Carma Luana Ward Casper
Carma Luana Ward Casper, age 80, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, returned home to her Heavenly Father on January 30,2014.
She was born on February 4, 1933, in Rigby, Idaho, the youngest of eight children born to Abram Ward and Pollie Prescott Ward. Carma was raised in Rigby with her brothers and sisters enjoying a loving childhood. She attended the local school there, graduating from Rigby High School in 1951. She then enrolled as a student at BYU.
Carma married her best friend, Milton Elden Casper on August 7, 1953, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They moved to Eugene, Oregon, where Milton completed his education. Upon graduation he reported for duty with the United States Air Force. They spent the next few years in Texas, learning about military life, family life and health problems. Carma and Milt had two children while in Texas and open heart surgery was required to repair Carma's heart and improve the health problems that had developed.
After the military service was over, they moved to Roy, Utah, where Milt was employed. Their family grew to three children and a busy life style with an active church life as well as family life.
In November 0f 1969, the family moved to New Jersey where Milt was promoted to Westinghouse Lighting Division at their headquarters in Bloomfield. Milt traveled throughout the United States and Carma did her part as mother and homemaker. She enjoyed her family and felt blessed for each child and their part in the family.
After living in the East for over 15 years, Milt and Carma were transferred to Dallas, Texas. They enjoyed family and friends in each area that they lived. Active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with roots that go back to the beginning of the Church; they have held many church positions. Carma served on three Stake Relief Society Boards and several Ward Presidencies. She taught many years in Primary, Sunday School and enjoyed the young people. She served a Stake Mission in New Jersey and several years as a Community Representative of the Church in that area. She was an Ordinance Worker in the Dallas Temple and as a Spanish Extraction Missionary for over 10 years. She has been a visiting teacher for over 50 years and received great enjoyment from her activity.
She is survived by her husband, Milton Casper, three children, Susan (Douglas) Seymour of Seattle, WA, Ron (Judith) Casper of Orem, UT, and Jana (Mark) Leavitt of Cedar City, UT. They are the jewels in her life, along with 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Shirley Young of Idaho Falls, ID.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. James Ward Chapel, 1095 East St. James Lane, St. George, UT. Visitations will be held on Tuesday, February 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., and on Wednesday, prior to services at the chapel from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Tonaquint Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at www.metcalfmortuary.com
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