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ROMA CLARK PHELPS BURBANK
BENNINGTON, Idaho - During the evening of April 5, 2012, Roma C. Phelps Burbank, 90,
began yet another trip. She slipped quietly away from her daughter Marla Johnson's
home and returned to her Heavenly Home. She spent ninety years fulfilling the Savior's
admonition to "care for one another and bear one another's burdens."
Her great joy in life was her family, and she spent her all in serving them, except for
the service she rendered to neighbor, stranger, church and community. Her early life was
spent in Georgetown as the daughter of Marvin and Alice Clark but most of her life was
spent in Bennington. She and her husband, Grove Phelps, raised nine children there and
still found time and energy to serve in the LDS Church and to help everyone in need of aid
and comfort who crossed their path.
Following Grove's death, she married Joe Burbank, acquiring an additional family to
serve and love and spent several happy years with him while living in Ogden, Utah.
Following his death she returned to Bennington and lived there until poor health
necessitated her moving into the home of her daughter Marla Johnson. She also spent much
of her time in the last few years with her daughter Alice LaNae Bartschi.
Roma is survived by all nine of her children and numerous grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Her greatest pleasure was traveling to visit her family, wherever
they might be living, and to travel with them to various parts of the country and the
world. The last years of her life were often filled with pain but the greatest pain was
not being able to travel, to visit family, as she once had. She never forgot a birthday
and until the very end seldom missed a graduation, baptism, marriage or any other
important milestone in her family's lives.
Her family would like to invite you to review and celebrate her life at services to be
held on April 10, 2012, in the Bennington Ward chapel at 1 p.m. There will be a viewing
from 11:30 to 12:45 preceding the service.
Although she loved flowers and always took great pride in her flowerbeds and garden,
the family requests donations to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund instead of floral gifts.
This is a desire that Roma often expressed because "flowers only last a few days and
education lasts forever."
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