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Obituaries | Preston Citizen


October 6, 2015


October 7, 2015



TRENTON, UTAH – Mary Louise Cottle Spackman, 83, passed away Sept. 28, 2015, in Logan, Utah. She was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Trenton, Utah, the daughter of Walter and Leah Louisa Bunderson Cottle. She married LeRoy Edwin Spackman on Sept. 28, 1950, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1998.

She enjoyed serving seven years as an LDS service missionary to the Bishop’s Storehouse in Magna, Utah, in her later years. From 1998-2014, she lived with her daughter, Barbara, in Hyde Park, Utah, and Salt Lake City and then for her last year with her son, Ralph, in Grace, Idaho. She loved visits from her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by four sons and five daughters, Ralph C. (MaryAnn) Spackman of Grace, Idaho; Kathy L. (Kent) Wright of Heber City, Utah; Lillian S. (Wesley) Campbell of Hyde Park, Utah; Judy S. (Larry D.) Dahle of Preston, Idaho; Scott C. (Patricia) Spackman of Rigby, Idaho; Sharon S. (Nolan) Koller of Soda Springs, Idaho; Neil Cottle (Cynthia) Spackman of Clinton, Utah; Mark Cottle (Veronica) Spackman of Trenton, Utah; Barbara S. (Clifford) Anderson of Hyde Park, Utah; 46 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter (Diane) Cottle of Lehi, Utah; and a sister, Leah (Doyle) Kaiser of Syracuse, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; by seven brothers, Merlin, Archie, Lee, Gordon, Lawrence, Neldon, and Dee; by five sisters, Erma, Elva, Vera, Helena, and Vellis; and by a grandson, Travis Wright.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Trenton LDS Church. Friends called Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, and Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church in Trenton. Interment was in the Trenton, Utah, Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



September 30, 2015



OXFORD – Nellie B. Perkins Boyce, 84, passed away peacefully with her loving husband by her side Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston, Idaho.

She was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Preston, the daughter of Joseph M. and Nellie Bell Perkins. She married James D. Boyce on July 25, 1949, in Preston; the marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.

Nellie was active in the LDS Church all of her life and held many positions and enjoyed being a Primary and Young Woman president, served on the several stake boards. While in Pocatello she served as the school PTA president and along with her husband, Dee, on school advisory committees. Nellie loved to travel with her companion, Dee, and did so all across the U.S. Together they had an enjoyable time dancing and served as dance instructors several different times. Nellie always enjoyed pretty flowers and a garden. She was always sewing clothing, drapes, and various household items for her family. Many of her family have received one or more of her handwritten letters over her lifetime. They are cherished because she had such beautiful penmanship and good counsel. Wherever they moved, Nellie would always be quick to meet and make new friendships.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Nellie Perkins; two sisters, Alice Marler and Thelma Griffeth; two brothers, Paul B. Perkins and Ray B. Perkins; five half-brothers and three half-sisters; grandson, Calahan Boyce and granddaughter, Shakira Waldron.

Nellie is survived by her husband, James (Dee) Boyce of Oxford, Idaho; sons, James P. Boyce of Oxford; Jerry Lee (Marilinda) Boyce of Nampa, Idaho; Robert D. Boyce of Weston, Idaho; daughter, Nelladee (Kirk) Waldron of Glenn Dale, M.D.; and sister, Dorothy (Stephen) Miller of Plain City, Utah; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Clifton LDS 2nd Ward, 170 W. 1st N. in Clifton, Idaho. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., in Preston, and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Clifton Ward building. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Shirlee Ann Sparrow Eliason, 77, passed away with family by her side on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston. She was born on June 23, 1938, in Cornish, Utah, to Norman Glen and Verla Ellen Cole Sparrow. She married Hal Robinson on June 8, 1956, in Logan, Utah. They had four daughters. Shirlee and Hal later divorced and she married Richard “Dick” Eliason on Aug. 16, 1979, in Elko, Nev.

She had many hobbies that she enjoyed. She loved gardening and maintaining a beautiful yard. She was a fantastic cook. Shirlee always enjoyed Preston athletics and loved watching her children and grandchildren play sports. She worked as a retail clerk for many years and always enjoyed visiting with the customers. Christmas was her favorite time of year and she loved Christmas music. She was active in the LDS Church and served in many positions as a teacher, the secretary in the Sunday School, and as a visiting teacher. She loved going to Preston on Saturdays with her mother and sisters shopping and Gutter Gopping.

