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Charles B. Jackson

 

Charles B. Jackson

 

It was Saturday night, Nov. 9, 2019 and Charles B. Jackson (Charlie), 87 years young, decided he had enough of earthly life.  He passed suddenly to rejoin his beloved Maggie (his wife of 60 years) and baby daughter Marilyn. Charles was born in 1932.

Because of his faith in Jesus Christ and the great plan of happiness he is also reunited with his parents, John Bryan and Velma Olive Robison Jackson, and sisters Eileen and Beverly (Reed).

He is survived by his siblings Shirley (Stott), Joseph (Sherry), Steven (Pat), Jim (Sherry); his children: Charles Jr. (Kathe), Cindy Jackson, and Julia Wyman (Steve); and by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He lived a full and wonderful life with an appetite to read and a gift to write.  He graduated from Millard High School in 1950 and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.  He attended BAC in Cedar City and then Utah State with scholarships in track and field, graduating with a CPA degree. Somewhere in the middle he served as Captain in the Air Force Reserves.
After life as an accountant, he worked professionally as a TPA executive, earning ERISA and CEBS degrees.  It can be said of Charlie that he epitomized living a joyful life full of family, friends, and a few pranks here and there. He traveled the world many times.

It can be said that “nobody was a stranger to him, just a friend he hadn’t met.” He lived with an attitude of gratitude for all that he had and encouraged others to never give up on pursuing their dreams. His love for Fairview and the Sanpete Valley was second only to his love for sweet Maggie.
Charlie’s life will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at Fairview 1st Ward at noon with viewing from 10-11:30 a.m.  A viewing the night before from 6-8 p.m. will be at the Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North, 100 West, Mt. Pleasant. Online condolence at www.rasmussenmortuary.com.

Verla McArthur Smyth

 

Verla McArthur Smyth

 

Verla McArthur Smyth, our beloved wife, mother, granny, aunt, sister and friend, left this life in Washington D.C. and returned to her Heavenly Father on Nov. 1, 2019, just short of her 57th birthday.

She was born Nov. 10, 1962, in Mt. Pleasant, to Bryan R and LeOra D Peterson McArthur. She was the eighth of nine children and grew up in Manti. Verla married David Smyth on May 27, 1988, in the Manti Temple and had three children; Andrea, Jillian and Gavin.

Verla graduated from Manti High School in 1981. She served an LDS mission in Hong Kong and participated in the BYU study abroad program in Nanking, China. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and asian studies from BYU.

The two things Verla was most passionate about in life were her family and faith. She took great pride in her cooking and loved having everyone over for Sunday dinners. She loved spending time with her family and friends, supporting David and Gavin in their rugby careers, doing projects and sometimes completing them around the house, keeping up on family genealogy and always taking every chance she had to be the babysitter. She also found great joy in her job as a nurse and loved the people she worked with at Revere Health.

Verla is survived by her husband: David, her three children: Andrea (Chandler Wride), Jillian (Michael Draper) and Gavin, one grandson: Lucas, siblings: Guy (Marilyn) McArthur, Kay (Dale Henningson), LeAnna (Jack Johansen), Patsy (Steve Nielson), and Leslie (Kelly Roberts);  mother-in-law: Heather Smyth, and David’s siblings: Stephen (Stacey), Lloyd (Diane) and Iilona (Shayne Neilson). She is preceded in death by her parents: Bryan and LeOra, her three brothers: Roger, Lynn, and Kelly, and her father-in-law: Robert Smyth.

Services for Verla were held Saturday, Nov. 9.  She was laid to rest in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard LeRoy Peterson

Richard LeRoy Peterson passed away the evening of Sept. 5, 2019 at home in Salt Lake City after a long, rich life.

            Richard was born in his family home in Ephraim to LeRoy Edwards Peterson and Hanna Rosella Christensen, on Sept. 24, 1933. Richard grew up helping out at his father’s Texaco gas stations in Sanpete County. 

            He graduated from Snow High School in 1951. He was drafted and served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War as a private first class petroleum storage specialist.  Upon returning home to Ephraim after the war, Richard was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Mission.  After his mission, he moved to Salt Lake City to attend Salt Lake Technical College where he met a young nursing student Jeanette Catherine Manwaring. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 15, 1960.

