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Sarah A. Knight

Sarah Ann Dennison Knight, 89, widow of LeVoy J. Knight, passed from this life on April 28, 2000 at her home in Vernal of cancer. She was born in Manti on Oct. 10, 1910 to Arthur A. and Hazel Ann Voorhees Dennison, the oldest daughter in a family of five girls and two boys. 
She grew up in and around Salina. In 1941 she and LeVoy and their sons moved to Salt Lake City where they remained for thirty years, until LeVoy retired and they moved to Vernal. 
She was active in the LDS Church, working over the years in the Relief Society, the genealogy library, as an MIA dance instructor, served a mission with LaVoy in Arkansas in the mid 70s. She was well known for her kindness, her thrift, her independence, her lovely flowers and delicious vegetables. She was a devoted and loyal wife, mother and friend; cherished and loved by everyone who knew her. 
Sarah is survived by one son, Larry Jed Knight (Lyle), Vernal; daughter, Donna Lee Reber, Austin, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Alice Cloward and Laura House, both of Salt Lake City; Florence Squires, Salina; and her brother, Arthur (LaVerna) Dennison, Salt Lake City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LeVoy J. Knight; a son, David Brad Knight; a great-granddaughter, Mary Lee Gillian; two sisters, Bessie and Bernice; and a brother, George.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 4, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Vernal 8th Ward Chapel, 1240 West 1500 South. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home and on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. 
Burial will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery under the direction of the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home.

Orrin M. Coston

Funeral services for Orrin Miles Coston, 18, of Jasper, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. 
Orrin died Saturday, April 28, in Kirbyville, Texas. He was a native of San Antonio, Texas, and a former resident of Vernal. He had lived in Jasper for the past four years. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve heavy equipment transport division. 
Survivors include his great-grandparents, Buddy and Minnie O'Donald, Jasper; great-grandmother, Isabell Weaver, Jasper; grandparents, Miles and Lynn Weaver, Vernal; Buddy and Edna Coston, Floresville, Texas; one aunt, Sharon Iles of Jasper; father, Russell Coston, Floresville. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International or American Heart Association.
Burial will be in the Ebnezer Cemetery under the direction of Stinger & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.

Correction

In the obituary for Richard R. Merkley, 55, published in the April 26 issue of the Vernal Express some survivors were inadvertantly left out. The article should have read survivors include his mother, Enid Dean Merkley Seiger, Farmington; wife, Dianne Phillips Merkley; and his children, Brad Merkley (Rebecca) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Denice Merkley Sears (Blair), Layton; Todd Merkley, Idaho Falls; Brett Merkley (Allison), Layton; Brian Merkley (Shelly), Monticello, Minn., Richelle Merkley Stimpson (James), Spokane, Wash., Torianne Merkley White (Cody) and Ricanne Merkley Steele (Thomas) of Idaho Falls. 

May Christoff

May Overton Christoff, 81, of Dinosaur, Colo., died May 1, 2000 in the Uintah Care Center. She was born June 30, 1919 in Rehoboth, Mass., to Ollie Lee and Sarah Cooper Overton. 
May grew up in Memphis, Tenn. She lived many years in Providence, R.I., and has lived the last 10 years in Dinosaur. In Dinosaur she has been a member of the Dinosaur Baptist Church. She served in the US Army - Woman Army Corp during World War II. 
May worked for approximately 10 years for the US Postal Service and about the same for the Motor vehicle registration division and three years for the Internal Revenue Service.
She is survived by sons, Michael Christoff, Dinosaur; Frank Christoff, Seituate, R.I.; and daughter, Mary Christoff, Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 6, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Dinosaur Baptist Church in Dinosaur. Funeral directors are Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home of Vernal and Roosevelt. 

