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LaVerne Elkington Harker, 95, of Shelley, passed away Monday, May 28, 2012, at her home in Shelley under the care of Idaho Home Health & Hospice.

She was born in Tooele, Utah, on April 3, 1917, to William and Elzie McLaws Elkington.

When she was just a child, the family made the big move from Tooele to Idaho Falls, where her father had acquired a large dry farm in the hills east of Idaho Falls. Here, the family worked and grew grain and livestock. During the summer months of her youth, they lived in the hills at "The Ranch," and LaVerne enjoyed roaming the hills on horseback exploring the new country and tending livestock. During the winter months, they lived in Idaho Falls, where she attended school, church and activities with her friends and siblings.

LaVerne met her eternal sweetheart, Hallace Harker of Shelley, at a dance at the old Wandamere Dance Hall near Idaho Falls. Their relationship blossomed, and they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 10, 1937. Within a few years of their marriage, they purchased the family farm at the base of the Butte, a mile east of the old Shelley Sugar Factory, where they raised their family.

She had a passion and dedication for service in the church. She enjoyed decorating birthday and wedding cakes, singing in the ward choir, studying the Scriptures and genealogy. She submitted volumes of names for LDS Temple ordinances. In later years, she learned to paint beautiful scenic oils and did hours of service for her ward humanitarian efforts.

LaVerne is survived by her brother, Fred Elkington of Idaho Falls; three of her five children, Marie (Chuck) Thompson of Blackfoot, Harriet (Mike) Madden of White Salmon, Wash., and Jerri (Dee) Snarr of South Jordan, Utah; son-in-law, Roland Thompson of Shelley; daughter-in-law, Koelyn Blake of Pleasant Grove, Utah; 52 grandchildren; 176 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. She leaves an extensive posterity; we figure around 250. And it all started with a twinkle and a grin when a handsome young man asked a charming young woman to dance.

Preceding her in death were her husband and sweetheart, Hallace Werner Harker; son, Marlo; daughter, Sylvia Thompson; and two great-grandchildren; parents, William and Elzie Elkington; brothers, Dean Elkington and Reed Elkington; and sisters, Alice Elkington Lee, Hazel Elkington Brooks and JoAnn Elkington Pickett.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, May 30, at the Shelley South Stake Center, 675 S. Milton in Shelley. The family received friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley, and will again from 12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. today at the church. Burial will be in Shelley-Hillcrest Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register on May 30, 2012
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