|Lois L. Cunningham
Lois Louise Bennett Cunningham, 62, of Vernal, died Jan. 11, 2000 at
her home in Vernal. She was born Aug. 6, 1937 in Los Angeles, Calif., a
daughter of Jack W. Bennett and Francelia Forgus Bennett. She married M.C.
(Chuck) Cunningham April 2, 1955 at Hawthorne, Calif. She was not only
Chuck's wife and companion in life, but his partner in four different businesses.
Lois worked as a dental assistant in Parowan. She was an active member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glines 4th Ward, and
served in all capacities in her church. She was active in the Primary,
Relief Society, and Young Women's M.I.A.
One of the things she enjoyed most was her new calling as a Temple
Ordinance Worker here in the Vernal LDS Temple. Lois also enjoyed fishing,
boating, camping, sightseeing and she loved the arts.
Lois was preceeded in death by a brother, Dean Bennett.
She is survived by her husband, M.C. (Chuck) Cunningham, Vernal; children,
Mark (Reneta) Cunningham, Blaine, Wash; Gary (Angela) Cunningham, Victorville,
Calif.; 11 grandchildren; Lori Rodriguez, Jessica Vernal, Ryan Cunningham,
Haley Cunningham, Max Cunningham, Katrina Cunningham, Nicole Cunningham,
Samantha Cunningham, Brandon Cunningham, Brandie Cunningham, and Mack Jr.
Cunningham; parents, Francelia and Dean Bennett, Vernal.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000 in the Glines 4th
Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Nick Richins conducting.
Keith Osborn offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music
played by Carla Cleavinger.
David Irving gave the invocation and Chuck Cunningham offered a eulogy.
The Glines 4th Ward Choir, accompanied by Christine Labrum, sang "Be
Still My Soul;" and Jim Hales, accompanied by Carla Cleavinger, sang "Close
To The Edge of Heaven."
Speakers were Connie Caldwell and Gail King with closing remarks offered
by Bishop Richins.
Dee Jay Chivers gave the benediction and Gary Cunningham dedicated
Pallbearers were Gary Cunningham, Rus King, Jackie Cunningham, Mark
Cunningham, Keith Osborn and Treven Burchill.
Honorary pallbearers were Terry Caldwell and Jim Humphreys.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of
Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Glines
4th Ward Relief Society.
Marva Batty Hacking, 69, of Vernal, died Jan. 14, 2000 at the Ashely
Valley Medical Center in Vernal. She was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Vernal,
the daughter of Marion Batty and Mable Siddoway Batty. She married A.L.
(Bud) Hacking on Nov. 26, 1948 in Vernal.
Marva was co-owner of Bud's Steak House in Vernal, a member of the
Pink Ladies at Ashley Valley Medical Center, a member of the American Legion
Ladies Auxiliary, and also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She was a member of the LDS Church. Marva enjoyed racing horses, reading
and caring for others, especially older people in the neighborhood, and
she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Bud Hacking, Vernal; children, Darcy
(Mike) Keele, Vernal; Lorrie (Randy) Cloward, Roosevelt; and Cathy (Mark)
Hoffman, Grand Forks, N.D.; five grandchildren, Dusty Keele, Brandy Keele,
Russell Cloward, Ryan Cloward and Garrett Cloward.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000 at 11 a.m. in
the Vernal 5th Ward Chapel. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 9:30
to 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson's
Arthur F. McOmber
Arthur Fisk McOmber, born July 28, 1914 and died Dec. 31, 1999, were
held Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 in the Vernal 2nd and 4th Ward Chapel with Bishop
Arthur McOmber, son, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude
music played by granddaughter, Tamara Ballard.
Arthur McOmber, III, grandson, gave the invocation and Bishop Peterson
offered the obituary.
Speakers were David McOmber, brother; Arthur McOmber, Jr., son; Howad
McOmber, son; and David Ahrnsbrak, step-son.
Jan King, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "How Great Thou Art,"
and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again;" and Laura Hacking played a medley
Clarence Teerlink, brother-in-law, gave the benediction and Winston
McOmber, brother, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Michael McOmber, Art McOmber, III, Mark McOmber, Nelson
Ahrnsbrak, Dallin Ahrnsbrak, Mark Ballard, Edwin Hacking and Tyson Hacking.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger
Jolley Funeral Home with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 7th
Ward Relief Society.