Daniel L. Thacker

Daniel Lamar Thacker, 70, passed away April 26, 2000. He was born May 11, 1929 in Vernal, a son of Fredrick Lamar and Maude Adams Thacker. He married Thelma Fay Allred on April 20, 1948 in Elko, Nev. They were later sealed in the St. George LDS Temple on Sept. 15, 1962. She died March 5, 1998. Daniel married Sally Chivers on April 10, 1999 for time in the Vernal LDS Temple. 
Dan was an appliance repairman for most of his life. He last worked at Esquire R.V. in maintenance. He was a jack of all trades and loved entertaining, singing, fishing, hunting, gardening and wood-working. 
Dan was an active member of the LDS Church and served in various callings. He enjoyed his association with people especially his family. A man known by his many talents and wonderful personality.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Chivers Thacker; son, Cary (Alisa) Thacker, Quenton Chivers, DeeJay (Kandie) Chivers, Garson Chivers, Froston (Shellie) Chivers, Valinda (Ryan) Atack; grandchildren, Jamie (Amy) Thacker; Stephanie (Jeff) Atwood; Caradie (Matt) Nielsen; Alisha (Mike) Gilbert; Jennifer (Andy) Anderson; Tiffani, Heather and Brianna Redden, SamiAnn, Jayk, Jessie, Catlin Yaeger, Kennedy, De'dy, LaToya, Kayla, Tyler and Kegon Chivers, Ryley and Lindi Atack; great-grandchildren, Gaige, Keenen and Ashlyn, Baeli Thacker, Carter Nielsen, Kaidan Tylie Gilbert.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 1, in the Glines 4th Ward LDS Chapel.
Burial was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

George Bristow

George Prentice Bristow Jr., 75, peacefully died May 1, 2000 at his home in Vernal. He was born May 3, 1924 in Wharton, Texas to George Prentice Bristow Sr., and Alice Irene White.
He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and then in Leon Valley, Texas. He was the outstanding 4-H member in Bexar County in 1939 and won many prizes with pigs he raised. He graduated from high school in 1942 and attended Texas A&M University, but was drafted after his freshman year into the Army during WWII. He served in the Army anti-aircraft division in the Pacific during the war. He returned to Texas A&M in 1947 and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1951. 
George was an avid photographer and a founding member of the Woodlawn Camera Club in San Antonio. He worked for the Air Force as a telephone engineer and traveled much of the Southwestern United States. Later, in 1970 he became an engineer for the Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. In 1974 he transferred to Fort Richie, Penn., and moved the family to Frederick, Md. He retired from civil service in 1979 and went to work in the camera department of JC Penny's in Frederick, where he worked for eight years. He then worked for CONTL Federal Systems as an engineer for several years. 
George is survived by his wife, Tommy Ruth Bristow, Vernal; two daughters, Beverly Beatrice Bristow Six and Marianne Irene Bristow Evans (Conrad), both of Vernal; six grandchildren; Tanya Marie Six, William Christopher Six, Justin Evans, Jordan Evans, Jackson Evans and Jacob Evans. He is also survived by one sister, Lucille Hoppstetter, San Antonio. 
George was a member of the Kingsbury Community Church where a private family service will be held under direction of the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home.

Blenda F. Bryant

Funeral services for Blenda F. Bryant, born July 17, 1908 and died April 21, 2000, were held Saturday, April 29 in the Ashley Stake Center with Bishop Michael Petersen officiating. 
Alvin Kramer offered the family prayer. 
Eric Kremin gave the invocation and Sherry Martin offered the obituary.
June Conklin offered memories of her mother and John McLeroy gave a tribute. 
Blenda's granddaughters sang "I Need Thee Every Hour;" and accompanied by Fawn Holmes, violin, and Hope Kremin, piano, sang "How Great Thou Art;" and Cyndie Fountaine sang "Remember Me." 
Speaker was William J. Kremin, III. 
Mark Kremin gave the benediction and William J. Kremin dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Mike McLeroy, Mike Holmes, Les Mecham, Eric Kremin, Mark Kremin and Joshua Mecham. 
Interment was in the Maeser-Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 7th Ward Relief Society.

Marvel Elaine Richins Smuin

Marvel Elaine Richins Smuin, age 86, passed away May 6, 2002. Marvel was born Feb. 24, 1916 in Vernal, to Jesse and Pearl Gurr Richins. She married Hyrum Smuin Dec. 18, 1933 in Vernal, later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, August 20, 1965. She was a member of the LDS Davis 4th Ward, and served in Primary and Relief Society. Marvel liked to dance, camp out, cook, crochet, make quilts, and enjoyed family gatherings.
She is survived by her children: Darrel (Shirley) Smuin, Floyd Smuin, Jimmy (Barbara) Smuin, all of Vernal, and Judy (Louis) Labrum of Randlett; brothers and sisters William (Maurine) Richins, of Vernal, Lyle Richins of Craig, Colo., Leona (Marlo) Bowthorpe, of Vernal, Venna Barrett of Vernal, and LaMar Richins of Craig; and by 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Hyrum Smuin; parents Jesse and Pearl Gurr Richins; brothers and sisters Bessie Chivers, Gladys Buist, Doris Goodman, Kenneth Richins, Archie Richins, and daughter-in-law, Joan Smuin.

