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June 22, 2022


Joyce Hansen Memmott
1928 ~ 2022

Joyce Hansen Memmott, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully on June 14, 2022, one month shy of her 94th birthday, surrounded by her loving family.

Joyce was born July 13, 1928, in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah to Ida Delena Llewellyn and Edward Merriam Hansen. She was the fourth of six children. She graduated from Moroni High School. After high school, Joyce moved to Salt Lake City and then to Richland, Washington. She loved her time in Washington with her sister Carol and her family. She worked at several places, made many cherished friendships, and often talked of how her testimony was strengthened living in “the mission field.” One highlight of her time there was being crowned the queen of the “Gold and Green Ball.” After a two and a half year wait for his mission to be completed, she married her sweetheart, Maurice LaDon Memmott, in the Manti, Utah Temple on March 29, 1950. Together they raised six children: Gail, Chazel, Jill, Sam, Chris, and Nathan. Maurice and Joyce also cared for a foster son, Lee Nez.

The family all worked together on their dairy farm in Nephi, Utah. Joyce was integral to the farm’s success. She kept everyone fed, clothed, clean, and on time all while caring for aging parents, serving in many church leadership positions and community service organizations like the Variette Club. Joyce wrote many of the programs that the Relief Society performed. When her children were grown, she continued to serve. She worked in the Manti Temple and served a proselytizing mission in North Carolina with her husband. On their return, they continued as service missionaries running the addiction recovery program. She was a wonderful visiting teacher, and even when far away would keep in contact with those whom she was ministering. For Joyce, service was about loving people, and those whose lives she touched felt that love. Joyce’s greatest talent was “gathering.” She loved playing games and held frequent game nights. On any given day, her home would be host to her in-laws, nieces and nephews, grandkids and their buddies, friends visiting from afar, or local family who would just “stop by” because they knew they were always welcome. One favorite tradition was the Christmas Eve dinner she hosted for her children and grandchildren, complete with Christmas crackers, paper crowns, candles, and a program of carols after eating. Her grandchildren prized sleepovers at Grandma’s house and each received a handmade quilt from her on their graduation. She knew how to make people feel special.

Joyce lovingly cared for Maurice in his failing health, and after he passed away on July 13, 2007, she spent much of her time visiting and helping her family. She was a hard worker and was only content if she could be doing something helpful whether it was mating socks, organizing a closet, rocking a fussy baby, or especially reading to a small child. She was famous for her ability and love of ironing. Joyce loved to read, and blessed many of her family by encouraging that love of reading in them. Her family will greatly miss the time spent playing games, doing puzzles, and watching classic movies with her.

Joyce is survived by her daughters Gail Pilling (Bruce), Chazel Olpin (Lloyd) and Jill Hill, her sons Sam (Margie), Chris (Lynelle)  and Nathan (Stefanie), her 21 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice, her sisters (Mariam Nelson, Carol Powell, Lewena Nielson) and her brothers (Reed Hansen and Doyle Hansen).

Her family would like to express their deep appreciation for the Central Valley Medical Center staff, physical therapists, hospice workers, and especially the nurses who cared for her in these last weeks of her life. Her treatment there was wonderful. They are also very grateful to Dr. James Besendorfer whose care for Joyce for many years allowed her to live life to the fullest.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Nephi 1st/2nd/7th Ward Chapel, 200 South 100 East. There will be a viewing from 10:00 to10:45 before the service.

John LaChance
1964 ~ 2022

John R LaChance was called home unexpectedly by his loving Heavenly Father May 18, 2022. John was born November 24, 1964 to John and Cynthia Mock LaChance in Santa Clara, California.

John was raised in the Bay Area till he was 15 at which time he went to live with his grandma and grandpa Mock in Utah. While there he attended Provo High School. During his senior year he and some of his best friends won the 1983 state football championship. John looked back on these times as some of his fondest memories. For a short time, John lived in Dayton, Washington then back in California before returning to Utah to care for his loving mother till she passed away in 1997. That same year he met his devoted wife Tammy whom he loved beyond all measure. Along with Tammy came her two sons, Devin age 9 and David age 8, who he came to love as much as he loved their mother, he loved them as his own children. In 2002 they made their home in Nephi, Utah. In 2003 they added daddy's little girl Haley to the mix. In John's eyes his little girl hung the moon. In 2009 brought John's duplicate Jack; oh how he loved his little big, boy with all of his heart. John raised all of his children to be strong.

John was the rock of his family. John had many jobs but his passion was in a big rig. He trucked for his family and made dear friends all along the way. To John, his friends were his family. Our dear friends David Swapp and Jack Reilley were his brothers from another mother, along with so many others. Thank you for being there for him. Besides John's family and trucking, his passions included turning wrenches, fishing, camping, snow skiing, water skiing, shooting guns and let's not forget his dogs.

John and Tammy were blessed with two beautiful granddaughters Kiva and Tova they were the apple of Grandpa's eye. He loved seeing them and teasing them. Oh, how John loved to tease. You could never tell if he was teasing or serious. If you were his true friend, you know all too well how he loved to tease. He will be deeply missed.

John is survived by his best friend and loving wife Tammy R LaChance, son's Devin (Genevieve) Beesley, David Beesley, Jack LaChance, daughter Haley LaChance, father John H LaChance, stepmother Mary Reynolds, brothers: Nathan LaChance, Dave Swapp, Mike (Blanca) LaChance, Dominic (Mitchie) LaChance, Brad (Amanda) Reynolds, sister Katherine (Brian) Reynolds Putkey; in-laws: Pam and Jerry Randall, Brian, Tracy, Taresa, and Jeffrey, 24 nieces and nephews, his beautiful granddaughters Kiva and Tova Beesley, and numerous extended family members.

John is preceded in death by his beautiful mother Cynthia Marie Mock LaChance, his grandparents Chad and Jolene Mock, Florence Miller, Jack and Irma LaChance, Boyd Allen, and little brother Andre LaChance.

John's celebration of life will be held June 25, 2022 at the Old Mill Park 100 South Main Street, Nephi Utah from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm. All are welcome to join in sharing their memories and stories of friendship. Casual dress welcome. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Tammy LaChance's name at UCCU or Cache Valley Bank to help offset expenses.

Roy (Ed) Higgins
Apr 29, 1943 ~ May 10, 2022

Roy (Ed) Higgins was born April 29, 1943 in San Fernando, California to Roy and Louise Pace Higgins. He passed away May 10, 2022 at his home in Nephi, Utah. He was educated in the Provo School District, obtained a bachelor's degree from BYU, and a masters degree from U of U.

Roy's career began as a social worker in Price, Utah. Throughout his career he supervised many programs with the State of Utah. Roy was gifted with the ability to problem solve and negotiate. He was often called upon to resolve conflict when others were unsuccessful.

Some of his hobbies included puzzles of all kinds, model airplanes and cars. Collecting shells and driftwood and counting waves on the Oregon coast. He loved to watch football, especially his favorite team the Detroit Lions. Roy made and loved so many friends here in Nephi.

Roy is survived by his wife and best friend Sandee; their children: Ryan, Jeff (Dalene), Deon (Cathy), Shani (Dustin), Aaron (Shana), Blake (Chris), Danielle (George), 22 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Mariellen, Ken (LaNae), and Kaylyn (Bryan). He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Marie and great-grandson Bentlie.