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Verda Woffinden Searle of Lehi, Utah, died on May 9, 1996 from acute leukemia.

She was born in Burley, Idaho, September 19, 1918; her family relocated to Utah County, and later, to Cedar City where she attended the College of Southern Utah until her marriage to Charles L. Searle on October 19, 1938. The couple moved to Pioche, Nevada, and later to Salt Lake City. In 1948 the Searles moved to Taylorsville, where they established and operated a mink ranch until resettling in Lehi in 1962.A very active member of the LDS Church, Mrs. Searle served in a wide range of offices and capacities, in the Relief Society, Primary, as a choir director, and after the death of her husband in 1981, as a frequent Temple worker. From her early years as a student, she had a deep and abiding interest in dance and music, and after her children finished school, she took up the cello (having not played since high school), to play in community orchestras and small ensembles. After her retirement from raising mink, she devoted herself to the vigorous and joyful enterprise of living every day fully, among friends spanning three generations, as she taught them to dance, to sing, and to listen to each other, with love and without judgement.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters, George (Opal) Woffinden, Covina, Calif.; Charles Arthur (Caroline) Woffinden, Lafayette, Calif.; Lothair (Eleanor) Rowley, Reston, Virginia; Richard (Lola) Rowley, West Jordan, Utah; Helen W. (Odell) Foote, West Valley, Utah; Lucille W. (Bob) Abblitt, Chula Vista, Calif.; and by her five children, Evelyn S. Stewart, Lehi; Leroy F. (Annie) Searle, Seattle, Wash; Loretta S. (David) Jensen, St. Louis, Missouri; Mary S. (Alyn) Rockwood, Mesa, Ariz.; Anita S. (Jeffrey) Manning, Chicago, Illinois; 20 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Franklin B. Woffinden and Earnest Rowley, and by her sister, Phyllis Slade.

There will be a viewing for friends and family at Wing Mortuary, 118 E. Main, Lehi, Monday evening, May 13th, 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Lehi 6th Ward LDS Chapel (200 W. 100 So.), 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 1996. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.

Contributions in remembrance may be sent to Health Watch Hospice, in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

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