Shirlee is survived by her children, Julie (Michael) Smith, of Preston; Shelly (Dee) Steadman, of Lago, Idaho; Shonna (Keith) Cole, of Preston; and Hallie (Jacque) Robinson, of Preston. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and her siblings, Barbara (Terry) Shepard, of Dayton, Idaho; Eloise (Ray) Rindlisbacher, of Weston, Idaho; Sheila (Terry) Greaves, of Boonville, Ind.; and Norm (Yvonne) Sparrow, of Lehi, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Dick.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., in Preston. A viewing was held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. also at the funeral home. Interment was in the Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



September 23, 2015


Shirlee A. Eliason, 77, passed away Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Preston, Idaho. Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston. Viewings will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., both at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.webbmortuary.com




Rhoda Cahoon Sparrow, 92, passed away Sept. 14, 2015, at the Logan Regional Hospital from natural causes. Rhoda was born June 1, 1923, in Garland, Utah, the daughter of Alonzo Alvero and Chloe Elizabeth Ransom Cahoon. Rhoda was the sixth child. She was welcomed by siblings, Alvin, Wallace, Nellie, Jennie, and Daniel. Rhoda attended Preston High where she met her sweetheart, John Dahle Sparrow. John and Rhoda were married Jan. 31, 1941, in Malad, Idaho. They were later sealed in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.

Rhoda and John resided in Linrose, Idaho, where they started their lifelong journey of farming and raising a family, their most precious crop. During this time, they were blessed with a daughter, Helen; a son, Rick; and a stillborn son, Jacob James. Rhoda and John retired and moved to Glendale, Idaho, in 1999. They were welcomed by a very loving LDS ward and community where they met very special friends. Rhoda loved her home and was a beautiful homemaker.

Rhoda was active in the church and in her community. She held several LDS Church positions in the Relief Society, MIA, and Sunday School. Rhoda was a dedicated visiting teacher and loved to attend the temple. Rhoda served in the community as a softball coach, at the election polls, 4-H, fair, and rodeo committees, and as a member of the Women’s Posse.

Rhoda loved knitting, sewing, quilting, cooking, gardening, and crocheting. She was an avid sports fan, especially to the Utah Jazz. She loved to be by the side of John, farming and also sharing a great love for their horses. They enjoyed the flat track horse races and also chariot racing in which they received many honors.

Rhoda’s greatest love was her husband, children, grandchildren, and family. Family traditions on Christmas Eve and cookouts for birthdays were dear to her heart. She is a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend, who we will miss until we meet again.

Rhoda is survived by her children: Helen (Roger) Carter, Preston, Idaho; Rick (Tami) Sparrow, North Logan, Utah; grandchildren, Michael (Aleta) Phillips, Linrose, Idaho; Kymberlee Julander, Bear River City, Utah; K’Lynne (Ryan) Gardner, Honeyville, Utah; Kalee Anne (Russell) Bair, Mink Creek, Idaho; Kamille (Travis) Kunz, Preston, Idaho; Brayden (Stacee) Sparrow, Smithfield, Utah; Cameron (Reesa) Sparrow, Richmond, Utah; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

Rhoda was preceded in death by her spouse, John; a stillborn son, Jacob James; her parents; siblings; in-laws; grandson, Shawn Jensen; and special nephew, Bud Stevenson. The family would like to thank Dr. David Faux, Dr. Corey Walker, Logan Regional Hospital, IHC Hospice and to all family, friends, and caregivers of our special loved one.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Preston North Stake Center, 310 N. State St., Preston, Idaho. Friends called Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was at 2 p.m. in the Logan Utah City Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



September 16, 2015


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Sherron Kay Sleight Whitehead, 71, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at her home in Franklin, Idaho. She was born on Feb. 8, 1944, in Montpelier, Idaho, to Theron A. and Grace Payne Sleight. She married Jerry C. Whitehead on Sept. 5, 1963, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5, 2013.

Sherron loved her husband and family. Her greatest memories were times spent working and playing together. She worked side-by-side with her husband, raising mink. She loved her flowers and growing a garden. They always raised a big enough garden to can for their family, and share the extra produce with neighbors and friends. She had many various health problems over the course of her life, but through them all, she never lost her faith or her cheerful disposition.

She also loved her savior and serving in any capacity that he would like her to serve. She served in several organizations and callings, but the most daunting one to her was gospel doctrine teacher. But she took that challenge on, and did a marvelous job with it, and loved studying the gospel in depth. She had a great compassion for those around her and loved serving the widows in the ward. She taught her family by her example.

Sherron is survived by her five children, Tammy (Morlyn) Seamons, of Lewiston, Utah; Curtis (Lesa) Whitehead, of American Fork, Utah; Shanna (Stephen) Bingham, of Kearns, Utah; Bryan of Franklin, Idaho; and Tiffany (Mike) Palmer of Tremonton, Utah; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Carol (Bill) Reeve; and a brother, LaMar Sleight. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dwight Sleight; and a  sister-in-law, Sharma Sleight.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon in the Franklin Stake Center, 106 E. Main in Franklin. A viewing was held on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston and will be held Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com





On Sept. 10, 2015, one of our Heavenly Father’s most valiant sons returned home to a glorious reunion on the other side of the veil.

John Ellis Carter was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Tremonton, Utah, the fourth of six children of Floyd G. and Elma Wood Carter. He spent the first eight years of his life in Park Valley, Utah, in a two-room log home. “Buddy” attended school in Park Valley, Corinne, and Brigham City, Utah. He married his high school sweetheart, LaRee Andersen, and they were sealed in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.

Through 64-plus years of marriage, he maintained that she was the love of his life. LaRee was a devoted and loving wife and he expressed his love and appreciation for her daily. Together they raised eight children. Family was everything to John. He was a pilot in the USAF and loved flying. He received his Master’s degree in education from Utah State University and was a teacher, vice principal, principal, and school counselor in Utah and Idaho.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the foundation of his life. He taught, loved, and lived the gospel. He delighted in his service in the church, serving in a bishopric, a stake presidency, and as a Bishop. He also served two LDS missions with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, LaRee; children, Michael, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Jenice (Ron McArthur), Show Low, Ariz.; Reese (Eva Jean Harper), Mantua, Utah; Kayleen (Roger Fadel), North Ogden, Utah; Tamra (David Rawlings), North Logan, Utah; Scott, Clearfield, Utah; Doug (Pam Carpenter), Clearfield, Utah; JoAnne (LaMont Cook), Linwood, Kan.; 38 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Royce (Nadine), Keith (Lynnette), Elaine (Royal Norman), Rod (Lola), and Maurice (Alaine). He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Viewings will be held Friday, Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 E, Brigham City, and Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9:45- 10:45 a.m. at the Garland Tabernacle, 140 W. Factory Street, Garland. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the Garland Tabernacle.




Dexter Earl Ralphs, 71, passed away suddenly at his home in Clifton, Idaho. He was born on Feb. 4, 1944, to Glen Earl Ralphs and Amy Henderson. Dexter worked as a fireman and paramedic for many years. He and his wife, Lindy, have made their home in Clifton where they have a ranch. He enjoyed being at the ranch, training and teaching horses. He loved raising the new colts and working with them. Dexter was very knowledgeable about the horses and would always help anyone who had questions. He was a great neighbor and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Lindy; his children Shawn Ralphs, of Chubbuck, Idaho; Colin (Angie) Ralphs, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mindy (Aaron) Duchi, of California; Marcy Bertolucci of California; Natalie (Craig) Field, of Virginia; and Kade (Tara) Ralphs of Pocatello, Idaho; he is also survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private family graveside was held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in the Clifton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



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3 Responses to Obituaries

  1. Leon Clegg on April 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Allred family in the passing of Delores. Such fond memories and close associations with all the family when they were our neighbors in Burley 11th ward. The neighborhood hasn’t been the same since. Really missed them when they moved to Preston. We know she is in a better place now and that we will all be able to see her and other family members again. What a comfort. Your parents are trully great examples to all of us as well as to all ther family and friends. May our Heavenly Father bless all of you in this hour of need.
    All our love, The Clegg family, Leon and Dori

  2. Gary Mitchell on May 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I hear that Dr. Mike Teets died who was a principal in the Preston County Schools. I send my condolences as I was a custodian who worked with him in a couple of the schools in Preston County Schools. May God rest you in peace, Mike. Your friend, Gary Mitchell

  3. Martha Ramirez on June 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    My Condolences to his Family.
    Bruce was always smiling and happy.
    you’ll be missed.

    Ramirez Family

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