Beth McKean Mikkelson
Beth McKean Mikkelson of Fountain Green, Utah, passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 3, 2012. Born March 30, 1930, in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, to T.E. and Iva Shepherd McKean, the fifth of seven daughters, and sixth of eight children. Life on the large ranch in Birdseye, Utah, created a legacy of hard work and sacrifice which influenced and shaped her childhood and entire adult life. Her father was the branch president for over a decade, and the truthfulness of the gospel pierced her young heart. Later in her life, she endured many trials and struggles as she worked and took in ironing to support her three small children, but she made certain that church was a regular part of their lives, although she wasn't always able to attend herself.
She met the love of her life, W. Leon Mikkelson, and they married on June 6, 1958. Beth and Leon loved spending time together in the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and camping. They worked together to raise and shear sheep, birth lambs, grow large vegetable gardens, plant wheat, alfalfa, and sugar beets. The family canned hundreds of bottles of tomato juice, peaches, corn and green beans. Her fresh chicken eggs were a neighborhood staple for many years.
Working together with home teachers, visiting teachers, and other priesthood leaders, they were sealed in the Manti Temple on Sept. 16, 2000. Leon passed away Jan. 3, 2006.
She was very active in church and civic labors. She served in the Relief Society as a counselor, and twice as a secretary, to bless the lives of sisters. She collected money for weddings and funerals for as long as she could remember. She updated info of all the gravesites at the Fountain Green cemetery, and then kept the record current for decades. She collected hundreds of obituaries and placed them into scrapbooks which were perused by many from across the state who sat at her kitchen table for hours, reminiscing. She served as a registration agent for 17 years, and 32 years as an election judge. She worked for two years collecting, organizing and completing the "Veterans" section for the book of Fountain Green's history. She was named "Citizen of the Year" for 1997. Because of her many scrapbooks and projects, she was often referred to as the "town historian." Her favorite pastime activity was watching Jazz basketball, the N.Y. Yankees and all BYU sports. Everywhere she went she struck up conversations with store clerks, nurses, or anyone she met. People were drawn to her and loved her and her fun sense of humor, which was evident up to the end.
Beth is survived by her three children: son, Robert (Bob) Hales and Sandra (CA); daughter, Diane H. Loveridge and Michael (UT); son, Gary Hales and Peggy (UT); 21 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren; brother, Theo McKean and Leslie (UT); sister, Maxine Anderson (UT). She was preceded in death by parents, husband and five sisters.
Funeral services were held at the Fountain Green Chapel, 151 S. 200 West, on Saturday, December 8, at 12:00 noon. Viewings were held Friday night, 6-8, and 10:30 to 11:30, prior to the services. Interment in the Fountain Green Cemetery.
The family expresses thanks to the many wonderful friends, nurses and caretakers who devotedly cared for her in her times of need over the years. You all have a special place in her heart. She will be greatly missed by all. Online condolences available at www.rasmussenmortuary.com
Wanda C. Memmott
Wanda Christensen Memmott, age 81, passed away December 4, 2012 in Nephi, Utah.
She was born January 16, 1931 in Moroni, Utah to Darwin and Verbena Sudweeks Christensen. She was born premature and weighed only 3 pounds. Dr. Dice delivered her, and because her mother was very ill, and they were afraid that she would die, they put her in a shoe box on the stove oven while he worked to save her mother. She was joined by her sister Joyce in the family, and was later joined by Lois.
She married her high school sweetheart, Dan Memmott, on Dec. 10, 1949 in Levan. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple and they were companions for 63 years. Right after they both graduated from high school they moved to Helper, Utah, where Dan worked on the railroad and then to Nephi where he worked at the Thermoid Rubber Plant and as a cement contractor. She worked at the Nephi Hospital as a nurses aid and then at Colonial Manor rest home as a laundry lady.
They were blessed with two sons, Jeffery born in 1950 and Danny born in 1951 and also fostered a daughter Loretta Yazzie.
She served in the Primary, M.I.A., Sunday School, Relief Society, as a Cub Scout leader, and the best calling was to serve in the Queensland Australia Mission with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, Dan; sons, Jeffery (Carman) and their 4 children; Danny (Shauna) and their 9 children; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois (Ed) Jessen. Preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Joyce and her husband Ken.
A special thanks to Dr. James Besendorfer, President Craig Hitchcock, the doctors, nurses and staff at Central Valley Medical Center and Utah Valley Hospital, and the wonderful Nephi Ambulance crew.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 in the Nephi Stake Center, 351 North 500 North. Family and friends visited Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment is in the Levan Cemetery.
