Gwena A. Willie


In Loving Memory of
Gwena A. Willie
Born April 10, 1928 Hyrum, Utah
Passed Away June 26, 2009 Malad, Idaho

Gwena A. Willie, 81, of Malad, Idaho, passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Oneida County Hospital. She was born April 10, 1928 in Hyrum Utah, a daughter of Eugene Delos and Juliet Josephine Albretsen Andersen. She was raised and educated in Hyrum, Utah. She was a member of the LDS Church.

On September 11, 1948, she married James B. Willie in Elko, Nevada. They were later sealed in the Logan Temple. Following their marriage, they lived in Hyrum, Utah during the winters and on the family homestead in Arbon Valley, Idaho during the summers. In 1969, they remodeled the farmhouse and began living there year round.

Gwena enjoyed working on the farm side by side with the love of her life. Together they taught their children and grandchild to love the farm and the importance of family. Her hobbies included gardening, snowmobiling, horseback riding, bird watching, cooking and playing cards. Gwena’s hospitality was known to everyone who had the opportunity to visit her home. The greatest joy of her life was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Don (Nancy) Willie of Logan, Utah; Bill (Karla) Miles of Bellville, Ohio; Debra Derrick of West Jordan, Utah; Susan (Eric) Leavitt, Malad, Idaho; Leisa (Clayne) Gibbs of Springville, Utah; Sondra (Marvin) Ekstrom, Malad, Idaho; brother Boyd (Virginia) Andersen, Bountiful, Utah; brother Douglas (Janet) Andersen, Park City, Utah; Sister-in-law Rose Andersen, Hyrum, Utah; Sister-in-law Sharon Willie, Hyrum, Utah; brother-in-law Kay Cook, Cokeville, Wyoming; brother-in-law Leon Terry, Roseville, California; 50 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two brothers, Delos Junior and Melvin Andersen, brother-in-law Reed Willie and sisters-in-law Beatrice Cook and Vera Terry.

Funeral Services will be held Monday June 29, 2009, at 12 noon, in The Malad 6th Ward Chapel 400 North 200 West, in Malad, Idaho. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday evening from 6 – 8 pm. at The Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W 300 N, and again on Monday from 10:30 – 11:30 am prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Malad Cemetery.

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