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Idaho State Journal, 10/31/10
ARIMO - Berniece Speirs Tarbet, 86, of Arimo, Idaho, passed away Friday, October
29th, 2010. She was born on Feb. 23, 1924, in Bennington, Bear Lake, Idaho, to Lorenzo and
Mary VanOrman Speirs. Berniece attended the Bear Lake Valley schools. She also attended
Idaho State University whereshe earned a Bachelor's degree. She taught school in
Kimball, Pocatello, and McCammon. She has taught grades 1-7 and said her favorite was
fourth. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She
served an LDS mission to the Western States Mission. Berniece had several church callings,
including Relief Society President. Her favorite calling was the one that she shared with
her husband Wilson, dance directors at the stake and regional levels. She married Wilson
D. Tarbet on October 5, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. Berniece enjoyed dancing, singing,
swimming, writing poetry and doing yard work.
Surviving children are Mahlon W. Tarbet of Pocatello, Idaho, and Susan (Mark)
Kirkpatrick of West Valley, Utah. Sister, Margaret (Legrand) of Montpelier, Idaho;
brother, William V. Speirs (Myrna) of Ucon, Idaho; Mike Mickelson (Colleen),
brother-in-law, Washington , Utah. Nine grandkids and six great-grandkids.
Berniece was preceded in death by her parents, Lorenzo and Mary Speirs; beloved
husband, Wilson; brother, Eldon Speirs; and sister, Louise Speirs Mickelson. The family
would like to give a special thanks to Pocatello & Idaho Falls Home Health and
Hospice, Onesource Hospice and Creekside Hospice in Idaho Falls, and the loving staff and
friends at the Gables Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls for making her last years
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at 1 p.m. in the Arimo LDS Stake
Center. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the
Horsley's Marsh Valley Funeral Home, 570 N. Meadowview Dr., Arimo, Idaho, and again on
Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley's Marsh Valley
Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.hors?
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