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September 30, 2014

October 1, 2014



Bonnie Dee Drury Neuenswander, 78, of Maple Valley died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Bonnie Dee was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Fairview, Idaho, in the home of her parent’s, Henry and LaVeda Drury. She was the seventh of nine children. She married her sweetheart, Lynn Webster Neuenswander, on Feb. 12, 1954, in the Logan LDS Temple. They were blessed with six children, Gary (Shelly), Sandra (Bryant) Johnson, Lynda (John) Connell, Karla (Thor) Bostrom, Brent (Mary), and Laura (Damon) Mitchell. They moved often with Lynn’s employment and in 1977 they settled in Kent, Wash., where they enjoyed the beautiful Northwest.

She was currently living in a lovely retirement community in Maple Valley. She loved to sing, play the piano, paint, do crossword puzzles and to support her children and grandchildren in their activities. She was an active member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and enjoyed doing family history. She was a wonderful letter writer and faithfully connected with those she loved through newsy letters.

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defined her life. She served in various callings in the Primary, as a Seminary teacher, Ward and Stake Young Women President, Relief Society President, Young Adult Advisor, choir director and chorister. She was also a worker in the Seattle LDS Temple and Family History Center. She served a full-time mission in Ventura, Calif., as the secretary in the mission office.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Neuenswander; her parents, Henry and LaVeda Drury; her brothers Vaughn, Darrell, Alden, Clair; and her sister, Thelma Allred.

She is survived by her brother, Ronald; and her sisters, Rama Griffith and Phyllis Bair; and her six children; 30 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bonnie’s funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., at the Kent LDS Chapel, 24419 94th Ave. S. in Kent, Wash., with a viewing starting at 11:30 a.m. The Interment was held Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Burial Park 1005 Reiten Rd. Kent, Wash. 98030.

“We were blessed.”

September 24, 2014



Juanita Harrison Beus, 88, passed away on Sept. 17, 2014, in Preston. She was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Anaconda, Mont., the daughter of William Charles and Zelma Nelson Harrison. She married Arnold Ray Beus on Dec. 23, 1947, in Pocatello, Idaho. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2012.

She loved being a housewife. She enjoyed yard work and being in her yard. In her later years, she painted beautiful pillowcases.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Bill) Spackman of Treasureton, Idaho; by two sons, Gary (Wanda) Beus of Logan, Utah; Jeff (Penny) Beus of Payette, Idaho; by seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Wilma, Bernice and Maxine.

A viewing will be held at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, from 9-10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2014.

Graveside dedication services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Weston Idaho Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Our mother and grandmother, Lorraine Povey Taylor, of Cove, Utah, passed away peacefully Sept. 12, 2014, at Sunrise Park Assisted Living in Lewiston, Utah, following a brief illness.

Lorraine, the oldest of six children, was born on June 13, 1924, in Weston, Idaho, to Arthur and Martha Fredrickson Povey. Her dad was a farmer and had wanted his first child to be a boy, but when Lorraine came along she became his helper. At the age of 12 she hoed, thinned and topped beets. She also worked in the hay by tromping the wagonloads of hay and then she drove the derrick horse to unload the hay wagons. She also helped irrigate the row crops. She learned to work hard, but also had fun and enjoyed life on the farm.

Lorraine graduated from Clifton High School in 1941 and attended Idaho State University for a few months until the beginning of World War II.

On June 29, 1942, she married Donald L. Taylor and moved to the Taylor family ranch in Stockton, Idaho. In 1944, Don was drafted into the army. They had one 18-month old toddler and were expecting their second child, so Lorraine and her son moved back to Clifton to live with her parents. Don got home from basic training just in time to take Lorraine home from the hospital after the birth of their second son. He was home ten days before reporting to Fort Ord to embark for the Philippines. After the war, Don and Lorraine lived in Clifton for two more years. In 1949 they bought a home in Preston. During the school year, they lived in Preston and returned to Stockton during the summer months. In 1957, they sold the ranch, the home in Preston and bought the farm in Cove where she has resided until the last four-and-a-half months when, because of her illness, she moved into Sunrise Park.

