Post Register (Idaho Falls, ID) | 10 December 1998
POCATELLO - Audrey Melissa Wardle Chase, 83, of Pocatello, Idaho, a former resident of eastern Idaho, died Dec. 7, 1998, at her home.
She was born Oct. 29, 1915, at Victor, Idaho, to James and Melissa Shaw Wardle. She spent her early childhood in the Teton Basin, and graduated from Ammon High School in 1932 at the age of 16. She attended Idaho State College and received her teaching certificate.
On June 22, 1937, she married Ellis Chase. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple on Sept. 30, 1939. She taught school throughout her life in the Teton Basin area, Idaho Falls, Nampa and Pocatello, retiring from Pocatello High School after 38 years of service.
When her husband died she was forced to work a second job as a waitress in order to provide for their five children. She continued her education and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Idaho State University.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she held various positions and served from September 1990 through 1991 as a missionary at the Genealogy Center in Salt Lake City. She enjoyed participating with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She was active in literary groups, was a faithful fan of Pocatello High School sports activities, and she loved the mountains. She was still camping and white water rafting at age 72. She kept her family close by encouraging family reunions, camping and other activities.
Survivors include her children, Kenneth Chase (Sara) of Hawthorne, Nev., Dale Chase (Annie) of Boise, Roger Chase (Janis) of Pocatello, and Ann Carter (Bud) of Salt Lake City, Utah; a son-in-law, Eric Read of Pocatello; a brother, James Wardle of Salt Lake City; two sisters, Phyliss Olsen of Idaho Falls, and Verna Green of Pocatello; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Chase; a daughter, Carolyn Read; three sisters, Lula Beesley, Wanda Wardle and Myrtle Wardle; and a brother, William Wardle.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Indian Hills LDS Ward, 5425 Bannock Highway, Pocatello, with Bishop Brad Hunt officiating. The family will visit with friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home in Pocatello, and Saturday for one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery.
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