. She was thrilled to sing “Vixen” for her classmates and their parents, and she stood confidently in front of the audience and sang with expression and joy.
Lydia’s love of learning, willingness to include everyone, and desire to do things well also endeared her to her teachers and leaders at church. She was thrilled to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and shared that she felt happy as she listened to the baptism talks, and that her favorite part was “going under the water and remembering how Jesus died for us.” One Sunday, she carefully prepared to bear her testimony at church by writing it down and practicing it; when it came time to share it, she strode to the podium and delivered her message to the congregation with clarity and grace.
Her family loved her with all of their hearts. With two older sister’s, Lydia often was stuck with the hand-me-downs; however, she was always so grateful for everything she received. Her mother, Jill, shared that “Lydia was our Sunshine,” and remembered when she and Lydia went and got a hamburger on Lydia’s birthday and how much Lydia loved it. She shared, “Lydia truly taught us to love the simple things in life.” Eliza loved that she was always the “yes” person. She was happy to help at any time, play any game, and do any activity. She said that Lydia would often come into her room and declare, “I love my family, I don’t wish for anything else.” Liesel loved baking stuff with Lydia, especially no-bake cookies. Peter loved her intelligence and that she was nice and kind, he shared, “She would always play with me,” and Hyrum was thankful that she would help him. Her father, Daniel, reflected, “Lydia was earnest about life; she leaned into it and embraced whatever came her way. She was truly a brave person, and I hope to channel my inner ‘Lydia’ as I move forward in life.”
She is survived by her mother and father, Jill (Jones) and Daniel Chaffin, her siblings: Eliza, Liesel, Peter, and Hyrum Chaffin. Her grandparents, Phil and Gwen Jones, and Tom and Nancy Chaffin, her Great-grandmother, Kay Chaffin, and many, many aunts, uncles and cousins. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 1 from 9:00-10:30 am at the Mountain View LDS chapel at 105 West Fishburn Dr., Brigham City. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 2 at the Brigham City Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held in honor of Lydia on June 15 at 11:00 am at the LDS Chapel at 517 E 46th St. Kearney, Nebraska.
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