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Edward Shumway

Jun 22, 1938 - Nov 03, 2023

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Murray, UT

Edward Alonzo Shumway passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 3, 2023, in Murray, Utah. Edward was born in Fairview, Wyoming on June 22, 1938, to LeLand Lovell and Lovina Lucille Millward Shumway. Edward was a beloved son, father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband and friend who positively impacted the lives of everyone he knew. Edward was married to his sweetheart Myrna Ann Petersen in Afton, Wyoming on October 9, 1955, shortly after they were married, they moved to Mu...Read More

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Bonnie Jeanne Eaton

Oct 16, 1935 - Feb 18, 2024

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Murray, UT

Bonnie Jeanne Eaton Obituary Bonnie was born on October 16, 1935 in Murray, Utah to Beatrice Alice Mounteer & James DeLloyd Miller. Her childhood was spent in Murray and she graduated from Murray High School in 1953. She married Ray Lewis “Tim” Parker on July 28 of that same year and had four beautiful children with him. They spent most of their married years in Empire, Nevada. Tim passed away from a swimming accident in 1969, leaving her a very young widow. Bonnie was quite strong and resilient though, so she moved her young family back to Utah and made a new life. Bonnie was a hard worker, became quite independent, and was able to support her family on her own. She worked for many years as a secretary at Tesco Truck Equipment Sales Co. Then spent the last several years of her career working at LDS Hospital for a neonatal doctor before retiring in 1997. She married Walter Earl Eaton on February 27, 1976. With him she enjoyed adventures she never dreamed she’d have! They enjoyed golf, dune buggying, sailing, waterskiing, traveling and exploring destinations far and near together! She was passionate about keeping journals and photo albums documenting their escapades and time spent with family. With this new union, she was thrilled to add four bonus children, their spouses, and families to her legacy. She loved and devoted a great deal of time to all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and spent many hours following and supporting them in whatever activities they happened to be involved in. Bonnie love playing games with anyone who was willing, and one of her grandchildren made the comment that she was, “delightfully ruthless at a game of Fill or Bust.” Walt passed away in March of 2015 leaving her a widow once again. But as she had done before, she picked up the pieces and found many things to do, places to go, and adventures too many to count to fill her days. She remained active and independent until the last few months of her life when her health forced her to slow down. Bonnie was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many different positions over the years. Probably one of her favorite things though was singing in her ward choirs and being the music director for several years. She loved music and found it a way of expressing her deep faith. She also was very talented and enjoyed needlework of all kinds and painting, creating lovely pictures and items that adorned both her home and the homes of each of her children and grandchildren. Bonnie is survived by her children: Denise (Victor) Richardson, James (Cathy) Parker, Karen (Rob) Jessop, Mike (Susan) Eaton, Pam (John) Larson, Virginia/Suzy (Carlos) Romero and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and two sisters; Ann Brown and Ileen Thompson. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her daughter, Jeanne Swenson, son Kevin Eaton, granddaughters Rhonda Eaton, Lindsey Swenson and six of her eight siblings. The family of Bonnie feel a sense of deep gratitude and would like to offer sincere appreciation to the nurses and others from Huntsman Hospice who have taken such great care and watched over her for the past two years. You have done an amazing job! A visitation will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 22 from 6-8 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street in Murray. Funeral services will be at the Taylorsville 10th Ward Meeting House, 4950 S 1950 W, Taylorsville at 9:30 am. Friends may call from 8:45 am-9:15 am there prior to the services. Interment will follow the services at Utah Veteran’s Memorial Park at 17111 S. Camp Williams Rd, Bluffdale, UT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Huntsman Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

