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Berniece W. Murdock


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Berniece W. Murdock Obituary
Berniece W. Murdock, who was 96 years young, passed away Thursday March 15, 2018 at EIRMC in Idaho Falls, ID following a sudden stroke.
Berniece was born August 30, 1921 in Leslie, Idaho to Lucius Burr Whiting and Pearl Johnson Whiting. She was the 6th of 10 children and the last to return to her Heavenly home. She was a lifetime resident of Blackfoot and attended school in Wapello, at Thomas High School and then graduated from Moreland High School.
She married her eternal companion and love of her life, Orvil Lewis Murdock, on August 30, 1940 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they raised 10 children in the Thomas area west of Blackfoot. She was a wonderful, caring mother, grandmother to 52 grandchildren, great-grandmother to over 100 great grandchildren and had many great, great grandchildren. Her family was the most important thing to her and she made every effort to be at all their important events, especially blessings, baptisms and weddings.
Berniece was a faithful and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the Primary for many years, as a Relief Society President and as a temple worker. She and Orvil served a mission together in Coventry, England and they made lifelong friends that she continued to keep in touch with throughout her life. She loved attending the temple and rode the bus to the temple each month to either the Idaho Falls or Rexburg temple.
In her free time, Berniece enjoyed quilting, writing poetry, drawing and painting. Over the years she made countless quilts and all of her children, most of her grandchildren and many of her great grandchildren have received the blessing of one of her quilts as a gift. She made and gave them selflessly during her entire lifetime. She was a talented poet, although she would never admit it, and she would write meaningful and funny poems that will be cherished by her family and friends for years to come.
She was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and volunteered for many years in the Farm Bureau. Every year you could find her at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in the Farm Bureau booth with her "potato people" and other contest entries. Everyone enjoyed seeing her and she loved to share her talents with the community. She was always giving service and even at 96 years old she would often offer to help others. She had a positive attitude and an infectious laugh and cute sense of humor. She enjoyed every day on this earth to the fullest. Her life and talents have touched many and she set an example of selfless love to everyone that had the privilege of knowing her. She was, and always will be, a woman of faith who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. She was a woman that knew who she was and loved unconditionally.
Berniece was preceded in death by her husband, Orvil; her parents, Lucius and Pearl Whiting; her daughters, Shirley (Bruce) Adams and Luanna Jockumsen (married to Bob Jockumsen); her son-in-law, Chad Blackburn, and her brothers and sisters, Lutie Whiting, Othea Mecham, Earl Whiting, Mozelle Hodson, Evalene Whiting, Jesse Whiting, Roy Whiting, Edna Young and Anna Mae Robinson.
She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Ray) Dawson Speters of Salt Lake City, Wanda (Tim) Webb of Blackfoot, Jerry (Tina) Murdock of Monticello, UT, Marlene Blackburn of Rexburg, Merna (Richard) Marler of Rigby, Kent (Sheila) Murdock of Ammon, Lanette (Lyle) Hansen of Blackfoot, and Darwin Murdock of Blackfoot.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Blackfoot West Stake Center, 101 N. 900 W., Blackfoot, Idaho. Family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the Stake Center. Internment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 20, 2018
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