Marjorie LaRae Kendall
1924 ~ 2018
Marjorie LaRae Worthington Kendall, “LaRae,” 93, passed peacefully from this life to the next on October 2, 2018. We envision her sweet reunion with her dear husband, Clair Kendall, whom she has been apart from for 35 years.
LaRae was born on October 30, 1924 to Charles and Anna (Annie) Worthington of Grantsville, Utah. She grew up in Grantsville and attended Grantsville High School. While in high school, she participated in band, Home Economics Club, and other activities.
LaRae was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life. She served as a missionary in the Southern States Mission. After her mission, she met James Clair Kendall from Nephi, Utah. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 20, 1951. They moved to Nephi where they raised their 3 children: AnnaRae, James and Ruth.
LaRae served in several callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many of them involved music. She was called several different times to be the Primary Music Chorister. LaRae loved to sing and participated in ward choirs and community choirs. She has held many other positions outside the church including school secretary, secretary of the draft board, and an employee for the Forest Service office. She also served for many years in the Family History Extraction program.
LaRae loved to garden! She had a beautiful garden at her home in Nephi. She would do all the planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting by herself. She also bottled, dried, or froze the harvest from her garden for the winter months. She was especially good at making Dilly (pickled) green beans. She always had beautiful flowers in the front yard of her house.
LaRae was a loving wife, mother, aunt, friend, grandma, and great-grandma! She is loved by many and will be missed by them. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clair Kendall; her son, James Clair Kendall, Jr.; her parents, Charles and Anna Worthington; her brothers: Ivan, Don, and Jay; and a great-granddaughter, Pearl McAllister.
She is survived by her daughters, AnnaRae (Craig) McAllister, and Ruth Kendall, 10 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Heatheridge Stake Center, 450 E 2000 N, Orem, UT. Interment in the Vine Bluff Cemetery, 1200 N 400 E, Nephi, Utah. A short graveside service was held at the cemetery on October 5, 2018. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.
Melba Dean Grandstaff
1927 ~ 2018
“Duffy” Melba D. Grandstaff, a 91-year-old resident of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Bridgeview Estates.
We could list where she was born, where she lived throughout her life, where she worked and the businesses she owned. None of that would truly describe what kind of person she was. We could use all those loving adjectives commonly used, but it still would not give a true sense of her. Duffy not only lived her life to the max, but she did it her way! Melba Dean McPherson was born to Earl Samuel and Eva Metta (Madsen) McPherson March 6, 1927, in Nephi, Utah.
Melba became “Duffy” during LPN nurse’s training. She married Robert M. Bronson and became the only mother Bobby and Karl ever knew. A daughter, Kristien, and a son, Brent R., completed the family. Following her seven year nursing career, Duffy opened her first clothing business, Guys ’n Dolls and Tots thru Teens in the Overland Shopping Center in Burley, Idaho. Pocatello, Idaho, was the site of Duffy’s Duds that evolved into two locations and remained in business for nearly twenty years.
Kat Hull of Kat’s Home Laundry was her fun loving husband during this time. Together, they traveled the world and enjoyed one adventure after another.
Marrying Bill Grandstaff provided her the opportunity to experience Carriage Manor of Mesa, Arizona, for nearly thirty years before moving back to Idaho. There she served as an unofficial one woman Welcome Wagon hostess to the park's newcomers. She was an active participant in many of their activities such as playing the wash board in their Kitchen Band. Duffy served as Grand Marshall to their Carriage Manor Days before exiting that fun-filled lifestyle.
Rest in peace, dear Duffy, and soar the heavens with your immediate family, your boys, Bob and Karl, your husbands, and all those friends you adored.
She is survived by her son, Brent R. Bronson (Sandy) and their daughters, Megan Vessey (Shannon) and Sydney; daughter, Kristi Kingma (Jim) and their daughter Mitzi; and Bob’s family - wife, Mitsuko, and their children, Sean, Nik and their families.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Gem Memorial Gardens, 2435 Overland Ave., in Burley.