Jessie Lee (J.L.) Wadkins
1939 ~ 2018
Jessie Lee ( J.L.) Wadkins, passed away peacefully at Central Utah Veterans Care Center in Payson, Utah on June 6, 2018, just 4 days after his 79th birthday. J.L. was born in Sand Mountain, Alabama on June 2, 1939 to Pearly and Nellie Sue Wadkins.
He spent his early years in Alabama and enlisted in the United States Navy where he served from 1955 to 1975. While stationed in San Diego, California, he met his eternal companion Glenna Rae Bean. He loved serving his country and sharing his experiences along with life lessons learned from serving.
Following his career in the Navy, he reconnected with his sweetheart and after a short courtship married and moved Glenna to Alabama. They lived a short time in Gadsden, Alabama and moved back to Utah the following year. He was baptized a member of the L.D.S. Church on April 24, 1999 and was sealed to his “Angel” in the Manti Temple on April 24, 2000.
After his military retirement, J.L. worked at various jobs including Nephi Rubber Products and enjoyed farming and carpentry. He loved fishing, barbecues, and family. He will be remembered by his honesty, kindness, “Southern drawl” and entertaining sense of humor.
He is survived by his loving wife, Glenna and their children: Vickie Sexton, David Wadkins, Andy (Allison) Wadkins, Christie (Russell) Mangelson, Kimberly Lyle, Marvine (Troy) Noble and Marvin Jr (Danielle) Brooks. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. J.L. was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held on Monday June 11, 2018 at the Nephi 1,2,8 Ward Building. Interment will be at the Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to all who have impacted J.L.’s life and who loved and cared for him throughout his illness. He loved and appreciated each and every one of you.
Marva Belliston Olsen
9/5/1929 ~ 6/6/2018
Marva Belliston Olsen passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Spring City, Utah. It brings great comfort to know she is having a grand and joyous reunion with treasured family and friends once lost beyond the veil.
Marva was born on September 5, 1929 in Nephi, Utah, as the fourth of what would total six children to Alva Read Belliston and Harriett (Hattie) Broadhead Belliston. She was married to Jay Lawrence Olsen of Fountain Green, Utah on November 10, 1948, in the Manti LDS Temple. They had seven (7) children: Steven (Candy) Olsen, South Jordan, UT; David (Jackie) Olsen (predeceased), Margie (Rod) Ostler, Orem, UT; Laura (Jeff) Watson, Spring City, UT; Susan Olsen (predeceased), Connie (Wayne) Jarrett, Nephi, UT; and Allen (Brenda) Olsen, Fountain Green, UT. She has 26 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren,1 great-great-grandson.
Energy, sharp wit and humor, and a pure love of life and of people lit up the entire room anywhere Marva went. Ever loyal to the family’s sheep and farming business, she always made her love of lambs and sheep very apparent. And she didn’t just love collecting sheep-themed decor. She personally cared for countless baby lambs each spring that may not have otherwise survived - symbolic of the concern and sensitivity she showed when she knew of someone in need.
Faithfully, Marva spent her life serving her family and her community. Her family frequently looked forward to her signature spudnuts, raisin-filled cookies, and nut & raisin cake with caramel frosting for birthdays. She also "served" as the "family dentist," pulling countless loose teeth for her children and grandchildren who often didn’t want anyone else to even try. She sacrificed most of her time for personal pursuits dedicated instead to various local ward and stake callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also served for close to 12 years with her husband Jay in callings at the Manti LDS Temple. Jay and Marva would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on November 10th of this year.
Marva is survived by siblings Ruth Howard and Joe (Norma) Belliston of St. George, UT. Predeceased siblings are Dee, Duane, and Kent Belliston and brother-in-law Bill Howard.
Funeral services were held in the LDS chapel located in Fountain Green, UT on Monday June 11, 2018. Interment in the Fountain Green City Cemetery. Online condolence at rasmussenmortuary.com