Elaine Stoddard Munns, 80, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Archer, Idaho, due to complications of cancer.
Elaine was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Parker, Idaho, to Annie Louisa Brown and Wyman Miner Stoddard. She was the eighth of 10 children.
She grew up in St. Anthony and graduated from South Fremont High School in 1950. She graduated from Ricks College in May 1955 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
She married Delas Arthur Munns on July 28, 1955, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have lived and farmed in the Rexburg area all their married life while raising four children: Nicki, Steven, Nancy and Garth. Elaine has 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elaine's life has been an example of hard work and service to others, caring for her family, elderly neighbors, and serving in various church callings.
She taught sixth grade in the Madison School District for 16 years before retiring. Her huge vegetable gardens have been a benefit to many and her beautiful roses and flower gardens a delight. Her greatest joy in life was her family, her students and her book club friends.
Elaine is survived by her husband; daughters, Nicki (Kyle) Hayes and Nancy (Brett J.) Parkinson; and a son, Garth S. (Stephanie) Munns.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Steven S. Munns; five brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the Archer Ward Chapel, 201 W. 8000 South in Rexburg. The family visited with friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church prior to services. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery in Archer.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.