            After graduating with an associate’s degree in electronics, Richard worked at Hill Air Force Base as an electronics technician, where he repaired all manner of equipment like radar systems and communication gear in support of the base operations. 

            Richard ran Dick’s Shop on evenings and weekends.  He would fix any type of house-hold appliances, specializing in in-home repair.  Richard was a super friendly man and never had to advertise his service, always having more repair calls than time to do them—word of mouth spread his honest and friendly service. 

            Age and health problems finally prevented him from continuing his more than 50 years of home appliance repairs.  Richard was the family handyman and took care of many tasks for his mom and the rest of the extended family too. His motto was “Nothing is too broken to fix.”

            Richard loved his family and enjoyed vacation time with them more than anything. Those vacations included trips to many of the national parks in the west such as Yellowstone, Disneyland, World’s Fair and annual camping trips to Bear Lake and the canyons above Sanpete County. He enjoyed motorcycling with family in and around all destinations.

            Richard was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities, including Sunday School teacher, priesthood quorum presidencies and faithful home teacher.  Everyone enjoyed his homemade root beer at many ward dinners and functions.

            Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ronald, Glen, John Christensen, Dee Christensen, and daughter-in-law Valerie and is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanette, sister Carol Carpenter, Bruce (Cathy) Peterson, children Gwen (Gary) Schwarz, Scott Peterson, Bryan (Ann) Peterson, Shelly (Earl) Boyce, grandchildren Carly Golden, Ayden (Kayla) Jensen, Talon (Katelyn) Peterson, Kamree Peterson, Zaily Peterson, Whitney (Sam) Watson, Brianna Peterson, Kristine Peteson, Sierra Peterson, Milena Boyce, Kyli Boyce, and great-grandchildren Ellie May Golden and Henry Watson.

            The family would like to thank the staff at the Veterans Medical Center in Salt Lake City for the excellent care given to their father over the last years of his life and to the personnel of Salt Lake City Fire Station #6 for their quick and timely responses to Richard’s many needs over the last few years.

            Services are to be held at the 26th Ward Chapel at 1145 West 500 South, Salt Lake City on Sept. 16, 2019 at 11 a.m.  A viewing will be held prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and also Sept. 15, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the same location. Internment at the Ephraim City Cemetery at approximately 2:30 pm.

Bryce W. Floyd

Bryce W. Floyd

Bryce W. Floyd, 25, of Mayfield, Utah, passed away on Sept. 7, 2019. Bryce slipped through mortality in his sleep due to complications with Lyme disease.

              The son of Wesley and Barbara (Petersen) Floyd, Bryce was born on Aug. 15, 1994 on the island of Puerto Rico. He spent most of his growing up years in Washington State where he loved to spend time outdoors. He also lived in Honduras, Nevada, and Utah.

              Bryce was a beloved son and committed friend who taught all he met about positivity, happiness, and endurance. Bryce contracted Lyme disease at a young age, and suffered long years through his illness with quiet dignity and without complaint.

              He had a gift of remaining positive, of always trying to smile, and of focusing on others. His zest for life was contagious. Bryce’s sense of humor brought joy to everyone’s lives. He always found strength to play with his niece and nephews. Bryce was tall in body and in spirit. Bryce attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

              Bryce is survived by his parents: Wesley and Barbara (Petersen) Floyd, his siblings; Jessica (Nick) Berejkoff, Addison (Marie) Floyd and Sydnee (Mike) Burr; his nephews Konstantin, Valentin, Dmitry, Sasha, Ben, and his niece Maren.

              Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Mayfield Ward Chapel. Friends may call prior to services at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Mayfield Cemetery.

              Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

              We will cherish the memories of our baby brother forever, and are grateful for the lessons he taught us, and the charity he so freely shared.

