Saturday, April 15, it was our blessing and privilege to be in attendance at the funeral services in Mesa for our life-long friend and fellow church member, Sister Amy Willis, 96. Her sons, Rick, Lance and Ron, and daughter's Elizabeth and Maxine, all participated in the services and did their mother proud with treasured memories and tesitmony of her goodness.
Because we were returning to our home in Snowflake after the services we were also able to attend the burial which took place that same day at the Snowflake City Cemetary. Her husband, Max, who preceeded her in death, has deep, deep roots in Snowflake, his ancesters having helped in its settlement. He and Amy resided their for some years. Max was Bishop of one of the Snowflake wards. Now their earthly remains rest side by side in view of the Snowflake Temple.
Max and Amy served 4 seperate missions for the Church in South America, as Mission President and as Temple President, helping train native members in their temple duties in the very first temple built in South America.
Mas had passed on before the Snowflake Temple came into existance. At her funeral we learned that Sister Willis was invited as a special guest to be present in the celetial room as President Hinckley conducted the dedication ceremonies, in recognition of her connection to Snowflake and she and her husband's great service over many years in the Spanish speaking missions of the church.
This picture was taken just as everyone bowed heads in prayer while Amy's oldes son, Rick, offered the dedication of the grave.
Linda is seated on the end chair, beyond the casket, holding the umbrella over Max Willis's 91-yr-old sister.