Dorene Engle Gomm, 82, of Woodville, Idaho, and Smoot, Wyo., returned to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at her home in Woodville, surrounded by her loved ones.
Born to Edward Engle and Suzannah Chidester on Nov. 29, 1931, in Huntington, Utah, she was the eighth of 11 children, with nine brothers and one sister. At the age of 12, she and two younger brothers, Daven and Bernard, were lovingly adopted into the home of George and Bessie Atwood.
As a youth, she was active in 4-H and earned a trip to Washington, D.C., and the White House, where she shook hands with President Harry S. Truman. In 1948, she was crowned the State of Utah Rodeo Queen with her horse, Sally, demonstrating her unique talent with fitting and showing farm animals. While in high school, Dorene won the state of Utah women's track record for the 50-yard dash.
She attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, on a 4-H scholarship, where she met her sweetheart, Ben Parker Gomm of Smoot, Wyo. Their 62-year marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Aug. 21, 1951, and was blessed with four children.
She has been a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions. She and her husband served missions in Idaho Falls and in the Alabama Birmingham Mission.
She worked as a schoolteacher in elementary education and junior high art. She was a talented floral designer, opening and operating three successful floral businesses. Her other talents included drama, public speaking, clothing design, real estate and sales. She published a cookbook and had an amazing talent for organizing and hostessing large gatherings, especially Christmas celebrations, including her renowned widows parties. She especially loved gathering her posterity around her.
She is survived by her husband, Ben; and her four children, Becky (Robert) Pinkham of Vernal, Utah, Sandee (John) Palm of Idaho Falls, Ben (Becky) Gomm of Shelley and Nettie Wheeler of West Jordan, Utah.
Preceding her in death are her parents, four brothers and her granddaughter, Leah Gomm.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Woodville 1st Ward Chapel, 1555 N. 700 East in Shelley. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday, both times at the church in Woodville. There will also be a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Smoot LDS Ward in the Osmond Chapel in Osmond, Wyo. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in the Smoot, Wyo., cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .nalderfuneralhome.com.