Lorraine was an excellent seamstress. She started making her own dresses in high school and continued to sew her own clothes and those of her children throughout the years. She will always be famous for her delicious sourdough pancakes and homemade chokecherry syrup.

In 1972, Lorraine went to work in Preston at First Bank and Trust. It was work she enjoyed and she made many friends. She retired in 1986. In 1982, Don and Lorraine purchased a vacation home in Spencer, Idaho. They had many good times at Spencer, riding their ATVs over the forest country in the summer and their snowmobiles in the winter.

Lorraine has been active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has served as Relief Society president, Primary president and many other callings throughout her life. Even though her husband passed away in 2005 and her eyesight created many physical limitations for her, she maintained a positive attitude and was an inspiration to everyone she associated with. She never complained and truly loved the simple things of life.

Lorraine’s oldest son, D. Brent (Cindy) Taylor, preceded her in death in 2012. She is survived by her two other sons, Lynn W. Taylor, Athol, Idaho; Curtis G. (Mary) Taylor, Heber City, Utah; and her daughter, Darlene (Jon) White, Cove, Utah; 17 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sisters, Carma (Sylvan) Morgan, Pocatello, Idaho; Dorothy (Zed) Griffiths, Ovid, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Eloise Povey, American Falls, Idaho; Lorraine Povey, Clifton, Idaho; and one brother, Eldon (Barbara) Povey, St. George, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, and brothers, Grant and Leonard.

We would like to say thank you to family and friends who gave of their time to visit with mother. We express our thanks and gratitude to the management and staff at Sunrise Park for the loving help and concern they showed to our mother and to us. The residents, also, at Sunrise Park became special friends. Rocky Mountain Hospice made the last of her mortal journey comfortable; we thank them, also, for their compassion and care.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 20, at noon in the Cove LDS Church, 12832 N. 1200 E., Cove, Utah. A viewing was held prior to the services from 10- 11:30 a.m. Funeral services were under the direction of Webb Funeral Home. Interment was at the Richmond Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




In Preston, Idaho, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, Lee Evelyn Evans Allen went home to be with her family and friends who have gone before. She was born on Nov. 4, 1937, in San Francisco, Calif., to Fern Eileen Wade and David Lee Evans, who unfortunately passed away prior to her birth.

Lee was raised in San Francisco and in July of 1955 married Edward Deming. They had a daughter whom she raised on her own after a divorce. She worked hard and made a great life for her daughter.

In 1976 she met Jim Allen and they were married in Sacramento, Calif., on Oct. 13, 1979. When they married she became stepmother to four more children. Lee was a member of Mensa and worked at Sacramento County until her retirement in 2005.

She moved to Preston in 2008 and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, which she loved.

She loved to play cribbage and scrabble and was in several cribbage tournaments. She loved the ocean, mountains, waterfalls, mountain lions and rainbows. One of her favorite sayings was “Live well, Laugh often, Love much” and anyone who knew her will know that she truly lived her life that way. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Joan Kleczka; and her son, Kenneth Allen.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Allen; daughters, Catherine Deming-Allen, Patty Allen-Carlon, and Tammy Cameron; son, Phillip Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Scott and Barbara Eichhorst; granddaughters, Shalyn Compean, Valerie Schatz, Susan Baker, Leah Cameron- Correa, Splaressa Needham; grandsons, Timothy Wilson, Christopher Baker, Matthew Orpesa, Garreth Allen, Jon Allen; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Afterward there will be a gathering for friends and family from 2-5 p.m. at 103 S. 3rd E., Preston.

Special thanks go out to the staff at Franklin County Medical Center Transitional Care Unit, for the care and compassion that you showed Mom. It was appreciated more than you will ever know. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Dwayne Noble Monson aka “Papa Goofy” of Preston, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident the previous week. He was born Oct. 21, 1960, in Pasadena, Calif., to Reed Stanley and Dorothy Ann Phelps Monson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a sister, Denise Monson. He is survived by his children, Sarah Andrea Monson of Logan, Utah; Daniel William (Maurie) Monson of Preston; Nicole Avery of Colorado; by a brother, David Monson of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and by two sisters, Darlene Horwith of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Jeana Kromer of Pennsylvania. He is the grandfather of eight grandchildren – the same kids who coined him “Papa Goofy.”

Family and friends were the most important thing in the world to him. He loved nothing more than putting smiles on people’s faces – whether he knew them or not. Rock n’ Roll was his passion along with the freedom and peace he felt taking rides on his motorcycle. What made him the happiest was being able to see his kids shine through his example, grow up and succeed. We love you Dad. “Rock Steady.”

Funeral services were be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Fairview Idaho First Ward Chapel, 165 W. 4800 S., Preston, with Bishop Kip Rawlings conducting. Friends called Tuesday from 1-1:45 p.m. at the church. Interment was in the Clifton, Idaho, Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Val Layne Buttars, 83, passed away from natural causes on Sept. 15, 2014, and spent his last days surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Lewiston, Utah, to Orson Morris and Elva Layne Buttars.

He spent his early days on the farm in Lewiston and later joined the Armed Forces, being honorably discharged. On March 7, 1955, he married the love of his life, Etta Mae Carpenter. With this marriage she brought two children, and later they were blessed with two boys and three girls.

Val worked in road construction for Parson’s for 35 years, retiring in 1992. He loved going fishing and camping and having cookouts with his family. He had a love for country music and loved dancing with his beautiful wife of 59 years. One of his most favorite songs was from Charlie Rich: “Did You Happen To See The Most Beautiful Girl In The World – Tell Her I Love Her.”

He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, by three brothers, by two sons, Terry and Todd; by a son-in-law, Barry Sohn; and a granddaughter, Patty Rogers Yoeman. He is survived by his wife, Etta Mae Buttars; by his children, David (Sheryal) Nelson; Kathy (Steve) Andrew; Alana Buttars; Denise Sohn (Wayne); Julie (Jeff) Olsen, Joyce Buttars; and by 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 20, 2014, at the Preston South Stake Center. Interment at Preston Cemetery and met with a military honor service.

Family would like to thank Thelma Roley for the home care she provided dad; Dr. David Beckstead, Franklin County Medical Center staff, as well as the staff at the Franklin County Transitional Care Unit, Webb Funeral Home and the Preston Second Ward Relief Society. Thank you to all our families, many friends and neighbors for all the prayers, kind words, thoughts, support and beautiful flowers.

Dad, you will be forever in our hearts.




Shelley Jenkins Johnson, 64, of Rexburg, Idaho, passed away Sept. 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving husband and children at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg. She was born June 28, 1950, at the Mckee Maternity Home in Rigby, Idaho. She was the oldest of seven children born to Frank and LoRene (Ricks) Jenkins. She grew up in Rexburg, Idaho, where she attended Madison High School. She was very active in sports all through grade school and in to college. She was a fierce competitor and had many trophies to show for her accomplishments.

Shelley attended Ricks College and received her Associate’s degree and then continued her education at BYU where she received her Bachelor of science degree in physical education and a minor in history. Shelley made the National Dean’s List. She had a love of learning and teaching and continued learning until she was certified to teach every subject but math, which was a foreign language to her.

While attending Ricks College, she was a part of the synchronized swim team and it was at registration where Shelley met Frank and fell in love. They married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and they celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this year. Together they were blessed with six children, Shane, Brandelyne, Jared (deceased), Jessica, Erik and Judd. They have also been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, Jason, Kayden, Kyrie and Ian; and two great-grandchildren, Haylee and Austyn. She loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. Family was very important to Shelley and she loved to talk about them to anyone who would listen. They were her pride and joy and it showed in her everyday life.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she gave many hours of service in various callings. She served in the Scouting program, nursery, Primary, Relief Society, Sunday School and as a gospel doctrine teacher. She was always helping those in need and was always giving of her time and talents. She always had food and desserts ready to be taking to someone or even a box of chocolates to brighten someone’s day.

