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BoDean Wootton

June 26, 1932 — December 12, 2023

Marilyn BoDean Butler Wootton, 91, of Lavaside died December 12, 2023 at her home surrounded by family and friends.


BoDean was born June 26, 1932 to Sara Helen Murphy and James LeRoy Butler during the Great Depression, which she mentioned often.  The lack of  goods and services left an indelible impression upon her, but also taught her to value family and serving others.


She attended school in Firth and Shelley where she enjoyed sports and choir. After graduation from Firth High School she married the love of her life, Gaylen Neri Wootton of Lavaside on August 7, 1950.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls, Idaho LDS Temple.  She and Gaylen have five children.


BoDean was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She enjoyed serving at one time or another in all the auxiliaries as a counselor, teacher, chorister, in-service instructor and in the Young Women's program.  She particularly liked being a visiting minister in the Relief Society.


BoDean's main interests in life was her family, which she thanked her Heavenly Father for every day.  She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and especially spending time with Gaylen as they worked the farm and raised their kids.  She made it a priority  to spend time with all the extended family as well.  She was very outgoing and made friends easily and over the years she kept in touch with many of them.


BoDean is survived by her children,  Marilyn Young, Idaho Falls, ID; Lynn/Kathy Wootton, Pingree, ID; Connie Daw, Idaho Falls, ID; Deona/Rick Gardner, Blackfoot, ID; Russ/Danielle Wootton, Blackfoot, ID;  25 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.  


She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Gaylen, her parents Jim and Helen Butler, her brothers Theodore and James and her sister Virginia.


A viewing will be held from 10:00am till 12:00pm on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at the Rose Ward LDS Building, 403 N 150 W, Blackfoot, followed by the Dedication of the grave at the Firth Cemetery, 615 E 750 N, Firth.  Family and friends may meet to remember BoDean at the Rose Ward building immediately after the interment.


Those who would like to participate remotely in a celebration of life are invited to view the service on a live broadcast on Sara Aughney's Facebook page at approximately 1:00 p.m..
















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