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Muriel Call

July 15, 1924 — March 25, 2011

Edith Muriel Call, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Friday March 25, 2011. Edith Muriel Tovey was the first born of 14 children to Edith Reynolds and Lester Tovey on July 15, 1924 in Malad, Idaho. She spent her early years on their ranch in Daniels and in St. John where she graduated from grammar school as County Valedictorian. She graduated from Malad High School where she was active in the acapella choir, Home Ec Club and was editor of the school newspaper.

After graduating she went to Ogden where she was employed at Hill Air Force Base for a time and then worked for the Standard Examiner newspaper, after which she enlisted in the Women's Reserve of the United States Coast Guard. She was stationed for a time in New York City and the remainder of her enlistment in Miami, Florida. While there she met and married Bill McHugh. At the end of Warld War II they returned to Malad. They were the parents of six children: Terrilee Hancock, Kelly Ann Peterson, Michael McHugh, Marty Wade, Kevin McHugh and Collin McHugh. They were later divorced.

She supported her family as a Medical Transcriptionist at Bannock Memorial Hospital and also did other transcription work. When she was called on a mission for her church she sold her house and left her job to serve a full-time proselyting mission in New York City. After her mission she moved to Redmond, Oregon where she again did Medical Transcription at St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

She was always active in her church. Some of the callings she held were: Malad Stake Gleaner president, Pocatello First Ward Relief Society President, 11th Ward Sunday School Coordinator, Redmond, Oregon Stake Relief Society President. She was a Stake Missionary twice and taught classes in the various church auxiliaries. She was also a visiting teacher most of her adult life.

After moving to Oregon she met and married Kay Call. They had a home with a large yard in Metolius, Oregon and spent much of their time taking care of the trees, vegetable and flower gardens. When they could no longer care for the yard they sold their home and moved to Pocatello to be nearer to family members.

Muriel loved to read and always had a book close at hand. She made beautiful hairpin lace Afghans as gifts for friends and family. For a time she also made quilts for each of the new grand babies.

She is survived by her husband, Kay Call, all of her children, 19 grandchildren, 34 grandchildren and five brothers and seven sisters. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother, Les.

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