Laraine Greenwell Decker

WEST WEBER Laraine Greenwell Decker, 59, passed away June 27, 2006 at LDS Hospital due to congestive heart failure.

She was born April 29, 1947 in Ogden, a daughter of Lewis Hammon and Una Cottle Greenwell. On May 5, 1966 she married her one true love, Reed Nathaniel Decker, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together through the 40 years of marriage she and her husband had 54 foster children come through their home while raising three of their own, which have been the highlight of her life.

Laraine was loved by all she came in contact with, she helped to start the first Special Needs Mutual in Northern Utah and was diligent in that calling for 18 wonderful years.

Laraine was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in various church positions such as Priesthood Organist, Relief Society President and various other positions.

Laraine was currently working as the Options Coordinator at Rocky Mountain Jr. High School where everyone knew her as “Mrs. D”. She had touched so many lives throughout her teaching career, gaining two special friends Josh Kite and Dennis Draper.

Laraine enjoyed crocheting, homemaking, but most of all was known for her incredible and beautiful talent of playing the piano. This talent will surely be missed by all.

Laraine is survived by her loving companion of 40 years, Reed N. Decker; beautiful daughters and friends Laree and Karen Decker of West Weber; her son and “Special Buddy” Lewis R. Decker of South Ogden, UT.

Also surviving are her brothers Kenneth C (Doris) Greenwell and Lance C (Dianne) Greenwell of West Weber and sister and Best Friend, Marian (Bruce) Jeffs, of Kaysville; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Laraine was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Maree Lowe Greenwell.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Dr. James Stringham and Erin Davis at the University of Utah Medical Center and Dr. Brad Rasmussen and nurse Karen at LDS Hospital Center for all the hours and care vested in our wife and mother.

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