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Bessie Hardman

Bessie Irene Burris Hardman, 90, passed away Jan. 30, 2001 in Vernal. She was born March 26, 1910 in Crawford, Colo., a daughter of William James and Merry Ella Mayo Burris. She married Hy Hardman on May 6, 1927 in Duchesne County, at Bishop Harold B. Eldredge House. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on April 16, 1964. He passed away in May 1972. Bessie had a strong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a love for music, family and the outdoors. Bessie made friends easily and they were friends for life. She enjoyed animals and going fishing, family reunions and going to the Temple. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Sandy, unit #0077. 
She is survived by her children, H. Ray (Wanda), Roy; Jay (Francy), Hart Butte, Mont.; Cecil (Kay), Price; Ned (Elsie), Bluebell; Fred H. (Clara), Vernal; Eva (Gordon) Beardsley, Libby, Mont.; Nora (Terry) Rhoades, California; Nola (Gene) Bristol, Vernal; Al (Ev), Texas; Raymond, Neola; 56 grandchildren; 124 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; three sons; parents; brother and a sister. 
Funeral services were held Feb. 3 in Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with President Charles Beede conducting.
Fred Hardman, son, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Cliff Wardle. 
Gregge Hardman, grandson, gave the invocation. 
Speaker was Iris Hacking with a tribute given by Michelle Bristol, granddaughter. 
Vonda Lee Curtis, accompanied by Joyce Price, sang "In The Garden;" Mike Karen and Norman Haslem, accompanied by Joyce Merrill, sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "Going Home;" and Verleen Hardman, granddaughter, accompanied by Joyce Price, sang "How Great Thou Art."
President Beede offered closing remarks.
Steve Hardman, grandson, gave the benediction and Ray Hardman, son, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Randy Hardman, Kevin Bristol, LeRoy Roylance, Rodney Bristol, Larry Hardman and Steve Hardman. 
Interment was in the Tabiona Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

G. Walter Sixkiller

On Thursday, February 1, 2001 our daddy, Grover Walter Sixkiller, 58, was called home by our Heavenly Father. He passed away peacefully in his home in Roosevelt. 
Walt was born Feb. 9, 1942 to Ruben Sr., and Lena Denver Sixkiller in Fort Duchesne. He married Maurine Kay Thompson on Jan. 16, 1966 in Elko, Nev. 
He attended school at Alterra & Union High. He was a naturally gifted athlete, hunter and wildland firefighter. He was a member of the Northern Ute Search and Rescue.
Some of his favorite things to do were: spend time with his grandchildren, fishing, going for drives in the country, visiting with friends and remembering the good old days. He served in the United States Army during the Viet Nam war. He received a purple heart for his valiant efforts. He was later employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for more than 30 years. 
He is survived by his children, Alison (Jim) Whipple, Grand Junction, Colo.; Kolene (Lorenzo) Martinez, Roosevelt; Lisa (Allan) Whitehead, Franklin, Idaho; Gina (Thomas Alvarez) Sixkiller, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Tana Beth (Dylan) Pool, Roosevelt; Kayle (Nikko) Denver, Roosevelt; Gabriel Eagleheart Sixkiller, Rio Rancho, N.M.; and grandchildren, Sascha Sixkiller, Rhyddian Gerken, Rhyanna Gerken; Haiden Walker Pool; Lethan Walter Sixkiller; Miranda Whipple, Alaine Whipple and Haley Whipple; and Lorenzo Marinez, Jr.
He is also survived by brothers and sisters, Judy (Marcus Sr.) Motado, Pala, Calif.; Henry Sixkiller, Medora, Ind.; Reuben (Teddy) Sixkiller, Jr., Neola; Pearl (Charles) Ewing, Bountiful; Kathleen (Kent) Sixkiller, Neola; Jack (Delaine) Sixkiller, Vernal; Joan (Robert) Yazzie, Ft. Duchesne; Marie (Timothy) Mangum, Alterra. 
Walt is preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Lena; and his wife, Maurine Kay; brother, Denver Sixkiller; and sister, Mary Sixkiller.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Roosevelt East Stake Center under the direction of Hullinger Mortuary. 
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in the name of Tana Pool.

