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Obituary: Iola Gibbs Baxter

Iola Gibbs Baxter

1910 ~ 2007

Our precious Mother, Grandmother, Great- Grandmother and Great Great-Grandmother, Iola Gibbs Baxter, 97, transitioned to her next life on October 11, 2007 at home with her loving family by her side.Iola was born on May 18, 1910 in Woodruff, Idaho to Myron Levi and Sarah Lovina Harris Gibbs. Iola married Merl H. Baxter (deceased) November 19, 1929. From this union seven children were brought into the world, six girls and one boy. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple May 21, 1936. She was a beautiful lady both physically and spiritually, with a keen mind, impressive memory, strong will and gentle sense of humor.

Iola was raised and educated in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. She lived in SLC, Utah most of her adult life where she raised her family. Her family and their well being were ultimately important to her. She made great sacrifices for them and was very proud of them all. She is the matriarch of a large loving family consisting of seven children, 27 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren and 14 and a half great-great grandchildren.

Iola was employed by ZCMI where she made lasting friendships and retired after 20 years of dedicated service. Mom loved music, gardening-evident by her beautiful yard, flowers of any kind- especially roses, flower arranging, crocheting, holidays-especially Christmas, helping her family, the Lawrence Welk show, Saturday lunches and shopping with her daughters, and she was always up on current events. Holding a new grandbaby would always bring a smile to Mom.

Iola is survived by her six daughters, Jeanenne (Don) Warenski, Merla (Morris) Fife, Brenda Barlow, Bonnie (Nick) Tomaino, Dianna (Bruce) Hart, Marsha Cluff, daughter-in-law, Betty Ware Baxter; her 111 total grandchildren. Transitioned before her and waiting to welcome her are her parents; son, LaMar Baxter; granddaughter and her siblings.

Funeral services for Iola will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 12 noon at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30-11:45 prior to the service. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gary Griffin, Applegate Home Health Care and Hospice, especially two angels, Debbie and Wayne, for their wonderful and compassionate care of Mom fulfilling her wish to remain at home. Mom never failed to tell us daily "Thank you for all of your help".

We love you mom and thank you for being such a wonderful, loving and fun Mom and for all the

wonderful memories.

Oh how we'll miss you!