Marlene Winn Christensen
MINK CREEK, IDAHO – Marlene Winn Christensen, 80, passed away Nov. 27, 2015, at her home in Mink Creek. She was born July 21, 1935, in Winder, Idaho, to Marvin James Winn and Sarah Eldora Stone. Her parents divorced and her mother took her three brothers to live with her grandparents, Joseph and Annie Stone, in Cub River, Idaho.
Marlene lived on the farm for six years until her mother married L. Richard Jensen, who had three children, and she moved with her mother and youngest brother and step-siblings to Preston, Idaho. She graduated from Preston High School in 1954. She worked at Anderson Lumber and for IFA for many years.
She married Orvid Christensen on April 27, 1969, in Elko, Nev. They settled on his family farm in Mink Creek. A nephew, Chad Greene, and his wife, Dawnell, moved to Mink Creek and Marlene became grandmother to their six wonderful children. Marlene’s artistic abilities will be remembered in her oil paintings, her beautiful crocheted items, and her thoughtful poetry. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She is survived by two brothers, Wayne Winn and Garth (Vicky) Winn; and by one sister, Diane (Gary) Nelson. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Rhoda and Harriet Christensen; a step-sister, Harriet Evola; a step-brother, Nelson Jensen; a half-brother, Rick Winn; and by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father; a brother, Darrell Winn; a sister-in-law, Shirley Winn; and by a step-brother, LeRoy Jensen.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at noon in the Mink Creek Ward Chapel with Bishop Kurt Iverson conducting. Friends may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, and Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Mink Creek Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com
Betty Jean Nelson
Our beautiful mother, Betty Jean Nelson, has gone to reunite with the love of her life after fifty-six years of separation. Daddy proposed on their first date, which was on Thanksgiving Day. We are so happy to think this Thanksgiving they will be dining together.
Betty was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Cleveland, Idaho, to George Edward Smith and Vera Fern Anderson; she passed away Nov. 21, 2015, due complications following surgery. She was the oldest of six children. Her family moved to Preston, Idaho, where she grew up. Betty grew up helping tend to her siblings and thinning beets in the fields. She was very smart and ambitious; while attending Preston High School, she received perfect grades and worked at the local movie theater and at Anderson Lumber. She also took flying lessons and gained her certificate while living in Preston.
Our mother, Betty, later moved to Cedar City, Utah, to help her Aunt Manda while Manda’s husband was out tending to their sheep. She also worked for several accounting firms until she met our father Douglas H. Nelson. They were married on Jan. 18, 1946, just six weeks after they met. At that point she became a wife and a mother.
On their 14th wedding anniversary, our mother became a young widow and had to raise her four small children on her own. Mom went back to school to receive her Associate’s degree in business. After receiving her degree she went to work for the State Liquor Store where she kept their books; she ended her working career at Job Service, where she had made many lifelong friends and was presented with the Utah State Secretary award for all of her outstanding service.
Mom was extremely talented and loved to paint ceramics, crochet afghans, quilt amazing blankets, and tat beautiful doilies for her family and friends. She also loved to work in her yard and took great pride in her flowers and her adorable red barn house.
She was a great neighbor to have and loved them all, especially the older widows she took care of. Our mother didn’t consider anyone a stranger and loved to visit and help anyone in need. We can’t begin to count the number of people she brought home to join us for Thanksgiving dinner; other people she served by purchasing crafts from them when they came in to Job Service, or the many people she gave money to freely. Our mother was always there for each of us in every way, but her greatest joy was when the grandbabies were born and she was able to help take care of them and their young mothers.
Mom was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served many callings in the Primary, Sunday School and Relief Society. She was also a member of the Lady Elks Lodge.
Mom was the bravest, kindest, toughest, and sometimes bossiest, but we believe she was the best mother, grandmother and friend in the entire world. We love her very much for all she sacrificed for us and will be missed terribly until we reunite with her, Daddy and our other loved ones who have passed.
She is survived by her children, Vicky Lynn Miller of Las Vegas, Nev.; Eddy D. Nelson (Fieainna) of Cedar City, Utah; Michael W. Nelson (Janet) of Cedar City, Utah; Cheri Steele (Robert L. Jr) of Ivins, Utah; brothers, Leon “Bud” and Evon Smith of Missoula, Mont.; Reid Smith (Peggy) of Preston, Idaho; Ronald Smith of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brother-in-law Thaylon Hobbs of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Doug; Doug’s parents, Art and Iva Nelson; her parents, Ed and Vera Smith; sisters, Margret Smith and Mary Lu Hobbs; her grandparents; aunts and uncles; and by her special friend, Alton Ford of Kanarraville, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the 4th North Chapel, 500 W. 400 N., Cedar City, Utah. Viewing will be held Sunday evening, Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 W., Cedar City. On Monday, Nov. 30 a viewing will be held at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com
The family would like to thank Kolob Regional Care Center for their kind and loving care that they provided for our dear mother. We would also like to thank Brenda from Zion’s Way Hospice, Dr. Sutherland and the entire ICU Staff at Valley View Medical Center for all their compassion and care.
Joyce Hacking Weaver
Our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Joyce Hacking Weaver, returned to her heavenly home on Nov. 22, 2015, surrounded by family, in Sullivan, Mo. She will be missed by all who knew her. Joyce was the fourth child of six children born to Owen and Evelyn Johnson Hacking in Vernal, Utah. Growing up she gained a lifelong love for the outdoors. She would often go hunting and fishing with her dad and brothers. Joyce was a “rock hound” and loved to go rock hunting or just pick up and admire a unique rock wherever she happened to be. She was also intrigued by mining. She enjoyed painting and playing the piano and organ. Joyce was very talented and found great pleasure in all of these pastimes throughout her life. She loved collecting spoons from all over the world, which came from her few travels and the many travels of her family members.
On Sept. 18, 1956, Joyce married Cerald Don Ericksen in the Salt Lake Utah LDS Temple. After they were married, Don and Joyce moved to Logan, Utah, so Don could attend college. During a summer break, they returned to Vernal where daughter, Donna Jean, was born. While living in Logan, Utah, three sons, Steven, Lanny, and Michael, were born.
In July 1975, Joyce and Don divorced. Joyce enjoyed working for Hyrum City as a city recorder for nine years. On Dec. 6, 1980, she married Marcus Gilbert Weaver, left her job at Hyrum City, and joined Marcus on his farm in Whitney, Idaho. Joyce and Marcus took pleasure in raising a large garden for many years. She loved learning about and growing unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables. Joyce also enjoyed cooking and loved collecting and trying new recipes.
For many years, Joyce assisted Marcus in his job as the sexton of the Whitney Cemetery and has a great love for this place. After Marcus’ passing in December of 2005, she moved to St. Clair, Mo., to live with her daughter, Donna. Joyce loved the computer and keeping in touch with friends and family on Facebook.
Joyce had a great sense of humor and was a very kind and giving person. She had a great love for her children and grandchildren and participated in their lives as much as possible. She was very fortunate to always have family near her. Joyce was an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served many years in various capacities, such as organist, Relief Society secretary, Whitney ward bulletin specialist, genealogist.
Joyce is survived by her children, Donna (Mike) Young, Steve (Denise) Ericksen, Lanny (Casandra) Ericksen, and Mike (Tina) Ericksen; stepchildren, Claudia (Spencer) Johnson, Linda (George) Clark, Alan Weaver, David Weaver; siblings, Mirl (Susan) Hacking, and Jeanne (Earl) Gross; 35 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Weaver; parents, Owen and Evelyn Hacking; brothers, Marion, Ken, and Larry Hacking; infant son, James Hacking; stillborn daughter, Laura Ericksen.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 11 am at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, Idaho. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Whitney Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joyce’s life. The family would like to thank Meramec Nursing Center in Sullivan, Mo., for their loving care during her final months, and all those that have provided flowers, donations, food, and kindness.
November 25, 2015
ROSELLE MCKAY CHECKETTS
Roselle McKay Checketts, 66, passed away peacefully on Nov. 17, 2015, in Preston, Idaho. Roselle was born on July 22, 1949, to Melvin William and Emmeline Chatterton McKay, the sixth of eight children. She grew up in Weston, Idaho, on the McKay family farm. Roselle attended Ricks College, and then transferred to Utah State where she graduated with a degree in elementary education. She taught elementary school in Blackfoot, Idaho, and held special memories throughout her life of the time she spent teaching and the friends she made while living there. Roselle met Darrel Checketts on a blind date, and they were married in the Logan Utah LDS Temple on Nov. 26, 1975.
From a young age, Roselle’s greatest ambition in life was to be a mother. After many heartbreaking years of trying to have children, Darrel and Roselle’s dreams came true when they adopted their three children: Katie, Jake, and Christy. Roselle thrived as a mother, and spent many hours rocking her babies, singing them songs, and reading to them. Nothing gave her greater joy than making apple juice ba-bas, throwing ninja turtle birthday parties, and changing the diapers she’d been waiting her entire life to change.
Roselle opened Rosie’s Preschool and taught her youngest daughter, Christy, in her inaugural jump back into teaching. She loved and taught many children over the years, and the preschool’s Christmas and graduation programs are some of the family’s fondest memories with Roselle. She served faithfully in many callings in the LDS Church, but she especially enjoyed serving in the Primary. Her dedication to her children, as well as the many children in both the church and the community, will forever be her greatest legacy.
The last several years as her health began to fail, Roselle could always be seen crocheting hot pads, making quilts, and talking to her siblings on the phone. Her smile and laughter were infectious, and she remained a fighter to the very end. Roselle loved her three grandchildren to pieces, and she showed the latest pictures of them to anyone within her iPad’s reach. She was looking forward to welcoming her second grandson in December.
She is survived by her husband, Darrel; children, Katie McDermott, Jake (April) Checketts, and Christy (Morgan) Hubbard; and 3 grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Joye (Hansen), Lila (Merlin) Waite, Norlis (Thelma) McKay, Margie (Stewart) Jacobson, and Shirl (Maureen) McKay. She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Emmeline McKay; and siblings, Merlin (Opal) McKay, Delwyn Hansen, and Clynn McKay.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at noon in the Preston North LDS Stake Center, 310 N. State Street in Preston. A viewing was held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston and Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was in the Weston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the many people who visited, helped care for her, and assisted the family the past several years as her health was failing. They would especially like to thank Roselle’s older sister, Joye Hansen; Jim Robinson; the Franklin County Medical Center team; and Dr. Heninger; and the wound care team at the Cache Valley Specialty Hospital.
CAROLYN JENSEN WYATT
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Carolyn Jensen Wyatt, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on Nov. 15, 2015, at the age of 81. She was born Sept. 6, 1934, on a farm in Mink Creek, Idaho, to Harry and Sarah Rosetta Nelson Jensen. She graduated from Preston High School and attended Utah State University where she worked in the library and met the love of her life, Clair L. Wyatt. They were married for time and eternity in the Logan Utah LDS Temple on March 18, 1955, and enjoyed 53 happy years together.
Clair and Carolyn spent several years in the Air Force in Los Angeles, Calif., and Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Cache Valley and building a home in Providence where Carolyn worked as a homemaker for the rest of her life. She was a supportive wife who kept the home fires burning during Clair’s long business trips. She traveled with him to several European countries, every one of the United States except Maine, and served an LDS Mission with him in Perth, Australia. She kindly cared for him through six years of Alzheimer’s disease until his death in 2008.
Carolyn was a devoted mother who read aloud, baked cookies, supported school activities, said “No” when necessary and “Yes” when possible, and insisted that any of her children who wanted a Christmas present profess belief in Santa Claus (after which she would recite the threatening poem about Henry Lucius Stout). She never went to bed until the last child was home. Her grandchildren loved sleeping over, eating her special toast, and playing board games with her.
Carolyn volunteered in the elementary school, taught for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, aided terminally ill patients and families through hospice, and loved all the children of the neighborhood. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she taught every age group, served as the president of every auxiliary, led Cub Scouts, visited women every month of her adult life, worked in the temple, and most recently taught gospel doctrine. She also loved gardening, reading, crocheting and watching sports on TV.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, a granddaughter, her parents, and all seven of her siblings. She is survived by her five children, Stewart (Denise), an electrical engineer in Boise, Idaho; Gary (Ranae), an associate provost in Emporia, Kan.; Scott (Kathleen), a university president in Cedar City, Utah; Nancy Jensen (Gary), a piano teacher in Logan, Utah; and Gordon (Tawn), an airline pilot in La Jolla, Calif.; 20 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, with one more due soon.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nyman Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Providence. Interment was in the Providence City Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Providence Third LDS Ward, the emergency responders, and Nyman Funeral Home for their kind service. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family online at www.NymanFH.com
November 18, 2015
RUTH HUNTER STEVENSON
Ruth Hunter Stevenson, 95, of Linrose, Idaho, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, leaving a legacy of family, faith, laughter, and love. She was born April 3, 1920, in Taylor, Utah, to John and Annis Hunter. Ruth enjoyed life to the fullest. Growing up she played the banjo, sang in the opera, helped on the farm, and played on the school softball team. She graduated from Weber High School as an honor student.
On Nov. 6, 1938, she met Harold Stevenson during Sunday School while visiting family. A year later, she married that cute boy on Nov. 29, 1939, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They raised seven beautiful children on their 80-acre farm in Linrose. She loved serving her family and her Heavenly Father. She was always serving as a visiting teacher and in various church callings. She loved going to the temple and treasured the time she and Harold served as LDS temple workers. She was a hard worker and never sat still for long. The grandchildren will always remember grandma’s homemade cinnamon rolls with caramel frosting or getting one of her Creamies from the freezer.
She is survived by her seven children, H. Dean (Fae) Stevenson, Blaine H. (Judith) Stevenson, Ruth Ann Rasmussen, Connie (Rod) Derrick, Mary (Larry) Biggs, Richard (Christy) Stevenson, Linda (Michael) Dunn. She had 31 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; four siblings; a son-in-law, Lorin Rasmussen; and two grandsons, Alan Lewis and Clair Rasmussen.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Linrose/Dayton LDS Chapel. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, and Saturday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. at the church in Dayton. Interment will be in Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
The family expresses our sincere thanks and appreciation to Heritage Home, Access, and Hospice.
DIANE LAY EDWARDS
Diane Lay Edwards passed away Nov. 11, 2015 in Placerville, Calif. Her family was at her bedside. Diane was born in Killeen, Texas, April 16, 1958. Her family moved to Torrance, Calif., where she attended school. She met Brent Edwards at church and it was love at first sight for both of them. They married in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sept. 24,1976.
They have three children, Brendian (Jared) Seymour, Shingle Springs, Calif.; Rory, who passed in 2013; and Heath (Hannah) Edwards, Irvine, Calif. They have five grandchildren. Diane was a childcare provider and a Montessori teacher in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Brent and Diane and Rory moved to Preston several years ago. Brent was a butcher at Stokes. Diane was active in the church and had many callings over the years. Her last one was Mia Maid advisor assistant in Preston 4th LDS Ward. They moved to northern California to be near grandkids.
Diane was preceded in death by her son, Rory; and her step-father, Douglas Clair. She is survived by her husband, Brent; daughter, Brendian; son, Heath; and grandchildren, Emma, Conner, Haven, Myla, Asa; and her mother, Temple Yvonne Clair; her biological father; her twin sister, Vickie (Danny) Jenks; sister, Lorrie (Park) Miller; and Brent’s brothers, Dean (Heidi), Bobby (Mayloni), Jayme (Carie); daughters-in-law, Denise Maseuli and Laura (David) Arevalo, and their children. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, loving friends, neighbors, and in-law parents, Dennis and Ruby Edwards.
Services to celebrate Diane’s life are Nov. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
TALMAGE ANDREW THOMPSON
Talmage Andrew Thompson, returned home to his Heavenly Parents on Nov. 9, 2015. He was in his home in Franklin, Idaho, when he died of heart failure and other complications.
Tal was born in Greenville, S.C., to Mildred Pauline Ginn and Ralph A. Thompson. After a divorce, Mildred brought her four sons to Salt Lake City. At a very young age, 17, he joined the United States Air Force, between his active duty and Reserves service he served our country, which he loved, for a total of 27 years. After his first years in the military, he attended Weber State University for one semester before transferring to BYU where he graduated with a Master’s degree in physical education for his career as a teacher.
Tal taught health and driver’s education, but his passion for sports drove his career as the high school coach for football, basketball, and many others. He taught in California; Bicknel, Utah; and Cottonwood High School, where he was named “Teacher of the Year” for five years.
Tal loved his family as well as being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was married to Wanda Barzee from Salt Lake City and they had six children, three boys and three girls. Later in life he married DeAnne Metcalf from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and between the two they had a total of nine children.
Tal is survived by his wife of 27 years, DeAnne Thompson; his brother, Dewayne Thompson; sister, Kathy A. Sunde; his children, Rhonda McCloud (Micheal), Scott Thompson, Andrea Jenkins, Derrick Thompson, Mark Thompson (Jenny), and LouRee Thompson; his stepchildren, Nancy Stuart (Ron), and Lincoln Albright. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and his six great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Franklin LDS Chapel, Franklin, Idaho, on Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. and a viewing was held prior from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. Services are under the direction of Cache Valley Mortuary.
November 11, 2015
TEDDI BROSTROM OLSEN
Teddi Brostrom Olsen, passed away at her home in Washougal, Wash., on Oct. 15, 2015, in her sleep. She was born on Oct. 13, 1951, in Preston, Idaho. She was the only child of Dean and Merle Brostrom. Teddi loved her childhood in Preston where she made many long-lasting friends.
Teddi graduated from Preston High School in 1969 where she was an excellent student and who was someone that everyone loved being around. She was always happy and had a great sense of humor. She was the cutest mascot that Preston ever had! She had a multitude of friends that she has kept in contact with throughout the years. Teddi attended Idaho State University where she graduated with a BA degree in special education and then received her Master’s degree in teaching from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. After college Teddi moved to Portland and taught deaf students in the Portland Public Schools System. She also met the love of her life, Steve Olsen. They married June 25, 1983, and moved to Washougal, where they began their life and family. She loved her home on the Washougal River and made many happy memories there. Steve and Teddi began their family when they adopted their son Cameron in November 1991. She was a devoted mother and wife and became an incredible care-giver. Her grandson, Carson, brought her many hours of joy.
Teddi was a thoughtful, educated woman who had the common touch and was esteemed by all who knew her. She enjoyed entertaining, music, reading, political discussions, dancing, her cats, and nature. She will be deeply missed.
Teddi is survived by her husband, Steve Olsen; their son, Cameron Olsen, and his wife, Shelby, and their son, Carson. Teddi was an only child and was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Merle Brostrom of Preston. A celebration of Teddi’s life was held at her home that she loved so much on Nov. 7, 2015, at 3 p.m.
IDABETH WARD DENTON
IdaBeth Ward Denton, 90, passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. She was born in Treasureton, Idaho, to Richard Alonzo and Hazel Campbell Ward. She grew up in Treasureton where she still lived today. She went to a small Treasureton school with her older brother, Robert (Pete) Ward, and her younger sister, Colleen (Brig) Olsen. Her father nicknamed her “Bill” which stuck with her all her life.
After eighth grade she had to board with people in Preston to be able to attend high school and graduate. She married Malcolm Dane Denton on May 11, 1943, in Gilmer, Texas. After the war they were sealed in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. They bought the ranch from her parents; and they raised three boys, Richard (Nancy) Denton, David, Andy (deceased, wife Alta); and a daughter, Loma. A second daughter, Annette, died as an infant.
IdaBeth served in many LDS callings as Treasureton was a small ward and everyone had to put their shoulder-to-the-wheel in many organizations. She was an excellent homemaker and supported the activities of her children and husband. She worked for the Franklin County Fair Board for several years as a supervisor over the quilt entry department, and was often an election judge.
She collected hundreds of her ancestor’s personal histories and pictures, and was generous to share them. She loved temple work, serving Spanish Name Extraction LDS Missions, working in the Genealogy Library in Preston, and doing Family Search indexing. She was a member of the Utah Daughters of the Pioneers, Lone Pine Camp; and made dear friends who shared a love for heritage. She left a legacy for Treasureton and its families by collecting and publishing a 614-page history book with stories, pictures; and records of schools, homes, the cemetery, veterans; missionaries social events, and good stories of pranksters from every generation.
She is survived by her three children, Richard (Nancy) Denton, David, and Loma; as well as 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Malcolm; a daughter, Annette; her son, Andy; and her siblings, Robert and Colleen.
A special thanks is given her loving neighbors and friends and to the staff at the Heritage Home and the nurses and staff of the Franklin County Medical Center.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Riverdale Second Ward LDS Chapel, 3642 N. 1600 E. in Preston. A viewing was held on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, and Monday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment was in the Treasureton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
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