Aleita was born July 6, 1924, in Colusa, California. She was the youngest of 5 children by Robert Allen and Mary Beulah (Weaver) Inman. Aleita’s family returned to Fallon, Nevada, at an early age and she enjoyed her formative years with her siblings and many cousins. She had many fond memories of her Churchill High School graduating in June, 1942. She attended Junior College in San Mateo, California, but left school to become a Rosie Riveter in an aircraft factory when WWII started. During that time she met and fell in love with a Marine Asahel Gridley. They were married at Reno, Nevada (1943). After the war ended, they moved to Hagerman, Idaho, to begin their life raising 4 children and trying to achieve their dream one step at a time of owning their own ranch.
Aleita returned to school (age 43) at CSI receiving her AA degree (1973) in library technology. She continued her education at LCSC receiving her BS degree (1976) in elementary education and a minor in library media. She started her first teaching job at Council (1976), moved to Cottonwood to be the high school librarian (1977), then later she returned to Nevada (1980) to teach at Beowawe, Gabbs, and Eureka to be closer to her aging parents. She retired in1991 and moved back to Shoshone to a 20-acre parcel in the country to be closer to her family. She moved to Juliaetta in 2005. Aleita called herself a “desert rat” and wandered back to south Idaho and purchased a home at Wendell (2010).
Aleita, alias homemaker, was gifted at sewing, embroidery, knitting, quilting, leathercraft, canning, gardening and making gifts for her families. She loved square dancing, music, singing, bowling, horse packing, camping, cross country skiing, watching all sports and golfing. She never missed her children and grandchildren playing sports, doing music events, horse events/activities, took many trips to grandchildren’s national events and awards, assisted at horse events, and was involved in churches at Hagerman, Kendrick and Wendell. Aleita was a frugal person and pinched pennies, but had a weak spot when it came to a shiny sparkly pair of earrings, ring, or pin that suited her fancy as well as a passion for shoes. One of her wishes was to see the Oregon coast and her family made that possible in 2011. She made sure to get her feet wet in the ocean. Aleita loved all her family and friends, was a spiritual encourager, good listener, and she assisted in medical care of her children several times. Her love for all animals and ranch/farm life never changed over the years.
Aleita is survived by her sons Evan Gridley of Hagerman, Wade Gridley of Bells Rapid, her daughter Anita Falen (Roger) of Genesee, and daughter-in-law Maria Roldan Gridley (Gary) of Houston, Texas and her devoted dog Missy of Genesee; eight grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Beulah Inman, siblings Frank, Ira, Eleanora, and Myra; and her son Gary.
A memorial service for Aleita will take place in July at the Wendell Berean Baptist Church. Per Mom’s request some of her ashes will be scattered at Carroll Summit in Nevada and the rest placed at the Churchill County Cemetery in Fallon, Nevada, next to her parents, brother and sister at a later date.
“Into God’s beautiful Garden of Life, his messenger goes each day. To gather the choicest blossoms, and bear them with him away. Dear Master, our Garden is lonely, we miss this flower so rare. But her life’s perfume will be with us while the flowers bloom up there. Aleita, (our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend) will be missed here on earth, but we celebrate her eternal presence in heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Since Aleita was an educator, loved animals, youth events, and churches, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to a charity of your choice.