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Leavitt's Mortuary
Tuesday January 5th, 2021

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Venita Frahm

Venita Lynn Frahm was a very loved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She passed to a heavenly place peacefully surrounded by family on December 30, 2020 at age 78. Venita is survived by her sweetheart Duane Frahm; her children, Laurel Frahm-Hastings (spouse Tim), Mike Frahm (spouse Beth), Lynette Frahm, Holly Johnson (spouse Wayne), Jerry Frahm (spouse Kristin); grandchildren Tasha (spouse Shaun), Jeremy, Krista (spouse Rachel), Dustin (spouse Jamie), Aundrea, Sadie (spouse Braden), Duane (spouse Abby), Wyatt (spouse Hailee), Chance, Alica (spouse Chris), Rory; great-grandchildren Braylyn, Gage, HaiLee, Major, Crew, Dereick, Harley; and her nieces and nephew. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Bertha Whitehead, her brothers Gerald and Steven Whitehead, and many other relatives. Venita was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 23, 1942, to Ralph and Bertha Whitehead, who adored her. She had many stories about traipsing around the backwoods of Tennessee with her family.  As a teenager, she loved to sing and was so talented that she was featured on TV in the early ’50s. For decades she continued to sing in the church choir and solos for sacrament meetings. You would often find her playing records and playing the piano when you went to visit her. Not long after Ventia moved from Tennessee to Utah she met Duane Frahm, a recent widower. After only three months of dating and knowing that he had five young children, she graciously agreed to marriage and welcomed each child as if they were her own. They were married on June 24, 1975, in Las Vegas, NV. One year later they were sealed in the temple. They spent 45 beautiful years making memories together.  Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was something Venita valued and treasured. She was an extremely faithful member and was always found giving service to others in the form of visiting the elderly, calling and talking to the lonely, making hundreds of meals to those in need, and visiting her primary students. Her church callings span 70 years of service which included: Stake Missionary, Ward Missionary, Young Women’s President, Relief Society President, Primary President, and her favorite was Primary Teacher. Her life was truly consecrated in the service of the Lord. Along with spending time serving in the church, she was also very busy in her work life. She worked for Alcoa, the Navel Department in D.C. for a short time, Evans Grain, Pillsbury, and Cereal Foods. After retirement, she would volunteer as a reading tutoring at Roy Elementary and did that for over 13 years. In her 70’s she became a substitute teacher and absolutely loved it. She would say that she missed her life calling as a schoolteacher. In addition to being around children, she loved animals and had many dogs and cats in her life. They were her babies and she loved them as such. In her early life she loved going dancing with Duane and being outdoors. Many memories were made camping, hunting, and fishing with the family. She had a deep love for Tennessee and southern cooking, especially good cornbread. Every new year you would find her making black-eyed peas for good luck, a southern tradition.  Making memories was really important to Venita. She would watch meteor showers outside with the grandkids and take them to Farr’s to get Bear Claw ice cream. For years she was an avid Jazz fan.  As a person, she was extremely thoughtful. Even though the family kept growing she would never miss a birthday and would welcome each new spouse as one of her own. This gift of loving was one of Venita’s most beautiful traits. She loved being around people. She would always go to quilting and spent years planning the monthly family birthday parties and yearly family campouts. Venita was the glue of our family. We hope she knows that she was indeed an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be missed dearly and thought of often. Private Family Services will be held.                                                                                 *             *             * As many people are not able to attend her viewing or funeral due to Covid restrictions we welcome all friends and family to share memories they’ve had with Venita or letters to her. Please send by January 10th via email to aundreafrahm@gmail.com or via mail to 5319 S. 2675 W Roy Ut, 84067. We will compile these into a book for her family to read and reflect on her beautiful life. To send flowers to Venita's family, please visit our floral store.

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I will always remember Venita for her kindness and always willing to help. She was a very special lady. She will be deeply missed.