Michael Dee Peterson

Michael Dee Pearson

 

Michael Dee Pearson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov. 26, 1950 to Earl Matthew and Ada Larae Thayer Pearson. He passed away on Sept. 3, 2019 at his home in Sterling, Utah.
Michael enjoyed spending time with his three siblings, and playing baseball and football. He graduated from Granger High School in 1969. He joined the Marine Corp in 1969 and studied microwave communication during the Vietnam War. He was honorable discharged in 1972.
His love for football took him into coaching. He mentored several high school and junior college players. His dedication to the Patriots was unwavering.
Mentoring on the football field led to mentoring in the classroom. He enjoyed helping students learns exciting ways to understand math. His unique and contagious smile encouraged students to keep trying.
In 2005 Michael met his sweetheart Gina. Together they enjoyed going on road trips, spending time on their porch and visiting Disneyland. Who knew that Tinkerbell and Grumpy could fall in love? One of their first dates, Michael invited Gina on a moped ride. They enjoyed lots of rides on his Harley.
Michael’s legacy includes seven children; seven step-children; many grandkids and a few great-grandkids, who all affectionately call him “Grumpa”.
The family would like to thank all of the medical professionals and friends who helped care for Michael.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Sterling LDS Ward Chapel.
Burial with military honors accorded by the Manti American Legion Post #31 was in the Sterling Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com.

 

 

Shirley Lee Bright Barney

Shirley Lee Bright Barney

Shirley Lee Bright Barney passed away peacefully with loved ones on Aug. 29 2019 after a battle with liver failure.

She was 68 years old at her passing. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Theresa Bright, and her sisters Lesa (Ray) and Judy.

She is survived by her husband, Neil of 49 awesome years (he treated her like gold); her children: Brian (Marianne), Leslie, Buck (Annalyn), Lee Nhuy, Jack Oton Nhuy; her siblings: Donald (Lynn), Ginnie (Dennis), David (Alice), Mary (Dave), Stephen (Marie); her eight grandchildren: Jacob, Ember, William, Snow, John, Adelaide, Remington and Belle; her nieces, nephews and their families which are numerous enough to populate a small country.

Shirley and her twin brother Donnie were born in 1950 in Helena, Montana to Bill and Theresa Bright. She was raised in Kentucky and later West Valley, Utah where she graduated from Cyprus High School in ’69.

She married her virile husband Neil the next year on Friday the 13th and later had kids to match her wedding date. She was an amazing volleyball, softball player and cookie maker. In sports, she was always picked first and her husband last. Her no-bake cookies were legendary and probably account for half of the diabetes in Sanpete County.

She was loved by everyone…that had a soul. She will be remembered as the nice lady who always wanted to serve more than she was able. Her favorite things were helping those in need and spending time with her family. She loved to make sure that people in need always had a friend and something to eat. Her sons have the dad bods to prove it.

Her competitive nature enabled her to out serve other would be do-gooders for most of her life. She often served in her local wards and stakes as the young women leader and as the girl’s camp leader. It is curious that she didn’t talk about those much. Maybe whatever happens at girl’s camp stays at girl’s camp.

Even though none of her grandkids have children yet, she is definitely a great grandmother. If you were to ask her what her job was, she would say, “I am a wife, mother and grandmother and don’t you forget it!” She loved us all “more than Carter’s got pills” and we loved her.

She will be missed because she was “berry special” to all of us. “That’s all she wrote.” We love you mom. Best mom ever.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at noon in the Mt Pleasant 5th Ward Chapel. Friends may call prior to services at the church from 10-11:30 a.m.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook atwww.maglebymortuary.com.

 

LaVerle Nowling

LaVerle Nowling

LaVerle Nowling, 82, passed Aug. 23, 2019 at his home in Chester, Utah.
LaVerle was born Sept. 5, 1936 in Echo, Utah and was raised in Wasatch and Evanston, Wyoming by his aunt and uncle Raymond and Lyle “Lila” Lord Nowling who adopted him and his sister Betty. He had five other siblings Wayne (Joyce) Doug (Dorothy) Joy, Joyce, Dorothy (Mike).
He entered the U.S. Navy at 18, served four years and was discharged after having served honorably. He then ventured to Oklahoma where he met and married the love of his life Betty Lanham. They moved to Utah where she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
LaVerle is survived by his wife Betty Louise Nowling, Chester; children: Shelly Lynne Nowling, Verle Ray Nowling and Robin Michelle Nowling; siblings: Douglas (Dorothy) Robinson, Dorothy (Mike) Petersen, Betty Wilkes and sister-in-law Joyce Robinson.

Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Joy Baum and Joyce Hammond, and brother Wayne Robinson.
A memorial services will be held Sept. 6, at 11 a.m.  in the Sanpitch LDS Church in Wales.  Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com.

 

 

Brent Curtis Osborne

Brent Curtis Osborne

Brent Curtis Osborne, 55, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on July 10, 2019.
Brent was born June 3, 1964 in Payson, Utah. He was married to Debbie Atkinson on March 1, 1991 and later divorced.

Brent was a good artist, he loved to go fishing and had a big love for animals. He drove and worked on many different cars and trucks, and he learned that skill from his father. Brent’s main career was in masonry, where some of his decorative rock work was showcased in the Deer Valley Resort and Parade of Homes.
He is preceded in death by his father, Darld Osborne; survived by his mother, Nita Bastian Osborne; daughters: Jessica Hererra of Orem and Jerrica Church of Provo, six grandsons; siblings: Lorna (Ivan) Willardson, Mayfield; Brenda (Jake) Swapp, Fairview; Tammy (Darin) Sheffield, Grantsville.
Private ceremony and celebration of life was conducted by family.

Nancy Arden Rees Jensen

Nancy Arden Rees Jensen

 

Nancy Arden Rees Jensen, 88, of Centerfield, Utah, passed away Aug. 25, 2019, at her home surrounded by family.

Nancy was born March 30, 1931, to Gordon Stanford Rees and Frances Ford Rees in Oakland, California. She married Allen Eugene Jensen, in the Manti, Utah Temple on Feb. 11, 1949. He preceded her in death July 5, 2017.

Nancy graduated from Gunnison Valley High School, attended Snow College, and the University of Utah. With Eugene, she lived the life of farming with all of its challenges, worries, concerns, and hard work. Nancy was not a stranger to the hard work to be done and did her share.

They raised their six children on the farm, and taught them the value of hard work and the importance of service and developing and sharing their talents. Nancy lived her life following the wisdom of her father that “our payment for being on this earth is our service to others.”

Nancy was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings including gospel doctrine and Relief Society teacher, choir director, ward music director, and Stake Relief Society president. She loved music and shared her talent of singing at many funerals, clubs, and church meetings.

Nancy’s community services included: South Sanpete School Board, president of the Utah School Boards Association, board member of Snow College South, board member of Educators Mutual Insurance, board member of Ag in the Classroom, board member of the Sanpete County Bookmobile, Legislative Committee Board member, Centerfield City Council member, membership chair of the Centerfield Legion Auxiliary, Girls State Chairperson, president of the Utah Association of Conservation District Auxiliary, precinct chair and vice chair and chair of the Sanpete County Republican party, and Library board for Sanpete County.

Nancy was an advocate of reading and volunteered at the Gunnison Valley Middle School, having students read to her. She enjoyed helping others acquire a love of reading.

She loved our country and loved to discuss political issues and to understand all sides of an issue. She felt the importance of Boys’ and Girls’ State to teach the value of our system of government to the next generation.

She also had a love of traveling and went many places throughout the world with her husband and family. Nancy said, “I love to travel, read, ride my bicycle and have family “get-togethers” with our kids. This valley is a wonderful place to live and I am grateful for the many opportunities we all have. Life is good.”

Survived by children: Craig and Debbie Jensen, Hyde Park; Diane and David Hill, Centerfield; Valerie and Jim Rumpsa, Farmington; Norman and Eliza Jensen, Centerfield; Brad and Kolleen Jensen, Centerfield; Janell and Owen Braithwaite, Centerfield; 31 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Riley (Elle) Rees, Tucson, Arizona; Natasha Madsen, Manti;

Also preceded in death by her son, Blake Allen Jensen; parents, step-mother, Bee Rees; grandson Brandon Allen Olsen; sister, Vicky Rees Smith; brother-in-law, Gary Madsen; great-granddaughter, Lillian Hope Hallman.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Centerfield 1st Ward, where friends may call on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to services.

Burial will be in the Centerfield Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

Nancy requested in lieu of flowers, contributions to the Brandon Olsen Diabetic Scholarship Fund in care of State Bank of Southern Utah or a favorite charity.

Betty Lou Jones Tomlinson

Bettilou Tomlinson

 

Betty Lou (Bettilou) Jones Tomlinson,  our much-loved mother, grand-, great-, and great-great grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend, affectionately known as Sweet Betty, age 89, of Manti, passed away Aug. 15, 2019 in Centerfield.

