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Obituary for Veda Speas Howard

Veda May (Speas) Howard, 91, of Fruitland, passed away Nov. 4, 2015 at the family home in rural Fruitland. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6th at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fruitland with a viewing from 9-9:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth. Condolences may be made to Veda’s family at Veda was born Aug. 5, 1924 at the family home in Woodville, ID to Robert and Ethel (Hurst) Speas; fourth child, second daughter. She grew up in Woodville, graduating from Shelley High School in 1942. After graduation she worked at the LDS Hospital in Idaho Falls until old enough to join the Navy Waves during World War II. While in the Navy she met the love of her life, LeRoy Howard. They were married on May 15, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple, happily married for 68 years. Roy passed away in July 2014. Veda and Roy moved to Fruitland in 1950 from Ola, ID to start a dairy farm. She worked on the farm milking cows, driving tractor and raising a big garden. Veda loved making bread and won several ribbons at the county fair. She also loved sewing and making quilts. Veda was an active member of the LDS Church serving in many positions. Her greatest love was the 12 years she served with Roy in the Boise Temple. Veda is survived by her children, Robert (Audrey) of Pasco, WA; Barbara (Tom) Kenison of Alamosa, CO; David (Ruth) of Kuna, ID; Darlene (Steve) Mecham of Nibley, UT; and Kent ((Teesy) of Fruitland, ID; sister, Maxine Barker of Ontario, OR; brothers, Dennis Speas of Basalt, ID and Rex Speas of Idaho Falls, ID. In addition she is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 71 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, three sisters, and one grandson. We will dearly miss her but know she is united with her eternal companion again. We want to add a special thanks to Katie Mahler, and the staff at Heart ‘n Home Hospice, especially Trina, and the nurses, for their love and care of our beloved mother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Missionary Fund, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, PO Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.