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Diane Phillips

Diane Einerson Phillips, 54, Roosevelt died Dec. 16, 2000 at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after a short illness. 
Diane was born Oct. 19, 1946 in Salt Lake City to Blaine and Clula Robinson Einerson. 
Diane's greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She loved to spend time with all of them, especially her grandchildren. Her hobbies were fishing, going to the mountains, and she was an avid reader. She was an active memeber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several callings. She enjoyed chewing on ice, and those who knew her saw her do it often. Diane worked as a mental health advocate for the state of Utah, and was active in getting funds for these programs.
She is survived by two daughters, Tracy Paige (Tom) Hunt, Hurricane; Carrie Ellen (Lane) Cook, Roosevelt; a daughter-in-law, Janece Phillips Kenney, Tridell; her father and step-mother, Blaine and Leah Einerson, Vernal; brothers and sisters, Janet Einerson, Blanding; Clay (Bobbie) Einerson, Altonah; Klea (Lee) Beatty, Hurricane; Dick (Dantzelle) Einerson, Blanding; Karen (Mike) McKee, Tridell; and Scott (Tammy) Einerson, Vernal. She is preceded in death by a son, Ronald Craig Phillips; mother, Clula Einerson; and parents-in-law, Ronald C. & Marguerite Phillips. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 19 in the Roosevelt Stake Center. 
Burial was in the Tridell Cemetery under the direction of the Hullinger Mortuary. 

Marvin L. Wadley

Marvin Lewis Wadley, 63, of Vernal, died Dec. 19, 2000. He was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Reno, Nev., a son of Marion and Lyle Hanna Olsen Wadley. He married Estella R. Washburn May 21, 1960 in Ely, Nev. 
Marvin graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955. He was employed at EIMCO in Salt Lake City for 33 years. He retired in January of 2000. He served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. He and Estella lived in Orem for many years and moved to Vernal where they owned and operated Stella's Kitchen. 
Survivor's include his wife, Estella of Vernal; and his five sons, Rod (Patty) Wadley, Vernal; Mike (Janis) Wadley, Springville; Matt (Sandy) Wadley, Brett Wadley and Brad (Becky) Wadley, all of Orem. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State St. in Orem. Friends may call Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services. 
Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery under the direction of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary.

Melvin Richens

Melvin Eugene Richens, 77, of Vernal died Dec. 18, 2000 from a heart attack. Melvin was born Oct. 11, 1923 in Ogden, the son of Vern and Melvina Thompson Richens. He was fifth of 15 children. He married Lois Jean Cook Pehacek on Jan. 9, 1947 in Vernal. He was a life-time resident of Vernal. He used to herd sheep, lived in Ogden for while, and worked in Rangely, Colo., and in the oil fields. He moved to little Bonanza where he drove a Gilsonite truck for about four years. He then moved to Vernal and went to work for Intermountain Concrete with Joe Murray, driving a cement mixer for 33 years. He retired in 1985. 
He enjoyed the outdoors, went fishing, hunting, camping, baseball, singing and playing the guitar. He loved to make people feel at home with lots of laughter and love. He grew a garden every year and took care of what he could around the house and chores. Melvin loved all his family members and spending time with them. His most love was for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Floyd Duane Richens; two daughters, Sharon Louise Richens and Donna Arlene Richens; his parents; six sisters and two brothers. 
He is survived by his wife, Lois Jean Richens; two sons, Marvin Gene Richens and Leon (Alice) Richens; two daughters, Beverly Ann Richens and Verna (Keith) Peterson; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Nephi (Hazel) Atwood, Vernal; Carol Ebeling, Sunset; brothers, Bud (Nial) Richens, Gusher; Merlin (Rhea) Richens, Roosevelt; Clifton (Joyce) Richens; Grant (Cheryl) Richens, all of Vernal. 
Fuernal services will be held Thursday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the services. 
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors provided by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Thelma Bradford

