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Glenda Roberts
Our beloved mother, Glenda June Belcher Roberts, 77, of St. George, passed away peacefully at her home after a long valiant battle with cancer on Jan. 27, 2001. June was born on June 4, 1923 in Vernal to Edward Harvey Belcher and Cora Myrtle Johnson. She was the eighth child of nine children and the youngest of six daughters. She moved to Salt Lake City when she was 1 year old and attended Roosevelt and Granite Schools. The family purchased a home in Long Beach, Calif., and six of nine children accompanied them in 1937 and raised their families together. 
June graduated from Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, Calif., at the age of 16 years old having skipped three grades. She loved photography and enjoyed using her Brownie Camera all during her high school years. She was the family photographer. She was married to Willis Singleton Roberts on Feb. 20, 1942 in Long Beach, and they were divorced in 1952. June raised four children by herself. She took pride in this great accomplishment. She began sewing early at the very tender age of 11 years old for her family. She could design a pattern and sew with great speed; she was a gifted, creative seamstress. She loved sewing for her daughters and many others during her life. She lead many service projects in the Church and community. One of these projects was sewing for the "Laotian boat people" after they arrived in the USA. She organized a large group of women to help sew clothes and pads used for beds. June graduated from The College of Commerce Secretarial School in 1961. She was a speed typist and took speed writing at 100 wpm. She was employed in 1962 by the Dept. of Navy at the Long Beach Naval Station and also the Supply Center for 13 years. She made many friends through work and Church that she kept throughout her life. She then became office manager of Custom Designs, a waterbed sheet manufacturing business owned and operated by her son, Le Roy, in Buena Park, Calif. She retired in 1983.
June resided in Long Beach, Lakewood and Orange, California until moving to St. George almost six years ago. She was an active LDS church member all of her life. Her testimony never wavered and has always been a beacon in her life. She resided in the Snow Canyon 4th ward, Snow Canyon Stake, St. George. She loved genealogy and began doing the work for the Roberts' Family lines for her children and their posterity as soon as she retired along with making corrections on her own family lines. June was one of the first called and set apart to work in the Extraction Program at the Garden Grove, CA, Computer Center in 1984 She loved this program with all of her heart. She could work on it at home any time of the day or night.
June spent many years taking her family Pioneer History and personal photos and binding books for both the Belcher and Johnson Family Genealogy. These were prepared for family reunions. This was a wonderful achievement for herself and our family. She was endowed in the Los Angeles Temple on April 9, 1958. She set a goal to never miss attending the temple once a month of which she attained throughout her lifetime. She served in many Church callings throughout her lifetime; Primary Teacher, Jr. Sunday School Coordinator, Young Women's President, Extraction Worker, Genealogy Class Instructor, Visiting Teacher Coordinator and a Visiting Teacher. 
June loved to serve and could always be depended upon for anything needed of her throughout her life. She always kept her word. She was a light to many who joined the Church through her quiet example of living the standards of the gospel all of her life. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
June is preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers, Edward Warren and Woodrow Le Roy; and 4 sisters: Hilda Ardeth Williams, Cora Elizabeth Ward, Loris Myrtle D'Angelo, Hazle Lanta Svicarovich and one grandson; Nathan Todd Hacker, 3 nieces and 2 nephews. 
She is survived by her sister, Pearl Marceline (Dixie) Maygren and brother, Nile Lycurgus Belcher; children, Glenda Myrtle Hacker of Bloomington, Marvin Edward (Letitia) Roberts of Nephi, Glendon Le Roy (Nancy) Roberts of Santa Ana, Calif., and Lorna June Talton of Levergne, Tenn.; and 16 grandchildren; Ethan Glen Hacker is serving an LDS Mission to Maceio, Brazil, and 11 great-grandchildren.
LDS Funeral Services was held Monday, Jan. 29 in the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel in St. George. Graveside service will be on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn, 1500 E. San Antonio Dr., in Long Beach.

