Wilma Jean Bostrom
January 10, 1922 – April 9, 2021
Wilma Jean Smith Bostrom, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away April 9, 2021, in Heber City, Utah. She was born to loving parents, Luella Tallman Smith and Arthur Edward Smith, in Paton, Iowa, on January 10, 1922. She was the third of 4 daughters--Lois, Marjorie, Wilma, and Florence--who grew up on the beautiful and idyllic Tallman Family Farm, a farm which stayed in the family for over one hundred years. Her love of the outdoors and curiosity about the wonders of the world were kindled as their mother and father farmed the land, milked the cows, tended a large garden that fed the family year round, and enjoyed a life-long commitment to family, faith, and service to others. As a child, on warm summer days, Wilma remembered “lying on the lawn and watching fluffy clouds change from one form to another as they floated quietly across the sky.” Later in life while recording childhood memories, she wrote, “The Iowa state flower was the Prairie Rose, and it is etched in my memory forever as the delicate veins in its petals were another proof of God’s handiwork.” Her life as a young girl on the farm impacted and blessed her throughout life. Wilma’s first job was as a secretary living with her sister, Lois, in the “big city” of Denver, where she met the love of her life, Wynn Barnes Bostrom. They were married on December 27, 1941, and had four children-- Douglas, Monetta, Gregory, and Donald. Wynn and Wilma made their home in Denver, Colorado, until 1961 when they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah . After Wynn’s passing in 1975, Wilma returned to Denver to be close to her sisters and large extended family where she enjoyed monthly “Cousins Club” luncheons, played golf, and enjoyed the great outdoors. The Smith Sisters were especially close, travelling abroad and enjoying many happy and often hilarious adventures. In 1999 she moved to California to be near her son Greg and daughter Monetta. She moved to Heber City, Utah, in March 2021. During Wilma’s nearly century-long life she went from hand-crank “local party line” telephones to FaceTime calls with family thousands of miles away, and from reading and studying by the light of an Aladdin lamp to indoor plumbing, electric lights, and the amazing computer which she used at 90!. Wilma was adaptable as science and technology changed the world and the way she lived. Throughout her life, gardening was a favorite pastime as was playing the piano, sewing, cooking, homemaking, travelling, and playing games.. Her strong relationship with and deep devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends gave meaningful richness to her life. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and in various P. E. O. chapters in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Carlsbad, California. Wilma is survived by 3 children, Douglas (Sally) Bostrom of Clancy, Montana, Monetta Smoot of San Diego, California, and Donald (Ginny) Bostrom of Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Her husband Wynn, son Gregory, parents, and siblings preceded her in death. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park followed by interment at the same location. All who would like to celebrate her wonderful life are welcome to come. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.
- American Cancer Society
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Wilma Jean Bostrom
May 9, 2021
I am a great grandson of Wilma. My dad is Rob Smoot. As far as I could ever remember, Great Grandma had always been there. She seemed all-knowing and wise. As the final years of her life went by(which were the first years of my life), she went from standing up to a wheelchair to being entirely confined to a bed and barely able to speak. I remember when I visited Grandma's house, I would come to the place where she lived. I remember her stuffed toy dog animal. She always wanted a dog. I remember when she lost her dog, my family was at Sea World and got a polar bear while we were there. I thought it was funny when she thought the polar bear was a dog. She probably has a dog in heaven.
April 24, 2021
I had the pleasure of playing piano duets with Wilma on several occasions, including the 50th wedding anniversary of her sister Marjorie and Marjorie's husband Carl (my grandparents). I remember her smiles, her infectious enthusiasm, and her wonderful groove.
April 14, 2021
my deepest condolences to Wilma's Family I spoke mostly with Moneta who was such a loving and caring daughter to her mother. We took care of Wilma when she living at Casa de Manana senior living she was a doll never complained always had a smile to share with our staff. It was with such sadness when she moved to a higher level of care. but I did continue to keep in touch with Moneta and managed to go visit Wilma it gives me great please when family continue to remember us. Wilma's family was part of our extended family we loved and nurtured Wilma as our own grandma.
Thank you for sharing Wilma with us...…..Gracie Q.