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November 20, 2019


Margaret Hill
1927 ~ 2019

Margaret Louise McPherson Hill was born in Mills UT, to Roy and Coquella McPherson, November 29, 1927, the fourth of nine children. She passed away on November 24, 2019 in Sandy, Utah after a brief illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Rex Hill; parents, Seth Leroy McPherson and Coquella Memmott McPherson; siblings: Mark Robins, Ethel Topley, Mary Ann DeJong, Colleen Ewell, Florence Lovass, Edith Pickering, and Seth Leroy McPherson Jr. She is survived by a brother, Thomas Lincoln McPherson of Nephi, children Deborah Anderson (Richard) of Mt. Pleasant UT, Glendon Leroy Hill (Mary) of Grand Prairie, TX, and Gayle Ann Romero (Jerry) of Kamas, UT. 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

In her 92 years, mom saw the world change drastically. She was a true pioneer growing up on a ranch in Mills, UT during the great depression with no running water, no electricity or indoor plumbing and learned to cook on a wood burning stove. Being the oldest child in the home during WWII, she often filled in as a ranch hand helping her dad with the cattle, putting up the hay and all the related work on the ranch. Needless to say she learned the value of hard work, an attribute that blessed her and her family the rest of her life. She began her schooling in a one room school house in Mills; when that closed she went to school in Levan, and high school in Nephi where she graduated from Juab High School. After high school she attended Snow College for a year. Then she began dating Rex Hill. They were married in Nephi on August. 26, 1950. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and Rex were happily married for 63 years. When Dad died suddenly in 2013 momÕs heart and soul were crushed. Not a day has passed that she has not longed to be by his side once again. Mom, while we will miss your hugs and sweet smile, we are happy for you, as you and dad are now together forever!

Mom was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as Primary President, Relief Society President and served in the MIA presidency (Young Women's). One of her favorite callings was Nursery Leader; here she loved to teach the children songs and serve as a stand in grandmother.

Mom loved her children and their spouses, accepting each as if they were her own. She was a wonderful grandmother, great-grandmother and often bragged about her family and how blessed she felt. How blessed we are to have had you as our mother, grandma and great-grandma. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your legacy lives on!

We would like to thank the staff at Wentworth Willow Creek Assisted Living for the loving care they have provided to mom the last 18 months. To you, we will be forever grateful!

Services will be held at Valley View Mortuary, 4335 W. 4100 S., West Valley City, UT on November 30, 2019 (time to be determined). A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services.

Ronald Wilson
1947 ~ 2019

Ronald Joseph Wilson passed away on October 28, 2019 in Grand Ronde, Oregon.

He was born June 20, 1947 in Middletown, New York to Joseph and Dorthy Wilson.

He joined the navy and was in the Vietnam War. He loved to travel and made a career out of it by becoming a long-haul truck driver and went to many amazing places. This career also allowed him to make many new friends.

He spent his retirement years traveling and eventually settled in Oregon. He enjoyed going to the beach, classic car show and working on old cars. Anyone who met him knew he was kind and caring. He would always look forward to football season to barbecues and beer brats and a great time with friends and family. Ron was a great father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by both parents and his sister Louise Snavely. He is survived by his daughter Christa (Shane), Michelle and Dawn (Josh), all of Utah, and his sons: Michael of Oregon, Shane (Valerie) of Georgia, and stepson David (Kathy) of Utah; 12 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

He will be missed greatly. Love you Daddy!

Russell Stephen Maughan
1936 ~ 2019

Russell Stephen Maughan, age 83, was born to Russell Clark Maughan and Mina Roundy in Logan, Utah on April 14, 1936 and passed away November 23, 2019 in Provo, Utah. Stephen (Rusty) grew up mostly in Juab County, where he helped his family dry farm and learned from his father and grandfather how to operate heavy equipment. He participated in high school basketball, baseball and was active in the FFA program. A few years after graduating from high school he married Golda Joyce Shell. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1966.

Stephen's talent in operating heavy equipment took him to many jobs throughout the state and California. He also worked for Geneva Steel, Utah County, and Orem City. Stephen and Golda raised four children during these years. Stephen enjoyed the out of doors, particularly fishing and hunting, and was a master leather craftsman. It wasnÕt unusual to find him in the same fishing spot from morning until dark, patiently waiting to catch his limit. A few years after Golda passed away, he married June Lee Ladd. He was a resident of Eureka, Utah where he was set apart to help and serve the widows in that community. He then moved to Nephi, where he resided until his health declined.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Golda and June, his youngest son, Verl Dee, granddaughter Lisa Gay Carter. He is survived by his children: Sheldon (Joy), Salem; Brenda (Lee) Leifson, Fayette, Gay Dean (David) Okelberry, Mona. Grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home, beginning at 11am, Saturday, November 30, located at 94 W 300 N, Nephi, Utah. Interment at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery at 2:30.

Kirt Kellett
1943 ~ 2019

Kirt Rex Kellett died November 17, 2019 at his home in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, surrounded by his family. Since moving to Oklahoma 4 years ago, Kirt had been stormchasing tornadoes from his living room. We hope he will be remembered for his fun sense of humor and his love for his family. He liked to make people smile.

Born October 12,1943 to Grant Rexford and Lillis Jensen Kellett. He was the first son and third child to a family of eleven children. Kirt served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Alaskan/ Canadian Mission from 1963 to 1964. Married Shirley Paystrup on May 1, 1970.

Kirt raised turkeys and worked at Moroni Processing Plant for more than 40 years. He loved to hunt pheasants and deer. A successful deer hunt was when his shots missed the target. He enjoyed the friendships and the food. He enjoyed golfing with friends and spending time with his family.

Survived by his wife Shirley; children, Todd Kellett (Ginger), Kim Allsup (Blayne), Ryan Kellett, Amanda Montes (Enrique); grandchildren, Taylor (Ashley) Allsup, Chase Allsup, currently serving a mission in the Marshall Islands/Kiribati mission, Aubrey Allsup, Kalab Allsup, Kylee (Chase) Hill, Kuper Kellett, Manderly Kellett, Chloe Montes, Brenon Montes, and Isaac Montes; siblings, Beryl (Frank) Cook, John (Sue) Kellett, Neal (Laraine) Kellett, Nora (Glen) Olson, Bob (Colleen) Kellett, Connie (Kent) Young, Bart Kellett and Tena (Ted) Seely. Preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Lillis, brother Dale, and sister Kay.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Moroni Stake Center (82 N Center). Interment in the Moroni City Cemetery. Online condolences at rasmussenmortuary.com