The following are obituaries and death notices that appeared in the July 30, 2009 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, Angie “Ilene” Echols Garn died on Pioneer Day Celebration, July 24, 2009 with family at her side. Mom would have turned 83 years old on her birthday, July 27, 2009. She is a daughter to Bryan Echols and Margret Webb, of Claypool, Ariz.
She married Preston J. Garn in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity May 15, 1946. Together they raised nine beautiful children. Our Dad, Preston, died May 5, 2000. Later she married into a large family with Ivan Robinson for time on Feb. 12, 2005. Ivan died March 2009. Mom taught us to love life, quilting, gardening, and canning. She shared her testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and served in many positions in the LDS Church. She set an example for us in many areas of life. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and operated several successful businesses throughout our lives. With loving memory, her surviving children: Gerald P. Garn of West Valley City; Paula (John) Sever of Riverdale; Russell G. Garn (deceased); Verlene (Larry) Stanger of West Bountiful; Ronald A. Garn of Centerville; LuAnn (Don) Farr of Riverdale; Jeanette (Ben) Booth of West Bountiful; Mark L. Garn of Woods Cross; and Gloria (Mervyn) Asher of Alpine, WY; siblings, Ted, Gene, and James Echols; 38 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Interment took place in Fielding Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Audry Hunsaker Lainhart was born to Mary Ann Bowcutt and Allen G Hunsaker on Feb. 21, 1918 in Collinston, Utah at the home of her grandparents. Audry was the third child in the family and joined older brothers Leroy and Floyd. When Audry was three months old, her family moved to Star Valley. Brothers Melvin, Sterling and sisters Ruby and Thelma were born after this move. Audry lived in Star Valley her entire life with the exception of a short time that she lived in Evanston, Wyoming and Grace, Idaho. At an early age Audry taught herself to read music and could soon play by ear any tune that hit her fancy. Audry attended schools in Afton but quit school after the 10th grade to stay home and take care of her mother who was very ill and also her younger sister. When Audry was 15 she developed juvenile arthritis and they put her arm in a cast. When the cast was removed her arm had atrophied. The doctor said they only thing that saved her from losing the arm was that even though she had a cast on, she had continued playing the piano just using her fingers. In November of 1935 she went to a dance in Grover and met Boyd Lainhart. He was in Star Valley with the CC camp and had come from Kentucky. Mom and Dad were married in Paris, Idaho on July 31, 1936. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple July 31, 1959. Boyd and Audry had a large family of twelve children- Vada, Vola, Vatia, Deland, MaryAnn, Genevieve, Sherman, Dorthy, Larry, Laura and Amanda Ellen. Their first child, Vada B. Lainhart was born in February of 1937. A few months later Vada became very ill and on May 25, 1937 passed away. On July 28, 1958 their son Boyd R was hit by a car in front of their home as he was crossing the road. His life was taken in this accident. In 2000, Mother’s oldest living daughter, Vola Mae, passed away after experiencing a brain aneurysm. Mother never felt it was right that she outlived her children. In June of 1988, Boyd, Audry’s husband, was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away in April, 1989. Audry was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to read the scriptures and was knowledgeable about the gospel. She was a premier genealogist and found great joy in doing this work for 50 to 60 years. At the age of 91 she was still a staff member of the Family History Center and also did extraction work in her home. In the past two years she had indexed 135,704 names and had 5,303 names arbitrated. Audry loved to serve others and never turned anyone away. She was a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to many. Audry Lainhart passed away on July 20, 2009 in the comfort of her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, her husband Boyd, two daughters, one son, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandsons. She is survived by her brother Sterling, her sister Ruby, and her children. Vatia Booth; Deland (Olivia); MaryAnn Larsen; Genevieve Burdick (George); Sherman; Dorthy Manley (Kevin); Larry (Jackie); Laura Aullman (Robert); and Amanda Welch (Vance). She had 41 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Ora Hilda Brog Porter passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at her home in Logan, Utah. She was born May 22. 1929 in Freedom in the Swiss Cheese Factory. Her parents were Ernest and Martha Brog. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Wilford Porter, who she married and was sealed to on June 22, 1948 in the Logan LDS Temple. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her infant brother, Paul Ern, and her sister, Gayle Clara Brog Rigler. Ora is survived by her four children, Ernestine; Lex (Marianne); Marie and Kolin (Valerie); as well as 11 grandchildren. Ora was raised in Freedom. She attended BYU and USU where she majored in Home Economics. She was a wonderful homemaker, and was a perfectionist as a seamstress and a wonderful cook, earning many blue ribbons at the fair. Ora loved to read and was constantly learning. In her younger years, she held many church callings. Ora is survived by Frank and Ruth Brog; Roy and Joan Brog; Larry and Paula Brog; Clyde and Rea Brog Stock and Fred and Annie Brog. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Cemetery.