Jennie Weeks

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Jennie Noel Weeks, 98, passed away Feb. 5, 2001 in Salt Lake City. She was born June 16, 1902, a daughter of Frank Leland and Mary Eliza Roberts Noel in Jackson, N.M. She married Otis Heber Weeks April 27, 1922 in the Salt Lake Temple. He preceded her in death on August 1, 1973. 
Jennie's parents came to Vernal from Farmington, N.M., in 1917. They raised 14 children and her father operated a trading post at Sa Noss Tee, N.M. on the Navaho Indian Reservation for 10 years. Her father, F.L. Noel, was Uintah County Clerk for 12 years. She was the second child in her family. 
She was very active in the LDS church and in community affairs. During the second world war many servicemen hitch-hiking or stranded in Vernal, were brought to her for rest, food and shelter. She took in many other people and shared money, shelter and food. 
Jennie loved the mountains and her forest summer home at Deer Lodge in the Uintah Mountains. She traveled with zeal and loved to see new places. She was well read and studied a wide range of subjects. She taught herself to paint landscape scenes in her eighties and many of her paintings grace the home of her family. 
She graduated from the Uintah Academy and a business school in Salt Lake City. She authored and co-authored many family history books that were placed in the Library of Congress and other major libraries throughout the United States. She served as vice-president of the daughters of Utah Pioneers Uintah County Chapter when the book titled "Builders of Uintah" was written and published. She and a group of other women started a genealogial library which was located in the Uintah County Library. 
Jennie also organized a program where scouting could be taught in the LDS Church Primary organization which she submitted to the Uintah Stake Primary President Sarah Bingham, for review. Sister Bingham submitted the program to the General President of the Primary in Salt Lake City and the Blazer scouting program had it's first beginnings.
She was employed by the Uintah County Welfare Department and assisted with this program to assist needy families for many years. One of the first local canneries was managed by her for three years. She moved from Vernal in 1953 to pursue her genealogical research and became a professional genalogist for 40 years. 
Before leaving Vernal, she was president of Marine Mothers during WWII. The Marine Mothers planted a lovely rose garden at the grounds of the Uintah County Courthouse in tribute to the young men who served as Marines.
She is survived by her daughters, Jennis (Ted) Salisbury, Orem; and Alta Rae (Lloyd) Winward, Vernal; three brothers, Floyd Noel, Ogden; Donald Noel, Provo; Chadwick Noel, St. George; sister, Virginia (Beldon) Reynolds, Cody, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandson. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis; sons, Noel Edmund, and Otis Heber Jr.; daughters, Louise Newby and Nola Mae Steele; 10 brothers and sisters. 
She resided at the Salt lake Home and Woodland Park Care Center in Salt Lake City the past six years of her life. The family express their sincere appreciation for the kind and loving care the employees provided for her comfort and care. 
Funeral servcies will be held Friday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Mortuary. 
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Elbert J. Steinaker

Elbert Joseph Steinaker Sr., 101 of Manila, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001 at the home of Kirk and Mandy Brandt in Manila. He was a longtime resident of Manila. 
He was born on Jan. 2, 1900 in Vernal, the son of the late Joseph Steinaker and Emma Jane Searle. He attended schools in Lonetree, Wyo. He married the former Hillis Helene Hill in Meeker, Colo., on June 4, 1938. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1984. 
Elbert was the owner-operator of the Manila Trading Company in Manila for 40 years and retired in 1980. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the B.P.O. Elks and a charter member of the Lions Club.
Elbert lived the last four years with his great-granddaughter and her husband, Kirk. They loved and took care of him.
Survivors include two sons, Elbert Joseph "Punky" Steinaker Jr., and wife, Lenita; and John Randolph "Randy" Steinaker and wife, Mary, all of Manila; two daughters, Dorothy Elaine Nash and husband, Ken, of Vernal; and Bobbette Aline Reich and husband, Alfred, Austin, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and one brother, William Steinaker. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Manila Ward Chapel in Manila with Bishop Ross Catron conducting. 
Interment will be in the Manila Cemetery in Manila. Friends may call at the Vase Funeral Chaple, 54 Elk Street, Rock Springs, Wyo., Wednesday afternoon and evening until 8 p.m. and again Thursday at the Manila Ward Chapel in Manila at 10 a.m. until services.

Marva Voorhies

Memorial services for Marva Murray Voorhies, born April 4, 1936 and died Jan. 29, 2001, were held Saturday, Feb. 3 in St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Reverend Barbara Smith officiating.
Prelude and postlude music was played by Daun DeJournette. 
Rev. Smith gave the invocation and opening words. 
Clayton Southam read the obituary and offered remarks. 
Daun DeJournette sang "I'll Leave This World Loving You," and "Precious Memories;" Blaine Pierce, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "I Believe."
Rev. Smith read scripture John 14:1-3 and offered reflection.
David DeMille read Psalm 103:11-18 and Ralyn Trapp offered an inspirational prayer of thanksgiving and The Lord's Prayer.
Everet Poulson dedicated the grave and Rev. Smith offered a prayer. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park. 

