News Item: Obituary for Maurine O. Homer (9/27/2009)
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Maurine O. Homer
Idaho Falls Post-Register
September 30, 2009
Cleo Maurine Olsen Homer, 84, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died Sept. 27, 2009, at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls, of causes incident to age. Her loving husband, Gareth, was at her side at the time of her death, as he had been every day since she moved to Life Care Center more than three years ago.
Maurine was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Sylvan Olson and Mary Hannah (Mae) Green Olson. She grew up and attended schools in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1942.
Maurine was married to her high school sweetheart and eternal companion, Gareth B. Homer, on Oct. 4, 1945, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary. She was an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple and served for three years at her husband's side when they presided over the Michigan Dearborn Mission of the LDS church from 1986 to 1989.
She was a famed and excellent cook and seamstress. She enjoyed all aspects of homemaking. She particularly loved gardening and dedicated hundreds of hours to preparing large scrapbooks of family activities and photographs. She was known, above all, for her compassion and empathy, particularly for those from humble economic circumstances -- a reflection of her own humble upbringing.
Survivors include her husband, Gareth B. Homer of Idaho Falls; children, Stephen G. (Cyndee) Homer and David R. (Diane) Homer, both of West Jordan, Utah, Craig M. Homer of Clearfield, Utah, Kevin B. (Trish) Homer of Idaho Falls, Wendy Maurine (Brad) Homer Jones of Farmington, Utah, and Marc J. (Kathleen) Homer of Hibbard; and brother, Robert L. Olson of Paradise, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elayne O. Nicholls; and four brothers, Veryl R. Olson, Dale Olson, Hartley Olson and Ralph Olson.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the 14th LDS Ward, 651 Gladstone in Idaho Falls, with her son, Bishop David R. Homer, officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. in Idaho Falls, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Primary Children's Hospital, Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, 100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive, P.O. Box 58249 Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0249.
The family also suggests that in lieu of flowers, you visit any old person in any nursing home, anywhere, any time.
Published in Post Register on September 30, 2009
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