Idaho State Journal, 04/02/13
Mary Mildred Kunz passed away peacefully on March 30, 2013, at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on May 25,1922, in Soda Springs, Idaho to Israel Barlow Smedley and Lydia Matilda (Henriksen) Smedley. Mary Mildred had two sisters Theda June, Betty Jean and one brother Delnor Jay, all deceased.
Mary Mildred graduated in 1940 from Soda Springs High School where she was cheerleader for two years. She married Lavar K. Hoff soon after graduation and resided in Soda Springs. To this union came a daughter Margo Lynn. They divorced a year later. Mary Mildred met Vernal DeOrr Kunz on a visit to Montpelier. They married on September 10, 1944. Vernal adopted Margo Lynn shortly after their marriage. Then came sons Dennis DeOrr, Lonnie Vernal, Larry Ray, and Ricki Lee. This marriage was sealed for time and eternity along with their children on March 10, 1966, in the Logan Temple.
Mary Mildred worked at the Arctic Circle Drive Inn in Montpelier for 23 years, where she made many life long friends. She was also active in her husband’s dairy distribution business and their farming and ranching. Mary Mildred spent most of her life in Montpelier but she did spend several years in Salt Lake City after her husband’s death.
She was preceded in death in death by her husband Vernal DeOrr Kunz, her parents, two sisters, one brother, daughter-in-law LaRae Hymas Kunz, and one grand daughter Traci Kunz Sherwood.
Mary Mildred is survived by her children Margo Lynn (Larry) Nate, Salt Lake City, UT, Dennis DeOrr Kunz, Montpelier, ID, Lonnie Vernal (Felicia) Kunz, Las Vegas, NV, Larry Ray (Penny) Kunz, Logan, UT, and Ricki Lee (Jill) Kunz, Montpelier, ID, 11 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, special nieces and nephews, and four sisterin-laws and three brother-in-laws.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Montpelier 3rd Ward. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Matthews Mortuary in Montpelier,ID and from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Prior to services on Thursday morning. Burial will be in the Montpelier cemetery..