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Our sweet mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Ira Lu Hyer Stoddard, has returned to the loving arms of her eternal companion and many family members including her son. Lu passed away peacefully on January 6, 2023, at the age of 94.
She was born May 29, 1928, to Ira and VaLeria Leavitt Hyer in Lewiston, Utah. Lu loved growing up on the family farm and especially her relationship with her siblings and many Hyer cousins. Six weeks after graduating from North Cache high school, Lu married her sweetheart Dan Warren Stoddard on July 10, 1947, in the Logan LDS Temple.
She supported Dan as his career took them to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Colorado Springs, Colorado where many long-lasting friendships were made. In 1984 Dan retired and they returned to Logan UT. To be closer to family, they moved to their final home in Layton, UT where she has resided for the past 28 years.
Lu was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in 18 different presidencies. One of her favorite callings was when she was 70 years old and served as a Young Women’s advisor. She cherished the time that she was able to serve an LDS mission with her husband in the Florida Fort Lauderdale mission and as an ordinance worker in the Logan Temple. After her husband passed away, she served as a guest service missionary at the Conference Center. Mom had a great love of the scriptures, and it was very important to her to make sure she had them read every day before 11:00 AM.
Mom’s greatest joy in life came when she and Dad were able to adopt three children. They waited 7 long years before their son Ralph was born, and 13 months later their daughter, Linda. They then waited another 10 years before their daughter Becky was born. Mom was lucky enough to be able to be a homemaker and the greatest mom for her children as they grew in life.
She had a great love for the Utah Jazz, cheating at cards (or any game for that matter), dancing to Lawrence Welk, teasing her grandchildren, and making friends with anyone who came in contact with her. She will truly be irreplaceable.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Tom) Worthington, Becky (Larry) Hunsaker, 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Colleen Hyer and brother-in-law, Sheridan Hansen.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Ralph Stoddard, grandson, Jacob Hunsaker and great granddaughter Hope Hunsaker. Also, by her siblings; Lydia Comish, Rosalie Spackman, Annette Hansen, Wendell Hyer, Larry Hyer, and Andrew “Pug” Hyer.
Our family is eternally grateful for the tender loving care provided by the many nurses and aides at Fairfield Village of Layton; especially her hospice nurse, Ann Tueller.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 16, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Country Oaks Ward, 2680 E. Cherry Lane, Layton Utah. Friends may visit with family Sunday, January 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah, and Monday, January 16 from, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment will be at Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 N. Fairfield Road.
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Sunday, January 15, 2023
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Lindquist's Layton Mortuary
Monday, January 16, 2023
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Monday, January 16, 2023
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