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SALT LAKE CITY — Sister Donna Packer, the wife of the late apostle Boyd K. Packer, has died, officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday.
Sister Packer died at her home about 10:25 p.m. Saturday due to causes "incident to age," according to a news release. She was 94.
Sister Packer met her future husband at a church gathering in 1946 where he was a guest speaker. The couple was later married in 1947 at the Logan Utah Temple. Together they had 10 children and are survived by "a posterity of more than 200 members."
The Packers were the parents of 10 children. She is survived by a posterity of more than 200 members. pic.twitter.com/AxY4AWZh2B— The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (@Ch_JesusChrist) March 6, 2022
Donna and Boyd Packer were devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many callings together. Elder Packer was ordained an apostle on April 9, 1970, and was the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and its longest-serving member at the time of his passing.
From 1994 to 2014, Sister Packer was responsible for arranging meetings between the wives of the general authorities, according to the release. She also dedicated 30 years of service to the Primary organization, emphasizing her love of children. Outside of church service, Sister Packer was an involved community member and was given the "Exemplary Woman of the Year Award" by BYU-Idaho in 1973 for her service in local schools.
"Her deep spirituality, skills as a teacher of both children and adults, and ability to plan and organize motivated and inspired all she taught," her eldest son Allan Pack said in the release.
Among Sister Packer's areas of service was a passion for family genealogical research. Her efforts aided a detailed volume about the Packer family being published in 1988. She later took family history courses from BYU and in 2012 earned a certificate in family history at the age of 84, according to the release.
Funeral arrangements are pending.