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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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