Kenna Sue McMickell

Funeral services for Kenna Sue McMickell, born April 9, 1936 and died April 29, 2002, were conducted May 3 at Vernal 4th Ward Chapel by Bishop Ray Martinsen.
Jason Chandler offered the family prayer. Accompaniment, prelude and postlude music was provided by Carma Hunsaker. Joy Rowell gave the invocation, Christine Martinsen the benediction.
"Amazing Grace" was sung by Kenna's daughters and granddaughters. Madge Briese spoke, followed by "The Dance" performed by Jason Chandler. After Julie McMickell's remarks, Glade Allred performed "How Great Thou Art." Rena Dawn Lopez recited a poem, Bishop Martinsen made closing remarks, and Grant Wood performed "Take Time."

Joseph C. Hatch

Joseph C. Hatch, age 81, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2002. Dad was born Aug. 13, 1920 to Joseph A. and Zetta Shakespear Hatch at Tropic. Dad served in the military during World War II along with his two brothers. After serving his country he returned home to Springville.
As many young men, during the mi-40s, Dad worked odd jobs to help support his family. Some of them included working at the steel mill in Utah County, working the mines of Tooele County and any construction work he could find. 
While he was working in Tooele County he met Dorothy Oliver who he married in 1945. They later divorced. Dad moved to Vernal where he married Kay Barlow in which he helped raise her three children: Allen, Patricia, and Doug. Many happy times were spent in Vernal even though Dad struggled with alcoholism. He found the strength through a higher power to change his life and that of numerous others. Dad married Mary Perrine Workman in 1976 in Vernal. Dad and Mary enjoyed their golden years by going camping and fishing with friends and family. They loved attending the Hatch reunions where they told jokes and stories to the family. In their later years they enjoyed taking rides on the "mountain" to spot herds of elk and other wildlife.

Plesia Ann Provance Bahr

Funeral services for Plesia Ann Provance Bahr, born Jan. 20, 1921, died April 21, 2002 were held April 25 at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Mitch Blackburn conducted. Daun DeJournette provided prelude and postlude music, and performed "My Way," and "I'll Leave This World Loving You" as part of the service. Bert Clark, Dick Dejournette and Craig Caldwell were speakers; Stann Babb recited poetry. Invocation and benediction were by Arlo Bahr and Bert Clark.

Paul F. Schulz

Paul F. Schulz was born in Lebanon, Kansas on June 27, 1921. He was the fourth of six children born to Charlie A. and Amelia T. Kaiser Schulz. He grew up in rural Kansas graduating high School at McPherson, Kansas. Paul met the love of his life, Twila Christina Bergstom, when his father moved to a farm in north central Kansas. Paul and Twila were married in Washington, Kansas on August 7, 1942. Paul was drafted into the Army/Air Corp at the beginning of World War II and served in Europe as a tail gunner. He attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged from Military Service at the end of the war. Paul returned home to farm in northern Kansas, remaining on the farm until 1955. His youngest brother, Richard, introduced Paul to work in the oil field. He worked for many years in the oilfields of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and eventually, Utah. At the time of his retirement Paul was the owner/operator of Tri-State Hot Oil Service in Vernal.
Paul loved and was loved by his family. He had the time to explain the benefits of taking a break to his grandchildren and a heart that held love and affection for his children and his children by marriage: his sons-in-law, John and Gerald and his daughter-in-law, Connie Sue. He loved spending time with his brothers and sisters. His company was enjoyed by many people for his sense of humor, readiness to laugh and willingness to tell a joke at his own expense. Paul enjoyed spending time working on his yard and garden and he was often seen outside with his dog one half step behind. In the evening he enjoyed sitting in his lawn swing looking across his yard to his well-tended garden prompting one son-in-law to remark that "you can take the man off the farm, but not the farm out of the man."
Paul passed away on May 4, 2002 at his home in Vernal of complications related to illness. Paul leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Mrs. Twila Christina Schulz, his son, Thomas L. Schulz and daughter-in-law, Connie of Vernal, his daughter, Judith P. Mueller and son-in-law, John of Rock Springs Wyo., his daughter, Betty Ulwelling and son-in-law, Gerald of Vernal, and his youngest sister, Mrs. Rose Anderson of Salina, Kansas. Paul is survived by seven grandchildren: Thomas L. Schulz, Jr., Tonya Sue Craven, Christina Jean Daggett, Sheri J. Thompson, Teri J. Crimm, Charles J. Ulwelling, and James Lee Ulwelling. Paul has eleven great grandchildren.