She was born April 6, 1930, in Grand Junction, Colorado, the first child of Wandamere Ostberg Morrill Jones and William Lee Jones. School days were primarily in Utah, and she attended Lehi High School.

She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-d ay Saints and served in many positions including Relief Society President.

As a young adult, Betty worked as an instructor in the dance industry, and in supervisory and management roles in the airline industry. As an entrepreneur during her mid-career Betty owned and operated several successful women’s clothing stores in Sonoma and Marin counties and San Francisco, California.    Later, she graduated first in her medical transcription graduating class, and managed medical offices, including the Ephraim Clinic for several years before her retirement.

Betty attracted many dear friends in her social, work, and church circles. In addition to her warm personality, she was known for her great beauty and had been a beauty pageant winner, and a model in the San Francisco Bay area for a number of years.

Betty is survived by her children: Joan (Jodi) Covington, (Steve) Nielsen of Draper; Bathild Junius (June) Covington of Redding, California; Dirk (Sandra Hall) Correnti of Manti; Paloma (Kimm) Correnti Roberts (Gary) of Palo Alto, California; and Bret Correnti of Ignacio, California; stepchildren Linda (Correnti) Kelsey (Carl), Kansas City, Kansas, and Donna Tomlinson Kluck (Anthony), Wausau, Wisconsin; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers and four sisters and her long-time friend and former husband, Oliver Sequira.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Lana Lee, her oldest son Joe Talmage Covington II, husband, Joe T. Covington I, husband Vincent C. Correnti, and husband Ronald Tomlinson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Manti LDS Tabernacle, 100 N Main Street in Manti.

Burial was in the Manti City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com.

 

 

Gary Lynn Jorgensen

Gary Jorgensen

 

Gary Lynn Jorgensen, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend, passed away peacefully in his home in Ephraim on Aug. 17, 2019, at the age of 75.

He was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Lyman and Emma Jorgensen, youngest of 11 children, four sisters and six brothers.
He grew up and spent most of his life in Ephraim where he loved to be. He graduated from Manti High School in 1962. He served in the Army during Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1971.

He returned home and soon thereafter met and married June Allen. They had four daughters: Wendy (David) Burton; Terri (Morgan) Lawrence; Sherri (Ken) Hansen; and April Jorgensen. He was surrounded and bossed around his whole life by women. He enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, reading, and playing cards.
He worked as a range technician for the U.S. Forest Service.  He enjoyed working at the Great Basin Experimental ranges in Ephraim Canyon and West Desert.
He is survived by his wife and all four daughters; his grandchildren Dylan, Ally, Kindra, Christian, Aidan, Kennedy, Emora, and May; three great-grandchildren; his sisters and brothers Ray (Betty), LaMar (Merilyn), Beverly, and Dorothy; and in-laws Barbara and Babs.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and his siblings, Budd (Ila), Morris (Theone), Roger, Ruth, Leda, Kent; and in-law Craig.
Friends may call on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ephraim Stake Center, 400 East Center Street; the Services will begin at noon. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com.

Victor John Anderson

Victor Anderson

 

Victor John Anderson, age 38 of Meridian, Oklahoma passed away on Aug. 17, 2019 in Meridian. He was born on July 3, 1980 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to David Garth and Pamela (Kimber) Anderson.

Victor had been living in the Logan County area for the last 10 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guthrie. Victor loved hunting and fishing, working with cattle, and hunting mushrooms.

Survivors include his mother, Pamela Anderson of Guthrie, son Jesse Lee David Faulkner-Anderson of Guthrie, brother David Kent Anderson and wife Kristey Riker-Anderson of Eagle Mountain, brother Timothy Rulon Anderson and wife Jill of Moroni, Utah, one niece, and five nephews. Victor is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father David Garth Anderson, grandmother Aleta Anderson, grandfather Ephraim Garth Anderson, grandmother LaRene Bangerter, and grandfather Rulon Dean Kimber.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (5326 Ellie Mae Drive, Guthrie) with Bishop Richard Orgill officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Jesse Lee David Faulkner-Anderson, c/o Hayes Funeral Home, 117 E. Noble, Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.hayesfh.com.