Starla Kiger Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

Duane, Laurel, Lynette, Holly, Jerry, & Mike & families,
We are so sorry to hear of Venita's passing. We all thought she was such a sweetheart. We loved visiting with her at family gatherings. We had lots of fun and laughs! She was kind and always willing to help others. I really appreciate the friendship she had with my parents and we will always have fond memories of her. She will be greatly missed. May peace, love and comfort surround you in knowing we will all be reunited again.
Love Denise & Mike Jacobsen & Harris families

DENISE JACOBSEN Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

I knew Venita mostly during my teen age years. She was a few years older than I so I was mostly with her brothers, Steve and Jerry. I remember my family and hers going to Mexico for a weekend. My mom and dad had a photo of her on a donkey as I recall. But boys, being boys, were having too much fun dropping firecrackers from the 2nd floor balcony of our hotel room. My most vivid memory was when she was working the midnight shift for an answering service. During the day when my dad and mom were gone and I was at high school, she would sleep in my parents bed. One afternoon after I got out of school I came home and, like any other teenage boy, paid a visit to the refrigerator. After completing my inventory of easy to fix snacks (and finding none) I closed the door and strolled through the apartment, looking for something to do (other than wash dishes, sweep the floor and other mundane stuff) when I saw through the open bedroom door Venita sleeping in my parents bed with the covers pulled up around her shoulders. It was at the moment that I heard her snore that the idea occurred to me. I quietly leaned over and ascertained that I could carry out my diabolical plan. Back to the refrigerator for the necessary ingredient. I found exactly what I was looking for, a jar of whole kosher dill pickles. Liberating one of what I figured to be appropriate size, I crept back into the bedroom. Noticing the pickle juice dripping from the pickle I realized that if it dropped on her face it might wake her up prematurely. So I carefully wiped the pickle off with my shirt (what would you expect from a 15 year old boy?). Then, with the pickle carefully wiped down I moved it into position, directly over Venita open mouth. I thoughtfully waited for her snore to complete and then...
BOMBS AWAY! The pickle slipped between her teeth. A perfect hit. Then, just the briefest of moments later her eyes flew open simultaneously with her hands slapping he face, all amidst the most furious sputtering and blowing. Then with the pickle laying on her lap and in dead silence, her eyes turned from the pickle to me. Under that mad (angry doesnt cover it) glare one word filled my brain... RUN! Before I was out the bedroom door she launched herself out of bed faster than a fireman on a 5 alarm fire. She was screeching my full name (yep, I was in real trouble) as I made it out the apartment door. I thought that I would only have to make it to the front gate of the apartment building before she would call off the chase as she was in bed clothes. That is where Venita taught me a good life lesson. NEVER underestimate the lengths an angry woman will go to if she is wronged. She came charging right after me. I fumbled with the gate latch and finally made it out and down the street I ran (the hospital where my dad worked was at the end of the block so I figured that Id be safe there). After running about 20 yards I heard Venita yell at me (apparently she had now noticed her lack of proper street attire). DAVID WHITEHEAD! Im gonna get you! With that she turned back and went back to the apartment. I made a wise decision and went to the hospital and stayed there until he got off work. I cant recall what Venita told my dad but I cant imagine him being too angry with me. He most likely sternly told me not to be waking people like that. I also dont have any idea if Venita ever got even but I expect not. Still that was one of the funniest times we ever had together. For the record, I talked to her about it a few years ago while visiting and she didnt seem to harbor bad feeling. Of course I wouldnt have expected it to. She was a fun person to be with and full of knowledge and inspiration. She will be missed by all who knew her.

David Whitehead Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

Duane and Family - What an Amazing person! Always so Positive and Loving. Bob and I had so many Great Times with you Guys. Traveling and going to movies and dinner. She will be missed! It's a hard thing. We will all be together soon enough. Love you!! Darlene Kuck 801-589-6063

Darlene Kuck Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

I love Venita. The 6.5 years I knew her, she was the sunshine in my life. She was always willing to serve and love everyone that she would meet at church. She had a heart of gold! One day I was walking to get my car, and she saw me walking with one of my children. She comes out of her house, and asks me what I was doing. She then said, why didnt you ask me for a ride? I will take you! That was the kind of person she was! She will be surely be missed!

Kamey Valquinto Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Venita was very special. She was always so willing to help you. I have love living across the street from Venita and Duane. I will miss her hello from the mail box and seeing her with the children of the neighborhood. She has been an example. May you all follow the example she was.

Jolene Allen Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM