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Vonda Hillam Biorn November 22, 2020 - May 27, 1926

Vonda Hillam Biorn (94) most recently of Eagle, Idaho, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Foxtail Care, from causes incident to age.  Vonda was born May 27, 1926 to Laura May Lemmon and George Marvin Hillam in Marysville, Idaho.  She was the 3rd of 7 children.  She grew up in Idaho and as an adult also lived in Oregon & Washington.

On June 4th of 1946, Vonda was married to Frank Revere Biorn in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the same day and in the same place that her sister Grace married Howard Murdoch.  Frank and Vonda had met four months earlier at the Marysville Ward Reunion, where she was singing in the program.  Frank turned and said to his father, “That’s going to be my wife.”

Vonda was an educator.  She received an Associates Degree in Education from Ricks College (now BYU- Idaho) in 1946 and taught third grade for six years.  She later worked as a school district librarian for 5 years, an elementary school librarian, and a high school librarian.  In 1970, Vonda received her BA in Education from Eastern Washington University, having taken most of her coursework during the summers.  Vonda ended her career as the librarian at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington, where she also taught calligraphy and demonstrated the art of caramel making in the Home & Family Living Classes.  In all, Vonda taught for 36 years and substitute taught for several years after her retirement.

In May of 1995, Vonda and Frank were called to a service mission at the Church Employment Center in Renton, Washington for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Vonda was active in the church throughout her life, and when she wrote her personal history in 2001, she left her testimony as follows:

I would like my family to know that I have a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Each year that I live it is more evident that the Savior lives and that he loves me and my family.  I am so grateful for His atoning sacrifice for us.  I know that He forgives me of my sins and shortcomings and helps me to overcome all of my imperfections.

I have had a wonderful life and would like my family to know that I appreciate and love them for making it so.

Vonda is survived by her oldest sister, Nina Myers of Idaho Falls, ID and her only brother, Rulon Hillam of Blackfoot, ID, three of her four sons, Jex (Deanna) of Star, ID, Kerry of Alpine, UT, her daughter in law, Arlie of Medford, NJ and Ned (Theresa) of Auburn, WA, sixteen grandchildren and  fifty four Great-grandchildren.  She was preceeded in death by her husband, Frank, her son Andy, and two grandchildren, Nils & Finn.

A viewing will be held at Bowman Funeral Home in Garden City, Idaho on Dec. 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Graveside services will be held at the Tahoma Veteran’s Cemetery in Kent Washington on Dec. 8th at 1:30 pm

To view the service virtually on Friday, December 4, 2020 please visit https://www.bowmanfuneral.com/livestream/  The service will begin at 5:00 pm

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A committal service will be held, 1:30 pm, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA.


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    Cesar Acuna says

    To all the Bjorn family, I want to express my love and prayers for the passing of their wonderful mother. Vonda. I think that Frank and Vonda are the most wonderful and loving people I ever met. You are truly born of goodly parents.

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    Roger and Linda Bailie says

    Our love and prayers to the Bjorn family. How we love you Vonda and Frank. It was always a joy to be with them whenever we could. We visited them often and they hosted us several times when our kids were playing basketball in state tournaments in the Tacoma Dome.
    In the summer of 1966 I enjoyed a trip to Vonda‘s home place in Idaho and met several of her relatives. Ned provided a lot of entertainment on that road trip. Andy and Kerry worked on our farm for harvest and we always had fun with them. Frank and Vonda were always so proud of their sons. All four of them had wonderful guidance from their parents.
    Last Christmas Vonda‘s Christmas card was returned to me and I never was able to chase down where she lived. I always enjoyed my phone calls with her. She will be missed and her memory is very dear to all of us.
    Blessings to your family. How we would love to be able to be at the services to celebrate her life but we aren’t traveling that far from home during these times.

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