Mabel Lunstad Abercrombie, 77, of Roosevelt, died unexpectedly of natural
causes May 18, 2001, in St. George.
Mabel was born Feb. 13, 1924, in Columbus, N.D., to Ole and Karen Westerness
Lunstad. She married Robert C. Abercrombie, Jan. 17, 1949, in Great Falls,
Bob and Mabel lived and raised their family in Glendive, Mont., until
1973. At that time they moved to Vernal.
Mabel was tenth in a family of 13 children. She was orphaned at the
age of 6, and was on her own from the time she was 16 years old.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church. While raising her three boys,
she was always active as a Den Mother in Cub Scouts, and taught many children
at the Zion Lutheran Sunday School. She owned and operated a Dairy Queen
with her boys, and she was an active member and officer of the first Ladies
Golf Association in Glendive.
Mabel was a perfectionist, and she took pride in having a tidy home
and yard. Great cooking was her gift that was enjoyed by all! She made
a quilt and a saying for every newborn of family and friends. She always
kept in contact with friends and relatives, through her faithful letter
writing. She enjoyed having her family near, and spending time with her
grandchildren made her life special and complete. She had a special way
of showing her love and caring for all. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her husband Robert, Roosevelt; sons, Robert L. (Annette)
Abercrombie, Ballard; Richard J. (Ann) Abercrombie, Roosevelt; Stephen
H. Abercrombie, Powell, Wyo.; grandchildren, Ryan, Mike, Robby, Scott,
Hilary, Emily, Chris, Stacha, Shawn; four great-grandchildren; brothers,
Pete, Porterville, Calif.; Phillip, Columbus, N.D.; and Walter, Arco, Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters, Clarence,
John, Arthur, Nels, Leonard, Olga, Berneice, Nina, and Melba.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at the
Hullinger Mortuary. Family and friends may call at the mortuary from 9:30
a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
Interment will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under the direction
of Hullinger Mortuary.
George R. Porter
George R. Porter, 68, of Vernal, passed away at his home on May 23,
2001. He was born Jan. 3, 1933 in Huntington Park, Calif., a son of George
L. and Jasmine Young Porter. He married his sweetheart, Maurine Marler
on April 22, 1960 in Winter Haven, Calif.
He was an accountant. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, served
a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kansas,
as well as various positions in the church. He enjoyed camping, music,
and reading books. His doors were always open. He loved his children and
grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and was loved by all who knew
He is survived by his wife; children, John (Rika) Porter, Sandy; Mary
Ann (Jeff) Shipman, Vernal; Cherie Porter, Vernal; 13 grandchildren; one
great grandchild; and sister, Marquerite Tholen, Cathedral City, Calif.
He was preceded death by his parents; and brother, John Porter.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 29, in the Davis 4th Ward LDS
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors provided
by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal
Nephi Terrel Atwood, 89, of Vernal, passed away at Ashley Valley Medical
Center on May 25, 2001. He was born Nov. 24, 1912 in Vernal, a son of Lenord
Noble and Rachel Josephine Hunting Atwood. He married Hazel Afton Richens
on Feb. 20, 1933.
Nephi worked as a carpenter. He worked building cabins at Willow Creek
with the CCC camps and was also involved in building Bonanza. He rode the
last western railroad train out of Rainbow, and hauled the first load of
lumber into Vernal for the old fairgrounds. He was a member of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many bishoprics in Ogden
and Vernal area.
Nephi enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and being outdoors. He also
liked hunting rocks, arrowheads and listening to music. He served in the
Scouting program over 15 years and loved the scouting program.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Atwood, of Vernal; children, Duane
(Judy Lynn) Atwood, Hooper; Shirley (Lee Ellen) Atwood; Bud (Rebecca) Atwood;
Kenneth Atwood, all of Vernal; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 29 in the Maeser 3rd Ward Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel.
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson
Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Roselle Elnora Higgins Nay, 82, passed away May 16, 2001 at Ashley Valley
Medical Center. She was born July 23, 1918 in Monroe, a daughter of John
William and Hulda Elnora Peterson Higgins. Roselle married Samuel Charles
Nay on July 10, 1939. He passed away on Sept. 30, 1985. She was a homemaker,
member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a nursery
leader for 30 years. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and especially her
She is survived by her children, Theron (Ilene) Nay, Centerfield; John
Charles (Debbie) Nay, Provo; Sammy Donnell (Rita) Nay, Vernal; Jerald (Sharon)
Nay, Orem; Ronnie (Donna) Nay, Vernal; Arlene (Jay) Butler, Vernal; 21
grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Delbert (Una)
Higgins, Glenwood; Morris Higgins, Gunnison; Wallace Higgins, Monroe; Marlin
(Dorothy) Higgins, Richfield; Ila Welden, Auora.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Genieve
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19 in the Davis 3rd Ward Stake
Center with Bishop Dan Howell conducting.
Morris Higgins offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude
music played by Virginia Higgins.
Brownie Tomlinson gave the invocation and Bishop Howell read the obituary
Speaker was Pat VanTassel with remarks offered by family members.
Carol Jackson, accompanied by Teralene Slaugh, sang "Precious Lord
Take My Hand;" and Teralene Slaugh played an organ medley of Primary songs.
Clayton Slaugh gave the benediction and Marlin Higgins dedicated the
Pallbearers were Ricky Nay, Jerry Allen Nay, Kelly Nay, Jacob Butler,
Brandon Nay and Brian Wood.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn
Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Davis 3rd Ward
Michelle Slaugh Young
Michelle Slaugh Young passed away June 4, 2002 at the LDS Hospital.
Michelle was the oldest child of Winston Slaugh and Sharon Stevens. Born
in Vernal, Feb. 20, 1962. Raised in Heber with her two sisters and one
brother. She was a graduate of Wasatch High School. Married Dean Young
on May 23, 1981 and had four beautiful sons. Later she divorced. Upon moving
to Vernal Michelle raised her four boys and went to college to get her
associates degree in Business and worked for Wal-mart.
Survived by her four children: Danny, Nathan, DJ and Jeremy Young;
parents Winston (Shirley) Slaugh of Manila; Sharon Stevens, Vernal;
Emma Rust Visscher
Emma Rust Visscher passed away at home June 10, 2002 at the age of 97.
She was born April 25, 1905 in Oakley, Idaho to David and Ruth Wooley Rust.
She was the second of nine children. She was raided in Kanab and attended
Brigham Young Academy where she obtained her teachers certificate. She
was a school teacher for more than 40 years. She married Jacob Visscher
on May 25, 1936. They were later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on Sept.
She leaves behind two daughters and sons-in-law: Roger and Anah Tucker
visscher Mitchell and Bruce and Leona Visscher Wilkinson. Grandchildren:
David Tucker, Gary and Vicki Tucker, Jeff and Michelle Tucker, Jon and
Stephanie Tucker, Betsy Tucker, Dawn and Bob Blazer, Audrey and Randy Rocha,
Jason and Andrea Wilkinson, Jenni and Paul Kevis and Rachael and Jerry
Ellezy. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, a brother Quentin
Rust and two sisters: Blanch Rust Rasmussen and Helen Rust George. She
was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson, Karl Wilkinson.
Funeral services will be held June 14 at 1 p.m. In the Glines 2nd Ward
Chapel. Family and friend may call Thursday evening from 7 to 8 at the
Spafford Funeral Home and on Friday from noon to 12:45 p.m. At the church.
Interment will be in the Altamont Cemetery under the direction of Spafford
Judy M. Stevens
Judy M. Stevens, 50, of Rangely, Colo. died suddenly June 7, 2002 at
Rangely District Hospital.
Mrs. Stevens was born May 29, 1952 in Salt Lake City, the daughter
Melba Calder Allred, age 78, was born Dec. 13, 1923 in Vernal to Wallace
and May Hacking Calder. She was the middle child of seven children. Hers
was a loving, close family and she was good friends with her brothers and
her sister Helen. He sister, Neva, only lived a few hours. Melba loved
school and was active in Uintah High School social life and school government.
She married her sweetheart, Charles Allred, for eternity on Sept. 15, 1943
in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had six children. They also have a foster
daughter, Geverne Johnson Begay, who is part of their family and loved
as a sister. Melba and Charlie were successful business people and are
best known for starting and running the Hobby Shop in Vernal in 1959. It
was a favorite for kids and hobbyists for 13 years when they bought the
Garden Gate Floral and the two businesses were merged. In 1982 Melba and
Charlie served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
to Atlanta, Ga. This was a treat for Melba as her first love, after her
family, was serving in the church. She had a strong testimony of it and
served in many capacities including: Relief Society president, Young Women
president, Primary president, and always in the music as organist and chorister.
She and Charlie also served a mission to the Randlett Branch, and cherish
the many friends they made there. She loved music and a family sing a long
was always her favorite time. She sang with her mother and brother, Carl,
at many funerals.
Melba is survived by her husband Charlie, and her children: Miriam
and Darrell Buhanan, Huntsill, Texas; Larry and Dorene Allred, Vernal;
John and Patty Allred, Lapoint; Terry and Mickie Allred, Vernal; Glade
and Valynn Allred, Vernal; Rick C. Allred, Palm Springs, Calif.; and Geverne
Begay, Tuba City, Ariz. She is also survived by 41 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren
and her brothers: Earl and Afton Calder, Vernal; Paul and Gerrie Calder,
Grand Junction, Colo. And Glade and Arlene Calder, Vernal. She was preceded
in death by her parents and brothers, Neldon and Lloyd, and sisters, Helen
Funeral services were held June 6 at the Vernal 2nd and 4th Ward Chapel
with Bishop Ray Martinsen officiating. Ben Allred offered the family prayer.
The congregation sang the opening hymn "Abide With Me." Glad Calder offered
the invocation. Speakers were Terry Allred, who also read the obituary,
Glade Allred, John Allred and Larry Allred. Larry and Dorene Allred performed
the musical number "Come Ye Disconsolate." Larry, John, Terry and Glade
performed the musical number "How Great Thou Art." The congregation sang
the closing hymn "I Am A Child Of God." Earl Calder offered the benediction.
Agnes Mathews Mecham
Agnes Mathews Mecham, age 84, passed away on June 5, 2002. Agnes was
born Sept. 13, 1934 in Bluebell, to Claude Albert and Alice Winkler Mathews.
She married Joseph Hyrum Mecham July 27, 1934 in Upalco, which was later
solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Agnes was a cook for 35 years and
worked for Ted Hatch Rivers for over 18 years. She served in many church
positions, primary teacher, young women's, Sunday school teacher, relief
society visiting teacher. Agnes loved flowers and was a rock hound, she
always had a beautiful yard, and loved the mountains. Mother also, was
an excellent cook and did beautiful embroidery work. She loved her family
and doing temple work.
Agnes is survived by; sons and daughters, Joseph Curtis (Gwen) Mecham
of Debque, Colo.; Lula Jean Holt of Vernal; Edith Lorraine (Clarence) Christensen
of Vernal; Alice La Dee (Gerald) Christensen of Vernal; daughter-in-law,
Zale Mecham of Seward, Alaska, Jerry Lee (Susan) Mecham of Vernal; 30 grandchildren,
67 great grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters,
Erdria (Karl) DeVires of Huntsville; Ada Mathews of Huntsville; Nona (Dick)
Harwood of Spokane; Wash.; Claude Lyle "Bus" (Anna Lee) Mathews of Roosevelt;
Slade (Gwen) Mathews of Layton; and Phil (Jo) Mathews of Bluffdale, sister-in-law,
Carma Mathews of Altonah.
Preceded in death by, husband; three sons, Hyrum Jae Mecham; Zeary
Dee Mecham, and James Warren Mecham; son-in-law, Lester C. Holt; grandson,
Jefferson Craig Holt; granddaughter, Ada Diane Christensen; great grandson,
Larry Dwayne Davis; brothers and sister, Albert J.and Fred Clair; Delila
Oak Maxine Baese
Oaka Maxine Baese, age 87, passed away at her home on June 13, 2002
in Vernal. She was born April 8, 1915 in Bluebell, to Mac Mckinnley and
Clace Sabey Bradley. Oaka married Elbert S. "Tommy" Baese on Feb. 5, 1936
in Heber City.
Oaka was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She and her husband Tommy owned and operated The Lazy K Motel in Vernal
for 42 years, She also worked for the Cleaners, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Oaka was a friend to everyone and loved to visit with people, She was known
as "Aunt O."
She is survived by her husband, Elbert "Tommy;" son, Karl (LaRae) Baese
of Vernal; grandson, Scott Baese of Vernal; granddaughters, Teri Rae (Ryan)
Jensen of Monument, Colo.; Brooke (Aaron) Jolley of Vernal; great-granddaughter,
Randi (Allen) Welch of Denver, Colo.; great-grandson, Stuart Jensen; great-granddaughter;
Rachel; great-granddaughter, Lindsy Jolley; great-grandsons, Donovan and
Braden Jolley; great-great-grandson, Porter Welch; special friends, Donna
(Kenny) Price family and Lyle (Katheryn) McCarrel family.
John Irvin Walker
John Irvin Walker, 86, of Vacaville, Calif., passed away June 1, 2002
while at home.
He was born Nov 28, 1915, in Pleasant Grove to George F. and Rose Richardson
Walker, the fourth of 10 children. He married Mary Jean Wasden Nov 10,
1942, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. She passed away in 1999.
John grew up in Vernal. He attended Weber Academy Aircraft Training
in 1941-42, also coaching the deaf-mute basketball team. In 1942 he joined
Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif., where he worked throughout World
War II on the then-secret jet prototype. After that, he resided in Cypress,
Calif., 1969-89, relocating to Vacaville in 1989.
Marcella Helen "Marcy" Goins
Marcella Helen "Marcy" Goins passed away June 2, 2002 in her residence
in DeRidder, La. at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 14 days. She was
born August 18, 1919 in Clarkson, Neb. She attended and graduated from
Business School in Omaha, Neb. and was employed as a secretary at several
Army posts during her career. After moving to DeRidder in 1961, she was
employed at the SCS Office in DeRidder. She was a former member and president
of both the American Legion Post 27 in DeRidder and the DeRidder Civitan
Club. She attended Ludington Baptist Church in DeRidder.
She is survived by her son and wife, Donald J. and Sharon Lee, of Vernal.
Funeral services were held June 6 at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Bobby G. Slaydon conducting. Burial was in the Old Cypress
Cemetery, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home.
Emma Rust Visscher
Funeral services for Emma Rust Visscher , born April 25, 1905 and died
June 10, 2002, were held on June 14 at the Glines 2nd Ward Chapel. Officiating
was Bishop Gregory M. Cochran. The family prayer was offered by Bruce Wilkinson.
Prelude and postlude music was played by Lauren Blazer. She also performed
a musical number, "Because I Have Been Given Much," accompanied by Sharon
The invocation was given by Gary Tucker. Leona Wilkinson spoke and
another musical number, "I Believe in Christ," was performed by Lauren
Blazer, accompanied by Sharon Upton.
The next speaker was Dawn Blazer, followed by remarks from Bishop Cochran.
Agnes Marshall Briggs
Agnes Marshall Briggs, age 91, passed away June 18, 2002 at the Comfort
Cottage in St. George. Funeral services will be June 22, at 11 a.m. at
the Manila LDS Ward Chapel. Friends and family may call one hour prior
to services at the church. Interment will be in the Manila Cemetery under
the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. If any questions please
call the mortuary at (435) 789-2611.
Dolores Wardle Stephenson, 86, our beloved mother and grandmother, who
will be missed by us all, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2000. She was born
March 5, 1914 in Vernal, to Heber George and Susanna Deans Wardle, the
seventh of ten children. She grew up on the family farm in the Glines area
of the valley. The family had some wonderful times, even though life during
that era was difficult. She was unable to finish high school, but later
when her children were adults, she finished her high school education and
received a diploma. She married Melvin Jess Burke on Oct. 16, 1933 and
they had two sons and three daughters.
She later married Glen Albert Stephenson on March 5, 1971; he had two
daughters and one son. Glen and Dolores were sealed in the Ogden LDS Temple
July 9, 1977. They enjoyed love and companionship for many years. They
loved the outdoors, traveling together and working in their beautiful flowers
and garden. They especially enjoyed the Christmas holiday season each year
by decorating their home and yard with lights.
