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Barbara Parry Wanlass

Barbara Wanlass to celebrate 90th birthday




The family of Barbara Parry Wanlass is eagerly anticipating a celebration for Barbara’s 90th birthday, Feb. 1, 2019.

Barbara was born in Manti on Feb. 1, 1929, in a home on Manti Main Street. Her father, Harmon Parry, sold appliances and his shop was attached to the north side of the family home. As Barbara’s mother, Ella Parry, was fun-loving and congenial, the house on Main Street was a natural gathering place for Barbara’s friends and friends of her siblings.

Barbara was the third child to be born in her family; a family consisting of two older sisters; Elaine and Eunice, a younger sister, Nelda; and two brothers; Bernard and Ronald.     In her youth Barbara had a warm relationship with her paternal grandmother, Vilate Parry; and the two shared a love of fishing. A favorite fishing site for Barbara all through the years is Fish Lake, east of Monroe, Sevier County.

Barbara was educated in Manti schools: Manti Elementary, Manti Junior High School and Manti High School. After graduating from MHS in 1947, she attended Snow College for two years. Like other Manti classmates, she lived at home and commuted to Ephraim on a school bus.

At the end of the second year at Snow College, Barbara married Bert Wanlass, July 15, 1949, and left her home in Manti. As a married couple, Barbara and Bert lived in Detroit for a short time, then, when Bert joined the U.S. Air Force, the couple lived in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and for two years in Japan.

Bert and Barbara are parents of two fine sons, Michael and David, and a lovely daughter, Marty.

They have 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Barbara and Bert retired and moved to Woodland Hills, Utah in 1987. Bert became ill in 2015, and passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2017.

Barbara was a natural-born leader. In elementary years, Barbara loved being “president” of various “clubs” with secret codes; at Manti High School, she served in various capacities in student organizations, including assistant business manager of the high school annual, The Clarion, and cheerleader. At Snow College she was vice president of her class.

In later years in Michigan, Barbara’s leadership abilities were honed as she served three times as Relief Society president, ward and stake, as Junior Sunday School Coordinator, and Primary President.

She and her husband Bert served a couples mission in Washington in 1998-1999. In Woodland Hills, Utah, Barbara had an additional opportunity to serve as Relief Society President, was an organizer for a group called the “Over the Hills Angels,” (travelers in a mobile home caravan organized for retirees), and for Manti High School class reunions.

In her first home in Manti Barbara had loving family relationships with her siblings, near relatives and friends. She claims two dominant hobbies: wood carving and collecting friends. Known to care for family and friends, she cherishes friendships and continues at the age of becoming 90 to keep current with friends and events in their lives.

Beverly Hansen

Beverly Hansen celebrates 80th

            This lovely lady is turning 80.

Happy Birthday Grandma B and mom, (Beverly Hansen), Ephraim

            We all love you.

Marion Snedecor celebrates her 100th birthday Dec. 7


Marion Snedecor


Marion G. Snedecor was born Martin Edith Godwin on Dec. 7, 1918 in New York City.

She celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 7 surrounded by her Utah family. She has a daughter, Caryl Ann Greulich in New Jersey, son, Charles E. Snedecor in Sanpete and son W. Douglas Snedecor in New York. She has 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

SHe resides at the Golden Skyline Assisted Living Center in Ephraim.


Ray G. Sorensen

Turning 92 on May 2


Rey G. Sorensen is turning 92 on Wednesday, May 2. He was born in 1926, and has mostly lived in Manti his whole life. He married Ardella Feb. 20, 1950, and they have seven children: Connie, Wayne, Sandra, Clifford, Jerry, Kenny and Kathy and lots of grandkids.

            All his neighbors and friends who would like to wish him well, come to 204 W. 100 S. on May 2 from noon to 2 p.m. No gifts please, just your presence.


Jay L. Olsen

Jan. 11, 2018


Jay L. Olson, a lifelong resident of Fountain Green, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Jan. 13, 2018. He was born in 1928 to Lawrence P. and Mabel L. Olsen. He has been a sheep rancher and farmer his entire life.

