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April 28, 2021


Leatrice Joyce Coulson Pay
1927 ~ 2021

Leatrice Joyce Coulson Pay passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Mona, Utah. She was born in Fountain Green, Utah November 30, 1927 to Francis Rowbury and Gertrude Madsen Coulson. She married Gordon Pay on April 2, 1947 in the Manti Temple. Together they raised five children.

She enjoyed many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a teenager she worked as a soda jerk in Salt Lake City, graduating from Granite High School. After moving back to the area she worked at the First Security Bank, Ralph’s Market, Valley & Winter Lumber, and the sewing plant all located in Nephi. After her husband passed, she was grateful for the opportunity to work as the Juab County Treasurer from 1983-1996.

Joyce had many wonderful friends that she loved dearly. They would meet weekly to attend the temple on Tuesday, Senior’s on Wednesday, and playing cards/lunch on Thursday. When she lost her eyesight it didn’t stop them, they just found bigger cards to play with. She also loved dragging Main with her Pepsi drinking buddies.

Joyce loved to travel to the point her kids put a for sale sign as joke in front of the house when she returned home. Nothing brought her more pleasure than her grandchildren. She loved watching them in all activities including sports, dancing, musicals, singing, church, etc. In return they spent time with her doing yard work, house work, going to lunch, or just stopping by for a visit.

We must not be sad for she has returned home after 40 years apart to be with her husband. What a beautiful desert sunset that must have been. Thank you to all who served her and made her life a heaven on earth.

Joyce is survived by five children: Mike and Lois Pay (Mona), Brenda and Ed Newton (Mona), Linda and Dale Lyn Greenhalgh (Nephi), Allen and Denise Pay (Mona) and Donna and Ralph Street (Mona), 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Preceded in death by her husband, parents, two infant brothers, one granddaughter Melinda, and one great-granddaughter Graycee.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 26, at 11:00 am at the Mona 1st and 2nd Ward Chapel, 35 East 100 North in Mona. Interment, Vine Bluff Cemetery, Nephi.

Norma Florence Nielson Bramall
1936 ~ 2021

Norma Florence Nielson Bramall’s spirit departed her mortal body on April 22, 2021. Her earthly journey began in Gunnison, Sanpete County, Utah on November 1, 1936. She was the eldest of two children born to Elden Jens Nielson and Ann Nola Robinson Pay and graduated from Juab High School in Nephi, Utah. The pinnacles of her life were meeting, dating, falling in love with, becoming engaged to, and waiting two years for Max Lavell Bramall while he served a mission in Canada. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 29, 1955.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several positions as a member of the ward Genealogy Committee, as a Sunday School and Primary Teacher, and as a Den Mother in Cub Scouts (where she and her husband Max received a District Award of Merit). She was also a secretary to the ward presidents in Princeton Ward Sunday School, Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations. Norma was a faithful Relief Society Visiting Teacher and also was a Stake Missionary in the Salt Lake Park and Nephi North Stakes, and had the privilege of accompanying her husband, Max, for a Humanitarian Service Mission assignment in Totonicapán, Guatemala in 1995.

Norma also served as a Confidential Secretary to two Stake Presidents in the Salt Lake Park Stake (Louis Roos and Frederick Green) and was employed by Dun and Bradstreet in Salt Lake City and El Paso Texas. She was employed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a combined total of 36 years and was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers since she joined in 1984.

Her greatest pleasures included: being with her family as often as possible; making cookies; collecting poems and stories; writing letters and sending cards to family and friends, and taking snapshots and preserving them in loose-leaf binders for her own enjoyment as well as for future generations. Last but not least, Norma enjoyed planting and taking care of flowers as well as fruit and vegetables in her garden.

Norma is survived by her husband Max and her two sons, Gordon F. (Cherilyn) and Daniel W. (Deborah) Bramall. Max and Norma have seven grandchildren: Lea (Timothy) Flinders, Joseph (Vanessa), Sarah, Rebecca, G. Max, Laura, and Zachary Bramall; and eleven great-grandchildren: William, Joshua, and Elizabeth Willden; Elcee, Carter, and Carl Lavell Flinders; Braxten, Cade, Dylan, Alexis Bramall; and Ryker Bramall. Norma also leaves behind her brother Robert J. (Charlene) Nielson and her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Nola Robinson Nielson Pay, and her fathers Elden Nielson and Jesse Eugene Pay.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 26th in the Nephi 9th Ward building located at 1125 North, Nephi Utah. Interment will be at the Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah.

Janice Christiansen Parkin
1937 ~ 2021

Janice Christiansen Parkin lived 83 incredible years. She was born in Nephi, Utah on October 17, 1937 and passed away surrounded by family in her home in Ivins, Utah on April 26, 2021.

Janice was the daughter of Norma Evans Christiansen Harkins and Wesley Christiansen. She was the eldest of 5 children: Richard Christiansen, Larry Christiansen, Alice Christiansen Harris and Edward (Eddie) Harkins.

She married her sweetheart, George Richard Parkin, also from Nephi, and they enjoyed 52 beautiful years together, and raised 9 phenomenal, amazing, spectacular, talented, intelligent, humorous, marvelous, magnificent, humble children, and bunches and bunches of grandkiddies!

As a young woman she attended the first nursing school in America, Philadelphia General Hospital. She was one of the most highly requested surgical nurses at St. Mark’s Hospital. She later became the neighborhood “witch doctor” after a second bout with the Coxsackie virus which caused scarring to her heart leading her to natural remedies to treat that and many other ailments.

She was a Master Gardener, family historian, long time traveler, outdoor adventurist, mountain climber, hunter, Tarzan infatuated, voracious reader, needlework extraordinaire, sunbather and chocolate connoisseur

Janice loved, adored and frequently bragged about all of her many great and grandchildren. She was “that” party grandma that would stay up late and bang pots and pans to enter in the New Year, waking all the neighbors. The traditions she shared are still carried on to this day.

She was a woman that literally lived 9 lives, all wrapped up into one, accomplishing and experiencing more than seemed possible in her 83 years of life. Janice will be missed immensely, but lives forever in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held on April 30 at 11:00 am at the Nephi 1st Ward Chapel, 222 S. 100 E, Nephi with a viewing one hour prior. Internment following services Vine Bluff Cemetery 1255 N 400 W Nephi.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Operation Underground Railroad www.ourrescue.org