One of Dolores' passions and joys, and where she excelled, was cake
decorating for many weddings in the Uintah Basin and for the marriages
of many of her grandchildren. Dolores was a member of the LDS Church and
served in many callings throughout her life. She and Glen loved the Gospel
and they served together for six years as officiators at the Provo Temple.
She is survived by her children, Darius (Margie) Burke, Englewood,
Colo.; Larry (Phyliis) Burke, Kaysville; Deleen Green Moses Lake, Wash.;
LaNeita Young, Bountiful; Kathy Kennemer, Farmington, N.M.; step-children,
Janice (Hal) Merkley, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Carol (Tom) Casey, Duchesne;
30 grandchildren; 62-great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers, Donnell Wardle and Clifford Wardle; and
one sister, Norma Simper, all of Vernal.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; step-son Ronald
Stephensen; brothers, Dean, Earl, Lowell, Lawrence and Boyd; and sister,
The family would like to sincerely thank the entire Arcadia unit staff
of the Ogden Manor Care Center for their compasion and loving care of our
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 15, at 12 noon in the
Vernal 9th LDS Ward Chapel, 250 North 200 West. Friends and family may
call at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Ashley Louise Horrocks, 8, returned to her Heavenly Father on July 6,
2000. She drowned in the Green River while playing with her sisters.
Ashley was born July 10, 1991 in Roosevelt. She was loved by everyone
who knew her. She was a very talented artist and spent many hours drawing
when she wasn't outside rollerblading or riding her bike with friends.
She was active in girls scouts and enjoyed the activities and friendships
She had a great love for animals, especially cats and horses. Most
of all, Ashley had a great gift for making friends of all ages. There are
so many that will miss her and her cute smile, her contagious laugh and
her loving personality. it seems that her biggest desire in life was to
make friends and to keep them laughing. We lovingly referred to her with
the titles of "our little socialite" or "little miss personality." We are
all very blessed to have had the opportunity to share in her brief life
upon this earth. Ashley, we'll miss you until we meet again.
Ashley is survived by her mother and step-father, Maria (Rick) Pincock,
Salt Lake City; her father, Tren Horrocks, Vernal; brothers, David, J.J.
and Tyler; sisters, Alyssa, Allie, Jill, Kelsey and Sara; many grandma
and grandpas, relatives and friends.
We would like to thank all of the many people who helped us find her
and all who have supported us in so many ways. We would like to invite
everyone to share in her memory.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at 7 p.m. in the
Davis Stake Center, 4080 South 2500 East. Friends may call from 5 p.m.
to 6:45 p.m. at the chapel and Thursday, July 13 at 11:45 a.m. to 12:45
p.m. with a service at 1 p.m. in the Spencer 5th Ward LDS Chapel, 3832
S. 8000 W., in Magna.
Burial will be in the Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 W. 4100 S., Salt
Lake City, under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Joella Spruell Batty, 65, passed away at her home on July 5, 2000. She
was born March 13, 1935 in Edwards County, Ill., the daughter of Leroy
Oscar and Irene Stennent Hallam.
Joella worked as a waitress at the Skillet Restaurant and Diamond Hills
Restaurant for many years where she was known for her honesty, integrity
and high work ethics.
Joella is survived by son, Val Gene (Michelle) Spruell; daughter, Connie
Kae (Allen) Batty, both of Vernal; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild;
two brothers, Charles Leroy Hallam; Bob (Linda) Hallam; and two sisters,
Hazel (Paul) Wells and Charlene (Bill) Mason.
Joella will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She
touched many lives during her lifetime.
Graveside services were held July 8 in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery
under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Gerald Emery "Bud" Jacobson, our loving dad, grandpa, brother, uncle,
and great friend, died July 3, 2000 in Salt Lake City.
He was born June 17, 1930, in Salt Lake City to Aaron Carl and Laura
DeLone Emery Jacobson.
Survivors are sons, Steven Perry and Rod Jacobson; daughter, Jodee
Fields; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, DeLone Shupe;
brother, Aaron Jacobson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services were held Saturday, July 8, at the Larkin Sunset
Gardens Chapel in Sandy.