Shelley’s other passion in life was teaching. She was excellent at what she did and touched many of her students’ lives. Shelley had taught for a total of 26 years. She started her career at Madison Junior High and then took a break to raise her family and resumed teaching at the Youth Services Center in Saint Anthony, Idaho. From there she went to the junior high at Sugar Salem school district for a short time and moved to the high school. While at Sugar Salem High School she became well known for the throwing of her “shoe.” From there she started Valley View Alternative School for Sugar Salem and taught there for nine years. She developed a lasting relationship with many of her students and made sure each one felt important. She always called them her kids. Shelley spoke at her students’ graduation this last year and received a standing ovation. She was also featured this year in “Our Town” by The Standard Journal.

One of Shelley’s hobbies was cooking. She loved to cook. With her husband, they attended and participated in many Dutch oven cook offs where she created her own recipes. One year they took fourth in the nation at The National Dutch Oven Cook Off. She created many cookbooks for her family to enjoy and published a Dutch Oven Cookbook. She also enjoyed spending time with her family by playing games, fishing and camping.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Jensen Johnson; five of her six children, Shane (Jodi) Johnson, Brandelyne (Brian) Lewis, Jessica Johnson, Erik (Dana) Johnson, and Judd (Megan) Johnson. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers. She is preceded in death by her son, Jared Johnson; and her parents, Frank and LoRene Jenkins.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the Henry’s Fork Stake Center. The family will receive friends, family, and students, Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home and Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the stake center. Interment will be at the Sutton Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Flamm Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online to www.flammfh. com

September 17, 2017



Sept. 14, 1930 - Sept. 8, 2014

Dell T. Waddoups returned home to our Heavenly Father on Sept. 8, 2014. Dell was born to William Lioneld and Cora Isabell Burrup in Downey, Idaho. Dell attended Preston High School in Preston. He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Page Waddoups in the Logan LDS Temple on Oct. 4, 1950. They lived and raised their family in Logan, Utah; Idaho Falls, Idaho (1956); Layton, Utah (1962); Burley, Idaho (1964); Bountiful, Utah (1974); and finally Centerville, Utah.

Dell was a devoted caregiver for our mother until her passing June 30, 2014. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He touched us all with his devotion and kindness. He spent his life taking care of his family and tending his garden. We will miss his unwavering testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and dedication to his many church callings, including scouting and Bishop of the Burley, Idaho 8th ward. Dell served in the armed forces during the Korean War.

Dell is survived by his children, Deleene (Walt) Kondrick, Randy Waddoups, Tammy (Scott) Myers, Thad Waddoups; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Wayne (Marilyn), Thomas Jeddie (Zella); sister, Florence; and sister-in-law, Evelyn (Lewis). Preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Page Waddoups; infant son, Dell Page; his parents; and many siblings.

A viewing and memorial service for family and friends was held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Centerville, Utah. Interment was at Preston cemetery at 3 p.m. that day.



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Richard Alder left this earth and returned home Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. His big, loving heart finally wore out after 82 years of love and service. Richard was born in Whitney, Idaho, on June 3, 1932, to Lewis and Norine (Sears) Alder.

Richard spent his childhood in Idaho, raised on a family farm. He graduated from Preston High in 1950 where he was an avid boxer. Richard was known as “Older Elder Alder” before he served a LDS mission in the Western States territory. He attended college and toured Europe. Always an entrepreneur, Richard helped fund his foreign travels by selling beans he had planted on the farm. He later attended BYU and served in the Army.