Virgil Dar Hatch
Former resident of Vernal, Virgil Dar Hatch, 77, died Jan. 12, 2000
after a long battle with cancer in his home in Star Valley, Ariz.
Virgil was born in Safford, Ariz., to Bert and Murtle Hatch on Nov.
18, 1922. He married Genita Clarke, March 12, 1942 and later they were
sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa, Ariz., LDS Temple.
Virgil was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints where he loved to serve. He was a successful farmer and land owner
in his young adulthood in Mesa, Ariz. In 1966 he moved his family to Vernal
where he owned and operated a farm on the Green River. Later he built two
mobile home parks, one of which is still operating (Esquire Estates.)
While in Vernal, Virgil made many life-long friends. He then had the
opportunity to build and operate another mobile home park in Castle Dale.
He most recently resided in Star Valley where he moved in 1980. There he
built and managed an R.V. park, until becoming ill in 1997.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Genita, Star Valley; daughters, Lynell
(Gene) Anfinson, Peggy (Danny) Moore, both of Vernal; Janet (Gary) Homan,
Cornwall,N.Y.; Sheila (Mike) Noakes, Sacramenta, Calif.; sons, Phil Hatch
and Gary (Julie) Hatch, Star Valley.
Virgil's greatest love was his family and hard work. He loved working
side-by side with his wife throughout their 56 years of marriage. He enjoyed
people and knew how to make them laugh and feel good. He will be greatly
missed by many friends and family.
The funeral was held in Payson, Ariz., on Jan. 17 with the interment
later held in Mesa, Ariz.
Orvil A. Phillips, born July 31, 1917, passed away on Dec. 6, 1999
at his home in Quartzsite, Ariz. He met and married Pearl, who preceded
him in death on July , 17, 1997. They enjoyed almost 62 years together.
They lived and worked in Vernal for many years.
They had three children: son, Johnnie (Ann) Phillips, Bountiful; daughter,
Delanna (Gary) Case, who passed away eight years ago, Brigham City; and
Darlena (Ron) Brisendine, Tacoma, Wash.
He is also survived by brother, John Phillips, Rock Springs, Wyo.;
sister, Laura Cendreau, Salina, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great
Funeral services for Thebbie Moon, 83, of Jensen, will be held Saturday,
Jan. 22, 2000 at 2 p.m. in the Jensen Ward LDS Chapel. Friends may call
Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thomson's Vernal Mortuary and on Saturday
one hour prior to services at the chapel.
Burial will be in the Jensen Cemetery under the direction of Thomson's
Graveside services for Virginia Hendricks of Vernal, will be held Thursday,
Jan. 20, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Maeser Fairview Cemetery.
Services will be under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.
Lois Merkley Walker, 80, died Jan. 17, 2000 at her home in Naples City,
with her children by her side. She was born in Vernal, Jan. 28,1919, the
fourth child of Samuel Murray Merkley and Loretta Henry Merkley. She married
our Dad, Asael Oscar Walker on April 10, 1935 in Duchesne.
They began their married life in humble circumstances on a small farm
in Mountain Home. They later moved to Kamas and in 1945 moved to Vernal
to raise their family of two girls and four boys.
Mother loved the out doors where she and Dad spent many hours camping,
fishing, hunting and scouring the hills for arrowheads. If there wasn't
someone available to go on these excursions, she would often go by herself.
Her favorite sport was bowling and she played on various teams until her
health wouldn't allow her to continue. She loved to garden, growing vegetables
and flowers for all to enjoy. She was never happier than when her family
and friends were with her, gathered around the kitchen table playing games
or just visiting and sharing cherished moments. She also spent many hours
crocheting treasured afghans for her grandchildren. She was a member of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The six children born to this union were Lucille (deceased); Oscar
Lee (Rae) Walker, Provo; Earl "Bill" Willis (Elaine) Walker, Middleburg,
Fla.; Charles Allan (Flossie) Walker, Vernal; Sharon (Jean) Hatch, Vernal;
and an infant son who passed aways shortly after birth. She has 21 grandchildren
and 52 great grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters, Grace Oaks,
Naples, and Mary Price, Maeser.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Asael Walker, two children,
three brothers, two sisters and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Naples
2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 2313 S. 1500 E. Friends may call Friday from 6 to
8 p.m. at Thomson's Vernal Mortuary and Saturday morning one hour prior
to the services at the chapel.
Burial will be in the Jensen Cemetery in Jensen under the direction
of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.
Ada May Massey
Ada May Stewart Cooper Massey, 79, passed away Jan. 18, 2000. She was
born May 19, 1920 to Lloyd and Ida Woodward Stewart of Jensen. She was
the youngest of seven children.
She married Grant Cooper in March of 1938. They had two children, Cheryl
Cooper (Grant) Richens and Stewart (Marketa) Cooper, both of Vernal. Grant
passed away on Feb. 5, 1955. May married Earl Massey in December of 1957.
During her 79 years, May apprenticed as a beautician and has given
hundreds of haircuts and perms to family members and close friends. She
also worked at Uintah Freight for Rondo Sullivan, and for Dr. John Shimmin
as a dental assistant. After leaving Dr. Shimmin's employ, she went to
Henegar's Business College and then worked many years for Drs. Bruce Christian
and Durrell Chivers.
May was always a wonderful seamstress. She made everything from blouses
and skirts to tailored suits and a traditional wedding dress for her oldest
grand-daughter. She was an avid reader, loved to travel, loved games, crossword
puzzles, solitaire and working in her flowers. She grew some of the most
beautiful roses in the valley. She enjoyed family gatherings and also liked
spending time on the mountain at their cabin. She was an excellent cook
and homemaker and kept a neat clean home throughout her life.
May was preceded in death by her first husband, Grant Cooper; her parents,
Lloyd and Ida Stewart; her brothers, Luther, Wiley, Ezra, Enoch and Raymond
Stewart; and her sister, Vera Caldwell; also one great grandson, Jeremiah
May is survived by her husband, Earl Massey; her two children, Cheryl
(Grant) Richens; Stewart (Marketa) Cooper; five step-children, Carol (Douglas)
Hatch, Kay (Hugh Van) Pierce, Connie Massey, Leah (Greg) Reber and Randy
(Gena) Massey. She has 17 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in Thomson's
Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning
at the mortuary.
Burial will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery under the direction of Thomson's
Robert L. Robbins
Funeral services for Robert L. Robbins, born Jan. 30, 1915 and died
Jan. 4, 2000, were held Friday, Jan. 7, 2000 with Bishop Joe C. Maestas
Robert Shaw, grandson, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude
music played by Janet Nelson.
Wayne Merrill, grandson, gave the invocation.
Speakers were Darylene Machado, Dan Robbins, Janet Hatch, Gale Robbins
and Pat Yadon.
Kathy Deets and Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Carol Murray, sang "Grandpa,
Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days," and "Daddy's Hands;" the great grandchildren,
accompanied by Janet Nelson, sang "Where Is Heaven;" Kay Hunting and Enola
Murray, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "Remember Me," and "How Great
Thou Art;" and Annette Hatch sang "Goodbye My Friend."
Rick Robbins, grandson, gave the benediction and Curtis Hadlock dedicated
Pallbearers were grandsons, Brent Olson, Mike Robbins, Bruce Kay, Wade
Robbins, Eric Yadon and David Yadon.
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and all grandchildren.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson's
Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 4th Ward
Carma N. Hacking
Funeral services for Carma Nielson Hacking, born Aug. 20, 1925 and
died Jan. 9, 2000, were held Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000 with Bishop Kyle Batty
Lorin (Pudge) Merkley offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude
music played by Kay Hunting.
John Ryan Hacking, grandson, gave the invocation and Bishop Batty gave
Speakers were Ronnie Merkley, neighbor and friend, and Bishop Batty.
Myke Hall, accompanied by Daun DeJournette, sang "These Hands;" Daun
DeJournette and Dorothy Luck, accompanied by Kay Hunting, sang "My Wild
Irish Rose;" and the congregation, led by Charlotte Hyde, chorister, and
Kay Hunting, accompanist, sang "God Be With You Til We Meet Again."
Dean Johnson, neighbor and friend, gave the benediction and Bruce Bodkin
dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews, J.R. Hacking, T.J. Hacking,
James Earl Hacking, Kendall Hacking, A.J. Murray and Rick Nielson.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of
Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Maeser
3rd Ward Relief Society.
Funeral services for Ardith Hadlock Robbins, born Feb. 27, 1918 and
died Jan. 10, 2000, were held Friday, Jan. 14, 2000 with Bishop Joe C.
Ken Hadlock offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music
played by Carol Murray.
Tom Murray gave the invocation.
Speakers were Darylene Machado, Dan Robbins, Janet Hatch, Gale Robbins
and Pat Yadon.
Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Brian Litton, sang "Wind Beneath My
Wings;" Kay Hunting and Enola Murray, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang
"Beautiful Land," and "How Great Thou Art;" Kathy Deets and Geri Benedicto,
accompanied by Carol Murray, sang "That Wonderful Mother Of Mine;" Amy
Lube Allen played a piano solo, "The Waltz You Saved For Me;" and Annette
Hatch sang "Goodbye My Friend."
Dez Murray gave the benediction and Curtis Hadlock dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Wayne Merrill, Mike Robbins, Eric Yadon, Rick Robbins,
Wade Robbins and David Yadon.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of the
Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal
4th Ward Relief Society.
Funeral services for Weldon Wilford Bastian, born June 24, 1912 and
died Jan. 7, 2000, were held Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the Ashley Stake Center
with Bishop Mike Haslem officiating.
Larry Bastian offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music
played by Jana McKeachnie.
June Bastian, brother, gave the invocation and Marlene Safsten, daughter,
offered the eulogy.
Speakers were sons, Daniel Bastian, Steven Bastian, David Bastian and
Larry Bastian; and brother, Del Mar Bastian.
Remarks were offered by Bishop Haslem.
Nicole Bastian, granddaughter, played a piano solo, "Oh Divine Redeemer;"
Rachel Bastian, granddaughter, accompanied by Diane Bastian, played a violin
solo, "Meditation" from "Thais;" Chappy and Penny Lindsay, daughter, accompanied
by Diane Bastian, sang "Come Unto Him;" and Weldon's granddaughters sang
"The Lord Is My Shepherd."
Derrill Bastian, brother, gave the benediction and David Bastian, dedicated
Pallbearers were grandsons, Michael Williams, Matthew Williams, Trenton
Bastian, Robert Bastian, Jared Bastian, David Lindsay and Nate Christensen.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger
Jolley with compassionate services offered by the Ashley 1st Ward Relief
DeWard Murray, age 68, died Jan. 23, 2002 in Roosevelt. He was born
Dec. 20, 1933 in Vernal to Thomas Ward and Lasca Polly Ainge Murray Hall.
He married Glennis Marie Van November 1954 in Vernal. The marriage was
later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Jan. 24, 1987.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He loved the gospel and served in numerous church callings. He was a home
teacher, Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher and he served in several
Elders Quorum presidencies. During his lifetime he worked as a miner and
Union president in the Gilsonite mines in Bonanza, and a crew foreman in
the Trona mines in southwest Wyoming. Before his retirement in 1990 he
worked in the oilfield /safety industry.
He attended college to learn about computers. He was a certified EMT,
an accomplishment he was proud of. Pete was a staff sgt. In the USAF. He
served in the 4050th Food Service Squadron. He loved to cook and enjoyed
cooking for family and friends. He liked hunting, fishing, archery, bowling
and photography. Pete loved to tease and enjoyed a good joke. He loved
his family and friends. He liked to visit and make friends wherever he
went. He always had a special way with children. He loved his children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a story to tell about
each one of them. He will be missed by all who knew him.
DeWard is survived by his wife of 47 years, Glennis Marie Van Murray
of Vernal; four children, DeLennis V. (Bruce) Crooks, Casper, Wyo.; Peter
Kole Murray, Rawlins, Wyo.; Brenda Murray, Evanston, Wyo.; and DeeWard
Murray Jr. of Rangely, Colo.; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren;
parents, Thomas Ward and Verna Murray, of Jensen; six brothers and sisters;
Mick (Dixie) Hall of Ioka; Lois Marie (Henry) Lems, Bluffdale; Enola (Donald)
Martinsen, Vernal; and Tom (Arlene) Murray of Vernal; Kay (Dell) Hunting
of Vernal; Dez (Carol) Murray, Vernal.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lasca Polly Ainge Murray Hall;
stepfather, Ralph Hall, and brother, Rennie Earl Hall.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at the Glines 1st Ward Chapel.
David W. Olsen was conducting. Pallbearers were Dee Ward Murray "Jr.",
Mitchell "Mick" Hall, Joseph Bond, Murray Bond, Zack Postma, Joe Christofferson,
Bruce Christofferson ,and Kenny Fountain. Compassionate services were provided
by Glines 1st Ward Relief Society. Dez Murray gave the family prayer. Prelude
and postlude music was provided by Daun DeJournette. The invocation was
given by Chick Beyon. Obituary/remarks were given by Bishop Olsen. Musical
number "How Great Thou Art," was performed by Kay Hunting and Enola Martinsen,
accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Speaker was Ron Edrington. Bishop Olsen
gave the closing remarks. Musical number, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives,"
was performed by Kay Hunting and Enola Martinsen, accompanied by Daun DeJournette.
Tom Murray gave the benediction. Dedication of the grave was by Joseph
Bond. Military honors were provided by American Legion. Burial was in the
Maeser-Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal
John Edward Harding
John Edward Harding returned to his Heavenly Father for a joyful reunion
with his parents on Jan. 25, 2002, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, due
to complications resulting from a sudden attack of pancreatitis. John was
born to Edward Bailey Harding and Lurean Stevens Harding Jan. 15, 1942
in Price. He lived his life with enthusiasm, generosity and goodness.
John married Karen Kaye Taylor in 1961, and was later divorced. John
then married the love of his life Frances Wegrzyn, on Feb. 21, 1976 and
their marriage was later sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
John grew up and lived in Craig, Colo. for 40 years. He graduated from
Moffat County High School in 1960 and attended Mesa State College in Grand
Junction, Colo. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1964 with
a degree in business administration.
Upon his returning from college, he began working in the family owned
beer distribution business with his father. In 1968, he purchased the business
from his father and became president of C&H Distributing. For almost
40 years, he distributed beer for Miller Brewing Company, Coors Brewing
Company and Anheuser-Busch.
While living in Craig he served on the Craig City Council and the Executive
Board of the Colorado West Area Council of Governments. He was a past president
of the B.P.O.E Elks club, and a member of the Kiwanis Club and active with
the Colorado Beer Distributors Association.
In 1983, John and his family moved to Vernal. In Vernal his activities
included serving on the Uintah County Planning and Zoning Board, president
of the Rotary Club, past president of the Utah Beers Distributors Association
and a Board of Directors member of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
John was dedicated to supporting and improving his community; he was
a long time sponsor and contributor to the Dinosaur Round-up Rodeo as well
as a Boy Scout Committee Chairman. He was committed to supporting the formal
education of his own family and others. Each year he awarded scholarships
to Vernal's Uintah High School students and was also involved in helping
other students complete their academic goals with continual encouragement
as well as financial help. He was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
John loved his family and was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
His greatest pleasures in life were sharing meals with his family, boating,
travel, and spending time with his friends. John was a kind, generous and
loving person. He was a true friend and was sincerely dedicated to the
support of others. He made each person he encountered feel special, as
each immediately became his "favorite," whether it was a bank teller, a
waitress, an employee, a neighbor or member of the family.
He is survived by his wife Frances, his children: daughter Suzan Rene
Harding (Jean Martin) of Montreal, Canada, and sons Carl Edward Harding,
Randall Mark Harding (Tari), and Ryan Joseph Harding; three grandchildren,
Judith Blanche, Joel Felix and Austin Michael; his brother Richard George
Harding (Barbara) of Kure Beach, N.C., his sisters Jeanne Harding Cook
(Scott) and Marianne Harding Burgoyne (Dr. Robert H. Burgoyne) of Salt
Lake City and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
mother and father.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John
Harding Scholarship Fund through the Uintah School Foundation, 635 W. 200
Funeral services were held Jan. 29, at the Maeser LDS Stake Center.
