Thursday, October 12, 2006

In Memoriam - Laraine Wilkins

I'm sad to announce that one of our list members passed away this weekend. Laraine was an intelligent, thoughtful, involved Mormon, lover of literature, a feminist and enjoyed the outdoors. I've known her for about 23 years from the time I was her home teacher at BYU and will miss associating with her.

From: Jackie Lohdefinck
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 8:35 AM
To: Provo
Cc: Maggie Bell
Subject: In Memoriam - Laraine Wilkins

Fellow Employees,

It is with sadness that we convey that Laraine Wilkins, a former SirsiDynix employee (most recently in the Software Test team), passed away on Saturday from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near McCammon, Idaho.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Laraine's family at this difficult time.

Laraine Wilkins, 41, of Salt Lake City, former Idaho Falls resident, died September 2, 2006, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near McCammon, Idaho.

She was born February 22, 1965, in Provo, Utah, to Steven Curtis Wilkins and LaVern Braithwaite Wilkins. She attended schools in Provo and Idaho Falls, graduated from Skyline High School in Idaho Falls in 1983, earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in German from Brigham Young University, and did additional graduate work at Harvard University.

She married George Schoemaker in August, 1986, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were later divorced.

She worked on university library staffs, taught German language on both the high school and university levels, was a technical writer and software support technician, and served as Editor of Irreantum Magazine and as Director of Development and Community Affairs for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served frequently as an organist, as well as in the Relief Society and Young Women organizations.
Laraine was a skilled pianist and writer and a person of widely varied talents and interests. She loved writing poetry, drawing, cross stitching, running, camping and hiking, especially in Arches National Park and Monument Valley, classical music and the Arts, including concerts, art galleries, and museums.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2006, at the Idaho Falls LDS Templeview Ward, 1450 Mountain View Lane, Idaho Falls, ID, with Bishop Aaron Christensen officiating. The family will visit with friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge Avenue; and, for one hour before services, Friday, at the church.

Memorial Services will also be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 9, 2006, at the Salt Lake City LDS Eleventh Ward, 951 East 100 South, Salt Lake City.

Burial will be in the Grant-Central Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home, P.O. Box 51434, Idaho Falls, ID 83405-1434. Phone (208) 522-2751. Fax (208) 522-5413. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

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