Gerri Wellard, age 77, of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, passed away on March 30, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born October 13, 1945, in Hawthorne, Nevada, the oldest daughter of two born to Benny and Joseph Love. The girls were adopted by Kathleen and Dick Black.

Gerri was kind-hearted, a loving mother and wife who spoiled her grandchildren without complaint. She was feisty but would give you her last dollar if she felt you needed it.

She married the love of her life Dwaine Wellard on November 6, 1970. Together, they chose to make Lava Hot Springs their home. They had one son, JD, and many fur babies. They were very involved with the community and helped form the Lava Ambulance Service for the area. They also had a great passion for our country and were part of the Republican Party. He passed in 1999, leaving a large hole in her heart.

Gerri was very intelligent. In her early adulthood, she worked as a secretary for the INEL. When a chance to form condominiums in Lava arose she was on board and was there from day one. As an office manager, she was extremely dedicated, rarely taking time off. She worked there for 46 years until her death.

Gerri loved to read, any and ALL animals, watch movies, shop, watch football and baseball, and most of all, be with family. She drove many miles to support us all with our activities or lend a helping hand.

She is survived by her son, Jeremy Dwaine (Amie) Wellard, and former daughter-in-law Lisa Preece (Scott) Rowley. Her adopted children: Curtis (Felicia) Wood and Kirk Jenkins. Grandchildren: Kaden (Tysen) Wellard, Brennan Wood, Dawson Wellard, LaNesha (Brandan) Robinette, Krista (Gavin) Combs, Brady Rowley, Curtis Wood Jr, and Victoria Wood and great grandchildren: Coda, Raiden, Tanner, Drew, and Knoxleigh. Sisters: Judy (Jim) Holden, Zella Van Natta, and Carolynn Isenhart. Brother and sister-in-law's: John (Rose) Wellard, Grant (Terri) Wellard, Sue (Mike) Kelly, and Wade (Veneta) Wellard. She was the proud aunt of numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine, her parents, adoptive parents, mother and father-in-law, brother Claude John) Phillips & nephew Dick Phillips, and sister-in-law, Sharon Foutch.

A celebration of Gerri's life will be held at a later date.

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Larkin Mortuary
260 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

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Apr 10, 2023

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I just heard today that Gerri has passed. I was shocked. She was always so full of energy and busy all the time taking care of all the owners and the million and one things that need to be done in order to run the condos. We have known her since the mid 1980's and got to know her on our trips to Lava. It will be very strange to not see her when we visit Lava this fall. She was the anchor of the condos. RIP Gerri. You will be deeply missed.

Jim Erickson & Janet Schen , Ogden, UT, US May 18, 2023

I just heard today that Gerri has passed. I was shocked. She was always so full of energy and busy all the time taking care of all the owners and the million and one things that need to be done in order to run the condos. We have known her since the mid 1980's and got to know her on our trips to Lava. It will be very strange to not see her when we visit Lava this fall. She was the anchor of the condos. RIP Gerri. You will be deeply missed.

Jim Erickson & Janet Schen , Ogden, UT, US May 18, 2023

I am so sorry to hear of Gerri's passing. As my extended family has expressed she always was very helpful to our family through the years at "the condos". It will not be the same not seeing her there as we have every single year since ..well...forever.I am so glad I had a chance to see and speak to her last July 4th.and watch her enjoy the fireworks with her family as they went off over the town. She was so happy to be enjoying the display and be with her family as was evidenced by the smile on her face. Rest in Peace Gerri.

Teresa and Ronicka Goodwin and family.

Teresa Goodwin , Pocatello , ID, US Apr 18, 2023

We send our love and condolences to JD and all of the family. Gerri will always be dear to our hearts. She helped us create cherished memories at Lava Hot Springs Village, and she was always willing to take special care of our family. We will be forever grateful., and we will miss her. Lava will never be the same without her!

-With prayers and love, Mindy, Denise, Diana, Lisa, Dustin, Teresa, Fred Goodwin & families

Goodwin Family , Nampa, ID, US Apr 18, 2023

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REST IN HEAVEN

Kirk Jenkins , Pocatello , ID, US Apr 10, 2023

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