Burial were in the Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn
Jesus Fidel Velencia
Jesus Fidel Valencia, 72, of Vernal died Jan. 20, 2002 at Ashley Valley
Medical Center. He was born Jan. 1, 1930 in ElCeuerbo, Micaucuan, MX to
Jesus Fidel Valencia and Cleofas Nunez. Fidel was a construction worker
and volunteered at the local food pantry for the last year. He spent a
lot of time hunting and fishing with his sons. Fidel loved camping and
the outdoors, especially having cook outs with his friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Cleofitas MaryLou Schoolcraft; Susie
Valencia; three sons, David Garcia, Jesus Fidel Valencia; Robert Ruben
Valencia; three grandsons, six granddaughters and one great-grandson; two
brothers Gilberto Valencia; Baudlio Valencia; one sister, Emilia Valencia,
many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at Thomson
Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Burial was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under
the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
The pallbearers were Wilber Woody, Czyz Woody, Ty Woody, Justin Bristol,
Cody Bristol, and Ablardo Hernandez. Conducting was Mitch Blackburn. The
obituary was given by Mitch Blackburn. Prelude and postlude music was provided
by Daun DeJournette. Musical was "Precious Memories," by Daun DeJournette.
Lords Prayer by the congregation.
Carl H. Woehrmann left this earth to be with our Heavenly Father on
Jan. 27, 2002, at his home in Tooele. He was born on June 16, 1928 in Hayden,
Colo. to Fredrick (Fritz) and Ethel May Woehrmann. As a young man he lived
in Vernal, where he drove truck in the oil fields. In 1971 he and his wife
moved to Arizona where he worked for and retired from Arizona Dept. of
Transportation. He was loved in life and will be greatly missed by his
family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; daughter, Kathie.
He is survived by his wife, Neva of Tooele; one brother, Al (Leolo)
Woehrmann of Vernal; two sisters, Mary Preece of Colorado and Lily Smith
of California; a daughter, Connie (Danny) Smith of Tooele; three grandchildren,
Jason (Cassandra) Cooper of Oregon; Brandon (Melissa) Cooper of Herriman;
Holli (Jim) Hansen of Magna; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Kenzi,
Michelle and Audrie, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary
on Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the mortuary one hour prior to
the services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park on Feb. 5.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Carl's
name to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.
Colton Orvil McKeachnie
Colton Orvil McKeachnie, 81 passed away Jan. 19, 2002 at Ashley Valley
Medical Center. He was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Vernal, Utah to Thomas Murray
and Edna Smith Hardy McKeachnie.
He married Helen Fletcher on Mar. 11, 1941. Their marriage was later
solemnized on Oct. 9, 1964 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Colton was a farmer,
sheepman and state meat inspector. Colton was an active member of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a Veteran of World War II,
President of the Highline Canal Company for 31 years. He loved all sports
including, and for a long time was the Uintah County horseshoe pitching
champion. He played softball and basketball for many years, helped coach
and attended many camping trips with the scouts.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Fletcher McKeachnie; children, Gayle
(Kathlene) of Vernal; Teddy (Vaun) Whitesides of Syracuse, Utah; LeeAnn
(Ken) Honeycutt of Orem, Utah; Trent (Meg) of Vernal; 21 grandchildren;
21 great-grandchildren; brother, Lyle McKeachnie of Vernal; sister, Laura
Rasmussen Hirschi of Vernal; Venice Hettinger of Kearns, Utah and Sharon
Horrocks of Pocatello, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Glenn; sister, Edith
Hunting and daughter-in-law, Judy McKeachnie.
Funeral services were held Jan. 21, 2002, in the Glines 5th LDS Ward
Chapel. Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park with Military Honors by
the American Legion, under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to a missionary fund.
Conducting the funeral services was Bishop Anthony Deets. The Pallbearers
(grandsons) were Brett McKeachnie, Jared McKeachnie, Jacob McKeachnie,
Jason Whitesides, Travis Honeycutt, and Kyle Honeycutt. The Honorary Pallbearers
were Jonathan McKeachnie, Kevin Honeycutt, Cory Kellogg, and Brian Kellogg.
Compassionate Service was by Glines 5th Ward Relief Society. Trent McKeachnie
(son) gave the family prayer. The organist was Susan Bell, chorister was
Teresa Arnold. The prelude and postlude music was provided by Susan Bell.
