Margaret Roper, 77

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Margaret Dora Farnlund Roper, 77, of Bountiful, Utah, formerly of Mountain Home, died on June 24, 2005, after life-long battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home Idaho.

She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Mountain Home, to August Theodore and Clara Pearl Davis Farnlund.

Margaret met her husband, Jack, during WWII and they were married on Christmas Day 1942.

In 1955 two missionaries taught them the gospel, and they joined the LDS church and were sealed for all eternity in the St. George, Utah LDS temple on April 20, 1956.

An active member of the LDS church all of her adult life, Margaret worked and retired from the LDS Church Genealogical Library. Throughout her life her main church callings involved teaching others how to search out their own family history. She has also served in many other capacities including that of Relief Society president and homemaking director.

"Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her husband, home and family, for she was a homemaker above all else," her family said. " An accomplished seamstress, she always made the grandchildren their Christmas jammies. She was a wonderful cook and made the best birthday cakes and dinners, and she crocheted beautifully and adorned her home and those of others with beautiful afghans and doilies. Always patient and gentle, she took the time to teach those she loved to make candy and crochet and all the other homemaking talents at which she was so gifted."

She is survived by: a son, Thomas Roper of Farmington, Utah and the Philippines; a daughter, Lynda Hobson of Bountiful; four grandsons, one granddaughter Heidi (Charley) Duncan of Centerville, and nine great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Mildred (Wendell) Waldon of Corvallis, Ore., Elva Vogt, Alice Willis, Violet (Morris) Smart, Herbert (Marlene) Farnlund, abd Irene (Alan) Missman, all of the Boise area, and Harold (Margaret) Farnlund of Pocatello, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Odis Mason (Jack) Roper, who died in January of 2001, and their oldest son, Jack Odis, who died in 1959 at age 15, and her parents.

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