Fern Dansie Bateman1914 ~ 2012Our perfect mother passed away on Sunday her favorite day of the week, February 19, 2012, at the age of 97, just a few weeks shy of her 98th birthday surrounded by family in her daughter Mary's home in Meridian, Idaho.Fern was born on April 5, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fern is the oldest daughter of Mahonri Moriancumer and Estella Starling Dansie. She was raised during the depression with a strong work ethic and sense of gratitude for tender mercies from the Lord. She graduated from West High School and went to work immediately to help her parents pay off their home and help support her six siblings. Fern served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Southern States, where she felt she was sent to reform her companions rather than preach the gospel. Fern had a beautiful soprano singing voice which filled her home with music. She was serving as Secretary for the General Primary Board of the L.D.S. church when she met the love of her life, Wayne Martin Bateman. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on August 26, 1946 by Elder Harold B. Lee. Fern raised six children who feel honored to have her as their wonderful mother. She taught them to always have faith, remember who you are, keep a positive attitude, and "Say your prayers". She instilled in her family a love of the hymns of the gospel and the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Fern and Wayne's home was a gathering place for many memorable occasions, especially Sunday dinners. Fern was an excellent cook. She made wonderful homemade chocolates, especially her cherry chocolates! She was a member of the Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers. Mother loved to crochet, sew, travel, and go fishing. Fern was loved for her positive attitude, cheerful sense of humor, and her deep faith. She worked for Bryner Clinic for 19 years as an insurance secretary and retired at the age of 72. She is survived by her brother Wesley, Sisters Jessa , Dorothy, Estella Benson, Salt Lake City; Mildred (Billie) Copeland, Jacksonville Florida; Sister-in- law Dorothy (Lyle) Hurst, Eagle Mountain, Utah.Fern's children, Karen (Greg) Cook, Kuna Idaho; Stan (Debby), Eagle Mountain Utah; Pamela(Steve) Lehman West Valley City Utah; Richard(Debbie)Twin Falls, Idaho; Garth (Machelle) Highland Utah; Mary (Tory) McDonald, Meridian Idaho; 26 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and three on the way. "Zion is growing".Preceded by her husband Wayne, her parents, brother Leroy, daughter in law Marie, and Great granddaughter Preslie Quinn Martin.With great appreciation our family would like to thank Dr. Stuart Black for his many hours of aid and comfort for Wayne and Fern.Thank you also to Horizon Home Health and Hospice.Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Garden Park Ward, 1150 East Yale Avenue (1087 South). A viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment Murray City Cemetery. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.holbrookmortuary.com