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Zina Lou Lundquist Naylor

Jul 02, 1931 - Feb 18, 2024

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Murray, UT

Zina Lou Lundquist Naylor rejoined her sweetheart on Sunday, February 18, 2024, dying at 92 of heart failure. Lou was born July 2, 1931 to Joseph Otto Henry Lundquist and Hilda Snow. She grew up in Murray, Utah, attending Bonnyview Elementary School and Murray High School, then a grade 7-12 school. She met Grant Lloyd Naylor on registration day of 7th grade. They remained friends throughout high school, graduating in 1949. They reconnected in 1952 between Lloyd’s mission and army service, falling in love through the letters they wrote to each other for the next two years. They married on June 2, 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised three children and were married 67 years prior to Lloyd’s passing in 2022. Lou was the very definition of domestic goddess. She was a fabulous cook, kept a spotless home, and, like Mary Bailey in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” painted and papered and nested to create a beautiful modest home in Murray Utah, which was the “koolaid mom” home of the neighborhood, where half the neighborhood was usually playing. Both our parents taught us this vital life lesson: no circle exists which can’t be made larger. No one was ever left out. She created magical Halloween costumes for two generations of excited children, and sewed many of her own and her children’s clothing. A formidable organizer, she worked in various secretarial capacities, though she could have run a Fortune 500 company. She worked for Murray School District as a secretary at Murray High School for many years. A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she served in many capacities over the years, primarily, as a support to a very busy husband. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, her entire life and taught her children to love Him. We truly had a “mother who knew.” She is preceded in death by her sweet husband, her parents and three brothers: Farrell J, Robert, and Joseph Garr. She is survived by her sister, Ada Denise Eckersley, and three children: Laureen (Dale) Simper, Kyle (Tammy) Naylor, Bryce (Michelle) Naylor; her nine grandchildren: Megan Simper, Grant (Holly) Simper, Ryan (Brooke) Naylor, Sarah (Jake) Blotter, Bronson Naylor, Madison (Sam) White, Isaac (Hunter) Naylor, Peyton Naylor, Ashton Naylor; and eleven great grandchildren: Clayton Monroe, Greyson Monroe, Tenney Naylor, Sam Naylor, Jack Naylor, Evelyn Blotter, Elisabeth Blotter, Cohen White, Scottie White, Grant Naylor, Jack Naylor. The family wants to thank the tender service rendered by Dignity Hospice, most particularly, Melissa Mendez, whom Mom almost instantly declared was her ‘sister.’ Friends may call at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State Street in Murray, Friday evening, February 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and at the chapel at 495 E. 5600 South Saturday February 24 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., prior to funeral services at noon.

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Mom

Feb 14, 1937 - Feb 17, 2024

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Murray, UT

Mom was born to Neil Grant and Dora Davis in Moroni Utah - a Valentine's Day Baby, and lived on her parents dairy farm in Chester, Utah until she was 10 years old. Her parents sold the farm and retired to Ephraim where mom grew up. She met dad, who was a Manti boy in High School and they began dating. Mom and dad married and moved to Salt Lake City and eventually settled in Murray, Utah. They moved into a new subdivision along with other young couples who became lifelong friends. They all worked together to build their church house and their deep lifetime friendships, Mom was a wonderful cook., She made delicious Sunday pot roast and homemade rolls with absolutely the best gravy. Her fudge and divinity were to die for. Mom loved Christmas and spoiled us with gifts. Honest beyond measure she made sure each of us had the exact dollar amount spent on us and would leave change in our stockings to even out the dollar. Mom loved serving in her compassionate service calling, and had an organized system to call the women in the ward to prepare food for families in their time of need. Though she made and delivered many meals to others she was reluctant to accept the same in return. She was a giver, not a taker. She made countless hours of phone calls over the years checking on people to ask about their needs or lend a listening ear. She did this up to the last 2 weeks prior to her passing. She cared about family, friends and neighbors and worried about the sadness in the world at this time. Since dad's passing she became very lonely and wanted to join him and family on the other side. She loved the Savior and stated how wonderful it must be where He is. We know she was welcomed by her husband, infant son, and multitudes of excited family members awaiting her arrival. She is finally free from her physical and free from the emotional pain of losing her infant which affected her for the rest of her life. Hospice provided a Harpist to play for and comfort mom in her final hours. Beautiful. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Craig, Dorothy, and Alan. Her husband, infant son Darin and grandson Caden. She is survived by her children Kaylene, Cory (Kristen), Lance (Julie), Jennifer, 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren who will miss her. We would like to thank Ovation Hospice and our Hospice Nurse Courtney for their quick efficient and compassionate care for mom. Thank you to her wonderful aides Annie and Hector. They made mom's last days and hours so much easier for her. Thank you Mandy for connecting us with Ovation Hospice. We are grateful for the love and support from family, friends and coworkers. It is so appreciated. We love you mom and know that both you and dad will watch over us until we see you again. A viewing will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary. 4760 South State Street. Murray. Utah. Burial to follow at Manti City Cemetery at 2:30 pm.

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Florence (Fonny) LaRue Semones Christensen

May 10, 1922 - Feb 16, 2024

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Murray, UT

In Loving Memory of Florence (Fonny) LaRue Semones Christensen Florence Christensen (Fonny) returned home to her Heavenly Father and loving parents and siblings on February 16, 2024. Fonny was born on May 10, 1922, in Wheelersburg, Ohio to James Oscar Semones and Nellie Mae Willis Semones. She was the ninth of twelve children. Throughout her life she went by her nickname Fonny, which was given to her by her mother. Growing up in the depression years in rural Ohio, her father worked as a train Engineer when work was available and did many other odd jobs to care for the family. In Fonny’s early years, she and her family often moved from house to house as circumstances required. Fonny would often reflect on these years of meager substance only with memories of wonderful parents and brothers and sisters who loved each other. Her greatest wish in life was for her posterity to have this same love in each of their homes. Fonny graduated from Wheelersburg High School in 1939 at the age of seventeen. In high school, Fonny played the French Horn in the school marching band. She also developed excellent secretarial skills in typing and shorthand. Upon graduation, Fonny’s first job was with Central Life of Illinois where she was thrilled to make $12.50 per week! In 1933, Fonny, her mother and two sisters were baptized as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her mother dearly loved the gospel, and as time passed, Fonny’s younger siblings and father were also baptized. For many years, her mother did what she could for the young missionaries sharing family meals and doing their laundry. It was during these later years that Fonny met her future husband, Elder Gerald Norman Christensen, who was at the time serving in the Northern Sates Mission. In 1943, Fonny made the decision to move to Utah. She soon began a courtship with Gerald which resulted in a January 14, 1944 marriage in the Salt Lake temple. Through her years in Utah, Fonny lived in the Salt Lake Avenues, Sugarhouse, Holliday and since 1984 in Murray, Utah. Fonny’s first employment in Utah was with the Federal Reserve Bank followed by other jobs including the Veterans Hospital and The Rainbow Rendezvous. In 1949, Fonny was introduced by her father-in-law to Mr. Fulmer Latter, head of the local #222 Chapter of the Teamsters Union. Fonny was fortunate to work as Mr. Latter’s personal assistant and eventually as the office manager until her first retirement in 1984. Following this first retirement, Fonny agreed to temporarily work at her son-in-law’s, Dr. Gerald Summerhays, Periodontal Practice and continued working for another twelve years! Fonny and Gerald’s four living children include Cherie (husband – Jerry Summerhays), Mark (wife – Kaye), Gerry (wife – Karen) and Cindy (husband – David G. Swan). Fonny and Gerald’s first son, Keith Albert, died shortly after birth. Fonny has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her entire life. She has served in many callings including teaching, auxiliary secretarial positions, assistant to financial clerk, and as Relief Society president. Fonny also served an eighteen-month mission in the Salt Lake City Family History Library. Fonny is survived by her four children named above, sixteen grandchildren, forty-nine great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, husband, eleven siblings and her baby son. Funeral Services – Saturday, February 24, 2024 - Viewing from 9:30 to 10:45 am with services to begin at 11:00 am. Chapel – 5605 South Vine Street, Murray, Utah 84107 Internment - Murray City Cemetery following funeral services. 5490 South Vine Street, Murray, Utah 84107

