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Juanita Lucille Wellard Tam


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Juanita Lucille Wellard Tam Obituary
Juanita Lucille Wellard Tam, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot surrounded by her family.
Juanita was born September 8, 1933 in Arco, ID, to John William Wellard and Gertrude Isabelle Andrews Wellard. She was the ninth child out of ten living siblings. She had three brothers and five sisters: Elwin (Bud), Dallas (Dugan), Richard (Dick), Iris, Phyllis, Velva, Cleo, Esther and Carol.
She attended school in Salem and graduated from Salem High School. After high school she was working in Blackfoot where she met the love of her life Victor Tam, the man who wanted a cheeseburger with mustard only. Easy to remember because everyone always wanted everything on their cheeseburgers. 
Juanita and Victor were married in Salem on April 15, 1954 and were married for 60 plus years. Four children joined them later Vickie, Debbie, Roger and Douglas.
Juanita was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings over the years. Juanita loved her family and did many things for them: cooking meals, sewing, gardening and she worked as a farmer's wife doing whatever she was needed to do, milking cows, chasing cows, driving truck, or running to get parts.
Juanita is survived by her: husband Victor Tam, Blackfoot; daughters, Vickie (Steve) Sawyer, University Place, WA, Debbie (Brett) Crompton, American Falls; sons, Roger Tam, Blackfoot and Douglas (Cheryl) Tam, Blackfoot; nine grandchildren, Rebecca (Isaac) Brunson, Rachael (Jordan) Kohl, Michael Sawyer, Robert Crompton, Preston (Adriana) Crompton, Alisha (Spencer) Lilya, Jason (Shawna) Tam, Anthony (Aly Boyce) Tam, and Travis Tam; four great-grandchildren, Xander and Flynn Brunson and Maddelyn and Hunter Tam; three sisters, Phyllis Banta, Cleo Klingler, and Esther Andersen; brother-in-law Reno Tam, Shirley Wadsworth; sisters-in-law, Freda Rice and Roxie Gardels; many nieces and nephews; and lifetime friends, Dona Lutz and Carol Bitton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bud, Dugan and Dick; three sisters, Iris Colton, Velva Young and Carol Findlay; brothers-in-law, Vincent James, Myron Colton, Lawrence Young, Von Klingler, David Andersen, Darrell Banta, Dee Findlay; mother-in-law Angela Sciuchetti Tam Young; father-in-law, Natale Tam; stepfather-in-law Rock Young; brothers-in-law, Andrew Tam, Dave Rice, Steve Gardels; sisters-in-law, Donna Wellard, Janeth Tam; several nieces and nephews and longtime friends LaMar Lutz, Bill Thompson and Dee Bitton. Juanita loved many and was loved by many. We love you.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Rose LDS Chapel, 400 North 150 West, (Exit 98 on I-15). The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow in the Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 8, 2016
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