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June 7, 2023


Patricia Newby Jones
March 17, 1935 ~ May 31, 2023

Patricia Newby Jones passed away on May 31, 2023 in Pocatello, Idaho. Patricia Newby was born March 17, 1935 in Monroe, Utah. She was the eighth of ten children born to her parents, Hugh Newby and Harriet LeFevre Newby. She grew up in Marysvale, Utah and graduated from high school in 1953. She then went to college in Cedar City, Utah and finished her degree at Utah State University in 1957. Her career was being a home economics teacher at middle schools and high schools. Her first teaching job was at Juab High School in Nephi, Utah.

While living and working there, she met her husband Howard Preston Jones. They were married in 1959. Their first child, a daughter, Carla was born in Nephi in 1960. A son, Douglas Preston, joined the family in 1964. The family eventually settled in Southern California and lived in Cypress, California for many years. She earned her masterís degree and retired from teaching and she and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling the world and RVíing.

She never wanted to be a grandma, but when that title was forced upon her, she relished the role and shined! She moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 2020 to live with her daughterís family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: LaVar, Calvin, John and Quin, her sisters: Treva Henry Cates, Teora Willis, and Larene McCoard, and her husband and her son. She is survived by her sisters: Ruth Gates and Callie Clark, her daughter, Carla (Steve) Terry, her granddaughters: Shauna (Adam) Velasquez, and Jillian (Doug) Johnson, and five great grandchildren.

There will be a private service for the family at Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah.

Jack Reilley
1946 ~ 2023

Jack Robert Reilley was born September 14, 1946 in Salt Lake County and passed away on June 2, 2023. He married Carol Mangum on May 24, 1991 in Nephi, Utah.

Jack honorably served in the Army and was a war veteran. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served his church and community in many ways. Jack was a friend to everyone.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 11:00 am at Vine Bluff Cemetery with military honors.

Lois Miles Pedersen
1941 ~ 2023

Lois Miles Pedersen passed away at home Friday June 2, 2023 with her best friend and sweetheart, Mundi, at her side. She was born in Preston, Idaho on May 22, 1941 to Dorothy Allen and Cecil Miles. She was raised in Banida, Idaho and went to grade school there. She then attended Preston Jr. High and graduated from Preston High School. She loved being in the school musicals and had a beautiful singing voice. She often sang in the community at weddings, funerals and other events. After high school she attended LDS business college in Salt Lake; she then chose to serve an LDS mission and was called to the Alaskan Canadian Mission. While serving on Vancouver Island she met a young man named Mundi Pedersen. They were later married on March 19, 1965 in the Logan Utah Temple. In the years that followed they welcomed nine children. They raised their family in Provo, Eureka, and Delta, Utah creating many lasting friendships along the way.

Mom was always an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lived her life as a devoted disciple of her Savior Jesus Christ. She served in many callings in her lifetime, but her favorite callings were with the primary kids. She still has many of those kids that have kept in touch as adults.

The focus of her life was always her sweetheart, her kids and her grandkids. Her great-grandkids brought such joy in her final days. She said she wanted to make sure her grandkids and great-grandkids knew she loved them! She served her family tirelessly to the very end and was an example of Christlike love and service to all of us.

Sheís survived by her sweetheart Mundi Pedersen and their nine children; Jed (Lisa) Pedersen, Alan Pedersen, Brian (Traci) Pedersen, Tony (Karen) Pedersen, Leanne Pedersen Dunford, Wendy (Sam) Stevens, Brent (Jodi) Pedersen, Kristina (Ben) Johnson, and Robin Pedersen. She has 39 grandkids, and 20 great-grandkids. They were her reward for surviving her nine kids. She was the toughest, sweetest woman we all know.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dorothy and Cecil Miles, her sisters Kay Bowen, Valorie Topham, Jeannine Peterson and borrowed daughter Deanette Alamanza and her grandsonís Logen Dunford and Brennan Johnson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 6 at 11 am at the LDS Delta 3rd Ward building, 197 South 300 W, Delta, Utah. Interment and graveside services were held Wednesday, June 7th at 2 pm in the Smithfield, Utah Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online Condolences can be expressed at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.