He met his love, Jacqueline, married her shortly after in the Logan LDS Temple in 1959. Three days later they packed all they had in a very small trailer and embarked on a new life together in Northern California to start a business, Red Wing Shoes. This eventually developed into Alder’s Big and Tall and Alder’s Wide Shoes, which he ran successfully for over 40 years with locations in California, Idaho and Utah. They settled in Oakland, Calif., where they raised their four children. Richard served as Branch President and also served two times as Bishop in this area. He enjoyed his last years serving as a greeter in the Oakland LDS Temple where many looked forward to seeing his friendly smile as they attended.

His heart was the best part about him and the part he was most generous with. The world had no strangers to Richard, only friends yet to be made! He was able to warm up the coldest of shoulders, clear up the saddest of tears and bring joy and laughter to everyone around him. His genuine warm hugs will be missed the most. His corny jokes will be missed as well… “Do you know why bicycles fall over?” Richard’s greatest joy was his grandchildren!

Richard is survived by Jacqueline, his wife of 55 years; their four children, Brett Alder, Wendy Alder, Kip (Cindy) Alder and Jodi (James) Jones; their 14 grandchildren, Christie (Jeff) Sendbo, Michelle, Zack, Devin, Trevor, Amy, Kinsey, Austin, Justin, Kyle, Jenna, Ty, Trina, and Journi; and one great-grandchild, Kylie. Richard is also survived by his sister, Joan (Larry) Dahle; brothers, Doug (Jean) Alder, Charlie (Carol) Alder, and Kevin (Nancy) Alder.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the Oakland LDS Chapel at 11 a.m. He will later be laid to rest in the Bountiful City Cemetery, Utah. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




TREASURETON – Eddy Allen Perry passed away on Sept. 8, 2014, at the age of 52. He was born on Jan. 22, 1962, in Preston, to DeRalph and Eunice Dunkley Perry. He was the youngest of five children.

Eddy grew up on the family farm in Treasureton where he had many fond memories of helping his father feed the cattle, taking care of his dog, hunting and exploring the hills and riding his bike. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Preston and graduated from high school in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He married his high school sweetheart, Sheryl Goodson, from Coeur d’Alene. They were married on April 18, 1980.

Ed and Sheri made their home in Treasureton where they raised their two children, Nicole and Justin. Ed retired from Presto Products after 25 years of employment. Following retirement, he worked for Treasure Canyon, Preston School District and Caribou County.

Ed loved his family and friends. He enjoyed working in the outdoors and enjoyed restoring antique farm tractors. He also liked learning about genealogy and family histories.

Ed is survived by his wife, Sheryl, and their two children, Nicole (Ricky) Theurer, of Preston, and Justin (Trisha) Perry, of Treasureton; and four loving grandchildren, Shaelynn, Dylan, Carter, and Tenley, who are going to miss him dearly. He is also survived by two brothers, Reed (Wendy) Perry, Brent (Christine) Perry; and his sister, DeeAnne (Vern) Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a brother, Richard, of Spokane, Wash.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at noon in the Riverdale Second Ward LDS Chapel. A viewing was held on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Riverdale LDS Church. Interment was in the Whitney Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home in Preston. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Velna Hendrickson Swann, 83, passed away on Sept. 12, 2014, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Unit in Preston. She was born May 7, 1931, in Drummond, Idaho, the first child and only daughter of F. Leroy and Pearl Covert Hendrickson. When Velna was six years old, the family moved to Cleveland, Idaho. She attended school in Cleveland and graduated from the eighth grade in 1945. She attended Grace High School for two years. The family then moved to Preston and she attended Preston High School.

Velna met Aldin Swann in the summer of 1946. They were married in the Logan LDS Temple on June 2, 1948. They are the parents of five daughters.

