Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 26, 2013
Vernelda Washburn

Obit Vernelda WashburnVernelda Hatch Washburn, 95, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2013 in Tooele. She was born July 10, 1918 to Andrew Vernaldo and Elnora Kistena Olsen Hatch in Koosharem, Utah. She married the love of her life, Forest Merrill Washburn, Oct. 10, 1941 in the Manti LDS Temple. He preceded her in death in 1998. Vernelda was always an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions, including teaching in the auxiliaries, Primary counselor and president, and Relief Society secretary, counselor, and president. She was a faithful visiting teacher throughout her life. She also served two missions with her husband, in Baton Rouge, La., and in Singapore/India. Her life was centered on Jesus Christ and she spent her time in serving others. She honored her heritage by serving as a Daughter of Utah Pioneers for many years. She enjoyed reading good books, doing puzzles, and weeding her yard. She loved writing verse and has put some of her most treasured thoughts into poems, leaving a great legacy for her posterity. Spending time with her family was her greatest joy. She is survived by her children: Coralie (Ike) Lougy, Leora (Bob) Silver, Merrill (Sharla) Washburn, Janice (Doug) Schmidt, Evelyn (Bill) Strode; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Leila Oldroyd and Vivian Mitchell, and brother Glen B. Hatch. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a grandson Brad Forest Schmidt; and two brothers, Conrad V. Hatch and Delray O. Hatch. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 27 at noon in the Monroe LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 49 E. 200 North, where friends may call from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Burial in the Monroe Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

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