Sylvania Jane Huntsman
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November 15, 1939 - October 9, 2012
Sylvania "Jane" Dennison Huntsman was born 5th of 9 children to Theodore A. Dennison & Edith Arlisha Swenson Dennison, Abraham, UT, on November 15, 1939. She stepped over to the eternities from this life on October 9, 2012 in Homedale, Idaho, at Owyhee Rehabilitation Center, where she was recouping from the struggles of a heart attack a month previously.
All who loved and knew her called her "Jane" Huntsman, when she married the love of her life, her eternal companion and sweetheart, Richard A. Huntsman, in the Manti Temple for time and eternity on May 21, 1957. "Jane & Dick" as everyone knew them are inseparable even at this change in life.
Jane and Dick are proud parents of six children Annette Hall [Bryon], Tammy, Wade [Susan], Shari Sims [Cornelius], Monty [Lisa], Kevin [Amy].
Jane is preceded by her daughter Tammy Huntsman, her brother Orthell Dennison, and her dear Aunt Jenave Swenson Chapman.
She is survived by her dear husband, her brothers and sisters, her five children and their spouses, her 20 grandchildren and her 13 great-grandchildren.
Jane grew up on a farm in Abraham, UT. She loved her older brothers and sister and experienced many joyful times with them. Jane moved to other towns of Utah like Sterling, Ogden, and attended part of high school in Dugaway, where she met Dick. When Dick returned home from overseas, the couple moved to Tucson, AZ where their daughter Annette was welcomed to the family. Jane was a loving and devoted wife and mother as they welcomed each child to the family; Tammy in Salt Lake City, where she struggled with pneumonia and died 6 weeks later, Wade in Toole, Shari in Provo, Monty in Fairbanks, Alaska; where they spent 33 years of their 55 years of marriage, and Kevin in Toole, UT when visiting family.
Most of her life was spent in Fairbank when Dick took the family for work in Civil Service. Jane was always learning; she had a thirst for knowledge. She put herself through many correspondence courses, such as tax preparation and worked for H&R Block, and finally for over 20 years on her own. She delivered newspapers in the winter time in Alaska; she was successful in sales for Tupperware. Jane was talented in cleaning homes. Jane and Dick started an entrepreneurship as they created 'Huntsman Enterprises'. They did landscaping, custom haying, Dura-last roofing, and other various side jobs, all to provide for the family they love so much. Jane and Dick were born during the depression, so hard work, honesty, loyalty, and devotion to God and family was their way of life. These values and more are who Jane Huntsman is. They attended their church meetings faithfully, and were always tried and challenged in life struggles. Their joys and happiness came in the events and achievements of their children and grandchildren. After 33 years in Alaska, they moved to Middleton, ID, and then in 1997, Jane & Dick established their new home for the last 15 years in Wilder, ID. They created a garden, raised horses and farm animals, an orchard, and Jane's pride and joy, her raspberry patch. Jane was taken seriously as the 'Berry Lady'. It has even been suggested by those who love her that Dick let her berry patch be memorial to her love of others. Jane always thought of her family, her husband, her church family, her God. She donated bags and bags of quilt material for the humanitarian projects for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she was member since her 8th year when she was baptized. Her love for the Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father was manifested to each and every moment of her incredible life. Jane, mom, grandma, aunt, daughter, & sister will be a shinning memory for every kind thought, giving effort, hugs and kisses she gave so freely to everyone she knows and met. And our lives are changed by her and her love for us. We will miss her, and always remember her with great love and affection.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 15, 2012, at 11:00 AM at the LDS chapel in Homedale. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, UT, on October 16, 2012, at 2:00 PM. Condolences can be made at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 13, 2012