Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Family Update

This will be on a  more personal note.

My mother died last Friday surrounded by her seven children and some spouses. It a blessing for her, as she has been ill for some time and unable to live alone. Her obituary follows:

Verna Challis

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Verna Fish Challis
Verna Fish Challis passed away peacefully on May 18, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She is now reunited with her loving husband Donald W. Challis. She died as she lived, expressing her love for each of us, and brightening our lives with her hugs and smiles. Verna was born on March 10, 1924 in Snowflake, Arizona to Roland W. Fish and Susan Freeman. On January 8th 1943 she married her childhood sweetheart Donald W. Challis in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with nearly 60 years together. She wanted everyone to know that she loved the Lord. She always strove to follow His example. She was a member of the LDS Church and served faithfully in many church callings, and also in the community. She was a wonderful mother. She knew, kept track of and cherished each of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. So many others, also, have been treated as family. In all of this love and service she remained a strong and independent woman. She had an amazing memory, and a love of learning. Her love for others was unconditional and never rationed or reserved. She knew each of us, our talents and interests. She admired and encouraged us. She loved so much and is loved by so many. We wish to thank Intermountain Hospice for their loving service. Survived by her children, Donald W. Challis (Lorraine), Suzanne Limburg (David), Lynne Rowley (Richard), Brian Challis (Gunn), Janet Dawson (Thomas), Woodruff Challis (Ruth), Winifred DeMann (Alan), Marlene Lane; 46 grandchildren; 107 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and sister-in-law Ruth Challis. Preceded in death by her husband Donald W.Challis;, 5 brothers and sisters; and son-in-law David G. Limburg; grandson-in-law Scott Kessler.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 24, 11 a.m. at the Murray South Stake Center, 5635 South Fashion Blvd. (approx 350 E) in Murray. Friends may call Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, and Thursday 9:30-10:30 at the stake center. Interment, Murray City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund. Online condolences:

Published in Deseret News from May 20 to May 21, 2012

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