Melvina Lee Barnes Belnap, 86, of Moreland passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sept. 1, 2013 at her sister’s home from a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 28, 1927 to Forrest Walker and Ruth Elzada (Sanders) Barnes in Idaho Falls and later moved to Oklahoma and then back to Hamer. She graduated from Roberts High School and Ricks College (Brigham Young University-Idaho), and taught at Rigby Elementary for two years. Later she attended Utah State University to receive a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
While attending school at Ricks, Vina Lee was introduced to Boyd Belnap by his sister LaRue (her roommate). They fell in love and were sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 22, 1950. She and Boyd were called as workers in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and would later serve an LDS mission in Independence, Missouri.
She taught at Moreland and Riverside Elementary for 18 years and retired from that position with the Snake River School District. Vina Lee was a wonderful homemaker. She loved the farm, country life, the good green earth and being among family. She loved teaching school and enjoyed talking to her grownup students in her later years. Few who left her home rarely came away without some home- baked items, usually her famous bread.
She loved Boyd and missed him when he passed away in April of 2009.
Vina Lee is survived by her five children, Cheryl (John) Thompson of Moreland; Marlene (Gary) Miyasaki of Huntington, Utah; Brent (Melanie Hart) Belnap of Idaho Falls; Serena (Stephen) Farr of Sandy, Utah and Conrad (Annette Lloyd) Belnap of Rexburg; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Marcus W. Barnes and Sarah Beth Barnes of Rigby.
Vina Lee loved being a mother and a grandmother. Her greatest joy of all was spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at the Blackfoot West LDS Stake Center on 100 North 900 West. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and again for one hour prior to services at the Blackfoot West LDS Stake Center. Interment will follow the services at the Moreland Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com .
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Teton Home Health and Hospice for their assistance.