Wilma Jean Andersen Boltz, 89, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Bountiful, Utah, surrounded by family members.
She was born Jan. 1, 1925, to Seren David Andersen and Artemissia Hall in Annis, Idaho. She graduated from Midway High School at the top of her class; after graduation, she moved to Bakersfield, Calif., with her friends to work during WWII.
She returned to Idaho Falls, where she met her future husband, Luke John Boltz. They eloped to Elko, Nev., and were married Feb. 2, 1947. From that marriage came four children. They lived in Idaho Falls, mostly at 620 Ninth St., a home they built together. Luke died suddenly just before Christmas 1979, and left her a widow, and she never remarried.
She was a homemaker for 20 years before returning to work. She began working at a dry cleaner and retired as a unit clerk at Intermountain Healthcare in Idaho Falls.
Wilma was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time of her death. She served as a visiting teacher, Primary secretary, and Cub Scout leader. Once she retired, she served several missions in the Family History Center in Idaho Falls. She also served in the Youth Center in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Wilma was multitalented. While the girls were growing up, she made all of their clothes. She loved to crochet, write stories, work on genealogy, counted cross-stitch, crafts and oil painting. After purchasing her first computer, she became a computer whiz, wowing her grandchildren by being on Facebook, sharing pictures, sending emails to her grandchildren and doing genealogy. She even bought a second computer because her first one wore out and she wanted a faster one with a bigger screen.
She lived for some time with Kevin and Helen, five years with Joanne and Darrel, periodic stints with Lou Jean and Lonnie, and the last three years with John and LaWane. She had incredible friendships with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, truly a blessing in her life.
She is survived by her children, Lou Jean (Lonnie) Hales of Hinckley, Utah, Kevin (Helen) Boltz of Mesa, Ariz., Joanne (Darrel) Hammon of Springville, Utah, and John (LaWane) Boltz of Bountiful, Utah, 17 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Her parents, her husband and all three brothers, David, Hugh and Demar Andersen, preceded her in death.
The family expresses their gratitude to Dignity Home Health, especially Jenna and Liz, for their excellent care of Wilma.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17m at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints North Canyon 7th Ward, 3350 S. 100 East in Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Annis-Little Butte Cemetery in Annis, Idaho, where she will be interred.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.