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Obituary for Joan Welling Godfrey

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Joan Welling Godfrey

October 11, 1919 - July 6, 2016

Our loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother, Joan Welling Godfrey, 96, peacefully passed away at her home on July 6, 2016.  She was born October 11, 1919 in Malad, Idaho, the daughter of Naomi Thomas and Job Dewey Welling.  She was born in the home of Aunt Annie and Uncle Lee who raised her mother.  She was raised in Fielding and graduated from Bear River High School and Seminary.  She had five brothers, Eldon, Blair, Cardell, Jerry and Brent and one sister, Renee.  They moved to California and it became an annual summer vacation for Joan and her family by train to visit them.

Joan met her husband, Victor Page Godfrey, at a dance in Clarkston and they were later married in the Logan Temple on June 8, 1938.  She was very proud of her heritage and was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  She held many positions in the LDS Church including the Relief Society and the Young Women’s President in her ward as well as a counselor and secretary in her stake.  She was an avid reader of church books.

Joan and Vic enjoyed camping at Lava Hot Springs, Brownie Lake, and going to Crystal Hot Springs with their  family and spending the winters in St. George enjoying their motor home and their many friends.

Joan is survived by her five sons: Norman (Sharon deceased), Rodger (Lorraine), Brad (Vicki), Kirk (Heidi), Darren (Tricia) and her only daughter, LeeAnn (Bob) Torrey; sister, Renee Macfarlane, brother, Brent Welling; 25 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband, one grandson, Matt Welling Godfrey and four brothers.

The family would especially like to thank Pam Udy for her loving care and compassion during the last two and a half years.  We were truly blessed to have her.  Also our thanks go to Inspiration Hospice and Homecare and Donette and Janis.

A Viewing will be on Sunday July 10, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Liberty Park LDS Ward Chapel, 1050 21st Street, Ogden, Utah.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at the church.

Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 9:45 to 10:45 AM at the church

Service Information

Date: Monday, July 11, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Liberty Park Ward


1050 21st Street, , Ogden, UT, 84404

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, July 11, 2016

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: October 11, 1919
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Condolences for Joan Welling Godfrey

Rae Garn Peterson posted on 7/10/16

Dear Renee, I'm so sorry I couldn't come to Joans viewing. I am thinking of you and your family, and all the years we hung out together, growing up in Fielding. My thoughts are with you all. Love, Rae Garn Peterson.


Tammy & Darrin Marble posted on 7/9/16

To All of Joan's family Our deepest sympathy at this time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you peace and comfort at this time. Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again!