|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 2009|
Ella Jane Stapley Firmage, our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, age 88, joined her eternal companion as she passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the Beaver Valley Care Center in Beaver, Utah.
Ella was born on December 17, 1920 to Herbert C. and Alpha Saunders Stapley. She was raised in Beaver, Utah and graduated from Beaver High School. She attended the BAC in Cedar City for a year and then married her sweetheart, William W. (Bill) Firmage on August 5, 1942 while he was home on leave from the military. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St George LDS Temple.
Ella lived in many states and loved being an army wife where she made many friends across the country. She enjoyed laughing with her friends and loved her associations with them from card clubs to book clubs to sewing clubs.
She had a great sense of humor and loved life. Our mom was a kind and loving mother to her three daughters. She was a fantastic cook and an expert seamstress. We call her the "eternal optimist" because she could always find the silver lining to every cloud. Mom was a hard worker, quick to serve others and served faithfully in various church callings. She especially loved serving as a missionary with her husband at Cove Fort.
Mom was always a lady. She was never harsh or unkind. She loved others, was quick to forgive and was known for her sweet and loving disposition right up to the end of her life. We honor her for her example and for her faithfulness in enduring to the end. We look forward to the day when we will be together again.
Ella is survived by three daughters: Colleen (Nick) Dotson of Beaver; Anita (Rich) Thomas of American Fork and Sandy Whitlock also of American Fork. She has 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her two younger brothers, Clifford and "Little Bert".
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12, 2009 in the Beaver First Ward Chapel at 100 West Center Street in Beaver, Utah. A viewing will be held on Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Southern Utah Mortuary at 195 North 200 West in Beaver, Utah and at the Church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday.
Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
Published in the Deseret News on 1/10/2009.
William West Firmage (1920 - 2000)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Jan 10, 2009
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