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Eva Maria Hegstrom

February 16, 1951 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old


Eva Maria Puhlmann Hegstrom was born in a small town in Germany named Heidenheim located in the neighborhood of Stuttgart on February 16, 1951.  She passed away peacefully in her home in Idaho Falls on March 29, 2024.
Eva is survived by her husband, Gregory Lee, her daughters, Rebekah Ruth and Sarah Nicole, her grandchildren, Nathan, Naomi and Noelle, her brothers, Otto, Martin and Michael, their wives Brenda, Denise and Charmon, her brothers-in-law, Timothy, Kenneth and Edward, their wives Jacqueline, Sue, and Cathy, her sister-in-law, Valerie, her husband, Dale, as well as many nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, and distant cousins in Germany.
Her parents converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while they were living in West Germany and emigrated to the United States when Eva was six years old.  They landed in Galveston, Texas, and her father often joked that his German accent was really a Texan dialect.  From Galveston they traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, where her father, Otto E. Puhlmann, worked as a mechanical engineer at EIMCO.  They subsequently moved to Michigan, then back to Salt Lake, and then, to Scottsdale, Arizona. 
Eva attended and graduated from Saguaro High School in 1969. She was a member of their German Club, played violin in the High School Orchestra, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was an outstanding student and in her senior year she won the statewide competition for German language ability. Her favorite memories from high school include playing violin in the orchestra for the high school musicals.
She chose to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and there in February of 1970 in a Junior-level German Course as a freshman, she met her future husband, Greg.  They were married for time and eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple on September 4, 1970.  As a newly married couple in September, they moved into a 1958 Biltmore 8’ x 40’ mobile home located in “Wheelwright In Trailer Park” in Provo.  After Greg completed his studies at BYU, they moved to Austin, Texas, where Greg attended law school at the University of Texas.  Eva was awarded with a PST (Putting Spouse Through) degree by the law school in 1975.
Greg went on active duty as a Captain in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and was assigned to Williams Air Force Base in Arizona in late 1975 and then, transferred to Bitburg Air Base in Germany in April of 1977.  While in Germany on social outings with the Officer Wives’ Club Eva became the official translator.  The Germans she encountered on these trips often commented that she spoke like a German but dressed like an American.
Eva’s true talents shown best when she became a mother. She and Greg welcomed their daughter Rebekah to their family in September of 1980 and their daughter Sarah in April of 1985. Eva had always wanted to be a mother. Eva helped her daughters become accomplished young women by encouraging their participation in dance classes, singing lessons, dance recitals, vocal talent competitions, swimming lessons, karate lessons, soccer, summer camps, church girls camps, equestrian camp, science camp, school field trips, choirs, plays, musicals, water polo, county fairs, Future Farmers of America, art festivals, formal dances, and Oktoberfests. She was extremely pleased when her grandson, Nathan, and granddaughters, Naomi and Noelle, were born. She thoroughly enjoyed supporting them in their interests and activities.
Eva was always active as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many church callings.  Among others she was the Ward Relief Society President, served in seven Relief Society Presidencies, was the Stake Junior Sunday School Coordinator, the Ward Choir Director, and taught Primary, Junior Sunday School, Sunday School, and Relief Society.  Her favorite church position was Primary Chorister.
She was a beautiful, caring, daughter of our Heavenly Father, who will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. 
A memorial service will be held for Eva on Friday, April 5th, 2024, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2650 S. Five Mile Rd. Boise, ID 83709. The memorial service will begin at 1:00pm with a viewing just before at 12:30pm.


Funeral Service
April 5, 2024

1:00 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2650 S Five Mile Rd
Boise, ID 83709


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