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Barbara Penfold

March 24, 1926 — April 21, 2015

Barbara June Larsen Penfold June passed away on April 21, 2015 at the TetonPeakAssistedLivingCenter in Driggs, Idaho surrounded by loving family members. She was the third child of James Elmer Larsen and Pearl Mariah Jones Larsen. She had fond memories of being raised in Victor with her siblings Thora, Dale, Mary, Jim, Dennis and Terry along with numerous cousins. Their home was always the center of activities. June seemed to make the work of washing clothes for nine people, pulling weeds in a very large garden and the rest of their chores into play. She worked at the San Diego Pea Factory, picking potatoes and any other job that came along. The Victor school burning down was a very traumatic thing for her. She not only lost her violin in the fire, she had to commute to Driggs to finish school. This experience turned bitter sweet as she met her eternal companion Don Penfold the first day. June and Pvt. Don Penfold were married in San Diego, California on March 28, 1944. They lived there before and after his deployment to the South Pacific during WWII. Following the war they returned to the 80 acre farm on Darby Flat. They farmed with his dad for a number of years and developed Penfold Farms which is being worked by the fourth generation. June was the mother of three children Sandy (Gary) Fuhriman, Paris (Janet) Penfold and Georgia (Wesley Doetsch. Her thirteen grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren were her pride and joy. June was proud to be a GREAT grandma but was overjoyed to become a GREAT GREAT grandmother. June supported Don as his right hand potato sorter, truck driver and gofer for over forty years and also at his side at many civic organizations including American Legion, Republican Party activities and Farm Bureau. She will be remembered by many in the area who skied at Moose Creek Ski Area for her delicious chili. June and Don were sealed in the Idaho FallsTemple on August 2, 1963. She served in many positions in the Driggs 2nd Ward; Junior Sunday School Coordinator, Trail Blazer Leader, Counselor in the Relief Society, Stake Camp Director and as Sports Director. Her favorite calling was Culture Refinement Leader. The talents she learned at her mother’s knee such as sewing, embroidery and quilting she turned into hobbies in her later years. She won various Blue Ribbons at the Teton County Fairs. She has passed these same talents to many of her granddaughters. Don and June worked hard in the summer so they could play hard in the winter and they were very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel extensively. They loved spending time at their home in Arizona. She spent many hours caring for Don before he passed away in 1991. Her family was her life and she included extended relatives as family and loved sharing her home with them. She passed the 24 years reading, doing hand work and at 75 she was still caring for her beautiful flower gardens. In 2003 Paris and Janet built a new home with a pass through door so they could check on her as her health began to fail. In 2014 when she needed more care than they could give her at home, Dr. Chad Horrocks talked her into moving into TetonPeaksAssistedLivingCenter and she learned to call it home and she adopted Steve Funk and all the staff as her extended family. Her family is grateful for the kind and loving care that she has received at the center and through Hands of Hope Hospice. June is survived by a daughter Sandy (Gary) Fuhriman from Pocatello, Idaho and their children and grandchildren Tonya (Ron) Ence and their family Chase (Janice) Ence and great-great grandson Cohen Ence, grand-daughter Aliska (Nelson) Pipper, grand-daughter Karilann (Dan) Christensen; grandson Michael (Sheri) Fuhriman and their children Corby, Kyler (serving a mission in Adelaide, Australia) and their daughters Lindsee and Mikelle; grandson Matthew ( Marni) Fuhriman and their son Zachary (Sheyla) Fuhriman, daughter Jae Fuhriman and son Jakob Fuhriman, grandson Brett (Kristy) Fuhriman and their children Mariena, Talea, Brenna, Ryker and Kabree; granddaughter Heather (Travis) Turner and their son Bode.  Son Paris (Janet) Penfold from Driggs, Idaho and their children and grandchildren Wyatt (Valerie) Penfold and their children Brittany, Alex, Abigail, Parker and Savanna. Nicole (Travis) Rigby and their children Kortney, T Ross. Grandson Nathan (Mariam) Penfold and sons Jarrett and Milo. Grand-daughter Hailey (Justin) Williams and their sons Mason, Cole. Beau. Grand-daughter Sara (Josh) Sewell and their daughters Oakley and Zoe. Daughter Georgia (Wesley) Doetsch from Lehi, Utah and their children and grandchildren Ethan (Holly) Doetsch, Rebecca (David) Gardner grandchildren Benjamin and Madalyn. Grandson Jacob (MingMing) Doetsch. One brother Terry (Lorraine) Larsen, a sister-in-law Ila Larsen and a brother-in-law Don (Elva) Ard and numerous nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by her husband Don, parents Elmer and Pearl Larsen, great granddaughter Bailee Fuhriman and sisters Pearl Larsen, Thora Larsen McBride, Mary Larsen Roberts and her brothers Dennis Larsen, Dale Larsen and Jim Larsen.


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