LaZell DeMill Williams


Malad, Idaho…LaZell DeMill Williams, 86, longtime Malad Valley resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, surrounded by family in a home she loved dearly. LaZell was born on November 26th, 1929, in Ephraim, Utah, a daughter of Floyd Monroe and Fern Bjerrgaard DeMill. She was raised and educated in Ephraim and was a graduate of Ephraim High School, class of 1947. She loved to dance and often talked about the open-air dance hall at Palisades by Manti, Utah. She married Daniel Cleve Williams on March 1st, 1947, in Ephraim, Utah. They spent their first year in Ephraim then moved to Malad. Dan soon found employment with Eddy’s bakery, and they moved their small family to Pocatello. They later returned to Malad so Dan could help his ailing father on the family ranch. LaZell found employment at Horsley Grocery and later at Jack Evans’ grocery. LaZell also worked at both the First Bank and Trust of Idaho and at J N Ireland Bank. She greatly enjoyed her employment and the many friends she made at work and in her interactions with the community. LaZell was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and she and Dan were sealed for time and all eternity on October 15th, 1989, in the Logan Temple. LaZell was an active member of the Malad Third Ward for many years, and she cherished the wonderful friendships she enjoyed there. LaZell was very family oriented, and she loved spending time with her boys, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved spending time with her siblings and their families as well as spending time with her in-laws and their families. LaZell was a kind, patient, caring and compassionate person and has often been described as being a “classy” individual by her friends and those who knew her well. LaZell is survived by her four sons: Dan Jr. (Susan) Williams of Malad, Idaho, Terry (Sharon) Williams of Pocatello, Idaho, Kevin (Bonnie) Williams of Orem, Utah, and John Williams of Malad, Idaho; 16 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way, a brother Mark (Carol) DeMill of Sandy, Utah. LaZell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dan, two brothers, Lear and Perry “Bus” DeMill, and two sisters, Mary Lowry and Nadine Thorpe. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 12:00 noon at the Malad LDS 3rd Ward building, 400 N. 200 W. in Malad, Idaho. Friends may visit with the family at the Horsley Funeral Home on Friday, February 12th, from 6-8 PM and on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 AM prior to services. Burial will follow in the Malad City Cemetery.

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