April 20, 1954 – October 28, 2019
Annette Spaulding, 65, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loving family on October 28, 2019 due to complications from ovarian cancer.
Annette was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) Spaulding, her parents, Max Jensen and Ardath Walker, her brother Allen Jensen, her step-dad, Connald Carlsen, and her step-sister Bonnie Thomason.
Annette was born April 20, 1954 in Rexburg, ID to Ardath Walker and Max Jensen and was the fifth of seven children. She grew up in Rexburg, ID, later attending Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) and then BYU. Annette served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Florida, Ft. Lauderdale mission. Upon returning home, Annette met Jim Spaulding and after a whirlwind romance they were married on February 19, 1982 in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Their life was filled with many adventures ranging from cross country moves, charity work in Mexico, late nights and long weekends spent completing their many projects, serving others, failing at some businesses and succeeding at others.
Scrapbooking and journaling were a couple of Annette’s passions. She would spend evenings documenting important moments in her children’s lives and finding the pictures that best captured the moment. It was then a joy for her to show the books to grandchildren and tell them stories about their parents.
Annette was very organized. She loved leaving things better than she found them. Over the years she taught classes on organization and productivity. She enjoyed decorating her home for the holidays, especially Christmas. In her later years, she relished spending time with her grandchildren and making memories with them.
One of the business projects Annette took on later in life was starting Binky to Backpack Daycare. Her philosophy was to “teach children to learn to love who they are.” Although it started as a labor of love, it soon grew into a thriving business.
Annette was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. She lived a life of devoted service to her family, church, and community.
Annette is survived by Coleman (Pamela) Spaulding and their children Stella, Holland and Coleman; Laci (Derrick) Hope and their children Oakley, Ivory and Olive; Lexie (Jacob) Thomas and their children Lincoln, Brigham, Rudger, and Olivia; Taylor (Natalie) Spaulding and their daughter Stevie; McKenzie (Brett) Loveless and their children Trey, Emma and Max. Also survived are her siblings, Dennis Carlsen of California; Paul (Rosalie) Jensen of Pocatello; Beverly (Neil) Taylor of Menan; Sonja (Roger) Thomason of Rexburg; Barbara (Jon) Goss of Rexburg; Elaine (Jeff) Fluckiger of Rexburg; Gaylen (Lisa) Jensen of Rexburg; Kerry (May Lin) Carlsen of Boise.
Funeral Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 723 Hankins Rd. N., Twin Falls, Idaho; visitations held at the church on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 8:00-8:45 a.m. Burial will follow at Annis Little Butte Cemetery in Rigby, Idaho at 3:00 p.m.
Condolences for the family can be left at www.reynoldschapel.com
- Max Jensen, Father (deceased)
- Ardath Walker, Mother (deceased)
- Allen Jensen, Brother (deceased)
- Connald Carlsen, Step-dad (deceased)
- Bonnie Thomason, Step-sister (deceased)
- Dennis Carlsen, Brother
- Paul (Rosalie) Jensen, Brother
- Beverly (Neil) Taylor, Sister
- Sonja (Roger) Thomason, Sister
- Barbara (Jon) Goss, Sister
- Elaine (Jeff) Fluckiger, Sister
- Gaylen (Lisa) Jensen, Brother
- James (Jim) Spaulding, Husband (deceased)
- Kerry (May Lin) Carlsen, Step-brother
- Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
- Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
November 3, 2019
Growing up with Coleman Annette was often teaching us many valuable lessons. I remember making up a story (which Coleman and I did probably too many times) so that I would be able to come and spend the night at the Spaulding home and getting caught in it. I remember having to talk to her on the phone and in the most loving and caring way possible, Annette teaching me about honesty and integrity. Was a life lesson that I remember to this day. I can think of so many other fun things that she let us go and do always allowing us to simply be kids and teaching us along the way to help us make better choices. Please know my thoughts are with your family during this time.
November 2, 2019
Annette was/is a beautiful, gracious lady who is loved by many . I am grateful I had the privilege of knowing her and being taught by her example. She is missed. My love and prayers to her family.❤️
November 1, 2019
So sorry to hear about Annette. She was a lovely lady and will be missed.
I have good memories of growing up with your family in the old 3rd ward and going to school with Paul. We have several members of your family in our Burton, Idaho family now.
Please accept our sympathy and know that we send prayers and good thoughts to all of you.
Linda & Morgan Beattie
October 31, 2019
Jim & Annette were some of our dearest friends when they lived in Arizona. I will always remember how neat & organized her home was. Even with four little children Annette always had a spotless home, even when she did daycare. I remember asking her how she did it? In true Annette style she pulled out her file box of index cards all neatly filed & showed me how she had each day laid out of what chores were to be done to keep the house in order. She would say “if you do a little each day & work in a rotation you’ll never get overwhelmed & always stay on top. I believe Annette & Jim lived this principal in everything they did. From serving those in need, to building successful businesses & a beautiful family.
It was an honor & a privilege to know them but even more of a blessing to call them our friends.
We miss them but know they are rejoicing in heaven.
Love you all,
Kent & Tava Udall
Mel & Joan Hartley
October 31, 2019
We remember the first time we met Jim and Annette in the Twin Falls 10th Ward. We became almost instant friends and value that friendship even now. Please convey our condolences and love to their family.