Alfred "Dode" Schanno
Funeral services for Alfred Waldo "Dode" Schanno, born Jan. 27, 1906 and died Jan. 20, 2001, were held Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 in the Thmson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with President Charles Beede conducting.
Sonja Seeley played prelude and postlude music. 
Lon Seeley gave the invocation. 
Speaker was Rowland Hein. 
Musical recordings were played. 
Jerry Payne gave the benediction, "Cowboy Prayer."
Lon Seeley dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Jerry Payne, Ivan Payne, Walter Bowden, Lon Seeley, Jerry Bowden and Jay Bowden.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery with military honors given by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Bessie I. Hardman
Bessie I. Hardman, died Jan. 30, 2001 at the Uintah County Care Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 
A viewing will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services. 
Burial will be in the Tabiona Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Marva Voorhies
Marva Adelia Murray Voorhies, 64, passed away Jan. 29, 2001 in Tucson, Ariz. She was born April 3, 1936 in Vernal, the daughter of Richard A. and Margery Shiner Murray. She married Allen Voorhies on June 8, 1962 in Reno, Nev. 
She worked as a secretary for the Uintah Freight Way, Land and Marine and Graco Oil Companies. She enjoyed feeding and watching humming birds and knew when migration would bring them to the area. She loved her family, working with her beautiful roses, herb garden, flowers and crafts, Arizona sunsets, warm weather and sunshine. 
She is survived by her husband, Allen of Vernal and Tucson; son, Kirk (Michele) DeMille, Cedar City; daughters, Ralyn (Rick) Trapp, Stacy (Dave) Malcolm, both of Murray; five grandchildren, David, Mathew, Alexis, Chelsea and Camrom; her mother, Margery (Everett) Paulson, Vernal; brother, Evan Murray, Hobbs, N.M.; sisters, Darlene (Floyd) Bowden, Vernal; and Jerile (Clayton) Southam, Payson.
She was preceeded in death by her father, Richard; a nephew, Rod Murray; and a sister, Renee Murray. 
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in the Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Judy M. Winward
Judy M. Winward, 48 of West Valley peacefully ended a suffering battle against cirrhosis Feb. 3, 2002 as her cat "Super Dave" laid at the foot of her bed. No more suffering, fear, or endless tears.
Born Dec. 16, 1953 to Elko H and Agnes P. Dejrik Flach in Amsterdam, Holland. Judy has joined her childhood hero, her father, and two cats Mr. Fred and Roots.
Judy is known for her joking sense of humor, stubbornness and love for cats. Judy's mission was complete when she pushed her stubbornness aside and surrendered the last of her love and affection into her only child "BB's" arms.
Survived by her husband of 19 years Jeffrey Winward, his parents Don and Elna Winward of Vernal, daughter Aleta J. Bringhurst, mother Agnes P. O'Brien, stepfather Patrick O'Brien, stepmother Wilma Flach, only sibling "Fritz" Nita Naegle, brother-in-law Mark Naegle, one granddaughter Shaylynn Ganten, unborn grandson due May 28, three nephews Jeff Flach, Zach Zaelit, Kyle Nagle, one niece Sara Nagle also many friends, and her two loyal cats Nip Kitty and Super Dave.
A special thanks to the CNS Hospice team and Karen Crist for making it possible for my mom to come home to her loving family.
Judy's wishes are to be cremated with no services. Friends and family may call the home of Jeffrey Winward. The cremation is under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Carl H. Woehrmann
Funeral services for Carl H. Woehrmann, born June, 16, 1928, died Jan. 27, 2002, were held Feb. 2 at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Mitch Blackburn conducted. Prelude and postlude music was provided by Cassandra Cooper. Invocation was given by Arden Robbins. Musical, "Precious Memories," by Ron Walker. Brandon Cooper gave the eulogy. Musical, "Daddy's Hands," by Ron Walker. Remarks by Michael Cooper. Musical, "Vios Condios," by Ron Walker. Benediction was by Melissa Cooper. Immediate family was invited to Al and Leola's home for a luncheon. The grave was dedicated by Arden Robbins. Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Woodey B. Searle
At his appointed time on Jan. 31, 2002, Woodey B. Searle returned home to his Heavenly Father. He was born on March 3, 1919 in Vernal, to Raymond and Zina Batty Searle. Lighting in 1923 killed his father and so his loving mother and relatives who were willing to help reared Woodey. His life was one of concern and love for his community and the people in it. He loved people. He loved having them around him and visiting with them.
He served in many capacities in his community, He was president of the Vernal Roping Club. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Utah LP Gas Association. He belonged to the Utah Wool Growers Association and often did their auctioning. He was an avid supporter of the Vernal Jr. Livestock Show many times purchasing the Grand Champions. He supported youth in every way possible. He served for many years on the hospital board. He sponsored many benefit rodeos for families who suffered losses and tragedies in their lives.