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Sue Elaine Wadsworth Noorda

Apr 27, 1959 - Feb 06, 2024

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Murray, UT

"Sue Elaine Wadsworth Noorda passed away peacefully at the Intermountain Medical Center on 6 February 2024, at age 64. She was born in Bountiful, Utah on 27 April 1959. She was the youngest daughter of Grant Aveson and Reva Elaine Marx Wadsworth, to include Leslie (Michael) Wadsworth Hoxsie, Grant Mark Wadsworth, Jeffrey Nephi Wadsworth, Janet Wadsworth Handy Wilkinson, Denise Wadsworth Willey, Stephanie Wadsworth Bell, Carol Patrice Wadsworth Nelson and Joseph Robert Wadsworth. Additionally, Hyrum (Louise) Wadsworth, Torrie (Robert) Wadsworth Norris, Teresa Wadsworth Reinacher, Heber Wadsworth, Jason (Amy) Wadsworth, Wendy Wadsworth, Raquel Wadsworth Keenom, Roxanne Wadsworth Gledhill, Tiffany (Charles) Copsey, Timothy Wadsworth, James Wadsworth, Franklin Wadsworth, Christian Wadsworth and countless cousins, nieces and nephews. She graduated from Viewmont High School in 1977. She attended the University of Utah until she served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Japan Kobe Mission from 1981-82. She earned a degree from the University of Utah in Sociology in 1984, and a Masters in Teaching and Education from Western Governors University in 2008. \u2028\u2028She met her loving sweetheart, Jeffrey Blair Noorda on a blind date, the day she received her mission call and were later married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 3, 1983. They were blessed through marriage with eight children, Jeffrey Scott; Melissa Sue Cook, (Aaron Jeffrey, deceased); Kent Wadsworth, (Emma Cristy Dadivas); Mary Catherine; Natalie Blaire Rice (Michael Benson Rice); Chase Joseph, (Adelle Ashby); Sarah Sue Slagowski (Remington Slagowski), and Jacob Spencer. \u2028\u2028 She was a loving mother and homemaker supporting her husband as he worked as a Civil Engineer in various locations to include Hill AFB, for more than 35 years. As a family, they moved all over the world: Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan 1992-‘96 and 2001-’04; Ramstein AFB, Germany 2004-’06; Okinawa for a 3rd time, 2008-‘10; Lakenheath AFB, England, U.K. 2010-‘13; and a 4th time to Okinawa 2016-18. She loved the experiences overseas, but enjoyed the seasons in Utah, thus enjoyed the opportunities to come back home. They met countless friends and she loved having fellow church members everywhere she moved. \u2028She was a full-time homemaker raising eight children. Taught seminary for many years. She was a a hard worker and loved to be busy. She was an avid seamstress, quilter, food canner, gardner, food storage enthusiast, and sour dough bread maker. She pursued her goal to teach school, teaching English to a Special Needs class at South Davis Junior High School once her children were grown up. She loved the challenge and always wanted to do more for her students. She loved being surrounded by family during family dinners, vacations to Bear Lake, the beach and children’s sporting trips across Europe. \u2028She was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in the Young Women’s, Relief Society, and a Seminary teacher for many years. She loved studying the scriptures and enjoyed sharing what she learned or inspired her. \u2028\u2028Sue is preceded in death by her husband, Jeffrey Blair Noorda, father, Grant Aveson Wadsworth, mother, Reva Elaine Marx Wadsworth, brother, Mark Wadsworth, and sister, Janet Wadsworth Handy Wilkinson. He is survived by all eight children, and ten grandchildren; Naomi Blaire Noorda, Aurora Blake Noorda, Dexter Sage Noorda, Cohen Jacob Cook, Conrad Jeffrey Cook, Nolan Scott Noorda, Dane Jeffrey Noorda, Cooper Ray Noorda, Ellie Brooke Rice, and Rex Jeffrey Rice. \u2028\u2028Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 (noon) on Saturday, 10 February 2024, with a viewing from 10:00-11:30 A.M. at the Bountiful Tabernacle, 55 South Main Street, Bountiful, Utah. Following the funeral services, there will be a graveside service at the Bountiful Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, UT."