Funeral services for Thelma Irene Bradford, born August 14, 1916 and died Dec. 11, 2000, were held Monday, Dec. 18 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Minister Beryl Wright conducting.
Phil Daggett played prelude and postlude music. 
Minister Wright offered a prayer and Pastor Daggett gave the obituary and family memories.
The Ashley Valley Christian Fellowship Praise Team sang "Amazing Grace" and "Just As I Am;" and Phil Daggett sang "Going Home For Christmas."
Minister Wright gave a message and Pastor Daggett dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Ed Gass, Jim Shewell, Duke Daily, Christopher Walters Lonnie Meeks and Bobby Cooper. 
Honorary pallbearers were Gib Bennett and Blain Corbin.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Lyman Chlarson

Funeral services for Lyman Wilson Chlarson, born June 26, 1908 and died Dec. 4, 2000, were held Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with President Charles Beede conducting. 
Sheldon Galley offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Sonja Seeley. 
Lorin Hacking gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Woodey Searle and Lon Seeley. 
Vern Goodrich, Norm Haslem and Ben Mahaffey, accompanied by Barbara Mahaffey, sang "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" and "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good."
Tributes were offered by Toni Searle, Barbara Mahaffey, Clayton Curtis and Sonja Seeley. 
Arden Robbins gave the benediction and Lon Seeley dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Woodey Searle, Marty Hansen, Elmer Caldwell, Dawson Seeley, Lon Seeley, Rance Searle, Milt Searle and Sheldon Galley. 
Honorary pallbearers were all of Lyman's friends at the care center.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Matt Collier

Funeral services are pending Friday at 11 a.m. for Matt Collier, 38 of Vernal, who died Dec. 19 from injuries sustained in a car accident. 
Services will be under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Yolanda Kerlin

Funeral mass for Yolanda "Lanny" Kerlin, born July 27, 1934 and died Dec. 11, 2000, were held Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Saint James Catholic Church with Father Jan Bednarz officiating.
Susan Silcox was cantor and Linda Shimmin was organist. 
"Ave Maria" was sung as the entrance hymn; "Shepherd Me O God" was sung as the Psalm; "Hosea" was sung as the Offertory hymn; "Only In God" was the Communion Hymn and "Like A Child Rest" was sung as the Recessional hymn.
Craig Stratton read the 23rd Psalm and Acts 10:34-36, 42-43. 
John 14:1-6 was read and Hal Aronson gave the eulogy.
Final commendation and committal prayer was offered by Father Bednarz.
Pallbearers were Mike Kerlin, Mark Kerlin, Richard Mathis, Hal Aronson, Carl Maldonado and Troy Lupcho. 
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by Saint James Parish.

Misty Hullinger

Misty Rae Hullinger, 16, passed away on Jan. 2, 2001. She was born Oct. 17, 1984 in Vernal, a daughter of Edward and Dorothie Jane Bird Hullinger. She was a student at Uintah High School, a member of the Uintah High Debate Team. She enjoyed drama and working on the computer. She could do about anything she wanted with the computer. Misty loved music, riding horses, hanging out with her friends and doing things with her brothers and sisters. She was very talented with poetry. She was a very loving and caring person and couldn't understand people being mean to one another. She enjoyed helping people, it made her very happy. She was loved dearly and will be missed deeply. 
She is survived by her parents, brothers and sisters, Raquel Riggs, Steven (Jenny) Hullinger, Travis, Dusty and Alan Hullinger, all of Vernal; Annette Hullinger of Price; nine nieces and nephews; grandparents, Irvin C. and Lois Bird of Roosevelt; grandmother, Dacy Hullinger; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandfather, Delbert Hullinger; cousins, Chris Hullinger & Jimmy Jenkins.
Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at the Davis 3rd Ward Chapel with Bishop Daniel Howell conducting.
The family prayer was offered by Tracy Bird. Margueita Bowthorpe played the prelude and postlude music. The invocation was offered by Dee Hullinger. Bishop Howell gave the obituary and remarks.
Dusty Hullinger, Cheryl Abplanalp and J.R. Bird were speakers. The following musical numbers were performed: "Learn of Me," by the Young Women Laurel class, accompanied by Resha Cook; "Medley of Songs," by Kathy, Natalie, Stephanie, Michelle Laris, accompanied by Mike Karren; and "Walk Tall You're a Daughter of God," by Shalay Snow, Samantha Hague and Barbara Bird, accompanied by DeEtte Spencer.
The benediction was offered by Rod Bird with the dedication of the grave offered by Irvin Bird.
Pallbearers were Steven Hullinger, Dusty Hullinger, Brandon Reynolds, T.J. Bird, Alan Hullinger, Travis Hullinger, Lance Bird and Jens Hullinger.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Compassionate services provided by Davis 3rd Ward Relief Society.

Beatrice McKnight

Beatrice Anna McKnight died Jan. 7, 2001 at McKenzie-Willamette hospital in Springfield, Ore. She was visiting her daughter-in-law, Darlene McKnight at the time.
She was born March 16, 1912 in Park City to Roy and Annie Workman. She was the first born of eight children She married Joseph Arthur (Art) McKnight on Jan. 13, 1935 in Park City. They moved to Vernal in 1943. Art worked for Standard Oil of California which is now Chevron. They lived in Rangely, Colo., Red Wash, Gillette, Wyo., and Laramie, Wyo., before retiring in Vernal. 
She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church and the Catholic Ladies Society. She loved music, dancing and camping in the mountains. She was happiest surrounded by family and friends that she could wait on and care for. She always had cookies and candy for all the neighborhood children. She will be missed by so many whose lives she touched. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art McKnight; daughter, Colleen McKnight King; and her son, James (Jim) McKnight. 
Beatrice is survived by her son, Bill (Betty) McKnight, Vernal; daughter in-law, Darlene McKnight, Springfield, Ore.; grandchildren, Todd and Jennifer McKnight, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Chad McKnight and Jeff McKnight, both of Dallas, Texas; Joy McKnight, Los Angeles, Calif.; Greg and Karen King, Dallas; Chris and Karen King, Hunnington Beach, Calif.; Kevin King, Dallas; Darren King, California; Corky and Paulette Miller, Tampa, Fla.; Ken and Diane Miller, Vernal; Ron Miller, Dallas; Darwin and Malinda Alverts, Eugene, Ore.; Dale and Joyce Alberts, Pendelton, Ore.; and sixteen great grandchildren; sisters, Ethel Sorensen, Park City; Marilyn (Stan) Larsen, Bountiful and brothers, Bud Workman and Carl Workman of Bountiful. 
Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. James Catholic Church followed by Vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be available one hour prior to the services on Friday.
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 12, 2001 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church by Father Jan Bednarz, followed by prayers at the Vernal Memorial Park. 
Services are under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

R. Raie Clark

Ranga Raie Clark, 78, passed away in Vernal on Jan. 3, 2001. She was born June 22, 1922 in Vernal, a daughter of Harold A. and Cora Slaugh Cook. Raie married David Virgil Clark on August 1, 1940 in Vernal, and were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Sept. 12, 1950. 
She and her husband worked and owned the Trail Cafe. Raie was an active member of the LDS Church. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, flowers and gardening, going on rides, and loved being with her family and grandchildren. 
She is survived by her husband, David Virgil Clark; children, Morgan D. (Gloria) Clark, Vernal; Janet (Jay) Knudson, Layton; Pamela Kae (Nolan G.) Jackson, Vernal; Patricia Lee (Gerald D.) Abplanalp, Vernal; Corey Dee (Tina) Clark, of Salt Lake City; son-in-law, Merrill Adams, Vernal; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Glade (Laverta, Glen (Carolyn), Shirley (Bette), Dall (Ellen), Ned (Connie) Cook, all of Vernal; sisters, Buila Pummell; Onie (Jime) Byrd, Vernal; Devona (Kay) Timothy, Vernal; Nadean (Don) Carpenter, Denver, Colo.
She was preceded in death by children, Chad Virgil Clark and Judy Rae Adams; brothers, Verl and Bud; sister, Vergie.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 6 in the Maeser Stake Center with Bishop Dana O'Crowley conducting.
Nolan Jackson offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Daun DeJournette.
Glen Cook gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Dall Cook, Scott Merkley and Nolan Jackson.
Ron Walker, Lana Walker and Troy Walker, accompanied by Daun DeJournette, sang "There Goes My Only Possession;" Denice Allen sang "Wind Beneath My Wings;" Troy Walker, accompanied by Ron Walker and Daun DeJournette, sang "How Great Thou Art;" Ron and Lana Walker sang "Lead Kindly Light;" and at the grave, Troy Walker sang "Keeper Of The Stars."
Jay Knudson dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Clark Adams, Jeff Jackson, Wayne Jenkins, Davie Jo Merkley, Jason Abplanalp and Jody Jackson. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park with compassionate services offered by the Maeser 4th Ward Relief Society under the direction Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