Olive Caroline Davis, 91, was peacefully taken home by her Lord on November 19, 2012. She was born in Ohio to Samuel and Amy Griffing on September 14, 1921. She moved to California in 1950 and to Nephi in 2005.
Preceding her in death were her parents, 7 siblings and two husbands. She is survived by daughters Carolyn Sue (Henry) Sacra of Utah, Billilyn (James) Friese of California, son Robert (Joanne) Parker of Utah, step-son Randell (Sue) Bradford of Washington, sisters Rose Duncan and Florance Barr of Ohio. She was the proud grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 31, and great-great-grandmother of 2.
She will be laid to rest beside her first husband, Ray W. Parker, Jr. in Sandy Valley Cemetery, Waynesburg, Ohio.
Among her many activites, she was a lifetime member of the Gold Star Wives of America serving as President of the Greater Sacramento, Ca. chapter. She was an outstanding cake decorator and craftswoman. There was nothing she could not do and nothing she would not attempt. Her hands made everything beautiful.
A remembrance service will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 65 S. Main Street, Nephi, Utah.
Jacob DeLoss Bowers
Jacob DeLoss Bowers, at the age of 93, passed away on December 5, 2012, surrounded by family. He was born June 4, 1919 to Ether and Marietta Pay Bowers in Nephi, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Wally, Jim, Mervin, his sister Marie, and his grandson Gerald.
During the depression, he worked and lived in the CC camp for 4 years. He helped build many of the roads and mountain trails on Mount Timpanogos and Mount Nebo that we enjoy hiking on. He served in the army during World War II in the South Pacific. After the war he was visiting his brother in Grand Junction, Colorado and met his eternal companion Dora Ernestine Wolfe at a dance. They were married on June 2, 1946 and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple February 28, 1950. They are the parents of 7 children Jim (Sheril), Dorrine (Steven Smith), David (Jeannette), Dan (Chris), Nancy (Steven Middleton), Sandra (John Hawkins), Jon (Shanna). They have 31 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.
Jacob and his sweet wife served many years in the Jordan River Temple. He was a member of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. He coached Little League baseball with Vaughn Soffe as his sponsor. He played church softball into his seventies. He belonged to a bowling league for 15 years. But, his greatest love was camping and fishing with his family.
We wish to thank Heartwood Home Health Care especially Carlos, Scott, Kris and Janine for their love and care.
Services were held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at the West Jordan 21st Ward Chapel, 2601 West 7720 South, West Jordan, Utah. The family received visitors Monday, December 10, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah an hour prior to the services at the LDS chapel. Interment at Vine Bluff Cemetery. Online condolences at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
John W. Ballow
John W. Ballow, age 52, passed away December 5, 2012 in Provo, Utah.
He was born January 27, 1960 in Filmore, Utah to Wallace Frank Ballow and Catherine Edwards.
He is survived by his father, Wallace (Rose) Ballow; mother Catherine Edwards Ballow; sisters, Christy Ballow and Tammy Ballow. Preceded in death by a sister, Kimberly Ballow.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the Levan LDS Chapel, Levan, Utah. Family and friends attended a viewing at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment in the Levan Cemetery.
Sylvia Daisy Larsen
January 16, 1980 ~ November 11, 2012
Sylvia Daisy Larsen has returned home into the arms of Our Heavenly Father. She was born on January 16, 1980 in Provo, UT and she was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her sister April C. Christiansen and her grandfather, Marvin C. Larsen (Who was like her father). Sylvia is survived by her fiance' Paul Martin, mother and stepfather, Cindy and Edward Walling, grandmother (Evelyn Larsen), estranged father, James "Jim" Wadsworth Jr., Brothers, Bard Christiansen, Sonny Walling, sister, Mandy Walling. She is a birth mother to four wonderful children.
She tried to raise her children and due to her strong love for them, she awarded them out to families that were able to raise them and give them the life that she wasn't able to due to her life's struggles and illnesses. Her son, Christian Larsen and daughter Daisy Chambless are being raised by Clark and Valerie Adams of Nephi. She has two other sons Dade and Isaiah. They have been adopted out to two wonderful families who wish to be anonymous at this time.
Sylvia's graveside services were held at the Orem City Cemetary and a memorial service was held at the Cedar Hills LDS Stake Center. Mortuary Services was provided by Warensi's Funeral Home, American Fork, UT.
In lieu of plants/flowers the family has set up a bank account at Wells Fargo Bank to help pay for the costs "Sylvia Burial Fund" with the secure account 7404602133.