Venita Gay Parry Roylance, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2023. She was born on April 20, 1939, in Provo, Utah, to Thomas Reese and Violet Michie Parry. She was the youngest of four girls by ten years.
She grew up in her beloved Provo, Utah. She attended BYU and graduated from Utah State University.
She married Erling Alan Roylance on Sept. 14, 1961, in the Manti LDS Temple. They settled in Springville, Utah, and raised five children there. They were later divorced.
Venita was very social in high school and kept very busy with many things such as: Being on the legislative council, a member of the pep club, part of the ROTC Sponsor Corp, and in the "Phi Gamma Psi" girl's organization. She also was the editor of the high school yearbook which won the prestigious All American designation!
One of her favorite experiences as a teenager was participating in the Palmyra Pageant, in New York, in 1958, as both a cast member and as a missionary. It was an experience she cherished for the rest of her life.
Venita taught at Grant Elementary School in Springville, Utah, for over 30 years. She took great pride in helping establish new teaching practices there and for being responsible for setting up the new computer labs for the school (back when that was brand new technology!) She was very smart and savvy with new technology and anything else which was new and progressive.
She had a beautiful voice. She sang, and conducted, for many years with the Springville women's choir, "The Musettes".
She also was a space-nut and faithfully followed the space program.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served for many years as a Family History missionary. She very much loved doing that and helped countless others through her work.
She wrote a novel titled "John Lambert, Bodyguard to Joseph Smith, An Historic Novel". He was a direct descendant of hers and her novel can be found on Apple Books.
She was a trained EMT and she loved to travel (including several trips to Wales for family history research).
One of her most endearing traits was her love of being funny and making people laugh.
She was a brilliant woman who did much good for many people and was a beloved treasure by all those who knew and loved her. We will miss you, mom!
Venita is survived by her five children: Syd (Mark) Snow, Leslie (Ross) Maxfield, Alex (Tanya) Roylance, Tommy (Heather) Roylance and Andy (Dana) Roylance; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 20, 2023, 10:00 am, at the Springville Dry Creek Stake Center which is located at 1157 W 900 S, Springville, Utah. There will be no viewing per her request. Her burial will be in the Provo City Cemetery, 610 S State Street, Provo, Utah.
Thank-you to all the loving friends and family and also to those at the Spring Hollow Care Center, who also loved and cared for her as much as we did.
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