Valoy Budge Smith

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Malad…Valoy Budge Smith, 90, passed away on June 19th [2019] in Maple Springs Care Center in Brigham City, Utah, surrounded by family. Valoy died of natural causes. Valoy was born on Jan. 8th, 1929, in Malad, Idaho, to Lawrence Rushton Jr. and Blanch Budge where she was raised and educated. She graduated from Malad High school where she served as a student body officer as Head Cheerleader her Senior year. After high school she attended Brigham Young University before moving back to Malad. Valoy spent many hours of her life working with her Dad in his beekeeping business and spoke often about those days to the very end. Valoy was employed at a local grocery store run by Stephen L. Smith in her late teens. She soon married S.L.’s nephew, Reed M Smith from Holbrook, Idaho, in the Salt Lake City Temple on Sept. 12, 1949, after Reed returned home from his mission to Canada. The couple moved to Holbrook, Idaho, where Valoy worked in her in-law’s grocery store and for the postal service inside the store. The couple moved to Malad about 5 years later where they lived out the rest of their lives except for a brief time when they lived in southern California and the 8 months Valoy was in a care center. Reed started a company in Malad called the Magic Gas Company that Valoy worked at in the early years right after their move from Holbrook. Valoy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings, the last of which was as a missionary with Reed over the southeastern Idaho, northern Utah area mission working as an Addiction Recovery missionary. She was also very active in the community. Valoy volunteered for several events sponsored by the American Legion Ernest W. Jones Post #65. Her favorite volunteer position was when she was asked to be a councilor at Girl’s State for the State of Idaho in Nampa several years in a row. She became “mom” to the many girls that she lived with during that week and kept in touch with many of them for years afterwards. She was a member of the Malad Community Choir. She loved to sing and she loved performing with the choir around the community. Her family loved to hear her sing to the the very end of her wonderful life. She was an excellent cook, baker and immaculate housekeeper who welcomed everyone anytime of the day or night into her home. Therefore many people were continually drawn to her table where wonderful food, stories, laughter and love were shared and the best memories were made. Reed and Valoy enjoyed entertaining and you always had a place to lay your head if needed when you were in Malad. They made a perfect team in so many ways. Reed and Valoy had 5 children. Valoy was blessed to be reunited with her sweetheart, Reed, just a couple of months after his passing. Valoy is preceeded in death by her brothers Grant J. and Larry J. Budge. She is survived by her children: Cindy (Jim) Bergen of South Ogden, Utah; Mike (Shauna) Smith of Glendora, California; Nancy (Jeff) Lewis of Hamilton, Montana; Ann Burt of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Fred (Gwen) Smith of Rancho Cucamonga, California. Valoy is also survived by siblings: sisters, Iva Lou Moon, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Barbara Howell (Glade) of North Ogden Utah; sister-in-law Cherrel Budge (wife of Larry J. Budge, Sr.) of Harlowton, Montana and brothers, Lowell J. Budge of Malad, Idaho; Vern J. Budge (Sherry) of Providence, Utah; Wayne J. Budge (Karen) of Logan, Utah; Ronald J. Budge (Rozie) of Gresham, Oregon. Reed and Valoy have 22 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held Friday, June 28th, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Horsley Funeral Home in Malad, and on Saturday, June 29th, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held immediately following the viewing at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3rd Ward building that is located at 400 N. 200 W. Condolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.

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