TO WATCH THE WEBCAST OF THE FUNERAL SERVICES, PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS TAB. IF YOU ARE ON A CELL PHONE, SCROLL DOWN.\n\nTwila Bigler died in her sleep at home in the early hours of Friday March 26, 2021. She was 91 years old.\nTwila was born May 9th 1929, in Menan, Idaho to Ben and Anne Shippen, the last of twelve children.\n\nTwila was raised on a farm during the Great Depression and learned early the meaning of hard work. School breaks often meant working alongside her siblings, hoeing and harvesting.\n\nSchool came easily for her, where she excelled in math, and loved the social aspect of school, making lifelong friends. She graduated high school with honors, attended Ricks College in Rexburg, and earning a degree from BYU, in Provo Utah.\n\nTwila loved and excelled in athletics. She was asked to join the Idaho Falls Rockettes, a fast pitch softball team that traveled the Northwest playing against teams in Seattle , Portland and Boise. She pitched and played short stop, and enjoyed close friendships that she cherished.\n\nIt was while attending Ricks college that Twila met the love of her life, Tharin Bigler. She encouraged, some would say insisted, that he serve a mission before she would consider marrying him. He served in the South African mission, where on his way home he purchased a diamond and upon returning to Idaho, proposed. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 13, 1952. She taught school, supporting dad who obtained his JD from the University of Utah.\n\nTharin’s military service led them to the east coast and around the country. They eventually settled in Utah where they raised their four children.\n\nIn Provo, she traded her softball bat for a tennis racquet. She captained several championship tennis teams. Twila loved the competition. Twila and her daughter Cherre started a diet and counseling business that soon operated in several states. The business was eventually sold to Nutrasystems. \n\nTwila and Tharin were called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Washington DC in 2001. She found great satisfaction working in the temple visitors center, and especially enjoyed interacting with the sister missionaries.\n\nTwila also served a Member Locator mission, as well as six months assisting at the Deseret Industries. Twila also enjoyed assisting Tharin in his four year calling at the Missionary Training Center.\n\nTwila was, in a quiet way, a very confident woman, a trait she passed on to her children. This confidence was born through her successes in life, but also through her unwavering faith in her savior, Jesus Christ. She enjoyed serving others, and influenced many by her example.\n\nTwila loved a good chat, especially with her sisters. What a sight that joyous reunion must have been, undoubtedly met with a few “quiet please” in the halls of heaven.\n\nTwila is survived by her husband, Tharin J Bigler, children Janice Cheryl Merrill, (Lance), Gregory Tharin Bigler, (Sally), Bradley Shippen Bigler, (Diane), Susan Rene Young, (Steven).\nTwila has 19 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.\n\nServices will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Avenue, Provo. There will be a visitation one hour prior to services, at the mortuary. For those unable to attend, a webcast of the services will be available.