|Owen Lee Oaks
Owen Lee Oaks, 67, passed away Nov. 12, 2001 at his home in Vernal with
his family around him. He was born Feb. 24, 1934 in Vernal, to James Edwin
and Marell Nelson Oaks. He married Dorothy Atwood on June 20, 1959 in Elko,
Nev. He worked in the oil field, as a welder and in construction. Owen
served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved hunting, fishing
and being in the outdoors. He enjoyed all sports. He spent many years playing
baseball, then enjoyed supporting his children in little league. Owen had
many hunting dogs and enjoyed working with them and playing horseshoes
at family reunions. We have lots of memories of him, things that we did
and the things we learned from him.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Bill (Terry) McCurdy
of Gusher; Debbie Allen, Keneth Oaks, Gary Lee Oaks, Ronald D. (DeeAnn)
Oaks, all of Vernal; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his mother,
Marell Oaks; sister, Kenna Sue (Virgil) McMickell, of Vernal; and many
nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Oaks; brothers, Martin
Edwin (Salty) Oaks and Paul Norman Oaks.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Thomson-Blackburn
Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on
Friday, one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial
Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with military
honors provided by the American Legion.
Lucille Margret Hasler Watkins, 90, passed away on Nov. 10, 2001, at
the Brigham City Community Hospital in Brigham City.
She was born January 15, 1911 in Midway to Frederick and Emma Baumgartner
Lucille married Orlan Watkins on June 7, 1938 in the Salt Lake LDS
Temple. She had lived in Sunnyside, Midway, Vernal and in Willard.
Lucille was a school teacher for many years.
She is survived by one brother, John Henry Hasler, Vale, Oregon, daughters
Darla Dean Lockerby, Calif.; Arlys (Fletcher) Lange, Vernal; Harriet (Vern)
Wilkins, Corinne; Sybil Lu O'Brien, Willits, Calif.; 15 grandchildren and
many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters and one
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Myers Mortuary in Brigham
Interment was in the Vernal City Cemetery.
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Jacqueline and Shirley Fausett
Jacqueline Laverne Chadbourne Fausett, 30-year-old wife of Anthony Fausett,
and their 8-month-old daughter died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 from injuries
sustained in an automobile accident.
Jackie was born Jan. 24, 1971 in Kemmerer, Wyo. to Bruce and Carol
She married Maxie Chapas Chapoose and later divorced. They had three
children, Joshlyne N. Chapoose, Max Elijah Chapoose and Alanis Marie Chapoose.
She was married to Anthony James Fausett at the time of her death.
Jacqueline is survived by her three children, brother, Jason Chadbourne,
great-aunt, Ava, grandmother, Jenny (Jackie) Marie Preston and grandparents,
Millie and John Thorson of Big Piney, Wyo. She was preceded in death by
her grandfather, Gayle Preston.
Shirley was born Feb. 23, 2001 in Salt Lake City to Anthony and Jacqueline
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Hullinger
Mortuary in Roosevelt with Father Tom Culleton officiating.
Father Culleton gave the scripture reading "Love Is Patient". Jenny
Perry and Charlene Sherman spoke and Carol Chadbourne read a poem, "Like
A Shepherd", "Day Is Done" were the musical selections. Father Culleton
offered a prayer and blessing. Committal service was performed by Father
Pallbearers were Matt Freestone, Gary Kim Murdock, Jake Huffman, Julian
Reed, Anthony Fausett and Mathew Fausett. Honorary pallbearers were Maxie
Elijah Chapoose, Bruce Chadbourne, Jason Chadbourne and Robert Fausett.
Burial was in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger
Clifford D. Wardle
Clifford D. Wardle, 76, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother
and friend, passed away peacefully at Ashley Valley Medical Center on Nov.
8, 2001 at approximately noon.
Cliff was born July 31, 1925 in Vernal to Heber George and Susanna
Deans Wardle. He was the youngest of 10 children. Cliff grew up and attended
school in Vernal and after graduation he served his country in the Army
during and after WW II. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service
ribbon, Philippine Liberation Service ribbon with one Bronze star, Good
Conduct Medal and Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged Jan. 9, 1949
and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Cliff married his sweetheart, Bonnie Holtby, on Sept. 15, 1956. They
had three daughters and were sealed as a family on June 34, 1966 in the
Salt Lake Temple.
Cliff was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. His service to his community extended to his involvement in the
Lions Club. He was an active member of the service organization for many
years and filled various positions within the organization including president.
He worked in the restaurant industry for many years in various locations.
He later worked at the Utah Fieldhouse of Natural History in Vernal until
his retirement. However, he soon thereafter began work at the Vernal Wal
Mart store as a cashier and more famously, as a door greeter. Cliff loved
to greet people and thoroughly enjoyed his association with all he met.
Cliff loved a great many things. He had a deep love of music, and served
as a ward organist for many years. After the completion of the Vernal LDS
Temple he had the opportunity to play the organ there as well as serve
as an ordinance worker. He loved to sing and performed with various opera
companies during his life.
Cliff also had a green thumb. He had a knack for plants that came to
life each year when his yard boomed into a beautiful assortment of flowers,
trees and other vegetation. He enjoyed gardening and grew his own vegetables
to share with others. His love for greenery was evident during his years
with the Vernal Dinosaur Museum as he tended the outdoor gardens, keeping
them lush and green. He beautified the museum during the winter months
as he directed the hanging of the Christmas lights.
Cliff's greatest love was for his family. His wife, daughters, sons-in-law
and grandchildren, were of foremost importance in his life and he always
expressed love and appreciation for all of them. He loved family gatherings,
drives, and spending time fishing with those he loved.
Clifford is survived by his wife Bonnie Jean, of Vernal, and his children:
Wendy (Tom) Thomas, Vernal, Tamie (Tim) Jorgensen of Logan, and Staci (Ron)
Goodrich of Brigham City; 14 grandchildren, who were the joy of Cliff's
life, will miss him. His twin brother Donnell, and sisters, Norma Simper
and Maryetta Wardle, also survive him. His parents, Heber and Susanna,
brothers, Lowell, Boyd, Lawrence, James, Dean, and his sisters Delores
Stephenson and Marguerite Curtis, preceded Cliff in death.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 12, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the
Glines 1st Ward Chapel with Bishop David Olsen officiating.
Donnell Wardle offered the family prayer, with the invocation being
given by Bruce Satra.
Prelude and postlude music was provided by Janet Pederson. Musical
numbers sung by Cliff's children and grandchildren.
Obituary and remarks were given by Tom Thomas.
Cliff's children and grandchildren sang "The Lord's Prayer," accompanied
by Ora Fay Oviatt.
President Rick Pederson spoke, followed by an organ and viola duet
by Marietta Lainhart and Ora Fay Oviatt.
President Charles Beede spoke. Then Denise Allen sang "O Divine Redeemer,"
accompanied by Ora Fay Oviatt.
The benediction was offered by Clifton Richens. Ron Goodrich dedicated
Pallbearers were Lee Thomas, Tim Jorgensen, Camron Walton, Walter Escobar,
Noah Goodrich, Sheldon Wardwell, Jon Thomas and Brandon Lane.
Honorary pallbearers were Alisa Escobar, Brynn Lane, Camille Goodrich,
Tyrell Jorgensen, Michelle Thomas, Sarah Hanaford, Stephanie Wardwell and
Interment was in the Maeser-Fairview Cemetery under the direction of
Spafford Funeral Home. Glines 1st Ward Relief Society provided compassionate
Glade M. Sowards
Glade Milton Sowards, our good and valiant husband, dad, brother, grandfather,
great-grandfather and friend, passed away on Nov. 10, 2001 after a long
illness. Glade was born on Sept. 9, 1929, to Harmon S. and Ida Rebecca
Jensen Sowards in Vernal. He attended Central Elementary School and later
Uintah High School where he was student body president in 1947. He enjoyed
drama, public speaking, basketball and especially band and singing. He
served a full-time LDS mission to the Central Atlantic States Mission headquartered
at Roanoke, Va. where he toured with the Utah Centennial Chorus. On May
29, 1952 he married Rachel Elizabeth Farley in the Salt Lake Temple. Together
they were the proud parents of 10 children.