C. Raymond Bailey

Charles Raymond Bailey, 67, passed away Jan. 6, 2001 from an accidental fall while cutting firewood. He was born March 10, 1933 in Eureka, a son of Charles A. and Eleanor Taylor Bailey. Ray married Barbara Luckau. They later divorced. He married Cristina L. Hadid on Feb. 27, 1987 in Salt Lake City. He worked as a commercial artist. He also worked at West End Laundry in Vernal. Ray was an avid hiker, amateur archaeologist and loved history. He graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City and the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in fine arts.
Ray was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Ray was a fortunate man because he was able to live where and how he chose. He died on the land he cherished. "He will always be in our hearts."
He is survived by his wife, Cristina, Vernal; son, Michael Ray (Marta) Bailey, Salt Lake City; daughters, Danni (Rick) Sluder, Tyler, Texas; Susan (Daniel) Nielson, Salt Lake City; Laurie (Richard) Naylor, Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren; sister, Jeanine (Ken) Hedin, all of Salt Lake City; his cat, Dusty; and many friends of Vernal.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. at Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Friends may greet the family on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Services are under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Uintah Animal Society at First Security Bank in Vernal.

Ren Taylor

Ren Taylor, 53, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away at his home in Neola on Jan. 6, 2001, from cancer.
He was born in Salt Lake City, April 2, 1947, to Rosella Larsen and William Hicks Taylor of Granite. He was a member of the LDS Church. 
He grew up in Fillmore, and graduated from Millard High School where he belonged to the Riding Club, doing all gymkhana events and rodeo. He had a great passion for team roping and continued for the remainder of his life. He shod horses for many years and was very multi-talented.
He trained and jockeyed horses all through school. Horses were his greatest talent and hobby. Many days the family and neighbors sat on the fence and watched with great admiration as these training events took place. Ren was best known for always having a pen of the finest horses around. 
He loved chasing wild horses, starting a colt, the fall of the year and his faithful dog, Buck. He also loved being on the lake at sundown with its brilliant colors reflecting on the water, sitting on the porch and watching the horses or the deer, and spending time with his family, sitting around a campfire or riding in the hills. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
After he graduated, he served in the US Army as an artillery Instructor stationed in Fort Ord, Okla., and Fort Sumner, Wash.
He returned home to marry his long time secret love, Revo Shumway.
They ran a motel in Fillmore for a couple of years, then moved to Draper where they spent the next 12 years. He was a surveyor, a carpenter, a cement finisher, and contractor with Jerry Jacobsen for several years, building many luxurious homes in the Salt Lake Valley.
He owned his own semis and trucked freight for a number of years. Also, he drove truck for Cowboy Oil. He owned and operated the Rocky Mountain Jr. Rodeo Association and put on ropings at the Draper Arena.
He was a contract welder for many years. In 1982 the family moved to the Uintah Basin, making their home in Neola. After the kids were raised, he and Revo traveled and followed work for 10 years. Then in 1997 his son, Jim, and he started R-J Taylor Welding and Const. Inc., which with lots of hard work became an success. 
Ren was a workaholic and no man ever worked any harder than he did. He was a good provider, an excellent business man, and great with public relations. He was greatly respected by all who knew and worked with and for him.
He was extremely talented in the pipeline construction field. He worked as superintendent on many multi-million dollar projects. He also worked for Mt. West of Fruita County Forrest Construction in Rawlings, Wyo.
His greatest accomplishment was that of a grandpa. His life revolved around his grandkids. Last year was spent fishing, hunting and camping - his life centered around the family. He quit many jobs to spend the month of October to hunt with his family and friends. Ren will be sorely missed by all that knew him. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed practical jokes. Charity was one of his greatest attributes. He possessed a great compassion for the needs of others. If he had a dime, his wife had a dollar.
Ren is survived by his wife, Revo, Neola; sons, Dirk F. Taylor, Salt Lake City; James (Melissa) Taylor, Neola; Dan Taylor, Palermo, Calif.; daughters, Dee Dee Taylor, Roy; Lisa Taylor, Neola; three grandchildren, Laycee Jay Taylor, Jesse M. Baucum, Haylee Ann Baucum; sisters, Barbara (Lloyd) Taylor, Lynn (Sidney) Hadean, Kanab; Shirlene Baxter, Karen (Merrill) Stillman, and Jean (Jim) Eakins, all of Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lloyd H. Taylor.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Neola LDS Chapel. Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Burial will be in the Neola Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Basin,
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the federal government for allowing Ren to be another one of their statistics (for the second time around) in the Down Winders Program. In 1981 while living at Wild Horse Lake, 60 miles north of Elko, Nev., our family witnessed another of those famous mushroom clouds that we were privileged to surrender to in our youth. No, their experiments have not ended.

