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Irene Wynn Godfrey, 98, passed away suddenly Thursday, February 2, 2023 from natural causes at her home in Orem, Utah. She lived a full life up until the very end. The day before her passing, she went to lunch with her friends and to card club.
She was born September 4, 1924, in Rexburg, Idaho to Paul Richard Wynn and Mary Ellen Hemsley Wynn. To this union was born nine children – five girls and four boys – with Irene being the second child. They were a very close family with much love in their hearts for each other. The gospel was the center of their lives and they all received a foundation that she was very thankful for. She grew up in Preston, Idaho and moved to Provo, UT to attend Brigham Young University for college. She had started taking violin lessons at the age of 14, and continued her musical journey as the lead violinist in the BYU orchestra. While attending BYU, she met the love of her life, Glenn Wright Godfrey. After dating for six months, they became engaged. He then left for World War II. A year and a half later, Glenn came home on leave and they were married in the Logan, Utah temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on July 7, 1944. They lived in Provo and then, later, bought the house in Preston that Irene grew up in and raised their six children there. They owned and operated Godfrey Hardware and Electric.
Irene was active in the community and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While she was serving as Stake Primary President, she attended conference in Salt Lake City when “I Am A Child Of God” was introduced and sang. Irene had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With those gospel principles to light the way, it helped her raise her children to become independent in their own righteousness. She loved her Heavenly Father and appreciated all that she had been blessed with. She was president of the Women’s Golf Association in Preston and, in 1972, she won the Club Championship. She was an avid supporter of her children and their many activities.
She moved to Orem, Utah in 2011 to be closer to her daughter. She formed many new friendships there and loved those she was able to associate with.
Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn. She is survived by their six children: Lynda (Steve) Bailey of Ridgway, CO, Bill (Tayna) Godfrey of Pocatello, ID, Bob (Hiroko) Godfrey of Las Vegas, NV, Brent (Celine) Godfrey of South Jordan, UT, Debbie (Mark) Myers of Orem, UT, Brady (Jennie) Godfrey of Leesburg, FL. She is also survived by her 24 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and her only living sibling, Jeannie Derricott.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 155 N. 2nd W., Preston, Idaho. A visitation will be held Saturday from 11:30 am-12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com
The services will be streamed live and may be watched Saturday at 1 p.m. (MST) by clicking on the following link:
Saturday, February 25, 2023
11:30am - 12:30pm (Mountain time)
Preston 3rd Ward Chapel
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