While attending the University of Utah he played in the University
Marching Band and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1954 he
graduated Magna Cum Laude in business and accounting and was recognized
as the outstanding graduate. That same year he returned to Vernal where
he helped to expand the family's several businesses, including H.S. Sowards
and Sons, Utah-Colorado L.P. Gas, Hi-Way Husky, Inc., Dutch John Enterprises,
Olympus Oil and Top Stop convenience stores. At their peak, the petroleum
companies distributed a wide variety of petroleum products, operated their
own fleet of trucks and managed numerous service stations and convenience
In 1987, he became a lobbyist for clients such as Western Petroleum
Marketers and the National Federation of Independent Business. His civic
involvement included membership in the Lions and Rotary clubs, the Vernal
Little League, the Vernal Chamber of Commerce of which he was president
in 1963, the National Advisory Council of the University of Utah School
of Business, the Utah Air Travel Commission and several years on the National
Energy Committee. He was elected to and served eight years on the Vernal
City Council, 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives and eight years
in the Utah Senate. In 1977 and 1988 he was voted Speaker of the House.
He later served as chairman of the Utah State Rules Committee and Vice
Chairman in the National Council of State Legislators.
His LDS church service included positions as a Stake Young Men's president,
Artesia (Dinosaur, Colo.) Branch president, a member of the Uintah Basin
Indian Mission presidency. During this mission he received the honorary
tribal name of "Uqueahgut" meaning "Big or Fat Bear". He served seven years
as the Uintah (Vernal) Stake president and eight years as regional representative.
He also served on the Park City Stake High Council and numerous ward and
He is survived by his wife, his brother, Ken (Marjorie) Sowards; his
children, Rebecca Jane (D.J.) Morgan; Olivia (Richard) Wallace, both of
Houston, Texas, Harmon Scott (Louise) Sowards of Vernal, John Farley (Sherry)
Sowards of Bountiful, Trinidad "Trinie" Ben Bussell of Arizona, Allen Henderson
(Kristie) Sowards, Samuel Layne (Adrienne) Sowards, Glade Michael (Davina)
Sowards, Christen Ned Sowards, all of Salt Lake City; and several grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Hazel (Hyrum)
Cannon, Cleo Sowards, Marva Sowards and Jane (Allen) Tibbals; his daughter,
Paula (Kevin) Sutterfield; and granddaughter, Rebecca Morgan.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Vernal
3rd Ward Chapel, 475 W. 100 S. Friends may call at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal
Mortuary Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the chapel one hour prior
to the services.
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given for renovation and expansion
of the Utah Field House of Natural History. Glade was instrumental in developing
the Dinosaur Gardens located there. Send checks payable to: Friends of
the Utah Field House, 235 E. Main Street, Vernal, UT 84078.
Philip P. Ficarra
Philip P. Ficarra, 77, passed away Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000 at his home
in Vernal. Phil was born August 6, 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He married Afton
Olsen on May 2, 1943 in Brigham City. They were later sealed in the Los
Angeles Temple April 3, 1957.
Phil entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served during WWII, Korea and
Vietnam. He has been awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, three Purple
Hearts, Meritorious Service Medal, Prisoner of War Korea, Good Conduct
Medal for 30 years of service, WWII and Korea Presidential citations, Philippine
Presidential Citation, Combat Infantry badge with star second award, Royal
Order of the Bayonet, Pacific Theater award, WWII Victory Medal, Occupation
of Japan Medal, National Defense Medal 2nd award, Philippine Liberation
Medal, Korean POW medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 60 device, Ranger tab
and Master Parachutist Badge.
After retiring from 33 years active service he taught ROTC at Ben Lomond
High School in Ogden, for eight years.
Phil was a very active life member of the DAV and served as Department
Utah State Commander. He was a life member of VFW Post 5560, American Legion
Post 0124, the Fraternity of the Chosin Few and the National Order of Trench
He was an avid fisherman, outdoors man, and enjoyed camping and volunteering
as campground host for the forest service for many years.
Phil is survived by his beloved wife, Afton, of 57 years; daughter,
Patricia Hemsley, Salt Lake City; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Kelly
Ficarra, Plain City; daughter and son-in-law, BettyAnn and Lynn Miles,
Vernal; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Full military funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11
a.m. in the Leavitt's Chapel of Flowers 836 36th Street, Ogden. A viewing
will be Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chapel of Flowers.
Vernon W. Nielson
Vernon Wesley Nielson, 81, passed away Nov. 9, 2000 in Neola. He was
born June 13, 1919 in Lapoint, a son of Jacob and Aliza Kump Nielson. He
married Waive Burton on May 24, 1942 in Yuma, Ariz. Their marriage was
later sealed in the Temple.
Vernon worked for Bingham City as an electrical lineman. He was an
oil field worker and a sawmill worker. He was a member of the LDS Church.
He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy. He
enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Vernon was loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by son, Eugene (Janet) Nielson, Plymouth; daughter,
Janet (Pete) Holden, Elwood; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; brother, LaMont (Mildred) Nielson; and many nieces
He was preceded in death by his wife, Waive; grandson, Jason Jones;
great-granddaughter, Angela Nielson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Ashley Maeser Ward
Chapel with Lyle Taylor officiating.
Cole Jones offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music
played by Daun DeJournette.
Jerry Dunn gave the invocation.
Speakers were Lorin Merkley and Loyal Cox.
Cal Huber sang "How Great Thou Art;" and Daun DeJournette sang "Springtime
In The Rockies" and "Precious Memories."
Lyle Taylor gave the benediction and Clinton Nielson dedicated the
Pallbearers were Wesley Nielson, Cole Jones, Jerry Dunn, Mike Fisher,
Jason Witt and Terrill Nielson.
Honorary pallbearers were Colton Vaughn and Trevor Jones.
Interment was in the Rock Point Cemetery with military honors by the
American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary
with compassionate services offered by family and friends.
L. Glen Massey
Leland Glen Massey, 69, passed away Nov. 11, 2000 at the Ashley Valley
Medical Center. He was born July 30, 1931 and was raised on the Massey
Ranch in Dry Fork Canyon. He was the son of Arthur (Scotty) and Marguerite
Glen was a professional truck driver and drove big rigs over most of
the western states. Since his retirement in 1986 he has lived in Vernal
and worked at several different used car lots.
He is survived by two sons, Terry Massey, Texas, and David Ray Massey,
Ogden; one daughter, Diane Kay (Brent) Brady, California; a granddaughter
of California; and several other grandchildren of Texas. He is also survived
by one brother, Earl Massey, Dry Fork Canyon; and three sisters, Lyle (Larry)
Knight, Naomi (Lee) Martin, both of Vernal; and Dawn (Buck) Fillinger,
Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by some
very special friends who have taken care of him over the years, Les and
Zeny Inabnit, Vernal, and their daughter, Liesal, to whom he was "Uncle
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; a son, Leon; and
a sister, June Tolboe.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Hullinger
Spafford Funeral Home, 224 E. 500 S., where friends may call on Friday
from 12:30 p.m. until time of services.
Interment will be in the Rockpoint Cemetery under direction of the
Hullinger-Spafford Funeral Home.
F. 'Dee' Murray
Franklin "Dee" Murray, 66, passed away Nov. 13, 2000 in Uintah County
Care Center in Vernal. He was born August 21, 1934 in Jensen, a son of
Jonathan Moyes and Verlie Stewart Murray. Dee was a member of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in the U.S. Army during
the Korean Conflict. He loved country western music, camping and fishing.
He was an avid San Francisco 49s and Los Angeles Lakers fan, and he was
a super horseshoe player.
Dee married Joan York June 20, 1953 they later divorced. He owned and
operated his own construction company in California until health problems
developed. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Thelma,
Thelda, Sarah and Verlie.
He is survived by three daughters, Leslie (Karl) Sempsrott, Tracey
(Darrell) Danner, and Kathy (Larry) Coleman; 12 grandchildren; and one
great-granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Wilbur J. (Mary) Murray, Nixa,
Mo.; Boyd (Keitha) Murray, Blackfoot, Idaho; Macks (Jerry) Murray, Lapoint;
John (Renee) Murray, Big Bear, Calif.; Berta (Guy) Stewart, Vernal; Beth
Adams, Blackfoot, Idaho; Erma Casada, Vernal.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in Thompson
Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
and one hour prior to the services on Friday.
Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery with military honors
given by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal
LeRoy M. Young
LeRoy Matthew Young, 69, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the home
of his daughter in Vernal. LeRoy was born on Feb. 13, 1929 in Salt Lake
City to Ervin LeRoy and Winnifred Elsie Brown Young. He married his sweetheart,
Evelyn Joyce Buckminster on Jan. 31, 1953 in Enid, Okla.
LeRoy enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Idaho mountains. He spent
a lot of time gardening, coin collecting and he coached several baseball
teams. He played basketball at Utah State University and Idaho State University
He served as a pilot during the Korean war flying B-47s and B-52 bombers
and had achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force. In 1964, LeRoy
had served as president of the Civitan Club in Idahon Falls, was a member
of the Dental Society, B.P.O.E., Numismatic Club and had served as secretary
of the Idaho Dental Association. He was a memeber of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had served as Young Mens President, Scoutmaster
and dance director.
LeRoy is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn, Mangum, Okla.; and their
two children, Zoe (Ace) Madsen, Burk (Terra) Young, both of Vernal; eight
grandchildren; and a brother, Adrain Young, Blackfoot, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Arling (Cole.)
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. in the
Hullinger-Spafford Funeral Home, 224 East 500 South, Vernal. Friends may
call from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m on Saturday.
Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of
the Spafford Funeral Home.
Mark Smuin, 59, died Nov. 13, 2000 in Vernal. He was born June 18, 1941
in Vernal to Alvin and Marie Aime Smuin. He married Darlene Johnson and
was later divorced. He married Sandy Boulier and was later divorced. He
married Sheila Williamson June 18, 1981 in Roosevelt.
Mark was a truck driver for Pacific Service of Utah. He was a member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved his family.
He loved the mountains, hunting, fishing and camping.
Survivors are his wife, Sheila, Dinosaur, Colo.; children, Tamara (Mario)
Rendon, Cleabur, Texas; Sandra (Shawn) Richins, Vernal; Andrea (Piliki)
Tauteoli, Vernal; Angela (Christian) Burrows, Albuquerque, N.M.; Marty
Dee (Jessica) Smuin, Silver Valley, Calif; Markla (Kirk) Chivers, Rock
Springs, Wyo.; step-children, Lester (Deborah) Thompson, Evanston, Wyo.;
Cindy (Larry) Hilton, Vernal; Laurie (Russell) Jenkins, Payson; Shellie
(Jim) Beasley, Nashville, Tenn.; Philina (Russell) Clegg, Dinosaur; John
(Danelle) Pemberton, Vernal; 40 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Freda
Boren, East Carbon; Bud (Flora) Smuin, Bend, Ore.; Juanita (Chester) Gardner,
Vernal; Glen (Ernestine) Smuin, Vernal; and Jackie (Floyd) Reynolds, Vernal.
He is preceded in death by parents; and a brother-in-law, Darrell Boren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Davis
4th Ward Chapel. Viewing will be at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary Wednesday
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the church Thursday one hour prior to services.
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction
of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the funeral
home to defray funeral expenses.
Norma Yocum, formerly of Vernal, passed away Nov. 6, 2000 in Euless,
Texas, where she has resided since 1986. She was born to John and Doris
(Lantz) Frick on Sept. 3, 1936 in Luray, Kan. She married Phillip (Jack)
Campbell on June, 1953 in Hays, Kan. There are four children of this marriage.
She married Fred Yocum on Sept. 26, 1983 in Vernal.
She is survived by three daughters, Jaqueline Sterba, Cynthia Davis
and Susan Shaw; one son, William John Campbell; 10 grandchildren; four
great grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.
At her request, no services were held.
Francis J. Lenox
Funeral Mass for Francis J. Lenox, 78, who died of a heart attack Nov.
