Idaho Statesman, 11/16/12
Verneal Taylor Mortensen passed from this life and returned to the loving embrace of her Savior Jesus Christ on November 11, 2012 due complications of Parkinson's Disease. She was born at the family farm-home in the small community of Winder, near Preston, Idaho. Verneal was the eleventh child and third daughter of Joseph and Anna Taylor. She grew up on the family farm working and playing side by side with her siblings. Even though her mother passed away before her 7th birthday, Verneal developed into a women with integrity and a kind and loving heart. Verneal graduated from Preston High School in 1944. She married the love of her life, Steven Mortensen on March 12, 1946 in Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union came four children Dan Mortensen, Fran Stevens, Stan Mortensen and Jan Burroughs.
Verneal and Steven spent the early years of their marriage farming in Melba, Idaho. They moved to their present home in Meridian the weekend of Thanksgiving in 1956. This remained her home until her passing. Verneal loved beautiful things and worked diligently and faithfully to make her home and surroundings a place of organization and beauty. She loved flowers and saw them as a little bit of heaven on earth. For many in the valley their beautiful yard became a landmark for all to enjoy.
Verneal was an outgoing confident woman who never met a stranger. She loved a good conversation and would spend hours talking, counseling and laughing with family and friends. Verneal enjoyed a special friendship with family members. Verneal and Steven were partners in marriage but best friends in life. She was a devoted wife and partner to Steven and loving mother to her children, their children and their children.
Verneal served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her service influenced and touched the lives of many in Relief Society, Young Women's, Sunday School and Primary. The highlight of her church service was when she and Steven served in the Boise Idaho and Nauvoo Illinois LDS Temples for twenty plus years. Verneal demonstrated by her actions a deep abiding faith in her Savior and lived a life of charity with a deep concern for the well being of others. She truly loved to help and be of service.
Verneal is survived by her husband of more than 66 years, Steven Mortensen; two sons Dan Mortensen of Meridian and Stan and his lovely wife Michelle Mortensen from Newport Beach, CA.; two daughters Fran Stevens of Shelton, WA. and Jan and her loving husband John Burroughs from Orem, UT. Verneal is also remembered in love by grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great-great grandson. She is also survived by her sister Ermadean Miles of Caldwell, two sisters-in-law, Helen Taylor and Norma Taylor, and one brother-in-law, Alma Golightly. She is remembered lovingly by numerous nieces and nephews. Verneal was preceded in death by her parents; 13 of her siblings and a grandson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 19 at the Meridian Fifth Ward LDS Chapel, 2555 Stoddard Road, Meridian. A viewing will be held at the church, Sunday, November 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and again at the church from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Monday, prior to the services. Arrangements are being provided by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 467-7300
Verneal will be laid to rest in the Meridian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Desease Foundation at www.pdf.org
Published in Idaho Statesman on November 16, 2012