Rayola Plant Soderquist, 84, of Ammon, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014.
She was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Rose, Idaho, the daughter of Clifford Plant and Van Dora Elizabeth Nelson Plant. She was the third child with older siblings, Merlin and Marvetta; later, a younger brother, Morgan, was added to the family. She attended elementary school at Rose Elementary and high school at Snake River High School. She graduated in three years and went to Ricks College for two years, where she met Ray Soderquist.
She and Ray were married and moved to Corvallis, Ore., where both of them attended the university while Rayola taught school.
After Ray graduated they moved to Oxnard, Calif., for a couple of years, then they moved to Virginia, where Ray was employed and Rayola taught school and continued her education until she received her master's degree from George Washington University.
Ray and Rayola lived over 50 years in Vienna, Va., where Rayola taught school in Fairfax County for several years. They and their son, Randy, traveled extensively with Ray's work. They also spent a lot of time working together on crafts, construction and woodworking projects.
Randy and his family live in Virginia, where they carry on the family construction business.
Ray and Rayola were officiators at the Washington D.C. LDS Temple and loved their many friends and neighbors in Vienna, Va.
When Ray passed away, Rayola returned to Idaho, where she has extended family. She became an officiator at the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, which she loved to do. Her final days were spent crocheting items for the Humanitarian Center and serving others.
She is survived by her son, Randy (Sharon) Soderquist of Locust Dale, Va.; grandchildren, J Julie Rae (John) Cannon of Albany, N.Y., Daniel Soderquist of Virginia, Katie (Richie) Clarke of Arkansas and Marlie Soderquist of Locust Dale, Va.; six great-grandchildren; sister, Marvetta Soderquist of Idaho Falls; brother, Morgan Plant of Meridian; sister-in-law, Irene Larsen of Ammon; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Merlin; her husband, Ray; and two infant sons.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.