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Mabel Abercrombie

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, Mont. 
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 him. 
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 Chapel. 
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors provided by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Nephi Atwood

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 Nay

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 grandchildren. 
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 Shaw.
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 and eulogy. 
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 grave.
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 Relief Society.

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; two

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. 14, 1957.
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 Funeral Home.

Judy M. Stevens

Judy M. Stevens, 50, of Rangely, Colo. died suddenly June 7, 2002 at the
Rangely District Hospital.
Mrs. Stevens was born May 29, 1952 in Salt Lake City, the daughter

Melba Allred

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 and Neva.
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 Larson.

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 Upton.
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 Stephenson

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, Marguerite Curtis. 
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 mother.
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 Horrocks

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 there. 
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 Batty

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 Jacobson

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.


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