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Webb Funeral Home
Saturday May 1st, 2021
10:30am - 11:30am

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Venna Swainston Herd

Venna Swainston Herd, 102 years of age, passed peacefully from this life on April 27, 2021. She was born February 6, 1919 in Whitney, Idaho to Annie J. and John E. Swainston. She was the oldest of four siblings, sisters Delma, Fern and a brother Jack.

She grew up on the family farm in Whitney where she attended school and later graduated from Preston High School. She met Garland W. Herd on a blind date and they became eternal companions when they married in the Logan L.D.S. Temple on June 30, 1938. Their marriage was blessed with four children; Judy (Joseph Nielson), Kathy (Craig Nielson), Diane (Steven Drury) and Scott (Ann Burnham). After 57 years of marriage, Garland passed away in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Judy and her son Scott. Venna leaves a legacy of 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

She enjoyed her activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she made many friends who have given Christ like service and have been good and faithful until the end. The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Senior Living and those of Symbii Home Care and Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Since Venna had the opportunity to honor and commemorate her life with so many of her family and friends at her 100th birthday celebration, she has requested no formal funeral service to be held. However, a viewing will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with a small service to follow at 12:00 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston, Idaho. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


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I loved seeing Venna at church. Her smile is contagious. Love and sympathy to your family.

Karla Gundersen May 4 2021 8:27 PM

What a wonderful lady. And a lady she was. She lifted each time we saw her! She was a great friend to whoever she was around!! Her and Gar must be so very glad to be together again. Love you girlfriend!!

Dave and Tina Fryar

Dave and Tina Fryar May 2 2021 3:15 PM

The last of the ladies in the birthday club. What great memories! I've still got some doilies she crocheted and I treasure them. Fun lady !

Melanie Archibald May 2 2021 9:14 AM

I am sorry for your loss. However I can't think of anyone more excited to get to the other side. I'm sure she is happy. So glad we have the gospel peace of knowing life goes on and we will see her again.

Thelma Roley May 1 2021 1:45 PM

It was a true honor to know Venna. She was part of our Church Family and she always had a sweet smile and a kind word. She was faithful to the end and I'm sure she has an honored place in Heaven.

Julie Moore Apr 30 2021 2:54 PM

We loved living across the street from Gar & Venna for many years. Our kids have lots of memories and stories to share whenever Vienna's name comes up in conversation. She always looked beautiful with lovely clothes and jewelry to match! She was an amazing friend, neighbor and part of our church family. We'll miss visiting her on Sunday's. Her smile and infectious laugh will be with us as special memories. Sure gonna miss you!

Tom & Tarea Madsen Apr 29 2021 11:03 PM

What a sweet sweet lady with a beautiful smile. We are so grateful to have known her. We have loved getting to know her at the heritage home. We are sure she is having a glorious reunion with her loved ones.

Bart and Jan Wilcox Apr 29 2021 10:03 PM

Vienna was always so grateful for all you cared for her. I was privileged to take care of her at the heritage Home. I'm glad that she is finally out of pain and with her loved ones in heaven. Thanks for the wonderful memories I have of her and Kathy. Rip Venna . I remember her working Spouse Ritz. she was such a pleasant person.

Carol Spackman Apr 29 2021 1:00 PM

Carol Spackman lit a candle for Venna Swainston Herd

Carol Spackman Apr 29 2021 12:53 PM

The sweetest lady ever!!!
So glad I got to visit her just before Covid started. RIP beautiful lady. 💖

Carol L. Carter Apr 29 2021 12:38 AM