He was a businessman of long standing in the community. He owned and operated Searle Gas Company, Searle Saving Center, Searle Cattle Company, Searle Saddles, Diamond Hills Motel (Now Rodeway Inn), and Diamond Hills Café (now Win On), Valley Tractor, and that which he enjoyed most Diamond Hills Ranches, one on little Brush Creek and one on the Rim of Diamond Mountain.
One of his greatest joys was the success of his World Champion Cutting Horse Holey Sox. What pleasures this horse brought into his life. Along with his wife Vonetta he enjoyed attending the Rodeo Finals every year except this past one because of his lingering illness with cancer. They encouraged young people to get an education and did all they could to help them by giving countless scholarships every year at Uintah High School. They worried about others who needed help. They had braces put on the teeth of children whose parents could not afford them. They gave special glasses to those who suffered from Macular Eye Degeneration as he did. They took care of the widows and the fatherless that needed help beyond their ability to help themselves. They bought groceries for people to lighten their loads of care. They gave free dinners from their restaurant to the widows on Mothers Day and Easter Lilies at Easter time. For many years they delivered cases and cases of strawberries to friends and family all over the valley. They gave boxes of chocolate to those at the care center on Valentines and other times when they felt there was a need. They shared their wealth with others, freely giving of their material goods.
He is survived by his sweetheart Vonetta Schanno Searle. They were married June 14, 1974. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple. He was the father of six children, Doletta Goicoa of Reno, Nev.; Raymond E. Searle who preceded him in death; Rance W. Searle; Sonja (Lon) Seeley; Rhett A. (Lola) Searle; and Randy B. (Vickie) Searle all of Vernal; daughter-in-law, Toni Searle Cowdell of Layton; Donna Searle of Texas and Gail Fischel of Estes Park, Colo.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Jay Lincoln (Alberta) Searle and Milton H. (Elva) Searle of Vernal. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Woodey B. Searle II and his granddaughter Michele McNeill.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 4, in the Ashley 2nd Ward Chapel. Burial will be in the Maser Fairview Cemetery, under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Woodey B. and Vonetta Searle Scholarship Fund at Wells Fargo Bank in Vernal.
Bishop Michael Alexander conducted. Pallbearers were Lon Seeley, Rance Searle, Rhett Searle, Lynn Cuch, Scott Allred, Gary Showalter, Dawson Seeley and Bruce Nay. Honorary pallbearers were Milton Searle and Jay Searle. Compassionate services were provided by Ashley 2nd Ward Relief Society. Family prayer was offered by Milt Searle. Prelude and postlude music provided by Diane Batty. Emily Christiansen was the chorister, and Diane Batty was the organist. Dawnson Seeley gave the invocation. Bishop Michael Alexander gave the obituary. Remarks were given by Paul Searle and George Searle. Musical, "How Great Thou Art," performed by Denice Allen and accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Remarks given by Sonja Seeley and Alana Searle. Musical, "Oh My Father," performed by LaDee Christensen and accompanied by Diane Batty. Sheldon Galley gave remarks. The congergation sang "Abide With Me; Tis Eventide." Benediction was given by Max Rasmussen. Lon Seeley dedicated the grave. Funeral services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Linda Madsen
Linda Madsen, age 54, of Dinosaur, Colo. passed away Jan. 31, 2002 in Craig, Colo. She was born Nov. 29, 1947 in Levenworth, Kansas to Donal William and Peggy Lou Ellefritz Pierce. She married Jhon Harver Estas; they later divorced. She then married Timothy Madsen in March 1989.
Linda was a member of the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, crafts and truck driving with her husband. She loved her cats and dogs, kids and grandkids. Linda loved life in general.
She is survived by her husband, Tim; children, Traci Caldwell, James Estas, Donald Madsen and Toyna Higgins; grandmother, Goldie Kimball.
She was preceded in death by her son, Clifton Jhon; mother, Peggy Lou Ellifritz; father, Donal Pierce and granddaughter, Alysha Caldwell.
Funeral services were held Feb. 3, in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Cremation to follow. Under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to the mortuary for funeral expenses.
Pastor Bill Roberts officiated and gave the family prayer. Musical recording was "Fly." Obituary/remarks by Traci Caldwell (daughter). "I Come to the Garden," a musical number. Memory's of Linda was open to congregation. Musical recording "Don't Give Up On Me." Benediction was given by Pastor Ron Pellie. Luncheon followed the service at the First Baptist Church. Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

John Edward Harding
Funeral services for John Edward Harding, born Jan. 15, 1942, died Jan. 25, 2002 were held Jan. 29 at the Maeser Stake Center. Bishop Richard Jolley conducted. Pallbearers were Carl Harding, Randy Harding, Ryan Harding, Richard Harding, Jean Martin, Joseph Wegrzyn, Gary Showalter, John Anderson, Phil Timothy, and Gary Stubblefield. Honorary pallbearers were Brett Cook, Brian Hacking, Scott Harding, Alex Pulsipher, Tim Bell, Deb Fisher, Billie Jacobsen, Brad Johnson, Eric Atwood, Casey Walk, Brett Wilson, Carol Stromme, and Dustin Slaugh. Compassionate service was provided by Maeser 1st Ward Relief Society. Family prayer was given by Carl Harding (son). Beverly Hall was the chorister, and Cathy Feltch was the organist. Prelude and postlude music by Cathy Feltch. Congregational Hymn #294, "Love at Home." Invocation was given by Randy Harding (son).
Speaker Wayne Jones. Congregation Hymn #219 "Because I Have Been Give Much." Speaker Tari Harding (daughter-in-law). Musical "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," was by Lisa Labrum and was accompanied by Janae Wilcken. Speaker was Rick Morton. Congregational Hymn #252, "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel." Benediction was given by Ryan Harding (son). Prayer was given by Jeanne Cook. Speaker was Jean Martin. Dedication of grave was by Dr. Robert Burgoyne. Interment in the Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Mortuary. 

