Theda Laws Timmins, our beautiful Mom and Grammie, passed away peacefully while holding her son’s hand on Friday August 4, 2023. She passed away due to natural, age-related causes.\n\nTheda was born in Blanding, Utah on December 17, 1941, just 10 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. When she was 3 years old, her father was killed in a work accident and after her mother remarried, the family moved to Chugwater, Wyoming. Theda lived and worked on a ranch, and it was her responsibility to kill the chicken for dinner. She didn’t like that job.\n\nTheda’s family returned to Salt Lake City and she graduated from West High School. She sang in the choir and played volleyball, and was voted “best legs”. Her older brother Dwight was friends with a guy named Bill – when Bill got back from his LDS mission he asked Dwight, “Who is THAT?” and Dwight said, “that’s my kid sister”. Theda married William M. (“Bill”) Timmins, Jr. on October 14, 1961. Sadly, Bill passed away from cancer on February 26, 1989, and Theda spent her remaining years missing the love of her life.\n\nWhile living in Boston, Mass. in the 60’s, Theda worked on one of the early supercomputers at the Smithsonian. Back home in Utah, she dedicated her life to serving others. Theda volunteered as PTA President and as a member of the PTA, organized school events, extracurricular classes for “gifted and talented” students, and school activities including the annual carnival. She was an excellent seamstress, creating beautiful clothing, costumes, toys, and quilts for her children and grandchildren, and was exceptionally gifted in embroidery and knitting. \n\nTheda loved to spend time at her family cabin on Blue Mountain near Blanding, Utah. Her family built the cabin by hand in 1969. Her children and their cousins have many happy memories camping together and eating her delicious Dutch oven breakfasts. She also hit the road on “girls’ trips” with Rita and Vicky, travelling the U.S. coast to coast on many adventures. Theda travelled with Bill to far off places like Thailand, Bali, Canada and Hawaii, and worked on a paddle boat on the Mississippi River while Bill gave historical lectures. She and Dwight travelled to the Mexican colonies where their ancestors once lived. Theda visited England and Scotland with her daughter. She loved to travel, but was always happy to come home. \n\nTheda was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was faithful her entire life. She served as Relief Society President, in the Primary, and was a gifted teacher in Relief Society, Sunday School, and Gospel Doctrine. Theda was a scriptorian, and regularly read and studied the scriptures. When she was no longer able to teach, she enjoyed creating the weekly sacrament program for many years.\nTheda dedicated years to family history and genealogy, creating a full family history record. She was very intelligent and an avid reader, and instilled the love of reading into her children. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, and she always made it beautiful. After Bill’s passing, she worked in a CPA office until the birth of her first granddaughter, when she retired to be a Grammie full time. \n \nTheda had an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile. When she smiled, her eyes would disappear – when taking pictures she would tease, “You have to choose…. my eyes or my smile”. She was looking forward to rejoining Bill in the next life, telling everyone “the first thing I’m going to do is run!” We know she’s running in the beautiful fields of heaven. \n\nTheda is preceded in death by her parents, Julian Asa Laws Jr. and Marie Black Laws DuVall, her older brother, Richard Dwight Laws, and her grandson, Nikolaos Cardoso Timmins. After the untimely death of her father, she was blessed with Presley Arthur DuVall as her step-father, who also proceeded her in death. \n\nTheda is survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, her brother and 2 sisters. Her children are William Montana Timmins III (Terri Lee), Clark Brighton Timmins (Patricia), Laurel Timmins Almstedt (David), Sally Timmins, and Rebekah Timmins Mecham (James Ryan), sisters Rita DuVall and Vicky Laws Dyson (Vanon), and brother Ken Leroy DuVall (Mary). \n\nFuneral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 11th at the Holladay 27th Ward on 5450 South Holladay Blvd, Holladay, Utah. Interment will be on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 am in the Smithfield City Cemetery. The family invites guests to wear something purple, her favorite color.\n \nTheda was able to live independently in her home until the last two weeks of life. The family would like to thank Sunridge Assisted Living for the gracious care they gave her during her last few days. The family would also like to thank Gretchen Davenport, her home health nurse, who not only took excellent care of her but also became her friend. And finally, we’d like to thank the members of the Holladay 27th Ward, especially Bishop Kirk and Danette and Ryan Wright, for being her ministers and friends.