Lori Kay Packard

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October 15, 1952 ~ January 25, 2015

Lori Kay Densley Packard, 62, formerly of Vancouver, WA, passed away in Pocatello, ID on Jan. 25, 2015. She was born in Murray, UT on Oct. 15, 1952 to Richard LaVern Densley and Lydia Ann Jenkins. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1960, the faith to which she strongly adhered her entire life. She grew up in Midvale, UT where she graduated from Hillcrest High in 1971.
Lori attended Southern Utah State in Cedar City, UT beginning in 1971. She graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life and Child Development.
Lori married her college sweetheart, Ric Packard, on Dec. 13, 1974 in the Salt Lake Temple. She moved with her husband to Vancouver, WA in 1975, where she lived and raised four children until 2001. She owned and operated Teddy Bear Children's Center from 1992-2003.
In 2001, the family moved to Oak Harbor, WA. Lori was the director of the YMCA Before and After School Programs from 2004-2007.
In 2007, Lori and Ric moved to Snohomish County to help care for their two young grandchildren. While there, she worked on the Tulalip Indian Reservation as an educational aide at Tulalip Elementary. She also worked as an aide and a volunteer at her grandchildren's school.
In 2011, Lori began the fulltime job of caring for her husband who was battling Leukemia.
Ric and Lori moved to Pocatello, ID in the spring of 2014 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She quickly became involved with children working as a much loved volunteer in Mrs. Johnson's kindergarten class at Gate City Elementary.
Throughout the years, Lori served in various church callings, the most rewarding of which were with children and young women. She was known throughout the communities and wards for her service, especially to young mothers and children.
She enjoyed reading fantasy and romantic drama. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Lori is survived by her husband, Ric Packard; her children and their spouses; 10 beautiful grandchildren; and her four sisters.
Lori was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings; and three children.
Funeral services will be at the LDS Butte Street Chapel, Pocatello, ID at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 31. Internment and grave dedication to follow at Mt. View Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Lori's name to the Bannock Youth Foundation Family Resource Center, 403 N. Hayes St., Pocatello, ID 83204.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilksfuneralhome.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Jan. 30, 2015
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