Beverly Fitzgerald

Funeral services for Beverly Louise Price Fitzgerald, born April 22, 1925 and died Jan. 1, 2001, were held Thursday, Jan. 4 in the Spafford Funeral Home with Wayne Spafford conducting.
Janice Sullivan played prelude and postlude music. 
Wayne Spafford gave the invocation. 
Wayne and Debbie Spafford, accompanied by Janice Sullivan, sang "You Light Up My Life;" and Blaine Pierce, accompanied by Brian Litton, sang "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Speaker was Lorna Mayberry. 
Blaine Pierce gave the benediction.
Entombment was in the Palm Memorial Park, Las Vegas, Nev. 
Services were under the direction of the Spafford Mortuary. 

Nellie Merrell

Funeral services for Nellie Marie Merrell, born Jan. 30, 1905 and died Dec. 29, 2000, were held Tuesday, Jan. 2 in the Naples 1st Ward Chapel with Bishop Grant Hatch conducting. 
Jason Merrell, grandson, gave the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Sally Galloway, granddaughter.
Roger Merrell, grandson, gave the invocation and Marquita Hammond, granddaughter, gave the eulogy. 
Speakers were Frank Stephens, son-in-law, and Reid Merrell, grandson, with remarks offered by Bishop Hatch. 
Verdin Goodrich, Norman Haslem, Phillip Manwaring and Mac Holmes, accompanied by Nicki Calder, sang "In The Garden," and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives;" and the great-grandchildren, accompanied by Korene Merrell, granddaughter, sang the primary medley. 
Scott Stephens, grandson, gave the benediction and Todd Neilson, grandson, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Glen Merrell, Darin Merrell, Kory Stephens, Vance Merrell, Alan Stephens, James Merrell. 
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.
Services were under the direction of Thomsons-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Robert B. Wardell

Robert B. Wardell, 69 of Rangely, died Jan. 9, 2001 at his home. 
Funeral services are tentatively planned for Monday, Jan 15, at 11 a.m. in the Rangely LDS Chapel. Graveside services are planned for 2 p.m. in the Dry Fork Cemetery in Vernal. 
Services are under the direction of the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Ernest Moya

