LuDene Ward Loudy, 83, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Turtle and Crane in Idaho Falls. She was under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.
She was born Dec. 12, 1929, in Salem, Idaho, to Charles Ward and Gertrude Elizabeth Stallings Ward. She attended Sugar-Salem High School and received her GED. She later received a certificate from LDS Business College after completing the business program.
She married Howard Henry Smith. They were later divorced. She married Clyde Maxwell Loudy in Teton, Idaho, on Aug. 29, 1972. He died Jan. 10, 1992.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved and supported missionary work in every way.
LuDene loved to sew, quilt and crochet; she also loved to bake, cook and can. She enjoyed making candy and chocolate. She was known for her bread, cinnamon rolls, lemon meringue pie and carrot pudding.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She was a kind and loving person, helping her loved ones all of the time.
She is survived by her sons, Rockey (Linda) Smith of Idaho Falls, Don Carlos Smith of Idaho Falls and Lionel (Wanda) Smith of St. Anthony; daughters, Jolene (Lenn) Holyoak of American Falls and Teresa (Mike) Strom of Idaho Falls; brothers, Glenn Ward of Philippines and Wayne (Sandy) Ward of Teton; sisters, Yvonne (Sylvan) Taggart of Jerome, Veda (Dallas "Bud") Leavitt of Teton and Beth (Wade) Shirley of Sugar City; 29 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Maxwell Loudy; son, Harlan H. Smith; grandson, Rick Dale Smith; granddaughter, Roxanne Marie Smith; her parents, Charles and Gertrude Elizabeth Ward; sister, Lila Covington; brother-in-law, Joe Covington; brother, Byron Ward; sister-in-law, Norma Ward; and brother-in-law, Ralph Pocock.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the LDS Chapel at the corner of Sunnyside Road and Holmes Avenue, with Bishop John Laird conducting. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Teton-Newdale Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bradley Stoddard and his staff, the staff at Turtle and Crane and Hospice of Eastern Idaho for the loving care given to their mother.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.