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Velma Jean Wells Boothe was born in Oakley, Idaho on May 20, 1929. She was the first of three children born to Harold Gilbert Wells and Alice Mae Wells.
Velma grew up in a small, tight-knit farming community in southern Idaho. She learned hard work with a cheerful spirit from her dear mother. Life on the farm taught him to appreciate the simple joys of working as a family side by side. Velma attended school in Oakley and was always a good student. She loved learning and growing and was learning all her life. She treasured her friendships and enjoyed being a part of life in a wonderful small town.
Above all, she was kind through and through. She spoke kindly, acted kindly, and lived kindly and gracefully. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. His testimony shone in its goodness. She loved music of all kinds and fostered this love in her children and grandchildren. Her legacy is in her posterity, the love and kindness she embodied, and the music she loved and shared.
Velma married Wayne R. Boothe in the Idaho Falls Temple on August 9, 1949. She began and ended her career in public education teaching 3rd and 4th grades for one year in Pleasant Plains, Idaho, before starting her role as a mother of 7 children. , 40 grandchildren and 116 great-grandchildren.
Over the years, she has served as stake theater director, elementary and Sunday school chorister, Relief Society and Young Women counselor, Primary and Young Women president, YW counselor , Primary and Relief Society teacher, stake family history committee member, Cub leader and Bishop’s Spouse. She and Wayne served as ward missionaries, stake missionaries, humanitarian service missionaries, special needs missionaries, CSE missionaries, and full-time CSE missionaries in the Texas Mission, Edinburgh, with responsibility for the Institute of Pan America University in McAllen, Texas.
Since her husband’s death in July 2018, Velma had been living with her eldest daughter and her husband, Karen and Terry Foster, of Orem. She loved being so close to her family! Karen and Terry provided a loving environment where she had many fun adventures. Her friend, Becky Doxey, has been helping mom develop her arts and crafts skills for the past two years. As of 2021, Velma moved to Hearthstone Manor in Spanish Fork where she found many new friends. Her family express their thanks to the wonderful staff at Hearthstone Manor who loved and cared for her during the last months of her life.
Velma died on March 21, 2022 in Spanish Fork, Utah. As a daughter, sister, friend, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is loved and cherished.
Velma is survived by her children, Randy (Susan) of Spanish Fork, Steve (Karen) of Salem, Karen Foster (Terry) of Orem, Layne (Noelle) of Herriman, Dallan (Kamille) of Mapleton, Marcie Jenkins (John ) of Harrisville, and her daughter-in-law, LouElla Boothe, 40 grandchildren and 116 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne, parents, stepfather, Leo Hobdey, one sister, Betty LuDean Prentice, one brother, William Howard Wells, one son, Michael Clark Boothe (Lou Ella) one son-in-law . , Ron Breinholt, a grandson, Joshua Boothe, and a great-granddaughter, Cadence Gonzales.
Velma Jean Wells Boothe’s funeral will be held Monday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at Aspen Meadows Chapel located at 1661 South 1400 East, Spanish Fork. A visit is scheduled for Monday morning at the chapel from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Spanish Fork City Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.walkermemorials.com