Elaine Putnam Slater
At the age of 93, Elaine Putnam Slater passed away March 2, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada as the result of a stroke. She was born January 27, 1920 in Auburn, Wyoming, the second oldest of 12 children. Her parents were Euvern Frank Putnam and Ruth Alice Searight Putnam.
In 1940 she married Eldred Lee Condry. He later left her and two children Norreta and Juanita. As a single mother she supported her children by cooking lunches at the Auburn Elementary in Auburn, WY. Elaine moved to Thayne, WY when she married James Roy Slater in 1942. In the following years three more children were born: Patricia, Luella and Janis Elaine.
Roy and Elaine ran the family farm together. She also worked in the cutting room at the Star Valley Swiss Cheese Factory and worked there until she retired. She was a great mother and taught her girls to be honest in their dealings, as well as treating people with respect and not judge. She also taught her girls to pray and trust in God. She was an incredible seamstress. The girls could show her a picture and she could cut out her own patterns and then sew a beautiful dress. She was also a good cook.
Elaine and Roy taught the girls the value of work and there was always plenty of work on the farm. Despite their small house, there was always room for company; summertime always had visits from many relatives. She loved her grandchildren and was always proud of their accomplishments, she tried to see each of their events whether it was a ball game, a baptism or ordination, she would be there. After Roy's death in 1993, she continues to live in Thayne. She moved to Nephi, Utah in October 2011 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Elaine always lived a Christ-like life and on August 13, 1999 she had her husband and children sealed to her in the Timpanogas Temple for time all eternity.
She was able to join her daughter and son-in-law the past five winters in Arizona and Nephi during the winter months. Elaine loved to go with art and Luella in their 5th wheel and enjoyed the new friends she met during their travels. It was on her return from Arizona that she passed away.
In addition to her five daughters she has 24 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, and 34 great-great-grandchildren, making a total of 138 direct descendants. She also claimed all of their spouses which makes a grand total of 185 family members.
She is survived by her daughters Luella (Arthur) Summers and Janis (James) Hunsaker, brother Erlon Putnam, sisters: Gloria Corsi, Joann Negus, Rosalyn (LeRon) Allred, Sylvia Pead, and Ruth (Val Dee) Swenson.
Preceding her in death are her parents Euvern and Ruth, great-grandson Keegan Lainhart, grandson Isaac Lainhart, daughters Juanita Lainhart, Patricia Hillstead, and Norreta Allred, brothers Nord, Gerald, and Euvern (Bun), sisters Nora Campbell and Corine Nelson.
1924 ~ 2013
Kent Shepherd, age 88, passed away at the Victorian House in Levan Utah, on March 7, 2013.
He was born in his Levan family home July 23, 1924 to James Worlock and Rebecca Louise Shepherd. He had 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Kent grew up in Levan where his father owned J.W. Shepherd & Son's general store. Kent's father passed away when Kent was eleven years old. During his teenage years he lived at the Grand Canyon with his sister, and worked on ranches in Montana.
Kent married Marva Hatch on June 16, 1945 in Scipio, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple. Kent and Marva lived in Scipio for a short time after they were married, and then moved to Levan. Kent had many occupations; an employee at Nephi Rubber Plant, a heavy equipment operator for road construction companies, Juab County Road Department, and the Utah Department of Transportation. He owned a small farm and enjoyed raising animals.
Kent loved training horses, hunting, camping with friends and family, and was an avid Jazz basketball fan. He was a member of the Levan Riding Club and Good Sams. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed being a home teacher. His greatest treasures were his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his four children; Shauna (Paul) Harmon of Nephi, Janet (David) Carter of Levan, David (Linda) Shepherd of Levan, Louise (Bart) Stephenson of Alcova, Wyoming, 21 grandchildren, and 40 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers Weldon, Doug, Rulon, Willard, and sisters Olive and Faye.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Victorian House staff, home health nurses, and Dr. Rasmussen.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. in the Levan LDS Chapel. Interment, Levan Cemetery.
David LaMar McPherson, age 79, passed away March 16, 2013 in Nephi, Utah.
He was born January 17, 1934 in Nephi, Utah to Earl Samuel and Eva Metta Madsen McPherson.
He lived in Nephi his entire life. He owned and operated a farm and spent his life farming and tending livestock. He was a member of the Nephi Nebo Posse, Grand Marshal of the Western Ute Stampede Parade. He rode with the wagon train in 1996 that went from Nephi to Moroni. He has had many friends and was always ready to extend kindness and a helping hand to those in need. He was an avid Utah Jazz Fan.
He is survived by his brother, Rex (Louise) McPherson of Nephi and sister, Melba Dean Gandstaff of Mesa AZ; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North Nephi. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery.