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Edna Marie Fullmer Caresia

Oct. 11, 1935 - Nov. 10, 2020

Date of Service: Nov. 21, 2020

BURLEY – On November 10, 2020, Edna Marie Fullmer Caresia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away at the age of 85 in Burley, Idaho.

Edna was born October 11, 1935, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Justin DeWitt Fullmer and Edna Marie Thomas Fullmer. Edna’s birth was nearly fatal to both her and to her mother. As a consequence, she was given the same name as her mother, while they were both still in the hospital; gratefully, both survived and went on to live good long lives.

Edna grew up in Clawson, Teton, Idaho. She attended elementary school in Tetonia. The road they lived on at that time, was not open during the winter and so they rode in a sleigh with a pot-bellied stove to Hatch’s corner to catch the bus. When they started opening the road, her father drove the school bus. She graduated from Teton High School in Driggs and from LDS Seminary in 1953. Edna was very involved in extracurricular activities in high school. She particularly enjoyed playing the clarinet and being in the band.

Her first job was picking potatoes. She also waited tables in a café in Driggs. In the summer of 1952, at the age of 16, she and some friends decided to go to the Jackson Hole area to work. The first year she helped get cabins ready at Jenny Lake Lodge and worked at Square G Ranch. She worked the summer of 1953 waiting tables at the Getting’s place in Moran. Both years she lived at Jenny Lake Store, upstairs.

In 1952, she met Fred (Jack) Caresia at Jenny Lake Store. They were married on November 21, 1953. In 1963, she and Jack were sealed for time and eternity in the Los Angeles California Temple.

Three of their four children were born in Jackson and one in California. During their married life they lived in Grand Teton National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Monument, Montezuma Well National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, and Petrified Forest National Park. Mom loved park service life and all the great friends she made. She was an example of flexibility and able to adjust to all the different moves and changes. Whether it was a trailer, an apartment, or a house, she made every one a home for her family.

She was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the National Park Service Employees and Alumni Association. She served as their national chairwoman from 1971-1973. During that time, she traveled each year to Washington DC to meetings and receptions.

Edna served in a variety of callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a Primary president and teacher, Relief Society secretary and counselor, and music director, among others. However, her favorite was that as a visiting teacher. During the time the family lived in Death Valley and in Petrified Forest, she conducted Primary in her home and all children were invited, regardless of church affiliation. These meetings were held weekly.

Edna’s hobbies included knitting, bowling, playing softball, crocheting, and baking. She was a champion bowler. She loved entertaining in her home, cooking for everyone, and playing games. She created a warm and inviting home.

Edna had a variety of jobs during her lifetime. She cleaned the offices at Beaver Creek in Grand Teton National Park. At Petrified Forest National Park, she waited tables at Fred Harvey Restaurant. She also worked at the Curio Shop at Fred Harvey’s and sold Avon. She was the manager at the snack bar at Moose, Wyo., in the 70s. In Jackson, she worked in the school lunchroom and at B&W Market. Later, in Jackson, she worked in the County Clerk’s office as a deputy clerk until she retired after 15 years. After retirement, she worked at Second Helpings, a secondhand consignment shop.

In 2004, Jack and Edna built a second dream home in Burley, where they could live out their lives in more temperate weather.

Edna is survived by her husband of 66 years, Frederick Wallace Caresia; her children, Susan Rene (Rick) Ashby, Patricia Ann (Jim) Tucker, Roger Fred (LaVonne) Caresia, and Eugene Dee (Marjean) Caresia; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five brothers; one sister; and a multitude of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father; mother; and a sister and brother-in-law.

Edna will be buried in Tetonia, Idaho, in the shadow of the Tetons, next to her parents and near her grandparents. She will be missed, but surely was welcomed on the other side by many family members and friends.

A small, private viewing will be held from 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, November 20, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at Cache-Clawson Cemetery in Tetonia. The service will be conducted by Boyd Lane Fullmer, a brother of Edna’s. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all who choose to attend to please wear a face mask and remember to keep a safe distance from other family groups. A family gathering and celebration of her life will be planned during the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers please donate to https://latterdaysaintcharities.org

Condolences for Edna Marie Fullmer Caresia

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From Shaunna Wassom:
Rich, Casey, Kelsee, and I loved Edna. She always was caring, friendly, and a good friend. I always enjoyed visiting with Edna talking about family, basketball, and other things, which were quite a few over the years. I was able to see just by her talking about her family how much she loved them and wanted the best for them. I also went on some walks with her. She loved to walk and when she had to stop it was very upsetting to her. Edna was very special to me and to a lot of people. She was a great lady. I will always have special memories of Edna. Her smiles, laughter, and all around goodness will be missed. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
From Jackie Richardson:
So sorry to hear of your loss. Edna and I loved our walk at 6.00 a.m. each weekday morning around town in Jackson. We got a good visit in each day and loved being in the same Church Ward. She was so fun to be with. I am sure her loved ones on the other side are getting in a good walk with her and having a great chat too.
From Ned and Vicki Bench:
We both loved Edna. Edna and Jack always were so welcoming to us when we went to see them We so enjoyed hearing stories about their life together. All we can say is we are so sorry for your loss and really a loss to many people. We send our love and prayers to all of you.
From Randal Custer:
That is a life well lived. Parting is always hard. May the Lord's grace attend you all.
From Shane & Lori May:
Our condolences for the family. Edna was such a sweet lady. I enjoyed many years of working with her at Teton County. She was a good friend and will be greatly missed. We will keep the family in our thoughts and our prayers.
Hugs and love to the family.
From Lina Caresia, Mario Pisetta, Lorenza Pisetta:
conosciuto Edna quando eravamo tutti più giovani, ci ha ospitati a casa sua e ci ha fatto conoscere le meraviglie che la circondavano. Il suo cuore grande, è sempre nei nostri cuori. Grazie Edna.
From Jim Moulton:
I am so sorry for your loss at this time, a good women and family she will be missed I have not seen her for decades. But have fond memories.

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