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Martha Horman Barton

Feb 22, 1923 - Feb 02, 2024

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Murray, UT

"Forever in Our Hearts Our beautiful, loving Mother, Grandmother, Aunt \u0026amp; Friend passed on to her Savior and her eternal family on February 2, 2024, just 20 days shy of her 101st birthday. Martha was born in Greenville, Utah on February 22, 1923 to Phillip Jackson and Martha Horman Barton. She grew up during the Great Depression but the love and hard work she learned from her parents taught her to serve others and made her childhood a wonderful time in her life. She graduated from Beaver High School where she served as Secretary and Treasurer of her Senior class. She sang in a trio throughout high school with her sister, Virginia, and their friend, Maxine, and they were even on the radio. Martha loved dancing and especially to the Big Band music during the 40’s. The 2nd World War has never left her memories, especially the death of her dear brother, Jack, who was a test pilot in the Army Air Corp. She remembered Pearl Harbor and cried when she talked about the war. She married John Horman in the early 40’s and they were blessed with 2 wonderful children, John Scott and Martha Kaye. Her happiest days were raising her family. Her family was sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Martha worked for Dr. Richard Baird as his Dental Business Manager for 25 years. She loved his family, especially his daughter, Cheryl. Martha so enjoyed organizing the many Horman family reunions. She was a great cook and made pies to die for. Her banana cream pie is still legendary! She made dinner every night and Sunday night her table was covered with everything, including her famous relish tray and homemade bread. She often made Thanksgiving dinner for her own family and then made it for her sister’s, Virginia’s, family as well. Martha was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a teacher in Primary, Sunday School and Mutual for 16 years. She was a teacher in Relief Society and a Visiting Teacher for 27 years. After so many years, she still had contact with some of her laurel class. She was also an ordinance worker at the Jordan River Temple. Her husband, John, passed away from cancer in 1977 after 32 years with his family. Martha married Eldon Ashby in 1979. They loved their time with each other serving in their Church and their many trips traveling with their trailer. After 25 happy years together, Eldon passed away from cancer in 2002. She married Glen Pugmire in 2012 and they spent 2 wonderful years together until he passed away with cancer in 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Kaye (Phillip) Babcock, Grandchildren Travis Babcock, Daniel Babcock (Wendy), Allison Babcock Burns (Michael), Spencer Babcock, Tyler Babcock (Emma), Chad Horman (Marnie), Derrik Horman (Kristie), Erika Horman Steed (Adam), 21 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Granddaughter, loving nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Martha smiled her way through life and loved people, especially her family! Thank you to Spring Gardens for their love and kindness for the last almost 5 years and Tendercare Hospice in the last days. Funeral Services will be held on February 17, 2024 at 12:00 noon at the Little Cottonwood 9th Ward, 1160 East Vine Street, Murray, Utah, where friends may call 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Interment, Murray City Cemetery. Directors, Premier Funeral Services."

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Bert Laney

Oct 24, 1933 - Feb 02, 2024

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Murray, UT

Our husband and father, Bert passed away on February 2, 2024 at this home in Murray, Utah at the age of 90. Bert was born on October 24, 1933 to Mark Alden Laney and Olive Bernice Hastings. He grew up in Murray with his six siblings and graduated from Murray High School in 1951. He served in the United States Army 11th airborne division with paraglider designation from 1952-1955. Bert married Carmela Ann Brunetti on October 25, 1955. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They have five children, Laura, Francesco, Janet, Susan and John. Bert graduated from the University of Utah and taught 6th grade in the Murray School District for 30 years. He loved teaching, thinking of it more a calling rather than a profession. He loved his students and they loved him. He also loved the outdoors from the rocks on the ground to the cloud formations, hiking, shooting, rock hunting, camping out and panning for gold were all the things he enjoyed. He participated in many sports including baseball, tennis, golf, swimming and diving. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served faithfully in many callings but his favorites were the Young Men and serving in the Jordan River Temple. Bert’s family includes his wife Carmela, children Laura (Ken) Potter, Janet Clark (Jay, deceased), Susan (Mike) Hubley, John Laney. 6 grandchildren Emily (Chris) Merkley, Rachel (Dustin) Davis, Leslie (Cade) Smith, Sam (Cierra) Potter, Serra Willis, Jacob (Kaylee) Willis. 12 great-grandchildren Brielle Merkley, Gracie, Gehrig, Nolan, Murphy and Griffey Davis, Brigham, Brinley Smith, Easton Willis, Kase, Cole, Clay Potter, brothers Alden, Dion and Dean. Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters Marie Silcox, Klea Nebeker, Rhea Loveland and great-grandson Bridger Smith. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:a.m. in the Park Ward LDS Chapel, 435 East 5600 South with a viewing prior to services from 10:00-10:45 am. Interment to follow at Elysian Burial Gardens.