The congregation sang Hymn number 86,"How Great Thou Art." Invocation was
by Ken Honeycutt (son in-law). Obituary/Eulogy was given by Bishop Anthony
Deets. Jared McKeachnie (grandson) spoke. A musical number, "I Know That
My Redeemer Lives," was sung by granddaughters and accompanied by Kathlene
McKeachnie. Teddy Whitesides (daughter) spoke. Remarks were given by Bishop
Anthony Deets. The Congregation sang Hymn number 166, "Abide With Me."
Benediction was given by Vaun Whitesides (son-in-law). Dedication of the
grave was by Gayle McKeachnie (son).
Marie S. Yates
Services for Casper, Wyo. resident Marie S. Yates, 90, will be conducted
at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bustard's Funeral Home by Bishop Lincoln Burton
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5th Ward.
She died Jan. 27, 2002, at Wyoming Medical Center, of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 2, 1911, in Vernal, the daughter of Albert and Lillian
Singleton. On May 17, 1929, she graduated from Uintah High School. She
attended Brigham Young University in 1929 and 1930 and graduated from Utah
State Agricultural College in 1933, with a bachelor of science degree in
education. In 1935, she attended Columbia Teachers' College in New York
City and, in 1938, the University of Idaho. In 1963, she earned a master's
of education in educational guidance from the University of Wyoming and,
in 1971, received an educational specialist degree. Her first teaching
position was in Baggs, Wyo. where she taught first and second grades for
a year. She then taught physical education and social studies at Baggs
High School. Before moving to Casper in 1949, she taught in several towns
in Utah and Idaho.
In 1951, she began working at Natrona County High School and taught
business education for one year and physical education and swimming for
nine years. In the fall of 1961, she was hired as a school counselor at
Dean Morgan Junior High School, retiring in May 1976. In January 1978,
she became a guidance counselor at Midwest High School and served through
May 1979. She then returned to DMJHS as an educational diagnostician in
Her educational career spanned 51 years: 23 as a teacher; 19 as a school
counselor; two as a diagnostician; and seven as a substitute teacher at
the elementary and secondary levels. On July 7, 1939, she married Howard
A. Smith of Midvale. On Aug. 28, 1946, she married Clem B. "Bill" Yates
in Vernal. He preceded her in death. She was elected to Phi Kappa Phi National
Honor Society and was a member of Chi Omega and Alpha Delta Kappa sororities
and Rebekah Lodge No. 13.
During her career, she was a member of the National and Wyoming education,
Classroom Teachers, Wyoming Personnel and Guidance, American Personnel
and Guidance and National Vocational Guidance associations. Her service
to many educational organizations on the local and state level over the
years was impressive.
A member of the LDS Church, she was active in music circles and played
the piano professionally for many years.
Survivors include two sons, Harold Smith and Bill Yates and his wife,
both of Casper; daughter, Dr. Linda Yates, and her husband of Evergreen,
Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents,
four brothers and a sister.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels or Central Wyoming Senior
Graveside Services will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Maeser
Fairview Cemetery. Friends may meet the family at the Cemetery, under the
direction of Bustards Funeral Home in Casper, WY and Thomson Blackburn
Vernal Mortuary in Vernal.
Laura "LaVeen" Oaks, age 68, passed away Jan. 28, 2002 at her home
in Vernal. She was born July 3, 1933 in Myton to William Devon and Lila
Dennis Gentry. LaVeen married her sweetheart Martin E. "Salty" Oaks on
August 22, 1952 in Vernal.
LaVeen was a member of the Elks, she was a member of several bowling
leagues through out the years at Dinah Bowl. She loved camping and playing
horseshoes. Most of all she loved playing Skip-Bo and Yahtzee with family
and friends. Laura was a big fan of the Utah Jazz and Elvis Presley.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sandy Jean McKowen; Lori Ann
(Kelvin) Goodwin; two sons, James Lee (Larie Dawn) Oaks; Jeffery Martin
(Kala) Oaks all of Vernal; 10 granddaughters, 10 grandsons, 12 great grandchildren;
two brothers, Donald (Barbara) Gentry of Peoria, Ariz.; Bryan (Dorothy)
of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Rhea (Lester) Blanchard of Hurricane.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin E. "Salty" Oaks; daughter,
Iva Lee Oaks; parents, William Devon and Lila Gentry.
Funeral services will be Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Vernal 4th Ward Chapel.
Friends may call at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary Thursday evening
from 7-9 and at the mortuary from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior before
going to the chapel. Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under
the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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