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Obituaries 5-8-2013

Phyllis Holmgren Wood

March 18, 1911 – May 5, 2013


Our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Phyllis Holmgren Wood, 102, passed away peacefully May, 5, 2013, with her family by her side, at the home of her daughter.

Phyllis was born March 18, 1911, to David and Hilda Holmgren in Bear River City, Utah.  She was the fourth of nine children.  The Holmgren family moved from their home in Bear River City to Tremonton, Utah, in 1918.

Phyllis attended school in Tremonton and graduated from Bear River High School.  She attended Utah State University and Weber College, and graduated from Weber Cosmetology School.  Phyllis operated a beauty salon out of her home in Garland for 37 years.

Phyllis married James Wood April 14, 1942.  Jim passed away June 10, 1992.  They had three sons, Rick Soderquist, Kent Soderquist, Jimmy Wood, and a daughter Pam Christensen.

Phyllis was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  When her children were young, she was active in Cub Scouts, PTA, Primary, and being a Relief Society Visiting Teacher for 53 years.

In 2003, Mom moved to Ammon, Idaho, to live with her daughter.

In 2009, Mom was sealed to Dad in the Idaho Falls Temple.

After Mom and Dad’s retirement, they became Snowbirds for 17 years.  They traveled to Canada, Mexico, Arizona, and surrounding states, where they met with relatives and many new friends.  What an exciting time they had.  Mom was very talented in stitching needlepoint pictures, oil painting and crocheting, which she gave lovingly to family and friends.

In the last 10 years, you could always find Mom stitching; she completed 134 needlepoint pictures while living with her daughter.   Mom was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved her family above all else.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Rick (Aloha) Soderquist, Reidsville, North Caroline, Kent (Kay) Soderquist, Logan, Utah, and Pam Christensen, Ammon, Idaho and a brother Lyle (Fee) Holmgren, Smithfield, Utah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Jimmy, three brothers, Daryl Holmgren, Wayne Holmgren and Warren Holmgren; and four sisters, Floy Holmgren, Winifred Stoddard, Ethel Stanger and DeEsta Sampson.

Mom, you are never far from thought and will always be in our hearts.  We love you.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m., at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home, 111 N. 100 E., Tremonton. The Family will visit with relatives and friends for one hour prior to services.  Burial will be in Bear River City Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared at www.rogersandtaylor.com



Burton Phelps Huish


Burton Phelps Huish, 80, of Twin Falls, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, on the 59th wedding anniversary for he and his beloved wife Gloria. He was born July 9, 1932 in Tremonton, Utah, to Sterling and Fern Tingey.

Burt graduated from Bear River High School in 1950. He was active in athletics, acapella choir, and was senior class president. Shortly after graduating from high school, he served in the Korean War in the Army National Guard.

He married Gloria Stenquist on April 30, 1954 in the LDS Logan Temple. He & Gloria lived in Salt Lake City where he began his 12 year career with JC Penney’s. In 1965 they moved to Twin Falls where began selling insurance for the next 35 years. Burt was an active volunteer in Magic Valley serving in the Lions Club, Red Cross, and Dilettantes.

He was a member of the LDS church where he served in many leadership callings. He was an avid sports fan, BYU, LA Dodgers and Utah Jazz. He also loved to play golf and enjoyed his hobby with model railroad trains.

Burt’s greatest love was music. He began singing when he was 4 years old and sang his last song in February, just two months before his passing. He started the Barbershop quartet chorus in Twin Falls and later served as the International President of SPEBSQSA. As a hobby, he sang the National Anthem for colleges, major league baseball & MBA audiences around the country. He was emcee and sang for Miss Twin Falls pageants, sang for the city band concerts, & various events in Magic Valley.

Burt is survived by his wife Gloria, children, Janette (Pack), Nancy (Schultz), and Kevin, 9 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister and son in-law.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Stake Center, 2085 S. Temple in Twin Falls. A viewing will be held Sunday, May 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Rd, in Twin Falls and again from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will follow the services in Bear River City, Utah on Monday, May 5, 2013 at 4:00 P.M.

His family would like to thank the staff at St Luke’s and Bridgeview as well as many friends for their kind & loving care.

Those who wish may share memories and condolences at www.magicvalleyfuneralhome.net. Arrangements are under the loving care of Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home of Twin Falls.


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