Wilbur J. Murray

Wilbur J. Murray, 80, of Nixa, Mo., died at 11:08 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 in Christian Health Care, Nixa. 
He was born August 10, 1920 in Jensen, the son of Johnathan Moyes and Verile Stewart Murray. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on South Cox Road in Springfield, Mo. He was a retired oil salesman and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters. 
He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Powers Murray; three sisters, Berta Stewart, Utah; Beth Adams, Idaho; and Erma Casada, Utah; three brothers, Macks Murray, Utah; Boyde Murray, Idaho; and Johnny Murray, California; and several nieces and nephews and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Jan. 30 in the Greenlawn Funeral Home South with Bishop John Carr officiating. 
Burial was in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on South Cox Road in Springfield.
Wilbur J. Murray, 80, of Nixa, Mo., died at 11:08 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 in Christian Health Care, Nixa. 
He was born August 10, 1920 in Jensen, the son of Johnathan Moyes and Verile Stewart Murray. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on South Cox Road in Springfield, Mo. He was a retired oil salesman and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters. 
He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Powers Murray; three sisters, Berta Stewart, Utah; Beth Adams, Idaho; and Erma Casada, Utah; three brothers, Macks Murray, Utah; Boyde Murray, Idaho; and Johnny Murray, California; and several nieces and nephews and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Jan. 30 in the Greenlawn Funeral Home South with Bishop John Carr officiating. 
Burial was in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on South Cox Road in Springfield.

Wayne Nelson

Wayne Earl Nelson, 38, of Ballard, formerly of Vernal, died Jan. 31, 2001 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center from complications of long-term diabetes. 
Wayne was born Sept. 7, 1962 in Salt Lake City to Boyd H and Eula Knight Nelson. He grew up in Montana, and his family moved to Utah in 1986, first living a year in Roosevelt, then 13 years in Vernal and in Ballard since May of 2000. 
Wayne was associated with the "Friends Group" through mental health and had many friends there. He was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in the nursery at church and loved children and babies. 
He is survived by his mother, Eula Lorimor of Ballard; three brothers; Andrew LaMar Nelson, Bethel, Alaska; Scott Boyd (Rose) Nelson, Anchorage, Alaska; and Derek Dean (Amy) Nelson, Roosevelt; nephews and nieces, Grahm, Caden, Kyle, Kenzie and Laurel. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Boyd Nelson; and stepfather, Daniel P. Lorimor. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 5, in the Ballard LDS Church.
Burial was in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under the direction of the Hullinger Mortuary. 

Thressa Holmes Fink Hearn 

Thressa Holmes Fink Hearn, age 78, of Vernal, died Feb. 7, 2002 at the Stewart's Care & Rehabilitation Center in Roosevelt, after a long illness. She was born Oct. 15, 1923, in Vernal to Joseph William and Iva Emma Slaugh Holmes. She married Karl Fink, Jr. He died in September 1967.
Thressa was raised and educated in Vernal and lived here all her life. She had worked as a cook but mostly was a homemaker, and enjoyed her family. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; she loved doing handiwork. She always had nice big gardens and loved her roses. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends.
Thressa is survived by her three children: Garl LeRoy Fink of Salt Lake City, Billy Lee Fink of Vernal, and Kathryn Eloise McGee of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Cecil Holmes and Benny Holmes, and a sister, Lila Briggs, all of Vernal. She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held Feb. 11 in the Maeser Stake Center. Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Spafford Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Tony Fink, Jeffery M. McGee, Steven Fink, Levi D. Pummell, Richard K. MeGee, Douglas R. Jensen, Christopher G. McGee and Jason C. Potter. Compassionate services were provided by Maeser 2nd Ward Relief Society. Presiding was President Robert Jolley. Bishop Jerry Larsen was officiating. Family prayer was given by Dwayne Holmes. Prelude and postlude music by Marjorie Reynolds. Congregational Hymn, "How Great Thou Art." Invocation by Sharon Bodily. Speaker was Garl Fink (son). Second speaker was Tracy Jensen (granddaughter). Musical number by Kathy Deets. President Jolley spoke. Congregational Hymn, "Nearer My God To Thee." Billy Fink (son) gave the benediction. Dedication of grave was given by Ed McGee.

Verona Winkler Goodrich

Verona Winkler Goodrich, age 90, of Bluebell, died Jan. 29, 2002 at Stewart's Care and Rehabilitation Center in Roosevelt.
She was born March 28, 1911 in Roosevelt to Herman J and Martha Verona Gardner Winkler.
She married Leland Leslie Goodrich Dec. 23, 1933 in Vernal; their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 24, 1937; He died Oct. 10, 1972. 
Verona taught school for 32 years. The first nine years she taught in Bluebell where she was the principal and teacher of the three older grades, after the Bluebell school was closed she taught 23 years at Altamont Elementary. She taught primary for many years and served in the other auxiliaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was on the committee that wrote the Bluebell History book.
Verona enjoyed dance and music and in both her school and church callings she liked to teach children to dance and would direct drama and musical productions. She also enjoyed growing flowers, working on family history and was a regular attender at the Temple.
She is survived by three sons, Bruce (Betty) Goodrich, Ronald Goodrich, and Gary (Nona Lee) Goodrich, all of Bluebell; 16 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Velma Monsen of Bluebell .
She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sharleen Young Goodrich and brothers and sisters, Ralph, Ira, Bernard, Justin and Ernest Winkler, Alice Mathews and Anna Murray.
Funeral services were held Feb. 2, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the Altamont LDS Church. Burial was in the Bluebell Cemetery under the direction of Hullinger Mortuary.
Pallbearers were Kelly Goodrich, Lane Goodrich, Lee J. Goodrich, Kory Goodrich, Brad Goodrich, Bill Goodrich, Scott Goodrich. Honorary Pallbearers were John Peters, Jack Wood, Clyde Stansfield, Eric Fisher, Brad Rosewood, Bryan Ames, Darryle Wadsworth, Darell Thacker. Officiating was Bishop Kelly B. Goodrich. Family Prayer was given by Lane D. Goodrich. Prelude and Postlude music was by Janet Powell and Francine Winkler. Congregational Hymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour,"was sung accompanied by Janet Powell. Invocation was given by Linda Goodrich Rosewood. Speakers were Kim Goodrich Fisher, Leesa Goodrich Stansfield, Sue Goodrich Wood, and President Howard G. Todd. A musical selection, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," was by Ronald Lee Wood, Jessee Fishers, and Kristin Peters. Remarks given by Bishop Kelly B. Goodrich. Musical Selection, "Lord I Would Follow Thee," done by Winkler sisters. Benediction was given by Teri Goodrich Peters. Dedication of grave given by Bill J. Goodrich.

Myrtle Edna Pilling

Myrtle Edna Pilling, age 88, passed away Feb. 9, 2002 at Uintah County Care Center. She was born August 10, 1913 in Collinsville, Okla. to Frank S. and Jettie Hattler Roach. She married Bert D. Pilling on Jan. 11, 1937.
Myrtle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Price and Moab. Myrtle worked many years as a floral designer. She loved to picnic, hunt for arrow heads, playing the guitar and singing.
She is survived by her children, LaRue Harrison of Moab; Bert (Bernice) Pilling of Vernal; Larry (Winnie) Pilling of Vernal; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Fred (Marie) Roach of Phoenix City, Ala. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and one sister.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Sunset Memorial Park in Moab. Family, friends and Pastor of First Baptist Church will meet at the cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

John Major Lofthouse

John Major Lofthouse, age 73, passed away Feb. 12, 2002 at his home in Vernal. John was born Dec. 16, 1928 in Fallon, Nev. to Charles Albert and Alice Frank Lofthouse. He married Aloma Gray Lofthouse on August 13, 1977 in Reno, Nev.
John loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Vernal. He was also a member of the BPO Elks Lodge and became exalted ruler in 1964 in Tonopah, Nev. John retired from Questar Pipeline Corp. (Natural Gas) after 15 years of employment. He enjoyed building model airplanes, reading, guns and automobiles. John got his private pilot's license in 1953, and commercial pilot's license in 1964. John was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife Aloma, children, Dianne (Bruce) Clouser of Round Mountain, Nev.; Carol (James) Shilling of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Shirley "Tinker"(Mike) Fannin of Round Mountain; Getta (David) Rogers of Captin Cook, Hawaii; Johnnie (Travis) Jensen of Battle Mountain, Nev.; Martha (Randy) Hurst of Galax, Va.; Gloria (Gregory) Bryant of Salem, Va.; Jessica (Geofery) Pejsa of LaPlata, Md.; Edgar Thomas (Angie) Cornett Jr. of Elk Creek, Va.; William Cornett of Danville, Va.; 13 grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren; one great-grandson, one great granddaughter, one niece and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Arleen Berg and granddaughter, Carol Eileen Bernard.
In lieu of flowers please make donation to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church. (3816 S. 2500 E. by the Davis Elementary.) Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6 until time of services, under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Glen Mac Murdock, Jr.

Glen Mac Murdock, Jr., age 76, of Fort Duchesne, died Feb. 10, 2002 at home with his family around him.
He was born June 24, 1925 in Whiterocks to Glen and Lula Harris Murdock. 
He married Joyce Anderson Feb. 11, 1949 in Vernal.
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and fought in World War II. He received many ribbons and stars for courage and bravery during battle. He crossed the equator 108 times, because of that he received on of the greatest honors in the Navy of becoming a golden shellback.
Glen enjoyed camping, hunting (known for killing one of the biggest elk in the Uintah Basin), fishing and especially trapping. He took his hides to Nevada and topped the market every time. He was the first breeder in the Uintah Basin of full-blood Blond D'Aquataine cattle.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Fort Duchesne, children, Paul Murdock, Salt Lake City; Mac (Julie) Murdock, Fort Duchesne; Saundria (Randy) Whitmer, Ballard; Robbin (Rose) Murdock, Fort Duchesne; Carla (Philip) Henderson, Highland; Charlene (Clifford) Duncan, Neola; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Ben Murdock, King George, Va.; Gary Murdock, Fort Duchesne; Ronald Murdock, Salt Lake City; Stuart Murdock, Cle Elum, Wash.; Karnel Murdock, Fort Duchesne; sisters, Gwendolyn Murdock Mojado, Pala, Calif.; Shirley Murdock Reed, Fort Duchesne; and Brenda Murdock Mojado, Pala, Calif.;
He was preceded in death by sons Frank and Rocky Murdock, brother, Colin Murdock, and sister, Mary Murdock Ward.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Uintah River Ward Chapel in Lapoint.
Friends may call Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Burial will be in the Fort Duchesne Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Hullinger Mortuary.

Willis J. Southam

Willis J. Southam, age 77 passed away quietly at his home on Feb. 10, 2002, in Vernal. He was born on Nov. 29, 1924 in Vernal to George Henry & Florence Matilda Willes Southam. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army with the North Africa and Italy Campaign.
In 1948 he was called to serve in the Central Pacific Mission (Hawaiian Islands). May 9, 1950 Willis married Carol Manwaring in the Salt Lake Temple. Throughout his life he was a faithful member of the church serving in many responsibilities. Willis and Carol served together in the New Zealand Christ Church Mission.
Willis is survived by his wife, Carol and their six children: Diane (Mark) Smith, Hill Spring, Alberta, Canada, Shanna (Glendon) Workman, Kimberly, Idaho, Connie (Michael) Haslem, Vernal, Denna (Mark) Orullian, Taylorsville, Rodney (Lori) Southam, Layton, Teresa (Scott) Liebhardt, Vernal; 22 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. Willis is also survived by two brothers and three sisters: Marion Southam, Roosevelt, Bernice Wilkins, Ila Hatch, Viola Broome, Junius Southam, all of Vernal.
Funeral services will be held Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. In the Uintah Stake Center, 4080 S. 2500 E. Family and friends may call Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park with full military honors by the American Legion, under the direction of Spafford Funeral Home.

Ella Belle Perkins Brown

Ella Belle Perkins Brown, age 84, of Montpelier, Idaho, died Feb. 8, 2002 at the Ashley Valley Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 27, 1917 in Montpelier to Marion and Naomi Wilcox Perkins. She was raised and educated in Montpelier. She married Charles Blaine "SUG" Brown on Aug. 16, 1937 in Randolph. He died in June of 1984.
Ella Belle enjoyed crafts and making things for other people. She was very active and was loved by her neighbors for her kindness. She enjoyed fly fishing in the Elk Valley. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ella Belle is survived by one son Michael (Carol) Brown, of Vernal; two grandchildren, Michael J. Brown, and Dorraine Pool, both of Twin Falls, Idaho; five great-grandchildren, Jacob Pool, Joshua Pool, Michael B. Brown, Christopher Brown and Savannah Thurmond. She is also survived by four sisters, Barbara Freeman, Montpelier; Lucille Villanova, Casper, Wyo.; Joyce Smith, Roy; Maureen Wold and a brother, Darrell Perkins, San Diego, Calif.
In accordance to her wishes, Ella Belle was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. 


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