Florence “Flossie” May Smith Burnside

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Florence “Flossie” May Smith Burnside, 88 of Rigby, Idaho, passed away March 7, 2017 in Brenda, Arizona. She was surrounded by her caring and loving family.

Florence was born August 3, 1928, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Joseph Ellington Smith and Veirgia May Greene Smith. She was the baby of 8 children; 6 brothers, Forest, Glen Eugene, Donald, Spencer and Clyde and 1 sister, Veirginia. Her dad died in Hallister, Idaho when she was 2. Her mother lost the farm and moved her family to Driggs, Idaho. Her mother struggled with many hardships throughout the years, but taught them love for family. They didn’t have indoor plumbing and it was a long walk to the outhouse, she was always afraid of the dark. She loved going to the movies, so much so she would walk 3 miles to and from. Her mother bought a café in Driggs where she worked, along with Dorla Burnside. Dorla’s brother Doyle Jay Burnside would visit the café often and soon caught her eye, and her heart. They were married November 10, 1945 in Driggs. He was the love of her life and her soul companion. Their love was to last a lifetime and for all eternity. On August 14, 2002, they were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union were born 7 children; Clyde, Clayton “Moe”, Cleve, Darlean, Bellva, Dianna and Deanna. Her children felt truly blessed to have her as their mother. Flossie and Doyle lived in Darby, Idaho helping on the family farm, then moved to various areas, finally making their home in Rigby, Idaho. Doyle started his own construction company “Burnside & Sons” with Flossie as his bookkeeper and secretary. They retired in 1989.

Flossie taught her children how to work and the value of a dollar. They were given chores to do and taught to help one another. She loved the outdoors and instilled it in each of her children. They camped and fished in the summer, hunted in the fall and enjoyed weekend drives. She could spot deer and elk a mile away with binoculars. She absolutely loved fishing and took the grandkids whenever possible. She loved Christmas; the decorations, gathering of family, going to the mountains to find a Christmas tree, the joy on children’s faces as they opened gifts on Christmas Eve from Santa were some of her favorites. She always made Christmas special. She was an excellent seamstress and made most of her children’s school clothes, she also made beautiful quilts and enjoyed crafting. Everyone was welcome in her home, and they never left hungry. The more the merrier was her motto. She enjoyed friendships and getting together as often as possible. She loved the Gospel and truly enjoyed her many callings. Flossie was small, but spunky, she was full of life and lived it to the fullest. She was a kind, loving and compassionate person. Her love for her family was genuine and she instilled it in her children. Together she and Doyle built a legacy that she was so proud of, their posterity numbers 149. She will be missed by all.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Clyde Jay (Dawn), Clayton “Moe” Ray (Lorane), Cleve Kay (Jeannie), Darlene May (Ray) McNeal, Bellva Lee (Buzz) Smith, Diana (Larry) Ritter and Deanna (Brion) Egan. 45 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 on the way. Sisters-in-law, Dorla Douglas, Viloi Nelson, Aliese Burnside and many nieces and nephews that she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Doyle Jay Burnside, 2 grandchildren, Brandon Joe Burnside and Jeannie Marie Burnside, her 7 siblings and her parents.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Perry Ward LDS Chapel (285 2nd West Street, Ririe). The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Rigby Pioneer Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com

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