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February 12, 2020


Grant Kay
1941 ~ 2020

Grant Wayne Kay, age 78, of Mona, Utah, passed away the evening of February 8, 2020, surrounded by his sweet wife Melinda and his five precious daughters. He was born on July 8, 1941 in Nephi, Utah. He was the fourth of six children born to Lynn W Kay and Almina Johnson Kay.

Grant lived his 78 years in Mona, Utah.

He was such a simple man. He didn't have a need for more. He truly realized the things that matter most and lived his life as an example to all of us. If you were fortunate enough to be among those who knew him, you are counted as blessed. He spent his days quietly serving, though too humble to know what an impact he was having on so many people. He made it a point every day, besides the days he was physically unable, to make the rounds in Mona stopping to check on many friends and those he cared about. If you ever saw a slow moving, gray Lincoln cruising the streets of quiet little Mona, you witnessed true living.

He loved growing up in Mona. He loved being raised in the country and later owning and running his own farm. He worked for several years at Nephi Rubber Plant before pursuing full-time work on his farm. He enjoyed riding horses as a child and spent many an afternoon at Burraston Ponds and Mona Reservoir. He has been a long-time resident of Mona and will be dearly missed by many of its residents. He was always quick with a clever, witty comment and silly one-liners. We got him to giggle a couple of times prior to his passing, which we will treasure forever. He loved challenging us and others to simple mind games and enjoyed seeing us struggle for the answers. He was extremely intelligent and handsome, and he knew it.

Grant met Karen Ilene Mansfield at trade school in Orem. They later married and had five loving daughters. After 25 years of marriage, they parted ways. He then met and married Melinda Lou Throckmorton from Mona. They have had a sweet 34 years of marriage.

Grant was preceded in death by his parents, Almina and Lynn Kay, his brother Steve Kay of Provo, his sisters Ludene Howell of Springville, and JoAnn Christiansen of Walla Walla, Washington. He leaves behind those he left too early, his dear sweet wife Melinda Kay of Mona, his daughters Connie Morgan (George) of Nephi, DeAnn Young (Kevin) of Mona, Kristy Mortezazadeh (Hamid) of Highland, RaNae Bryan (Shane) of Nephi, and Melinda Bryan (Matt) of Nephi. He also leaves behind Melinda's children, Jody Deats of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott Throckmorton of Mona, Trina Bradley of Bliss, New York and James (Danny) Throckmorton (Patricia) of Aurora, Colorado. He has a beautiful legacy of 25 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him and forever treasure and honor their relationship with him.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mona 3rd and 4th Ward Chapel at 65 W 800 S, Mona. There will be a viewing Wednesday, February 12th from 6-8 p.m. At the Anderson Funeral Home at 94 W 300 S, Nephi, Utah, as well as a viewing one hour prior to the services on Thursday morning.

The family would like to express appreciation to the many people who provided care during his last few months. A special thank you to Lincare, Dr. Rasmussen and staff at CVMC, the Central Valley Home Health and Hospice team, Teresa Hooper and Julieann Parkin.

Patricia Andreasen
1934 ~ 2020

Patricia Ann O’Connell Andreasen, age 86, passed away January 19, 2020 at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, UT.

She was born January 8, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Lawrence John O’Connell and Evelyn Marie Schwartz. Her father died when Patti was a year old and her mother remarried John Hollister (Pop) when she was 6 years old. Patti was raised in the Los Angeles and San Jose areas, but moved to Ridgecrest, CA with Pop when her mother passed away in 1947.

During the early years in Ridgecrest, she graduated from Burroughs High School in 1951 and was also crowned Desert Empire Fair Queen. She was introduced to and later joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by friends from high school. It was in Ridgecrest that she met and married James Harvey Andreasen. They were married on July 26, 1957 in China Lake, CA. They were sealed for time and all eternity later in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.

Patti was very active in her church and served wherever she was needed. As her children grew, Patti decided to go back to work. She was hired to work in the Public Works Department at the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake. Later she transferred to the security office on base and loved learning all the aspects that security entailed. When she retired, she and Jim moved to Mona, UT.

Patti was a gifted seamstress, and over the years made many clothes, costumes and wedding dresses for family and friends. She also loved to crochet and knit, and many people are the recipients of her efforts.

Patti took the admonition to serve others very seriously. In fact, her friends would say that her real name was “Service.” She was always there when someone needed help or a listening ear. She was an amazing friend and loved all she met. Unsurprisingly, everyone dearly loved her. She looked for the best in everyone and always found it.

It is a surprise to no one that Patti loved a good adventure. Last year, at 85, she had the time of her life on a bungee trampoline in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This year she was looking forward to going zip lining, hiking with her family, and if her daughter would let her, she wanted to skydive.

Patti loved her family and her family adored her. She loved being a mother and grandmother, but nothing was better than being a great-grandmother. She is survived by her two children: Dennis (Melody) Andreasen and Tammie (Randy) Reber, four grandchildren: Cove, Rachel (Taylor), Walker (Kayla) and Emma, and eight great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother Richard.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 65 E. 100 N., Mona, UT. Please wear joyful colors and help us celebrate her amazing life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to a charity of your choice.