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VELMA ARDUS GREENE AUSTIN Velma Ardus Greene Austin, passed on at her home, July 22, 2017, in Richland, WA. after a long life of 100 yrs. +8 mo. She was born November 5, 1916, in Tridell, Utah, to William "T" and Mary Ann (Howard) Greene. She was the youngest of seven children; Forrest, Lawrence, Mary, Dora, Ethelyn, and Ray. Her parents were the first settlers in that area of the Uintah Basin. Her father was a rancher and the sheriff there. At some time before she turned six years of age, the family moved to Salt Lake City where they had 3 or 4 acres. Her family made their living with a huge chicken farm. They also had an orchard and grew lots of their own food. She graduated from Granite High School where she met her future husband, Theron George Austin. She worked at the Hotel Utah as an elevator operator and then later at Kress Department Store. On December 7, 1939, she married Theron. Two years later on their wedding anniversary, she heard on the radio that war was declared. She immediately went to work for Remington Arms to support the war effort. Theron was already working there as a security guard. In 1943, they moved to Hanford after the U.S. government posted a notice for workers needed for a secret government project. They lived in separate barracks at Camp Hanford and worked on the site. After working there for a time, they returned to Salt Lake City. In 1945 Theron returned to Hanford and Ardus joined him in early 1946 after the birth of their twin daughters, Thairyl and Shairyl. Later, about 1955, Ardus went to work for the General Electric Company at Hanford for a few years. Theron passed away on August 6, 1982. She lived the rest of her life with her daughter, Thairyl. Ardus was an extremely giving and selfless mother and wife and always put her family first. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She loved flowers, gardening, animals, cooking, and being a homemaker. She was a life-long and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was also a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She will always be immeasurably loved, remembered, and missed but we know we will all be reunited in time through Jesus Christ. She is survived by her daughter Thairyl Austin and Thairyl's daughter Shairylann (Jared) Lisonbee and grandchildren Gabriel, Syrenna, and Tessanya; and by her other daughter Shairyl (John) Dearing and their son Jason (Ally) Dearing and grandchildren Jacob Johannesen Jorge, Aurora, and Lucas; and by their other son, David Dearing. Ardus is preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, and her husband. A viewing will be held, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 9:00 to 9:45, followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 1720 Thayer Dr., Richland, WA. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA.
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 30, 2017