Laurenia Loy Potter Navarro
Laurenia Loy Potter Navarro passed away August 22, 2022, and returned home to her Heavenly Father. Loy, as she was called by her mother and throughout her life, was born in Butte, Montana on January 9, 1935, to Warren Smith Potter and Emeline Amelia Campbell. She was the youngest of their eight children and loved her parents and family dearly. Loy grew up in Trout Creek Montana, a beautiful and idealistic farming community at the base of the Rocky Mountains. She spent a happy childhood playing in the mountains adjacent to her home, participating in school and community, even earning the valedictorian honor for her graduating class.
Loy loved animals and even had a deer for a pet which she named Bambi, and yet her greatest joy in her young life was to be outside spending time with and helping her angel father with whom she had an extremely close relationship.
After High school, Loy moved to Butte for work and eventually met and married the love of her life, Raymond Francis Navarro. They are devoted to each other and celebrated sixty-three years of marriage on their last anniversary. She and her husband had a highly successful and happy marriage. One might call them a power couple, and they worked together in small and large life projects. Early in their marriage, they decided that Ray should earn a college degree. Loy worked and studied together with Ray, who worked a job full-time, and their efforts paid off when he became the first of his mother’s children to graduate from college. In his kind and wonderful manner, he repaid her for her support in many ways. One of those being that before they retired, Ray himself built Loy her dream house. They collaborated on the design, found the property, and then Loy decorated the home. This cooperative effort had been witnessed many times by their children, and is reminiscent of the saying: “Momma paints the picture and Daddy builds the frame.” Together Loy and Ray had four daughters, seventeen grandchildren, and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.
Loy was an exemplary wife and mother, loved and served her family, and all while working a full-time job. She worked several places in her career, but retired from IRS where she had been in the criminal investigation unit. She also had many talents and past times. Loy was an artist and poet, seeing beauty in everything and gifted with the ability to graft that beauty into life.
Loy was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By example and precept, she taught and persuaded all within her sphere to come unto Christ. Loy served in numerous church callings and together with her husband, who was ordained a sealer, served many years in the Ogden Temple. While Loy was diligent in doing her duty, she was also a fun and happy person with a wonderful sense of humor who loved life, holidays, and celebrating. From games with her family to traveling, Loy and her husband crafted a happy existence. They were blessed to have traveled together to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and Italy, but her home away from home was Carlsbad, California. They returned there yearly and loved the beach and warmer weather.
Loy was preceded in death by her dear parents, six of her siblings, and nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her wonderful husband, Raymond Francis Navarro, her four daughters: Angela Marie Navarro, Lori Ann Navarro Cole, Melody Loy Navarro, and Marisa Bell Navarro Smellie (Rick), her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Loy had something extra in life which included a firm testimony of the gospel from a youth, a gift for living life, and loving people. She is adored by her husband, posterity, and is long awaited by her beloved parents in the halls of her Heavenly Father.
To honor Loy and her life, a viewing will be held at Myers Mortuary in Roy, Utah on Friday August 26, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m. and then from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday August 27, 2022 at the Clinton 12th Ward Chapel 1708 W. 800 N. Clinton, Utah. The funeral will follow at ll:00 a.m. with internment in the Roy City Cemetery.