Velna and Al enjoyed square dancing. They attended the Knothead Jamboree at Old Faithful and in West Yellowstone for many years. She enjoyed nature and going camping with her family. She also enjoyed rides in the canyon to see the fall colors and watching sunsets and rainbows. Velna also made quilts and then held “quilt-pickin” parties for her children and grandchildren.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations. She also did genealogy work and for the past 27 years served in the extraction/ indexing program. She also enjoyed attending the temple.

Velna was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; by a brother, Ralph Hendrickson; by a son-in-law, Jeff Allred; and by one grandson. She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Swann of Pocatello, Idaho; Barbara (Reed) Snyder of Preston; Dorthea (Peter) Lawson of Superior, Wisc.; Mary Ellen Allred of Preston; and Kaylene (Mark W.) Owen of Preston; by 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; by a brother, F. Lee (Maurine) Hendrickson of Preston; by two sisters-in-law, Virginia Hendrickson of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Gwen Swann of Jerome, Idaho; and by a brother-in-law, Wayne Swann of Preston.

We wish to thank Dr. David Beckstead and staff, the staff at the Franklin County Medical Center and FCMC Hospice and the staff at the Franklin County Transitional Care Unit for the loving care they extended to Mother.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Preston North Stake Center, 310 N. State, Preston, with Bishop Craig Thomas conducting. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston and Friday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com


September 10, 2014



Dav Frew, 82, passed away on Sept. 2, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Hyde Park, Utah. He was born Jan. 23, 1932, in Preston, the son of Carl Frew.

He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was one of the last “True Cowboys.” He was able to live his life on his terms on his ranch doing what he loved.

He is survived by a daughter, Soral Frew; a son, Reb Frew; a grandson, Alisdair Frew; and by a sister, Carlene Frew, all of Preston.

Memorial services were held at noon on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston. Friends and family shared memories at the memorial service. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Venda H. Beckstead, 83, of Evanston, Wyo., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was born on Feb. 1, 1931, in Dayton, Idaho, the daughter of Ephriam LeRoy and Edna Claussen Hulse.

Venda married Terrell LeRoy Beckstead on Sept. 17, 1952, in Dayton, Idaho. He passed away on Aug. 4, 1995.

She lived in Preston for 14 years then moved to Grace, Idaho, where she lived until 2007 when she moved to Evanston, Wyo.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in the Relief Society.

Venda and her husband owned and operated the Blue Bell Restaurant in Grace, Idaho, for 18 years with her family.

She loved to quilt and loved to play games at the Senior Center in Evanston.

She is survived by one son and two daughters, Kenneth LeRoy and Lori Beckstead of Pocatello, Idaho, Kathrynn and Mike Elardi of Evanston, Wyo., and Crystal and Jake Shawcroft of Grace, Idaho. She is also survived by five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Phyllis Rasmussen, of Nibley, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Cindy Beckstead; four sisters, June Jones, Lola Shephard, Velma Atkin, Gwen Fish; a brother, Herald Hulse; and six brothers-in-law.

Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at noon at the Grace LDS Stake Center. The family will visit with friends on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the church and also on Friday morning from 10-11:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Preston City Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared online with the family at www.simsfh.com.


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3 Responses to Obituaries

  1. Leon Clegg on April 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Allred family in the passing of Delores. Such fond memories and close associations with all the family when they were our neighbors in Burley 11th ward. The neighborhood hasn’t been the same since. Really missed them when they moved to Preston. We know she is in a better place now and that we will all be able to see her and other family members again. What a comfort. Your parents are trully great examples to all of us as well as to all ther family and friends. May our Heavenly Father bless all of you in this hour of need.
    All our love, The Clegg family, Leon and Dori

  2. Gary Mitchell on May 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I hear that Dr. Mike Teets died who was a principal in the Preston County Schools. I send my condolences as I was a custodian who worked with him in a couple of the schools in Preston County Schools. May God rest you in peace, Mike. Your friend, Gary Mitchell

  3. Martha Ramirez on June 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    My Condolences to his Family.
    Bruce was always smiling and happy.
    you’ll be missed.

    Ramirez Family

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