He married his sweetheart Marva Belliston Olsen Nov. 10, 1948, and they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

One of the highlights of their lives was the opportunity to serve for 12 years together in the Manti Temple.

They are the proud parents of seven children, 26 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


Edmund Warnick

Dec. 14, 2017


Help us honor Eddie on his 50th birthday with an Open House, Dec. 18 at the Sanpete Community Training Center, 185 N. 350 W., Ephraim, 3-6 p.m. It would be great if anyone brought a short written memory of Eddie to share at the open house.

Lorraine and Michael Helton

Lorraine Helton as a child.


Lorraine Helton of Manti is celebrating her 90th birthday Nov. 30

Nov. 23, 2017


Lorraine Helton will be 90 years old on Nov. 30, 2017.  To honor Lorraine, her husband, Mike, has planned a birthday celebration and open house to be held Thursday evening, Nov. 30, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at the Frischknecht home, 440 W. 200 North in Manti.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Your presence is the only gift needed.  Refreshments will be served.


Bruce Thompson to celebrate 90th birthday

Oct. 12, 2017


A former Sterling man, Bruce Thompson, returns to his home town to celebrate his 90th birthday.

The family and community will hold a birthday party for him on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Sterling Community Center, 100 N. 75 W. in Sterling.

No gifts, please.



 Verla Taylor Olsen Smith

Oct. 6, 2017


The family of Verla Olsen Smith, who was born Oct. 3, 1937, will honor her with an

80th birthday celebration and open house on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Senior Community Center, 101 E. 100 North. Your presence is the only gift needed.  Refreshments will be served.

Bruce Westenskow

Bruce Westenskow

Bruce Westenskow to celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday

Mar. 16, 2017


Bruce Westenskow will celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday. His family will honor him at an open house Saturday, March 18, from 2-3 p.m. at the Moroni Stake Center, 82 N. Center.     The only gift requested is your presence.

Vern Buchanan and Carolyn Ringger

Vern Buchanan and Carolyn Ringger

Vern Buchanan and Carolyn Ringger

Nov. 9, 2016


The families of Vern Buchanan and Carolyn Ringger invite you to attend a celebration of their marriage and Vern’s 90th birthday. There will be an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Historic Manti City Hall, which Vern helped restore.

Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

Verla Marx

Verla Marx


Verla Marx honored on her 102nd birthday

Oct. 26, 2017


Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, Verla Marx, of Mt. Pleasant was honored at a birthday dinner at Malena’s.

About 30 of her family came for her 102nd birthday the following day.  Verla was born in Fountain Green, Oct. 19, 1914, the 10th of 12 children born to Anton and Mary Ann Jensen Mikkelsen.

Happy Birthday!


Larry Gilgen

Larry Gilgen

Open house will honor Larry Gilgen on his 80th


The Gilgen family of Fountain Green is hosting an open house for Larry D. Gilgen’s 80th birthday, and we would all be honored to have the community join in the celebration.  The celebration will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Fountain Green LDS church.

Dress is casual, and your presence is the best present, no gifts, please.



Phyllis Cox Irons

Phyllis Cox Irons


Phyllis Cox Irons celebrates 90th birthday


Phyllis Cox Irons recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born Aug. 29, 1926 in Manti to Jay and Hazel Jacobsen Cox. Phyllis was raised in Manti, along with her sister and four brothers.

Phyllis and Bruce Irons from Moroni, were married in 1945 and Moroni is where Phyllis made her home.

Phyllis and Bruce raised four children: Connie Westfahl of Layton; Sue Ann Johnson of Lewiston, Utah; Terry Bruce Irons of Moroni, and Kathleen Ericksen of Fairview. Phyllis has 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis worked at the Moroni Processing Plant for 37 years. She made many friends because of her hard working ethics and her thoughtful, pleasant personality.

Phyllis had two family reunions in August, where she was honored for her 90th birthday. Kathleen and Jim Ericksen held a party the day before her birthday in Fairview, and on Sept. 3, another celebration was held for her at the Mt. Pleasant power plant.

We love you, mom, and wish you many more birthdays.