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Ada Rae Haskell Christensen Wangsgard

The Power County Press of American Falls, Idaho

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Huntsville, UT - Ada Rae Wangsgard, 95, passed away peacefully due to old age and complications of Alzheimer's on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Country Pines Assisted Living in Clinton, UT.

Mom was born Sept. 13, 1916 in Sublett, ID, the daughter of Raymond Levi and Sarah (Horn) Haskell. Ada married Max Christensen on Feb. 5, 1934 in American Falls. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They had three children, Max L. (Betty) Christensen of West Point, Leonard R. (Georgia) Christensen of St. George and Karen Christensen Kim-ber Boeslund (deceased). Max passed away on Feb. 7, 1961. She married Gilbert A. Wangsgard on April 24, 1965; he passed away on Nov. 25, 1990.

She attended schools in Rockland, and graduated from high school.

She worked at DDO in the kitchen; she learned many cooking skills there and received many awards. She worked at Hill Air Force Base for a while, during that time she even washed B-25 and B-26 airplanes. She worked at Snow Basin in the kitchen and was known around the area for the wonderful pies she would bake.

She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. An active member of two women's social groups, she was highly involved as secretary and met monthly. She was honored as the Grand Marshall in the Huntsville July 4th Parade in 2001.

She loved to garden, raise flowers and embroidery. She bottled fruit every fall and was good at it. She loved to watch boxing matches on TV. She enjoyed the rodeo in her younger days. All her children and grandchildren loved her homemade apple pie. She was an active member of the LDS Church, where she served as the Librarian for 25 years. Ada is survived by her two sons; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and three brothers, Erma Moss, Ivan Haskell, George Haskell, Lola Mae Stokes and Carl Haskell, all of Idaho, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; her daughter, Karen; two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park.

The family would like to give special thanks to Country Pines Assisted Living for their care of Ada.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012

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