Gina Valerie Speth

Gina Valerie Erickson Speth passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at home after battling cancer for over a year.  Her beloved husband, Bryan, and family were with her during this trying time.  Gina was born on February 9, 1970 at Pocatello, Idaho to Peggy Erickson and the late Val Erickson.  After a while living there, her family moved to Burley, Idaho for her dad’s work.  While in Burley, Gina gained a sister, Keri.  After about a year in Burley, the family moved to Pinedale, Wyoming so her dad could work for the Wyoming State Highway Department.  While in Pinedale, the family was blessed with a son, Aaron who was born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The family then moved to Star Valley, Wyoming.

 

Gina attended elementary, junior high school, and high school in Star Valley.  In high school, she was active on the dance team, the cheer squad and also played junior varsity basketball and volleyball. Gina was also a photographer for the yearbook.   In 1988, she was named as Star Valley’s first Junior Miss.  She also graduated that year.

 

She attended college at the University of Wyoming for a year then when Keri graduated from high school, she moved to Provo, Utah to be with Keri who was attending BYU.

 

Gina married Andy Fullmer and their son, William Thomas, and daughter, Taylor Rai, were born to this union.  They later divorced.  Gina met Bryan Speth at a later date and they were married on January 1, 2011.  They had a wonderful marriage and enjoyed each other’s companionship so much.

 

She worked in sales for most of her adult life.  This is a hard work environment but she excelled at it.

 

Gina enjoyed attending the choir concerts and theater plays that William and Taylor were in.  She also loved Yorkshire dogs and owned three of them which she spoiled a lot.  She loved going to movies and eating popcorn.  She said she rated the quality of the movie theater according to the quality of their popcorn.

 

Gina was full of life and brought fun and laughter to all she met.  Bryan was always “Baby B” to Gina and she was always “Baby G” to him.  To her children, who nicknamed her Midge, she will be remembered as their fun mom who always made them laugh when she started singing or dancing in public.  Her brother and sister will always be in awe that when they were little, she was strong enough to start the snow machine.  To her mom, she will always be her precious first born.

 

Gina is survived by her husband, Bryan, and son William and daughter Taylor as well as her mother, sister, brother and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

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  1. Teressa Cazier

    Peggy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Gina’s passing. She was so fun to be around and I remember all of the fun times we had together in cheer. I hope you will find comfort in your memories of her.
    Teressa Simpson Cazier

  2. Nick Belveal

    Peggy and family,
    In high school, I used to visit Gina at the little market while she worked as a cashier. I usually found some excuse to buy something, so I could talk to her. She was a kind, pretty, talented, fun and she was my friend. My prayers are with your family!

  3. Dan Tueller

    So sorry to hear of Gina’s passing. She was a great person and wonderful friend. I still have our elementary class pictures and she is always one that stood out. I remember the night she win Junior Miss. I was sitting behind Peggy and I’ll never forget her reaction when they said Gina’s name. She was beautiful, inside and out. You’ll be missed my friend. Til we meet again.
    -Love from Dan Tueller & Family

  4. Kaylene McDonald

    I lived by Gina when we were young, and I was a classmate at Star Valley High. Gina was so beautiful. Her hair, and makeup were always perfect. We played on the same ball teams together, which I still have photos. Gina was the sweetest girl in school. I remember when she won Jr Miss, she really was perfect. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. I hope her family will be filled with peace, and beautiful memories of Gina. Sending my love.
    Kaylene Fluckiger McDonald

  5. Lee Dennis

    To Gina’s Family

    I am a friend of Gina’s from Star Valley. I know her mother Peggy. Gina was always an inspiration to me. She was a tiny princess with beautiful red hair, beautiful red lips surrounding a beautiful smile. She was full of energy, sunshine and one of the most upbeat persons to be around. I love her personality, brilliant mind and far reaching career goals. What an honor to know this young lady and wonderful friend!!! May you all find some comfort at this extremely difficult time, my heart goes out to all of you. Lee Dennis