Obituary: SIELAFF, AFTON

Published: Monday, July 28 2014 2:46 a.m. MDT

Afton C. Phillips Travis Sielaff1916 ~ 2011Beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, Afton C. Phillips Travis Sielaff passed away on December 15, 2011 at the age of 95, in Alpine, Utah at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. Afton was born in Dayton, Idaho on March 12, 1916. She was the fifth child of 12 children born to Vernon Moroni and Bertha Callan Phillips. 11 of those children grew to be mature adults and five of those are still surviving: Thelma Page, Beth Gray, Barbara Pattee, Callan (Marilyn) Phillips and Geraldine (Ronald) Barker. Afton lived in Dayton until the age of 11 when she moved to Ammon, Idaho with her family and then Osgood. She graduated from Ammon High School and at the age of 21, on April 5, 1937, she married Lawrence M. Travis. Together they reared four children: Sheldon (Judy) Travis, Barbara (Paul) Thompson, Deanna (Bill) Shine, and Wendy (Rod) Alder (deceased).Afton was widowed at the age of 45 and after 15 years as a single mom, she married Martin A. Sielaff on July 2, 1976. They were married until his passing in 2001. She enjoyed and appreciated the kindness of Martin's grown children: Marty (Kay) Sielaff, Marlene (Glen) Smith, Marlyn (Gary) Ruschman, and Anita (Tim) Burgess and all of their families.Afton spent most of her married life with Lawrence in Nampa, Idaho after living short times in Idaho Falls and Shelley and all of her married life with Martin in Boise. Her last ten and a half years she has lived with daughter Barbara and her family in Alpine, Utah. After Lawrence passed away, she became a school lunch lady to support her two little girls who were still at home. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has served in many callings throughout her life and was sealed to Lawrence and their children in the Idaho Falls L.D.S. Temple on May 8, 1953.She is survived by four sisters, one brother, three children, 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, four stepchildren and numerous step grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.Afton loved to read, crochet, bake and be with her family. She was witty, positive, petite, a hard worker and a beautiful example to others.We express a special thank you to the Bristol hospice team for their care of Afton these past few months.A short funeral service will be held in the Mountain Ville Chapel in Alpine, Utah on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. with a viewing 1/2 hour before. There will also be a short graveside service on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens (15862 Indiana Ave. Caldwell, Idaho) at 10:00 a.m. under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary.