Idaho State Journal, 08/03/14
Gweneth Steffensen Budge passed away peacefully on August 1st, 2014 at the age of 91 at the Uinta Basin Sr. Villa in Roosevelt, Utah where she has lived the past 2 years, having received loving and compassionate care from the Linda and Claude Crozier family. She was born October 16, 1922 in Sandy, Utah, the oldest of four children of Elmo and Lovell Hyer Steffensen. Gwen was the valedictorian of Helena H.S. in 1941 and always considered herself a Montana girl. She attended Utah State University where she met Reed W. Budge. They were married April 17, 1943 in Chicago, IL where he was attending The University of Chicago Medical School. After Reed returned from serving as a medic in WWII, he and Gwen began their family in Logan, UT while owning and operating the Fish Haven Resort at Bear Lake from 1946 to 1952. They then became cattle ranchers, first managing the Budge Land & Livestock Co. along the Bear River near Nounan, later the Albert Patche Ranch near Bailey Creek, and finally the Kackley Ranch in Soda Springs, Gray’s Lake and Williamsburg. In 1963 they moved to Soda Springs, and Gwen resumed her education full-time graduating from Idaho State University in 1972 with a degree in English. She taught English, reading and creative writing at Soda Springs High School from 1973 until retiring in 1986.
Gwen was an active volunteer with the Soda Springs Hospital Pink Ladies, on the library board, and with elementary school children to assist with reading. She loved the outdoors including golfing and hiking in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. She was an avid reader, bridgeplayer, and bird-watcher. She loved traveling with friends and family to foreign countries including England, Scotland, Australia , New Zealand, Fuji Islands, Portugal, Spain, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden Norway, Thailand and China. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She will be remembered as a fantastic cook and vigorous reader who rarely complained and found happiness and contentment in serving others. Her intellect, positive and pleasant attitude and conversational skills made a lasting impression on those she met. Most of all, she will be remembered and missed as a loving and compassionate mother and grandmother.
Gwen is survived by 5 children: Doug Budge of Salt Lake City, Utah; Linda Crozier (Claude) of Neola, Utah; Randy Budge (Becky) of Pocatello, Idaho; Brian Budge (Ronda) of Littleton, Colorado; and Suzanne Budge of Boise, Idaho. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reed; sister, Lila Bennett; brother, Jed Steffensen; and grandson Michael James Budge. She is survived by a brother, Dee Steffensen.
A graveside service will be held at the Logan cemetery at 11 am on Monday, August 4. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Soda Springs Public Library, 149 S. Main, Soda Springs ID 83204, or a charity of your choice.
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