Funeral services for Ernest Moya, born May 3, 1923 and died Dec. 30, 2000, were held Thursday, Jan. 4 in Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Father Jan Bednarz officiating.
Father Bednarz offered the family prayer. 
Recordings of "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Take Me Back Home" were played. 
Erlinda Moya offered closing remarks.
Father Bednarz gave final commendation and prayer committal.
Pallbearers were Jim Moran, Huey Long, Mike DeHerrea, Jake Trujillo, Willy Carmickle and Donald Romero. 
Honorary pallbearers were Scott Cesspooch, Isaiah D. Moya, Angel E. Moya and Rosalio A. Alvarez.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

David Boyd Calder

Funeral services for David Boyd Calder, born June 12, 1984 and died Dec. 30, 2000, were held Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the Ashley 2nd Ward Chapel with President DeArmon Batty presiding and Bishop Michael Alexander conducting.
John Caldwell, uncle, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Diane Batty. 
Jeff Klaassen, uncle, gave the invocation, Bishop Michael Alexander gave the obituary and remarks offered by Randy Dearth, scout leader.
The Ashley 2nd Ward youth choir, led by chorister Rebecca Brady, and accompanist Keri Cook, sang "I Am A Child Of God;" the congregation, led by chorister Mary Nielson and accompanist Diane Batty, sang "Praise to the Man;" and the congregation sang "Dear To The Heart Of The Shepherd" with a flute solo by Rebecca Brady.
Final remarks were given by President Batty. 
Jim Brummond, uncle, gave the benediction and Don Haslem, family friend, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Kenneth E. Calder, Boyd Workman, Bark Jenkins, Stevie Oldham, Kyle Calder, Ronnie Workman, Lance Workman and Mitch Montgomery. 
Interment was in the Dry Fork Cemetery with compassionate services offered by the Ashley 1st and 2nd Ward Relief Society and friends. 
Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Barbara Eaton Bennion

Mrs. Barbara Eaton Bennion of Sacramento, Calif. passed away at the age of 79 on Dec. 23, 2001 at her home, following a short illness. She is the wife of Richard Ephraim Bennion, beloved mother of Brenda (Mrs. John) Parker of Manteca, Rowland Bennion of Sacramento, Beverly (Mrs. Dennis) Cooper of Galt, and Richard Eaton Bennion of Elk Grove. She leaves 18 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren. Barbara is also survived by one niece, Colleen Slagle, and five nephews, Austin, Dale, John, Varl and Max Haws, that were especially close, having grown up with her. She also leaves numerous other nieces, nephews and a host of friends to remember her.
Barbara was born Nov. 10, 1922 in Vernal, the daughter of Byron Sagers Eaton and Lucilla Hadlock Eaton. She was predeceased by her parents and three sisters, Lena Haws, Mable Young and Roma Mathis. Her two brothers, Gordon and Charles Eaton who died at an early age.
She grew up in Vernal, graduating from Uintah High School in 1941 where she was a member of the Glee Club and Drama Club. She attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City on a scholarship. She was a member of the Alpha Iota Sorority. 
On Nov. 9, 1945 she married Richard Ephraim Bennion in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. They moved to California after their marriage and she spent the remainder of her life in California. 
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many leadership, music and teaching positions. 
Barbara was an expert seamstress and cook. Her love of music included piano-playing, singing, and performing with many musical groups. She taught her children a love of music, evidenced through her descendants abilities and involvement in the arts. She was an avid reader and active in genealogical work with her children and grandchildren and for the LDS Church. 
Of great merit was her extensive involvement in the lives and activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her glowing example will shine brightly forever for her family. 
In lieu of flowers Barbara requested donations be made to the General Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
A private family graveside service was held at East Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service was held at the LDS Church in Sacramento on Dec. 27. 

