Iva Vae Mace, 96, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Homestead Assisted Living Center in Rexburg.
Vae was born Oct. 15, 1917, at Parker, Idaho, the daughter of Leslie M. Stoddard and Olive Lucille Ingram Stoddard. She was the third of 10 children. She grew up in the Egin Bench, Parker and Heman areas, where she attended her elementary education, attending St. Anthony High School.
She married Irvin Raymond Mace on July 30, 1935, at Egin Bench by Bishop Junius Wardle. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1939. They lived a short time in Teton prior to moving to Parker, where they have resided. She helped her husband farm and raised cattle in the Parker and Kilgore areas. She and Irvin spent many winters in Arizona and loved it there. Mr. Mace passed away June 17, 1998.
Vae worked at Clarks Furniture store in St. Anthony and was secretary to the superintendent of the Fremont County School District. She then worked in the admissions office at Ricks College for eight years.
She was active in the LDS church, serving in many positions over the years. She loved crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, fishing, genealogy, family history and pro basketball. She was a big fan of the Phoenix Suns.
She loved and appreciated all her grandchildren and looked forward to their phone calls, cards and visits. She especially appreciated the loving care she received at the Homestead and Hospice.
She is survived by her three children, Merlynn (Gary) Thompson of Rexburg, Robert (Lola Kaye) Mace of Parker and Jana (Rodney) Gittins of Logan, Utah; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Marion Stoddard and Harold Stoddard, both of Rexburg, and Louis Stoddard of Egin Bench; and sister, Phillis Bradshaw of Annis.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a baby brother, Maurice Stoddard; sisters, Vida Crapo, Marie Hathaway and Beatrice Stone; and a brother, Frank Stoddard.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Parker LDS church, with Bishop Brent Lee Williams officiating. Friends may call starting at 11 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery under the direction of Bidwell Funeral Home.