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Deborah Darleen Galvan-Zapata

Oct 22, 1969 - Jan 30, 2024

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Murray, UT

Deborah Darleen Galvan-Zapata Deborah was born on October 22, 1969 in Newark, New Jersey. She passed away peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side on January 30, 2024. She married the love of her life Javier Galvan in the year of 1999. She had lots of godchildren that she loved very much and her chihuahua Coco and Canela. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents, Federico Ramirez Zapata and Betty Fraser Zapata. A viewing will be held on February 9, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray. She will be taken to her home Island of Puerto Rico in the late summer.

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Margaret Mae Steggell

Dec 21, 1933 - Jan 26, 2024

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Murray, UT

Margaret Mae Steggell, peacefully passed away on January 26, 2024. She was born in American Fork, Utah on December 21, 1933. She was the daughter of Lewis Johnathan Steggell and Isabelle Jeannette Proctor Steggell and the youngest of five siblings (Clifford, Gene, George, and Virginia). All deceased. She was raised in rural American Fork, Utah and graduated from American Fork High School. At the age of 18 she moved alone to the big city of Salt Lake City, where she lived on her own on South Temple Street and then of Desoto Street up behind the state capitol building as she liked to say. She never drove a car and walked to work, shopping, and entertainment her entire life. Margaret worked in accounting and book keeping for banks briefly and then she worked in several departments for the State of Utah. The last being the office of Anti-Discrimination. She was very proud of that service. She retired at the age of precisely 64 ½. These last four years she lived with her nephew Randy (Carol) Howell in South Jordan, Utah. Margaret was such a pleasure to be around she was so kind, polite, and knowledgeable. She was known as the family historian. She could tell you where the roots of the Steggall family tree started and branched off all the way to today’s family limbs. She would tell you the place, date, and the persons names. Their wife’s maiden family names their children’s names and their children’s children’s names. She remembered every birthday. She was also very sharp and had a memory that was admired by all. She enjoyed noting and keeping statistics for sporting events, the daily weather and even wins and losses for her favorite game shows. She could tell you the score and who won or lost which sporting event whether it was baseball, football, golf, or hockey. She watched them all. She really enjoyed watching football. She knew the average high, low and average for each day, month, and year going back decades. You could ask her any question about pretty much any family history or statistics and she would know the answer. She had a remarkable head for numbers and statistics.She is survived by 8 nieces and nephews who adored her. Dan Steggell, Randy Howell, Ralph Steggell, Joan Steggell, Gerry Steggell, John Steggell, David Steggell and Cliff Steggell. She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and nephew Brad Steggell and niece Sandra Steggell Andrews. Her family would like to thank the caring staff at IHC hospital in Murray both in the Emergency Room and ICU who never left our sides while diligently diagnosing her sudden severe illness. Especially Nurse Margot who was there with us for 12-14 hours her last day. Margaret was a very private person but was very loved by all who got to know her. Funeral services will be held Monday February 5, 2024 at 11:00 am in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, Am. Fork. A viewing will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the services. Burial in the American Fork Cemetery.