Lea Slaugh Morrell

Lea Slaugh Morrell, age 70 of Vernal, died Dec. 27, 2001 at the Stewart's Care & Rehabilitation Center in Roosevelt, after a long illness. Lea was born Dec. 25, 1931 in Vernal to Benjamin and Bertie Ross Rooks Slaugh. She married Daughn L. Morrell on Jan, 22, 1948 in Ogden.
Lea was born and raised in Vernal; was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was an excellent seamstress and floral designer and loved to design and rebuild things. She was a kind and generous person. She loved her family and will be missed greatly by all of those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband Daughn of Vernal; children Benna (Barry) Martin, Stansbury Park, Janie (Larry) Memmott, Las Vegas, Nev., Daughn Morrell, Vernal, and Ellen (Benny) Keele, Santa Maria, CA. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters: Olive Hacking, Vernal, George, Slaugh, Vernal, Carmen Slaugh, Vernal, Jenice Hall, Fruit Heights, Dwayne Slaugh, Salt Lake City, Dan Slaugh, Doug Slaugh, Vernal, and Morgan of Yakima, Wash.
Funeral services were held Dec. 29, 2001 in the Maeser Stake Center. Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of the Spafford Funeral Home.

Noveta Ruth Cattoor

Noveta Ruth Cattoor, 65, passed away Dec. 25, 2001 in St. George. She was born August 10, 1926 in Coweta, Okla. She married her sweetheart Orville Floyd Cattoor on July 3, 1956 in Craig, Colo. Ruth was a homemaker, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the scouting program. She loved crafts, flowers, traveling, genealogy and family reunions. She loved spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband of Logandale; children, Lois (Dennis) Eaton of Vernal; Donald (Carol) of Neola: Eddie (Nancy) of Vernal; Nancy Cattoor of Rock Springs, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, Jenny (Leland) Thrailkill of Grand Junction, Colo.; Sharon (Alan) Munday of Greeley, Colo.; John (Martha) Christy of Sunnyville, Calif.; Terry Christy of Denver, Colo.
Funeral services were held Dec. 29, 2001 in the Vernal 1st LDS Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Hayward Rae Chambers

Hayward Rae Chambers, 84, passed away Dec. 21, 2001 in Vernal. He was born Oct. 8, 1917 in Competition, Miss. to Andrew Jackson and Carolina Simmons Chambers. He married Buna Mae Sutterfield in Boise, Idaho August 1948. Hayward was a carpenter, logger, farmer and retired from Simplot. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of VFW. Hayward and Buna loved traveling. They made many trips to Oregon coast fishing and they spent a winter in Arizona. They moved to Vernal four and a half years ago to be close to family.
He loved his children and grandchildren, he was a very faithful husband to Buna for 53 years. Hayward was the last living of 12 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Buna of Vernal; daughters, Alice (Rick) May of Vernal; Lina Soemo of Downers Grove, Ill.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 26, 2001, at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Pastor Stan Arias officiating. The prelude music was provided by Karen Arias. Pastor Arias gave the prayer. Obituary and remarks were given by Pastor Arias. A medley was by Karen and Kandance Arias. The message was given by Pastor Arias. Andrew Soemo gave a soloist musical number "My Redeemer is Faithful and True." The postlude music was provided by Andrew Soemo. Lina Soemo gave the scripture. Lee and Wanda Durbin offered the graveside prayer. Musical number "Amazing Grace" was sung by Andrew Soemo. 

Arthur James Hansen Jr. 

Arthur James Hansen Jr. 76, passed away Dec. 25, 2001 after a battle with lung cancer. He was born June 1, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Arthur James Hansen Sr and Edith Gilbert. He married Mildred L. Hansen on July 20, 1974 in Las Vegas, Nev. Arthur worked as a welder, and at Alcorn Fence Co. in California. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of WW II, Korean Conflict, a life time member of the VFW and member of the Catholic Church. Arthur loved fishing, hunting, welding and mechanic work. He enjoyed working in his garage with his tools and his son.
He is survived by the wife, Mildred; of Vernal; daughter, Audrey Hansen of Shady Cove, Ore.; son, Arthur James (Annette) Hansen III of Vernal; step-children, Carol Powell; Roy "Derby" (Debbie) cousins of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Dick (Carol) Nunely of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; Leah (Bob) Osiek of La Verkin; Tedo (Ally) Nunley of Vernal. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John and sister, Allice.
Graveside services were held Dec. 28 at the Rockpoint Cemetery with military honors provided by the Army National Guard and the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 


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