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Lenna Whetten Smith, born May 6, 1927 passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 10, 2022, at age 95.
She was born in Colonia Garcia, Chichuahua Mexico to Leonard David Whetten and Lettie Beecroft (div.). Her father then married Willmirth Skousen and the family moved to Colonia Juarez where Lenna grew up and went to school. Her father passed away a short time later when she was only 8 years old. After she graduated from high school, Lenna moved with her mother Willmirth and younger sister Melvina to Mesa, Arizona where she met Arvard! Lenna married Arvard R. Smith in the Mesa Arizona Temple on January 9, 1948 and together they had 9 children, 41 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. They started their journey living in Ajo, Arizona, then El Paso, Texas, and came back home again to Mesa in 1970 where they both lived out their lives.
Besides nurturing and caring for her large posterity, Lenna had many and varied talents and interests. She was a gifted musician and from the time she was a teen-ager until her mid-80’s, she was always her Ward organist and choir pianist. Her music was a great blessing to others throughout her life. Lenna served faithfully in the Mesa Temple for many years along with her daughter Sharon and sister Ella. Lenna especially loved to travel and did so often – she loved gardening, reading, beautifying her home, spending time with family and loved ones.
Lenna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and daughter. She was a friend to all and always welcomed others into her home. She was a life long active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being a member of the Mesa 30th Ward for the past 50 years!
Lenna is survived by her children Sharon Bowlby (Ken), Kathy Tucker (Steve), Marie Nelson (Larry), Corinne Maldonado (Jim, deceased), Gail Tucker (Tom), Rogers Smith (deceased)(Katherine), Colette Burgess (Rod), Darrell Smith (Stacy), and sister Betty Jo Farnsworth Lamarca. She was preceeded in death by her husband Arvard Smith after 52 years of marriage, her sons Kevin and Rogers Smith, granddaughters Sherelyn Bowlby and Brittnee Tucker, grandson Christopher Smith, and her four sisters Arletta Taylor, Ella Anderson, Melvina Allen and Agnes Marine Whetten.
Viewing is Friday, August 19, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bunkers, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa (Val Vista & University).
Funeral services will be Saturday August 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 1911 N. 24th Street with a visitation preceding the services at 9:00 AM.