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Patricia Griffiths

Jun 08, 1937 - Jan 23, 2024

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Murray, UT

PATRICIA “PAT” GRIFFITHS MURRAY, Utah – Born Mildred Patricia Wilcock, our beloved Mother, Grammy, Gigi, and friend, age 86, died on January 23, 2024, 30 years and one day following the death of our dear father, Judge LeRoy “Lee” H Griffiths, and of the same disease that took him, chronic obstructive pulmonary fibrosis. Pat was born June 8, 1937, the daughter of John Elmer Wilcock and Mildred Geneva Green Wilcock, in North Creek, Beaver County, Utah, in the home of her maternal grandmother. Pat learned a strong work ethic from her parents and found playing the piano for the local ballet studio gave her some financial independence. Days after graduating from Milford High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1955, Pat married her high school sweetheart “Roy” Griffiths, on her 18th birthday, June 8, 1955, in the St. George Temple. They enjoyed a beautiful and loving marriage and partnership until Lee died on January 22, 1994. Pat is survived by three of her four children, Cheryl Ann (David) Hunter, Abe Douglas (Sue) Griffiths, and Debra Gayle Griffiths Handley; six grandchildren, Emilee Hunter (Danny) Follett, Spencer (Amy) Hunter, Abe Slater (Andre Washington) Griffiths, Benjamin Griffiths, Clare Handley, and Colin Handley; and four great grandsons, Andrew Follett, Peter Follett, William Hunter and Henry Hunter. Pat devoted her life to the service of others, her family, church, and community. She supported Lee as he pursued and received accounting and law degrees from the University of Utah. She also received the much-deserved PHT (L.S.), Magna Cum Labore (“Put Hubby Through (Law School)”), from the U of U College of Law’s Board of Trustees in 1959. Pat and Lee settled in Murray to raise their family and conduct Lee’s law practice where Pat was Lee’s first (and only) legal secretary, a role she fulfilled until he was appointed to the bench in 1970. Pat worked for and retired as an executive administrative assistant for the Utah Education Association where she made lifelong friends. Following Lee’s death, and her subsequent retirement from UEA, Pat courageously picked up where he left off by serving the community they loved on the Murray City Board of Adjustments, Planning & Zoning Commission, and culminating in eight successful years as a member of the Murray City Council where she ran unopposed in her second term. She joined many of Lee’s friends when she became a member of the Murray Rotary Club and contributed to numerous worthy causes. Her philanthropic acts and work as a statesperson led to her being awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International’s highest recognition. She also served on the Deseret Foundation’s AMICUS Board of Directors, whose aim was to promote quality healthcare by raising funds and awareness for Intermountain Healthcare’s Research and Medical Foundation. After many years of service to AMICUS, she was awarded its top honor, the Golden Caduceus Award, in 2010. In 2021, after living in Murray for over 60 years, Pat moved to the Legacy Village in Sugarhouse where she quickly made friends and ultimately called “the Village” home. Pat’s family would like to give special thanks to the management and staff at Legacy Village for their kind and respectful care of Pat during her last days. Pat was fun, witty, keen, fiercely loyal, loving and generous, encouraging her children and grandchildren to aim high. She had a green thumb and was an amazing cook. She played the piano beautifully throughout her life and, even during her last years of life, she was often called on to play for choirs and soloists because of her unique abilities as a skilled accompanist. Despite the serious health issues that undermined her physically, she endured the last decade of her life with grace, courage and dignity. Pat was a valiant and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings, including Stake Primary President and Stake Relief Society President. She was humble, faithful, and always acknowledged God’s hand in her life. Pat will be missed immensely by all that knew her, but her family rejoices in her sweet reunion with her sweetheart Lee, her daughter Gerri, her dogs Brandie and Alta and many other loved ones. Pat is preceded in death by her husband, her daughter Gerri Lee Griffiths Martin, her parents and siblings John Wilcock and Judith Wilcock Workman. Friends and family may gather for a viewing on Sunday, January 28, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray, Utah. There will also be a brief viewing on Monday, January 29, 2024, from 10:00-10:45 a.m., before her funeral service at the Murray First Ward, 755 E. Three Fountains Circle, Murray, Utah. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Milford City Cemetery, Milford, Utah, at approximately 4:00 p.m.

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