8, 2000 at the Ashley Valley Medical Center. He was born Jan. 5, 1922 in
Prescott, Ariz., a son of Frank and Catherine Dailey Lenox. He married
Frances Klingensmith, they later divorced. Francis married Elaine Wright
Farnsworth on Oct. 5, 1978.
Francis was a devoted member of the St. James Catholic Church. He was
a veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion and he worked
with the Red Cross. He worked for over 20 years at First Security Bank.
He then started and ran his own insurance business for over 17 years. He
enjoyed his work.
Francis loved gardening, especially roses. He enjoyed crossword puzzles,
golfing and fishing in his early years. He especially loved to dance.
He is survived by wife, Elaine, of Vernal; daughter, Elaine (Jim) Jones
of Longmont, Colo.; granddaughter, Michelle (Joey) Valdez, Longmont; four
stepchildren, Farrell (Jolene) Farnsworth, Duchesne; Gordon Farnsworth,
Riverton; Cindy (Kelly) Cowan, Duchesne; Sandra (Franco) Wissa, Centerville;
11 step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and sister, Sarah
Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Nov. 11 in St. James Catholic Church
with Father Jan Bednarz officiating.
Carol Jackson served as cantor and Linda Shimmin, organist.
Robin Schaefermeyer sang the entrance hymn, "How Great Thou Art."
Farrell Farnsworth gave the first reading of Isaiah 25: 6A, 7-9 and
Gordon Farnsworth, gave the second reading of I Corinthians 15:20,
The communion hymn was "Amazing Grace."
Father Bednarz offered the final commendation.
Speaker was Michael Schaefermeyer.
Carol Jackson sang the recessional hymn, "Ave Maria."
Pallbearers were Farrell Farnsworth, Travis White, Jim Jones, Gordon
Farnsworth, Joey Valdez and Kelly Cowan.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery with military honors
provided by the American Legion.
Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary
with compassionate services offered by the Saint James Parish.
Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery with military honors
provided by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn
Leona ElDorus Bell "Nona" Holgate, 90, of Altonah, died peacefully,
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center of natural causes.
She was born Feb. 3, 1910 in Arcadia to John William and Melissa "Pearl"
McAffee Bell. She married Frank Leo Holgate Feb. 20, 1933 in Duchesne.
Their marriage was solemnized May 15, 1964 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He died May 12, 1973.
Leona loved to read and was gifted in the arts, including beautiful
crocheting & other handwork, drawing, and oil painting later in her
life. She also loved to sew and was an excellent cook. She served in the
LDS Church in the Primary, Young Women, Relief Society & Scouting;
worked many years as caretaker of the Bridgeland Ward building and also
worked as Myton City treasurer, and at the Duchesne County Hospital.
She loved music and taught herself to play the piano and violin and
had a lovely alto singing voice. She was "grandma" to everyone she met,
and her most important role was mother to her nine children.
Leona is survived by children Elva & Tom Zaragoza, Strawberry River;
Joann & Ken Walker, Ivins; Cleo & Stanley Stevenson, Sun City,
Ariz.; Gwen & Howard Funk, Vernal; Nonalee & Gary Goodrich, Bluebell;
Laurence "Bud" & Valeen Holgate, West Jordan; Douglas & Sherrie
Holgate, Altonah; Brent & Connie Holgate, Vernal; Susan & Michael
Johnson, Emmett, Idaho; 46 grandchildren, 116 great-grandchildren, and
10 great great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by sisters, Grace Larsen, Evanston, Wyo.; Shirley
(Stanley) Kohnhorst, Hurricane; and brother-in-law, Royal Burt, Mount Emmons.
Leona was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, LaPreel Wills,
Ted Bell, Eldon Bell, Wilda Burt, Lucille Solomonson, Max Bell; a great
granddaughter, Jeannie Holgate and great-great-grandson, Brant Montgomery.
Funeral services were held Nov. 14.
Burial was in the Altamont-Mt. Emmons Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the people at Stewarts
Care Center and the Uintah Basin Medical Center for the special love and
care of their mother.