Anne Western Stoddard, age 66, completed her earthly mission on January 19, 2021, in Provo, Utah surrounded by her loving husband and her beautiful children. Anne “Annie” was born on April 15, 1954 in Provo. She was the third of thirteen children born to Harold Floyd and MaryLou Rawlinson Western. In 1963, the family moved from Provo to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from North High School. In 1972, the family moved back to Provo, and Anne began attending Brigham Young University living in the Pinegar Apartments. There she met her sweetheart and eternal companion, Stephen Edward Stoddard, “Ses”. They were married in the Manti Temple on January 24, 1974. She then devoted her life to helping Ses run a successful Beekeeping business which gave her the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and raise her eight beautiful children.
Anne’s dream job as a stay-at-home mom, brought her many joys. Anne spent countless hours traveling to their basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, football and baseball games. She enjoyed attending their plays, band, and choir concerts. During these times, they kept her very busy and she enjoyed every minute of it. She was their biggest fan! Anne enjoyed many hours sewing prom dresses, blankets, costumes, and quilts. She was always staying up late patching coveralls and making half sleeves for Ses and the boys. She was so proud of her children for helping their dad in the bees and learning how to work hard at a very young age.
Anne was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Served as Young Womens President, Primary President, and in Relief Society. She loved her time serving as a ministering sister. One of her greatest joys was serving in the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years, where she held many positions. She helped countless boys earn their Eagle Scout Award. For her tireless love of scouting, she was presented with the prestigious Silver Beaver Award.
No words can express the endless love that she has for her grandchildren. She broke all their parents’ rules and didn’t care if they had ice cream before dinner. She loved holding the new babies, watching movies, shopping with them, making cookies, talking with them, and going to their activities. She always wanted to serve a mission with her sweetheart, but was not able to due to Parkinson’s disease. She and her sweetheart were so thrilled when they got the opportunity to serve as the at home MTC missionary parents for their oldest grandson.
Anne did her best to not let Parkinson’s slow her down, and when she needed help in walked her sweet friend, Lynne Harris. Lynne spent many hours visiting with Anne and took her to the many places she needed to go. Anne continued to work through her Parkinson’s, as she wanted to have as many adventures as she could, in her short time here on earth. She enjoyed traveling to many places with her family like Disney Parks, South Dakota, Glacier National Park, and various other places. Her last trips were her favorite as she got to spend them with her sweetheart of 47 years. Traveling back East and visiting Prince Edward Island, and visiting beautiful British Columbia. She cherished her time with her husband and he always said, “You are my everything.”
She was greeted through the veil by her loving parents, her father and mother-in-law, her sister: Linda, and her brother: Robert.
As they still have work to do, she leaves behind her loving husband: Stephen; her eight children: Stephen R. Stoddard “Buzz” (Megan), Marylynn Bundy (Dave), Jerimiah A. Stoddard “Jerry” (Amberlie), Westley E. Stoddard (Olga), Julianne Walker (Jeffrey), Lauralee Sorensen “Lollie”(Joshua), Stephanie K. Cleaver (Logan), and Spencer E. Stoddard (Kelly), and 33 grandchildren. She also is survived by her 10 siblings who considered her as their best friend or their second mom: Marcia Bartlett, Richard Western, Pauline Marble, Dorene Kitras, Samuel Western, Marylou Wakamatsu, David Western, Susan Quirantes, Joseph Western, Rebecca Loveless, and their spouses.
A Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, January 24, 6:00-7:30 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary. Masks and Social Distancing are Required. A Family Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, January 25. Friends are invited to view the recorded Video of the Service at: https://youtu.be/3TKrlg7Exxk. Burial will be in the Delta City Cemetery.