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Mardene Mae Longmore Gough

1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mardene Mae Longmore Gough Obituary
Mardene Mae Longmore Gough, 88, passed peacefully from this life even as she lived peacefully in this life, Saturday January 6, 2018 of causes incident to age, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Moreland, Idaho September 3, 1929 to Lester and Estella Anderson Longmore, the oldest of 8 children and grew up during the harsh, challenging days of the great depression of the 1930's and World War II. Mardene was a 2nd mother to all the younger children, loving them and setting a great example of kindness, courage, and integrity. 
She was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot, Idaho, except for 3 of her early years in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduating from Blackfoot High School in 1948. She married Don Gough October 28, 1948 and they were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He passed away in 1976.
She is survived by a daughter Kathy (Steve) Martin, and a son, Mark (Susan) Gough, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild all of whom loved and cherished their mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Estella Longmore, sisters Vonda Longmore Fisher and Diane Longmore Parkinson, and Gary DeGuilio, son in law.
Mardene had a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and took great joy in serving faithfully as Ward Relief Society President, Junior Sunday School Coordinator, Stake Relief Society Presidency, and many other leadership and teaching callings. She cherished her service in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple attending frequently for nearly 70 years.
Hers was a life of love and service rejoicing in the success of others. She treasured the blessing of being a friend to all, always lifting and sharing the burden of those who were hurting, sick, or lonely with a smile and strong optimism.
Mardene was a very bright light in the lives of all of her family and countless others. Her most prized hours were those she enjoyed with her family. They were everything to her and she spent her life working in their behalf giving her last full measure as she served them all in her final days to the very end.
She had a beautiful singing voice. She enjoyed church and school choirs and had a song in her heart always. Mardene was a very warm, beautiful, classy lady.
She worked a number of years for Bell Telephone Company as a "number please" switch board operator and later for Jones Appliance. She then performed exemplary service and earned the love and respect of associates as Deputy Auditor for Bingham County for 29 years.
In the evening after a hard day's work and on Saturdays she could be found enjoying her beautiful yard which she lovingly brought to life each spring and summer in a stunning garden of flowers. Short months ago, as long as the weather permitted, she could still be found with her walker relishing in the joy of beautifying her yard and home. Going into her tidy home was always a pleasure with the many things that were hand made by Mardene. She loved crocheting, needlepoint, textiles etc which became treasured gifts to family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 13 at the 4th Ward LDS church at 520 North Shilling. Family will meet with friends and relatives on Friday January 12 from 6pm-8pm at Hawker Funeral Home 132 South Shilling in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Concluding services will be held at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 10, 2018
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