Elizabeth Ann Oldroyd Bossard, 71, of Rexburg, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
She was born April 25, 1943, in Richfield, Utah, to Glenys Carling Oldroyd and Milan Todd Oldroyd. She graduated from Richfield High School and received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.
Elizabeth married Alan Sterling Bossard on June 29, 1962, in the Manti LDS Temple. They had five children: Stephanie, Wendy, Todd, Angela and Melissa. She has 20 grandchildren.
Elizabeth was active as a youth, participating in everything from Girl Scouts to barrel racing. At the age of 18, she won the Richfield Goddess of Liberty crown and represented her community in the Miss Utah pageant.
Elizabeth was an accomplished singer. She debuted at the age of 5 years old, when she was featured singing "Everywhere You Go" on the radio. She loved the spotlight of the stage and filled the air with her melodious tunes. She sang in theaters, churches, classrooms, airports, hospitals and grocery stores.
Elizabeth was a builder of people and teacher of many. She won awards as a Tupperware dealer with her humor and infectious smile. She was beloved as she taught everyone from nursery children to widows—and all the sisters in her Relief Society. She loved and supported her husband, children and grandchildren in their educational and professional goals.
College students were her specialty. She transformed the less confident into the dynamic. She built their self-esteem as she developed their vocal proficiency. Her office was a haven for students to come for comfort as well as clarity. She taught belting and believing, speaking and "spocking," the gospel and gratitude. She always taught the "Power of One."
Elizabeth was incredibly generous with her time, money, talents and music. No one left her home, office or classroom emptyhanded, whether it was with music, chocolate, a bear, a pebble, a book, a tape or CD, a quote, a story or a hug. She always sent a part of her heart.
Surviving are her children, Stephanie (Doug) Bradshaw of Rexburg, Wendy (Breck) Rushton of Logan, Utah, Todd (Kimberly) Bossard of Ashton, Angela (Russell) Rydalch of Rexburg and Melissa (Henry) Parra of West Jordan, Utah; her sister, Julie (Dave Moky) Christensen of Richfield, Utah; 11 grandsons; nine granddaughters; and four nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, at the Rexburg Stake Center, 845 W. Seventh South, with Bishop Robert Tietjen officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the stake center. Interment will be in Sutton Cemetery.
The family suggests donations to the Elizabeth Bossard Memorial Fund at Beehive Federal Credit Union for the Dando Amor Foundation and the Four Paws Adoption Center Inc., two nonprofit organizations that Elizabeth loved.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.flammfh.com.