Carmen Ard

Carmen Barbara West Ard, 78, of Rexburg, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, surrounded by her family after a long 29-year struggle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 25, 1933, in Lindon, Utah, to Merna Davenport West DeSpain and Ross Charles West.

Her mother brought her and her brother back to Idaho when she was one-and-a-half years old. They lived with her grandmother in Heman, Idaho, until she was 9. Due to illness, the doctor recommended a warmer climate, so Carmen and her mother moved to Arizona for a year. They returned to Idaho after that for one year, and then moved to Utah while her mother finished college at Brigham Young University. Upon her mother completing school, they returned to Idaho, where Carmen started high school. She attended high school at South Fremont and Sugar-Salem and graduated from Rigby High School in 1953.

While living in Sugar City, she met her eternal sweetheart, Ted Lorraine Ard, on a blind date on New Year's Eve 1950. She was only 17. Ted left for the service 28 days later during the Korean War. They were married Sept. 29, 1954, in Rexburg. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple on July 2, 1964.

Carmen and Ted made their home in Rexburg, where Ted owned and operated the Phillips 66 service station and bulk plant for 40 years. They had two children, Kendra and Neal.

Carmen enjoyed being a homemaker. She was incredibly talented at many things. Her flower and vegetable gardens were beautiful and were known and enjoyed by many people. She also enjoyed cooking and was very good at it. She was very artistic. She arranged beautiful flowers for her home and others. She was known as a great mother and grandmother to the neighborhood children. Carmen had a beautiful voice and sang all over the valley when she was younger. At one point she was offered a career in opera, but she turned it down, as she preferred to stay with her sweetheart.

Carmen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as camp director, Sunday school secretary, Primary secretary and visiting teacher. She was an outstanding Primary teacher for many years. She truly enjoyed teaching the children.

She is survived by her sweetheart, Ted; children, Kendra (Brian) Moncur and Neal (Denise) Ard; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence N. DeSpain and Merna D. DeSpain, and her brother, Robert.

She was under the care of Rexburg Home Health and Hospice. A special "thank you" to Laurie Jaramillo for her loving care and to Dr. Zollinger for his care over the last 31 years.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Rexburg 11th LDS Ward Chapel, 590 Summerwood. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery.

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Published by Post Register on Nov. 27, 2011.
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Dear Ted and family - So sorry for your loss. Thanks for all the fun times when I was at Ricks. It was great to have you there. I didn't feel so alone. Love always Leiane Ingersoll Nelson and family
Leiane Nelson
December 10, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss, Ted. You are in our hearts and prayers. All our love, Arie and Tammy Camphouse
December 5, 2011
Ted, We wish to send our condolences for your loss. You and Carmen have been a special part of our lives for so very many years. Thank you for all you have done for our family through the years.
Wayne & Judy Goodsell
December 2, 2011
Sorry for your lost.from the Hollist Family
Terry Hollist
November 30, 2011
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