Guadalupe DeHerrera

Guadalupe (Lou) DeHerrera, age 85. Our wonderful mother, grandmother and Auntie left us to meet our Heavenly Father on May 2, 2002. She passed away at her home in Vernal, after a courageous and lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was born April 17, 1917 in Saquache, Colorado to Donaciano Lujan and Sophia Woodson. She married Elias DeHerrera in Saquache, Colorado.
Lupe Loved the mountains, hunting, fishing, going to Pow wow's, tending to her flowers, and enjoying all who came to visit her; especially children. She was highly respected for her wisdom and advice. 
She is survived by her daughters, Mary DeHerrera of Denver, CO; Minnie Ramos also of Denver, CO; Agnes DeHerrera of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Nicky Hatch of Vernal; Dorthy Ortega of Wisconsin; sons, Fredrieck, Donald, and Michael DeHerrera of Vernal; her sister, Vivian Maes of Palmer, Alaska.

Evelyn Crenshaw

Evelyn Crenshaw, age 93, passed away on May 7, 2002. Evelyn was born June 13, 1908 to Gunnard and Emma Wampler Johnson. She married Larry Crenshaw of Ventura, California, August 26, 1929.
Evelyn loved history, horses, being in the outdoors, flowers, and being around people.
She is survived by; daughter, Sharon Skerl of Vernal, granddaughters; Bobbye Skerl of Ogden, Utah, Tina Skerl of Ogden, Utah, Evonna Behrman of Vernal, brother, Leonard Johnson of Fallon, Nevada, and 6 great grand children.

O'neal Dunn Rollins

O'neal Dunn Rollins, 77, died August 3, 2001 in Denver, Colo. O'neal, the eldest of five children, was born July 29, 1924 in Tuckerman, Ark., to E.B. And Gertie Dunn. She married C.O. Rollins on June 3, 1946 at Ballews Chaple in Grubbs, Ark. 
C.O. worked in the oil fields and lived in various states and cities in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado and Utah. They moved to Sidney, Mont., in 1963. C.O. died there in 1965 from a heart attack. O'neal lived in Sidney until her death. 
Her husband, parents, brothers, Ewing Dunn Jr., and Robert Dunn, preceded her in death. 
She is survived by a son, Bobby Paul (Judy) Rollins, Salida, Colo.; daughters, Bettye Sue (Duane) Peterson, Aurora, Colo., and Sharri Lynne Rollins, Denver; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Charles (Ann) Dunn, Rock Springs, Wyo.; and sister, Bettye (Al) Guffey, Vernal. 
Funeral services were held August 8 in the Faith Allianc Church in Sidney with Pastor Paul Turek conducting. 
Casketbearers were Dick Goss, Mike Gear, Garey Candee, John Seitz, Kelly Knaff and Mike Shenk. 
Honorary casketbearers were her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. 
Fulkerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Al and Bettye Guffey, Ralph, Jana, Kara and R.C. Warby, all of Vernal, attended the services in Sidney.

Jo Ann Snyder

Jo Ann Snyder, 68, of Vernal passed away August 14, 2001 at her home. She was born December 28, 1932 in Shattuck, Okla., a daughter of Howard and Nellie Hull Jenkins. She grew up in Cahone and Dove Creek, Colo. She married her sweetheart, Dale Snyder, on August 21, 1949 in Dove Creek. 
Jo Ann was a home maker and would help Dale out with the ranching. They lived in Salt Lake City for 30 years before moving to Vernal in 1991. She enjoyed being outdoors and collecting antiques. Her greatest love was her family.
She is survived by her husband, Dale, of Vernal; mother, Nellie Kesterson, Salt Lake City; daughters, Mareen (Frank) Dorka, Rico, Colo.; Linda Strode, Salt Lake City; grandchildren, Chelsea Dorka, Molly Eatman, Sean Strode, Spencer Strode, Samantha Strode; great-grandchild, Caledonia Lazaro. 
She was preceded in death by her son, Larry Snyder; infant daughter, Bonnie Joyce Snyder.
Friends may meet at the Myton Cemetery on Friday, August 17 at 11 a.m. for graveside services.
Services are under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Morris D. Jenkins

