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.

Roxey Washburn

Roxey Washburn

Roxey Washburn 90th

Roxey Lou Nelson Washburn celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 8, 2016.

She was born in Mt. Pleasant to Edgar Lyman and Talula Frandsen Nelson. She was the seventh of nine children. She married Ralph Washburn on Aug. 6, 1948 in Mt. Pleasant. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on June 1, 2004. He passed away April 19, 2007.

She is the mother of six children: Allen (Rebecca), Mt. Pleasant; Keith (deceased); Kevin (Shelley), Wales; Gordon (Shauneen), Tucson, Arizona; Debra (Mike) DeMille, Kowa, Colorado and Staci (Peter) Jones, Minersville. She has 24 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award in 2006 by Mayor Chesley Christensen of Mt. Pleasant, and in 2009 she was presented the Woman of Achievement Award by the Miss Mt. Pleasant Scholarship Pageant committee. She was also the grand marshal of the Mt. Pleasant 4th of July parade in 2010.

She served as a temple worker in the Manti Temple for 11 years, and has also held leadership positions in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and has worked hard to preserve the pioneer heritage of Mt. Pleasant by helping to keep the Relic Hall open and available to the public and helping with the annual Pioneer Day Celebration.

She commemorated her 90th birthday by taking a cruise to Alaska in August with some of her children, their spouses, and her sister, Charlotte. She also celebrated her birthday at her home, with family members, over the Labor Day weekend.