Miscellaneous Uintah County, Utah Obituaries

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Bonnie J. Bryson

Bonnie Jean Scholes Bryson, 71, of Roosevelt, died Feb. 16, 2001 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center.
She was born April 28, 1929 in Ballard to Arthur Leslie "Dick" and Chlorus Geneva Collins Scholes. She married Ronald Bryson June 5, 1952 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple Dec. 22, 1976; Ron died Jan. 22, 1996.
Bonnie was well known as a waitress at the Frontier Grill where she worked for 37 years. She had a great ability to talk and visit with people which made her well suited for her work. 
She and Ron often wintered in Arizona, but in the summers she was an avid gardener and loved to grow flowers, especially roses. She also enjoyed crocheting and had a practice of making 7 receiving blankets to give each new grandchild. 
She was also an avid Utah Jazz fan and a particular fan of John Stockton. Her family was foremost in her life and she was at her best when she could cook one of her wonderful meals for them and have them around to visit and enjoy.
She was an active member of the LDS Church. She and Ron served a Family History mission and she was presently serving as an ordinance worker in the Vernal LDS Temple. 
She is survived by four children, Debra Ann (James) Latimer, Centerville; Daniel Leslie (LeeAnna) Bryson, Magna; Susan Kim (Robert) Russell, Roosevelt; James Scholes (Cindy) Bryson, Vernal; two stepdaughters, Ronna Jean (Richard) Pinder, Grand Junction, Colo.; and Marjorie Marie (Albert) Koski, Joliet, Mont; 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Rae (Erna) Scholes and sister-in-law, Barbara Scholes, all Roosevelt.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Kent Scholes.
Funeral services held Monday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m., at the Roosevelt LDS 4th Ward Chapel. 
Burial was in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under the direction of the Hullinger Mortuary.

Albert L. Higgins

Albert Louis "Al" Higgins, 74, died Feb. 22, 2001 in Sun City West, Ariz. He was born Feb. 16, 1927 in Salt Lake City to Albert Louis and Anna Pauline Vanderwerf Higgins. He married Lorraine Pope on May 29, 1954 in Vernal. She died April 5, 1991. 
He was a former employee and auto sales manager of Showalter Ford in Vernal for 37 years. He was a member of Vernal Elks Lodge. 
He loved golf and was a member of the Vernal Mens Golf Association. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed family gatherings and camping, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by son, Scott L. Higgins, Vernal; daughter, Vicki (Kelly) McElvain, Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Patrick, Heather, Ashley and Mitch; brother, Charles R. Higgins, Newberg, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, ArLlyn and D'Ann Roberts, Vernal; two nephews and five nieces. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Vernal Christian Church. 
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Francis Webb

Frances L. Webb, loving mother to Doris Goddard and her husband, Michael, and to Dick Webb and his wife, Kathy, passed away on Feb. 21, 2001 in Sacramento, Calif. 
Francis was born Jan. 3, 1914 in Minneapolis, Minn. She was the loving grandmother of six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 24 at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, Calif.

Jackie Wilkins

Funeral services for Jackie Mann Wilkins, born April 14, 1931 and died Feb. 17, 2001, were held Feb. 21 in the Vernal 4th LDS Ward Chapel with Bishop Joe Maestas conducting. 
Michael Wilkins, son, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Eleanor Marshall. 
Randy Gray, son-in-law, gave the invocation with remarks offered by Bishop Maestas. 
Tributes were given by granddaughters, Danielle Batty, Lesha Coltharp and friends. 
Speakers were Bobbi Barrus, friend, and Todd Wilkins, son.
A medley of Primary songs were sung by grandchildren, accompanied by Kelly Oaks; Gerri Benedicto, accompanied by Eleanor Marshall, sang "Greatest Love of All;" and Rosalie Mott, accompanied by Luane Larsen, sang "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Dustin Gray, grandson, gave the benediction and Brett Wilkins, son, dedicated the grave. 
Pallbearers were Blake Wilkins, Matthew Wilkins, Tony Batty, Brandon Wilkins, Dustin Gray and Bret Coltharp. 
Honorary pallbearers were Shawn Wilkins, Brett Wilkins, Randy Gray, David Wilkins, Todd Wilkins, Trevor Wilkins, Michaek Wilkins and Gary Stewart. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society. 

Alice L. Jacobson 

Alice Magdaline Loader Jacobson died at her home in Vernal on Feb. 29, 2000. She was born in Pleasant Grove, Jan. 20, 1910 to Hyrum and Willard Loader and Zella Bird Loader. She married Richard G. Jacobson in 1928. 
Alice was very civic minded, believing her home and yard should reflect her love for her community. She and her husband shared a love for gardening that gave beauty and joy to her neighbors as well as all that came to see them. She was a member and leader of the Hawthorne D.U.P. Camp in Midway. She belonged to the Vernal BPW Organization, and was a member of the Glines Fifth Ward. When her children were young she was an active participant in the P.T.A. of the schools they attended. She was the mortar that held her family together after their dad died in 1985. 
Alice appreciated the love shown to her wherever she lived - Copperton, Union, Midway, and Vernal. During the waning months of her life she especially enjoyed the comfort and weekly visits made to her by Fr. Jan Bednarz, friends, and the 5th Ward Relief Society sisters and home teachers. The family is especially appreciative to the Hospice of the Basin for their loving care. 
Her husband, Richard, her mother and father, brothers, Glenwood and Russell, and little sister, Katie, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Jake) Redding, Grand Junction, Colo.; and Virginia (Joe) Menelle, Corona, Calif.; and her sons, Richard S. Jacobson, Vernal; and Paul (Lily) Jacobson, West Jordan; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4 at the Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Friends and family may visit at the mortuary two hours before the funeral.

Jason D. Shumway

Funeral services for Jason Duaine Shumway, born Feb. 14, 1972 and died Feb. 19, 2000, were held Wednesday, Feb. 23 in the Vernal 3rd Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Joseph Richards conducting.
Charles Shumway, uncle, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Linda Richards. 
Chris Millecam, brother-in-law, gave the invocation with the eulogy offered by Spence Shumway, uncle.
Reed and Julie Hansen sang "Because I Have Been Given Much;" Leslie Richards sang "I Walk By Faith;" and Braiden and Jansen Shumway, nephews, and Allie Shumway and Cortney Millecam, nieces, sang "I Am A Child of God."
Speaker was Robert Shumway, brother, with closing remarks offered by Bishop Richards. 
Brad Shumway, uncle, gave the benediction, and David Gardiner, uncle, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Walter Boldish, Bryan Van Tassell, David Powell, John Keel, Kade Shumway and Mike Gardiner.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 3rd Ward Relief Society.

Genevieve Postma

Genevieve "Gen" Ainge Postma, 78, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2000 at her home in Vernal. She was born March 14, 1921 in Vernal to John and Marie Trujillo Ainge. She married Joseph Postma in August 1946 in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Gen worked welding on ships during WWII, and as a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed knitting and many hours of conversation revolving around her many friends and family. 
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Postma; two sons and three daughters, John Holden; Jennifer (Ralph) Jenkins; Zale Mecham; William Virgil "Bill" Postma; and Susan "Jill" Postma; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Gen was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Joe E. "Smokey" Postma; and son-in-law, Warren Mecham. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 29 at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Marjorie Moore

Funeral services for Marjorie "Katie" Moore, born Feb. 2, 1941 and died Feb. 21, 2000, were held Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Bishop Mike Schaefermeyer conducting.
Mary Schaefermeyer played prelude and postlude music. 
Tom Brinkerhoff gave the invocation with closing remarks offered by Bishop Schaefermeyer. 
Speakers were Michele Brinkerhoff, Heather Brinkerhoff, Mel Brinkerhoff and Bishop Arvin Neilson. 
Carol Beede, accompanied by Mary Schaefermeyer, sang "Wind Beneath My Wings;" a recording of Led Zepplin's song "Stairway to Heaven" was played; and the congregation sang "I Need Thee Every Hour."
Jerry Larsen gave the benediction and Jess Larsen dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Steve Brinkerhoff, Mel Brinkerhoff, Jerry Larsen, Tom Brinkerhoff, Bill Brinkerhoff and Jess Larsen. 
Honorary pallbearers were Zach Brinkerhoff and Steve Burris. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Glines 3rd Ward Relief Society.

Miriam Nellie Colton Perry

Miriam Nellie Colton Perry died March 6, 2002, in Provo, at age 93. She was born Sept. 27, 1908, to Charles Henry Colton and Nellie Hacking Colton, in Vernal. Miriam was the second of nine children.
Growing up as a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Miriam also excelled in school. She attended elementary school in Vernal, Hayden, and Neola, then junior high and high school in Vernal. Competitive drama, operettas, sports, dancing, and student government were her delight. She graduated in 1926.
After high school, Miriam worked for one year as office assistant and school librarian at Uintah High School and at the Ashley Co-op Mercantile Company. In June of 1927 she moved to Provo, where she completed two years at BYU and became a skilled stenographer and typist.
Miriam worked as a stenographer at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Provo, then at Cherry Hill Dairy. On August 26, 1931, she was married to her high school sweetheart, Rolland Perry, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Soon after this Rolland left on a two-year mission to the Eastern States. Miriam was loyal in helping with financial support and letters of love. Returning, Rolland attended BYU and earned a bachelor's degree. Douglas and David were born to them in Provo. Miriam's talents and interests were focused on the family, church, and community.
In 1940 the family moved to Madison, Wis., for graduate school. Miriam was always very supportive of Rolland's occupation. World War II thrust Rolland, as a physicist, into the development of the atomic bomb. Because of this, the family moved to Princeton, N.J., then to Los Alamos, N.M., where Kathleen and Diane were born.
After the war, the family moved first to Orem then to Logan, where for 10 years Miriam excelled in learning languages at USAC, serving in the Relief Society, as a Gleaner teacher, in the Primary as a teacher and president, and as an active member of the PTA In 1955 Miriam served as a county and state delegate to the Republican convention. She did wonderful things in decorating and produced excellent flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
She had sacrificed much for an education, so she now did many things to encourage her children in learning. An avid and skilled writer, Miriam wrote poetry and produced Church programs and pageants.
Together, Rolland and Miriam frequently attended the Logan Temple, enjoying the sacred work there and also working hard on their genealogical research with their extended family members.
In 1957, the family moved to Hinsdale, Ill., where she enjoyed 14 years of active service in the Church, notably teaching the 13-year-old girls in Sunday School, and a genealogy class. She also served as ward and then as stake librarian for over eight years. Always an avid reader, Miriam became well versed in countless Church books. 
In May 1971, Rolland retired from Argonne National Laboratory. They moved to Provo, to live in their present home at 2954 North Apache Lane. 
One cause dear to Miriam's heart during these Provo years has been helping the exiled saints from Vietnam. 
She served nearly four years as an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple. Miriam and Rolland served at the Missionary Training Center for eight years. 
A diligent writer all her life, she created prolific journals and letters, and two major books on the descendants of her Colton and Hacking grandparents. Although limited to a walker and a wheelchair, she learned to use the computer at age 90. 
Miriam was predeceased by her parents and four brothers. She is survived by her husband, Rolland, and their four children: Douglas C. Perry, David Earl Perry, Kathleen (Mrs. Dennis) P. Schade, and Diane (Mrs. Gary) P. Kapp. Miriam's surviving sisters are Lorna (Mrs. Elmer) C. Cox, Bernice (Mrs. Wesley) C. Rawlings, Ardis (Mrs. Franklin) C. Linford, and Edna (Mrs. John) C. Sargent. Her grandchildren number 21 and her great-grandchildren 34.
The family expresses special thanks to East Lake Care Center for wonderful care during Miriam's last two months.
The funeral was held March 9, in the Edgemont South Stake Center. Burial was in the Orem City Cemetery.

Vera Lillian Barker Olsen

Funeral services for Vera Lillian Barker Olsen, born March 11, 1915, died March 4, 2002, were held March 8 at the Uintah Stake Center. Pallbearers were Glendon Jackson, Daynken Bowthorpe, Zane Olsen, Derick Horrocks, Jarod Hall, Jon Olsen, Brandon Bowthorpe and Adam Hall. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Compassionate services were provided by Davis 2nd and 3rd Ward Relief Society. Family prayer was given by Clark D. Hall. Prelude music provided by Bonnie Kendall. Invocation was given by Cal Jackson. Eulogy/Obituary was by Megan and Erin Hall. "Grandmother's Old Fashioned Garden," was sung by Mac Holmes, Verdin Goodrich, Norman Haslem and Phillip Manwaring, accompanied by Dorothy Merrell. Speaker was Dan Olsen. "O My Father," was sang by Geri Benidecto and Kathy Deets, accompanied by Brian Litton. Speaker Mac Holmes. "Abide With Me, Tis Eventide," sang by Mac Holmes, Verdin Goodrich, Norman Haslem and Phillip Manwaring, accompanied by Dorothy Merrell. Benediction was by Bruce Horrocks. Postlude music was by Bonnie Kendell and Fawn Holmes. Dedication of grave was by Kerry Bowthorpe. Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Tina Marie Curtis

Funeral services for Tina Marie Curtis, born June 24, 1959, died Feb. 26, 2002, were held March 4 at the Vernal 8th Ward Chapel. Bishop Claye Robb conducted. Pallbearers were Cory Curtis, Casey Curtis, Dennis K. Curtis, Don Schurz, LeRoy Shearwood, Rocky Bowman, Don Curtis and Daniel Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Morgan Beede, Marv Smith, Mike Wilcken, nephews, nieces and grandchildren. Compassionate services were provided by Vernal 8th and Glines 1st Wards Relief Society. Family prayer was given by Cory Curtis. Prelude and postlude music was by Sue Migliori. Obituary was by Bishop Robb. Sherrie Gardner gave the invocation. Piano medley was played by Karen Schurz. Speaker was Cindy Jorgensen. Violin medley was by Marilyn Curtis, accompanied by Karen Schurz. Speaker was Becky Trujillo. Closing remarks were by Bishop Robb. Musical, "Abide With Me," was done by Vernal 8th Ward choir, accompanied by Sue Migliori. Benediction was given by Craig Hutchings. Dedication of the grave was by Clayton Curtis. Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Barbara Ann Gourdin

Funeral services for Barbara Ann Gourdin, born Nov. 29, 1963, died March 1, 2002, were held March 7 at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Pallbearers were Jared Gourdin, Brandon Gourdin, Scott Thompson, Gary Thompson, Terry Adams and Doug Benson. Honorary pallbearers were Richie Raymuss and Randy Adams. Compassionate services were provided by Vernal 2nd Ward Relief Society. Family prayer was by Ken Gourdin. Prelude and postlude music was recordings. Invocation was by Laurel Gourdin. Musical, "Tell Me I Was Dreaming," by Travis Tritt. A tribute was given by Ashley Gourdin. Speaker was Mary Walker. Musical, "I Need To Know," by Alex Boy'e and "Because You Loved Me," by Celine Dion. A poem was read by Tera Benson. Closing remarks were by Thomas Gourdin. Benediction was given by Cody Thompson. Graveside musical "I'll Always Love You," by Whitney Houston. Dedication of grave was by Jared Gourdin. Interment in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Edward Harold Abplanalp