Morris D. Jenkins, 68, of Lapoint, passed away August 11, 2001 at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was born June 17, 1933 in Vernal, a son of David Clifton and Lucy Ellen Johnson Jenkins. 
Morris was self-employed working in the oil fields. He served in the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Loftberg, and received an honorable discharge. Morris was respected and admired by all who knew him. He enjoyed Texas, his grandchildren, his little dog, as well as being an avid outdoorsman and gardener. He was a very loving, kind and generous man. He always looked after his children.
He is survived by his children, Cindy (Kent) Downward, West Valley; Tammy (Speed) Gray, Cedarview; Carrie Fausett, Salt Lake City; Dale (Tracy) Jenkins, Vernal; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; all of whom loved him very much and will miss him dearly; brothers, Clifton Wayne Jenkins, Morgan; LaVon Edwards, Cresant; sisters, Carol Ann Butterfield, Midvale; and Louise Nelson, Clearfield. 
The family would like to extend a special "Thank you" to Carol Ann for her love and support during his final days. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 15, at 11 a.m. in the Lapoint Ward Chapel. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hullinger Mortuary in Roosevelt and on Wednesday at the Lapoint Chapel one hour prior to 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.

Henry Baxter Millecam

Funeral services for Henry Baxter Millecam, born Sept. 17, 1917 and died August 5, 2001, were held Wednesday, August 8, in the Glines 2nd Ward Chapel with Bishop Gregory M. Cochran officiating. 
Nick Eaton, Sr., offered the family prayer. 
Becky Millecam gave the invocation and Bishop Cochran read the obituary. 
Speakers were Rosa Eaton, Jim Millecam and John Millecam with a tribute offered by Jennifer Cadillo.
The congregation, led by chorister Alan Williams and organist Racquel Williams, sang "I Believe In Christ;" Michelle Weber, granddaughter, played a piano medley "I Need Thee Every Hour;" and Henry's grandchildren, accompanied by Zinna Eaton, sang the closing hymn, "How Great Thou Art."
Deena Millecam gave the benediction and Nathan Henry Millecam dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Mikel Robinson, Scott Henry Robinson, Ryan Millecam, Todd Millecam, Blake Millecam, Kent Millecam, David Eaton and Nicholas Eaton, Jr.
Interment was in the Maeser-Fairview Cemetery with military honors by the Vernal American Legion under the direction of Spafford Funeral Home.

Laid Winfred Rowen

Laird Winfred Rowen, age 81, of Rigby, died August 19, 2002, at the 
home of his daughter. Laird was born December 8, 1920, in Auburn, Nebraska to Glen Thomas Rowen and Ethel Corine Stoner Rowen. 
Laird was raised and schooled in the mid-west, mainly in Denver, Colorado. He married Dorothy Bowden on May 27, 1946, at Denver, Colorado. Laird was a master electrician by trade working in Bonanza, California and 

A. Sharon Mott

A. Sharon Mott, age 57, of Vernal, died on August 15, 2002 in the Ashley Valley Medical Center after a courageous and lifelong battle with cancer. Sharon was born August 3, 1945 in Chillicothe, Mo. to Clyde F. and Louetta Rooney Mott. She married Albert L. Mott on August 4, 1961 in Lamar, Colo.
Sharon was a survivor; she was listed on the American Cancer Society's survivor's list, and had donated her hair to the cancer society for use in wigs. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. With Sharon, family was her number one priority. She was a wonderful and devoted wife, and a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being outdoors and lived life to the fullest. Sharon was a member of the Protestant church.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Albert, of Vernal; children: Cindy C. Mott, Diamondville, Wyo., Ester (Troy) Gardner, and Berry (Ann) Mott, both of Vernal. Sharon is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers: Clyde McCracken, Macon, Mo., Paul McCracken, Rangely, Colo., Clarence McCracken, Sauguatch, Colo., Bill McCracken, Denver, Colo., and a sister, Joyce McMinn of Bloomfield, N.M. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Raymond.


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