Laura Oaks
Funeral services for Laura "LaVeen" Oaks, born July 3, 1933 died Jan. 28, 2002, were held Feb. 1 at the Vernal 4th Ward Chapel. Bishop Tay Martinsen conducted. Pallbearers were Jim Oaks, Jeff Oaks, Kelvin Goodwin, Brett Oaks, Cody McKowen, Ryan Oaks, Paul Oaks and Deven Oaks. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Foster, Wes Foster, Devin Potts, Virgil McMickell, Kolby Goodwin, Kenny Potts, Brad Gamble, Gerald Chapoose and Yaeger Oaks. Compassionate services were provided by the Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society. Family prayer was given by Ryan Oaks (grandson). Prelude and postlude music was by Eleanor Marshall. Invocation was by Bishop Ray Martinsen. Musical "I Will Remember You," by Keli Goodwin and accompanied by Eleanor Marshall. Speaker was Deven Oaks (grandson). Musical recording, "My Way," by Elvis Presley. Speaker was Chick Beynon (friend). Poem, "Grandmother," was by the grandchildren. Recording, "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," by Patty Loveless. Benediction was given by Delbert Goodwin (family friend). Dedication of grave was done by Don Brown. Interment in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Frederick E. Muth

Frederick E. Muth, 80, died peacefully Feb. 4, 2000 at home surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 9, 1919 to Anthony Frederick and Cora Ann Naylor Muth, in Putnam, Texas. He married Marilyn Margaret Link on June 17, 1944 in Chase, Kan.
Fred served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a very patriotic person who loved his country. He was a member of the VFW Post #4264, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
He had many years in the oil business as a driller and tool pusher. He worked for the Steamboat Pilot newspaper for almost 20 years as a printer. Fred also owned Fred Muth and Sons Carpet business in Steamboat Springs, Colo. When Fred was younger, he worked at Hawelson Hill Ski Jump area in Steamboat Springs, helping to mark the ski jumpers. He also held the position of captain of the Rautt County Sheriff's Posse.
Fred moved to Vernal in 1979 and went to work for Parish Oil Tools until he retired in 1981. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He loved going to early mass and visiting with his friends. He loved fishing at Dinosaur Lake, gardening, snowplowing and his animals. He was particularly fond of his dogs, CeeCee, Missy and Sparky, which he received from his friend, Hazy Werner.
Fred is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn; sons, Robert F. and Sally Muth, Salida, Colo.; Mark and Benna Muth, Vernal; Nick and Kathryn Muth, Red Lodge, Mt.; along with five grandchildren; sisters, Mary Helen Richter, Castle Rock, Colo.; Shirley Ann Ingram, Chase, Kan.; and Barbara Lynn, Las Vegas, Nev.
A Rosary and memorial mass were held at St. James Catholic Church in Vernal. 
Fred will be buried in the Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.
The family would like to thank everyone who was there for them during this time, especially the Hospice of the Basin ladies, Sandy, Susan and Corey. We love you all. 

Louise G. Barber

Patra Louise Gale Barber, 58, died Feb. 7, 2000 from cancer. She was born August 11, 1941 in Provo to Lloyd Gale and Cleopatra Keele. She attended schools in Provo graduating from Provo High and UVSC with a degree in nursing. She worked in the IHC hospital system in Provo and Salt Lake City for 35 years retiring recently because of ill health. She married Gilbert Barber on August 18, 1978 in Provo and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1980. 
Louise was a member of the LDS church. She loved life and enjoyed traveling, taking her nieces and nephews to Lagoon, and crafts of all kinds.
She is survived by her husband; father; brother, Ralph (Janine) Gale, Orem; sisters, Virginia (Richard) Hardinger, Vernal; Elaine (Mark) Smith, Provo; eleven nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000 in the Davis 3rd Ward Chapel, 4080 S. 2500 E., in Vernal, at 1 p.m. A viewing for friends and family in the Provo/Salt Lake Area will be Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wasatch Memorial Funeral Home, 5850 S. 900 E., Salt Lake City, and one hour before services at the LDS Chapel in Vernal. 
Interment will be in the Maeser City Cemetery.

Norma Alexander

Norma Pearl Hall Alexander, 89, passed away peacefully of natural causes, with her family at her side. She was born Dec. 31, 1910 in Taber, Alberta, Canada, the eldest of eleven children of Absolem Moroni and Myrtle Jane Rawson Hall. She married Everett Alexander February 7, 1929 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. They were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple March 29, 1958. They were married for 65 years. Her husband preceded her in death in 1994.
She was a faithful member of the LDS Church and a member of the DUP, Provo Bench Camp. She became A U.S. citizen Dec. 3, 1943. She loved to travel in their motor home, visit family and friends and dance; she befriended everyone she met. She worked as an operator for Bell Telephone Co., a street car operator and cafeteria manager in the Oakland Temple.
She played the piano, knitted crocheted afghans, sweaters and was famous for making baby booties and nylon scrubbers. She was a wonderful mother, homemaker and caregiver. She will be missed by all who came into her life.
She is survived by a daughter and "favorite" son-in-law, Oral and Victor Grow of Orem; two sons, Norvel and Jolayne Alexander of Atwater, California; Marvin and Elaine Alexander of North Salt Lake; two brothers and five sisters, Verl Hall, Rawson Hall, Mae Cook, Ruth Otto, Mary Zeddell, Elra Schoen and Larine Kerkhoff; a sister-in-law, Thurza Sprouse; also 16 qrandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home. 
Graveside services were in the Dryfork Cemetery in Vernal. 


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