Funeral services for Edward Harold Abplanalp, born Sept.12. 1919 died March 1, 2002, were held March 6 at the Ashley 2nd Ward Chapel. Conducting was Del R. Brady, 1st counselor. Pallbearers were Ed Abplanalp, Michael Abplanalp, Andrew Merrell, Alan Cook, Jason Weeks and Stan E. Padigimus. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Abplanalp, David Merrell, Matthew Merrell, Jordan Merrell, Spencer Merrell, Jarrod Weeks, Jessik Weeks, Joseph Weeks, Jacob Weeks, Jevan Weeks, Jonathan Padigimus, Mark Padigimus, James Padigimus and Wesley Cook. Compassionate services were provided by Ashley 2nd Ward Relief Society. Frank Abplanalp gave the family prayer. Prelude and postlude music was by Mary Schaefermeyer. Opening Musical, "I Am A Child of God," "Love One Another" and "Families Can Be Together Forever," was sung by granddaughters, and great-granddaughters who were accompanied by Mary Schaefermeyer. Invocation was given by Stanley Padigimus. Obituary/remarks was given by Howard Abplanalp. Musical "We'll Bring The World His Truth," sung by grandsons and great-grandsons accompanied by Ronda Merrell. Tribute to Grandpa was done by Janalee Watkins. Mary Ann Padigimus gave the tribute to daddy. Tribute to Dad was done by Frank Abplanalp. Family remarks by Byron Merrell. Musical "How Great Thou Art," done by Clara Jean Weeks. Speaker was Lyle Taylor. Musical, "I Need Thee Every Hour," by Bill, David, Michael, Greg and Robyn Schaefermeyer, accompanied by Mary Schaefermeyer. Benediction was given by Dave Cook. Dedication of grave was by Mervin Weeks. Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Norine White Merrell

Funeral services for Norine White Merrell, born Oct. 13, 1929, died March 4, 2002, was held March 9 at the Naples 2nd Ward Chapel. Bishop David Christensen conducted. Pallbearers were Lynn Merrell, Brent Merrell, Ryan Merrell, Corey Merrell, Clint Johnson and David Pope. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Jason Merrell, Kevin Merrell, Steven Merrell, Aaron Pope, Wayne Pope and Elder Matthew Pope. Compassionate services were provided by Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society. Family prayer was offered by Benjamin W. Johnson. Prelude and postlude music was played by Dorothy Merrell. Invocation was given by John Mathis. Speaker was Bishop Christensen. "Medley of Song's," by Mac Holmes, Verdon Goodrich, Dave Cook and Norman Haslem, accompanied by Dorothy Merrell. Speaker was Lynn Merrell and Brent Merrell. Musical, "Have I Told You Lately, That I Love You," sang by Annette Johnson and Yvonne Pope, accompanied by Dorothy Merrell. Stan Johnson gave the benediction. Dedication of the grave was done by Mac Holmes. Interment in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

John Welder

Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, John Welder, passed away March 3, 2002 of a lengthy illness with Parkinson's disease. For the last year he has resided at the Golden Skyline Assisted Living Center in Ephraim.
John was born Nov. 2, 1913, in Zeeland, N.D. John was a son of Paul Welder Sr. and Kathryn Weigle Welder (immigrants of Russia and Germany), parents of 15 children.
He married Stella Beltrama on Oct. 28, 1944; they were married for 57 years.
He was the father of John Welder Jr. (MaryAnn) Stockton, Calif., Paulette Welder, Manila, Kathy Nielson (Clair), Ephraim; grandfather of Lisa Welder, Stockton, Calif., and Ashley Nielson, Ephraim.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, four brothers: Joe, Ben, Mike,and Tony, five sisters: Carolyn, Mary, Kate, Barbara, Lena. He is survived by three brothers and two sisters: Paul Jr., Linton, N.D.; Pete Welder (Lillian), Zeeland, N.D.; Frank Welder (Pearl), Finley, N.D.; Rose Gabriel, Bismarck, N.D.; and Annie Schatz, Lodi, Calif.
John was a dedicated military man; he enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 28, 1940. Served a total of 33 years in regular Navy and reserves. He retired on March 12, 1973. He was a survivor of World War II, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Upon retirement from the service he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in construction and maintenance of various dams around the states. He and his wife moved to Ephraim in 1989.
John will be dearly missed, but we know he is in a happier place. We have been so lucky to have such a good and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
John's wish was to be buried at sea. This wish will take place with full military honors from the Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii. 


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