Apr 122013

Abby White Alspach, 47, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at her home in Holbrook. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (April 12) at Burnham Mortuary in St. Johns. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the St. Johns Downtown Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at the St. Johns Westside Cemetery.
Abby is survived by her husband, Jerry Lee Alspach. She is the eldest daughter of nine children of Ron and LaFawn White of St. Johns. Her brothers and sisters are Lisa Dunman of Payson, Kurt White of Clovis, Calif., Paula Guthrie of Kingman, LaNette Palmer of Ft. Hood, Texas, Scott White of the U.S. Navy in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mira White of Phoenix, Brent White of Chandler and Carl White of Phoenix.
Abby was born in Provo, Utah, on Oct. 11, 1965, while Ron was attending Brigham Young University. Abby attended the St. Johns Schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade. She was a good student.
She served a mission for the LDS church in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Over the years in schools and beyond, Abby developed many talents and skills, including playing the piano and organ, a wide range of computer skills and organization skills, typed around 120 words per minute, became a teacher in a charter school and was chosen as the outstanding teacher of the charter school her second year of teaching. She also served as an executive secretary for a successful attorney in the Valley of Arizona for a number of years, and most recently became a master quilter and quilting instructor.
While living in the ever increasing population and traffic of the Valley, she developed allergies to that environment, and became very sick and moved back to St. Johns to live with her parents until she was well enough to get a job back in the Valley again. During that time she met Jerry Alspach via the Internet and they were married in Mesa on Jan. 31, 2004. Once again her health in the Valley deteriorated so Jerry and Abby moved to St. Johns, where Abby found employment with the St. Johns schools for a few years. Jerry found employment in Holbrook, so they moved to Holbrook and have lived there the last six years.