Angela A. Edvalson, 92, a Baker City native, died Nov. 18, 2005, at her residence in Meadowbrook Place.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Jeff Daniels of 1st Ward will conduct the service. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitations will be Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Angela was born on Jan. 22, 1913, to Jesse A. and Zina Stark Smurthwaite in the family home at 345 Second St. She was the first born in the family and was followed by six brothers and a sister who died in infancy.
Angela was a 1930 Baker High School graduate She had already worked for Leo Adler Magazines part time while she was in high school and continued working there for another 25 years. Later, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service for the next 15 years before retiring in 1971.
Angela was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served numerous callings including that of teacher, chorister and pianist. In 1940, she served a mission for her church in California. She remained active until her health started to fail and she was unable to attend church.
Angela married John P. Edvalson on July 26, 1946, at Boise. They later had their marriage sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. The couple’s only child, Timothy P. Edvalson, was born in 1953. Tim was truly their pride and the joy of their life. Before moving to Meadowbrook Place, Angela and John had lived in the same home for more than 52 years.
Angela loved her brothers and was very proud of them. All six of them served their country in the armed forces. Four of them in World War II, and the youngest two in the Korean War. Her brother Gordon was a prisoner of war in the Philippines and was killed in 1945 while being transported to Japan. Her husband, John, also served valiantly in the army during World War II.
Survivors include her husband, John P. Edvalson; her son, Dr. Timothy P. Edvalson, and his wife, Dana, of West Linn; her granddaughters, Allyson Edvalson and Marel Edvalson, who are both attending Brigham Young University and live at Provo, Utah; her brothers, Doug Smurthwaite of Baker City, and Paul Smurthwaite and his wife, Norma, of King City; sisters-in-law, Mabel Smurthwaite of Beaverton, Ola Smurthwaite of Nampa, Idaho, Sue Smurthwaite of Portland, and Ada Dungan of Orangevale, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Zina Smurthwaite; her brothers, Gordon, Don, Bob, Tom; and an infant sister, Margaret.
Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund, Heart ‘N’ Home Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 25,2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor