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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

photo obitBernitta “Neeber” Ivie Mecham


Our loving Mother, Grandma, Sister & Aunt passed away July 22, 2014 peacefully at her home in Axtell, UT.  She was born June 9, 1929 Aurora, Utah to Drucilla Harward Ivie and Quay Ivie.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sibling Calvin and Grace Ivie.

Bernitta was the second child of three and grew up in Aurora, UT.  She married Austin Lynn Mecham April 28, 1947 in PuocheNV 1947 and later the marriage was solemnized in the MantiTemple.  She was survived by her children MaryAnn Madsen (Gail) and the late Newell Hatch, Joyce (Dorrol) Sampson, Brenda (Scott) Buchanan, Leisa (Adrian) Harward, Quay (Sharon) Mecham, Neil Mecham, Mavis (Russell) Heath, and Camille (Jerry) Mason and one Sister Jeanette Coons.


The greatest joy in Bernitta’s life was her children and grandchildren.  She has such a cute sense of humor.  She gave love and support to anyone in need.  She lived to sew and make rag rugs.

She was a member of the LDS church.


A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 26 at 12:00 noon in the Axtell Ward Church.  Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing Friday July 25, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM also viewing prior to the funeral 10:30 – 11:30.  Burial will be at SalinaEastCemetery.  Funeral Directors Magleby Mortuary.


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ElmeraCWarrenElmera C. Warren

1923 – 2014

Our dear, kind loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister-in-law, Elmera Lee Cummings Warren, 91 passed away into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 21, 2014 in Centerfield, Utah.

Mom was born to Elmer E and Alvina Homan Cummings on March 23, 1923 in Murphysboro, Illinois. Her parents wanted to have a boy when she was born. They named her Elmera by the name Elmer and adding an a. She loved doing things with her father and they were side by side companions. They fished, worked in his machinist shop, and were best buddies.

She married Joseph Ralph Warren on December 25, 1946 in Murphysboro. Through this union three sons were born. Joe in 1948, Dick in 1949, and Bruce in 1955. She always said her greatest accomplishment was raising three hardworking sons. Her husband passed way on July 6, 1966 in Moab Utah.

She is survived by her sons Joe (Jeanette) Warren, Richard L. (Dick) Warren, both of St George, and Bruce (Linda) Warren of Salina. She was proud of her two grandchildren, Ciara Lin Warren of Salina, and Jake Kistenmacher of Eatonville Washington. Also a sister-in -law, Nellie Moran Boone Johnson of Murphysboro, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a half sister, Ada League Dominique; and a step brother Homer Crain.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mission At Community Living Center in Centerfield for all the loving care and attention they have given Mom the past seven months.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the EastsideCemetery in Salina, Utah, under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


On the morning of July 11, 2014 after a long battle with Diabetes & Heart Disease Lynn passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Lynn was born in SalinaUtah on October 30, 1938. He was the baby brother to 9 siblings born to Garry Aaren & Mary Mae Gates.


Lynn graduated from North Sevier High in 1956. He then served in the US Army. On July 17, 1964 he married his “Squeeze Wease”. They enjoyed 50 years together. Lynn Retired from Kennecott in”2000” after 40 plus years of service.


Lynn always enjoyed having family & friends around. He grew up always having dogs & that never changed as he grew older, he was never without his dog. He was a avid camper from the time he was very young. He loved the mountains & instilled the love of camping into his whole family & friends. The more people who went camping with him the happier he was. Lynn loved classic cars & even owned a few himself. He never passed up a chance to go to a car show & see the “Old Beauties” even if he had to leave camping to go, which we did a few times. He was never one to turn down a road trip with his wife & sisters, & the grand children also enjoyed taking turns going with them.


Lynn was preceded in death by, both parents 6 siblings, Theressa, Blaine, Glenn, Ester, Shirley, baby boy & his Great Grandson Adrius Lynn.


Lynn is Survived by his wife Louise, his 4 Daughters, Gwen (Gaylord) Robb, Capri (Hector) Ramos, Raquel (Frankie) Wellman, Heather (Orlando) Seve, 10 Grand Children, 6 Great Grand Children, 3 Sisters, Faun Pickett, Rowene Burgess, Myrna Winn & numerous other family members & friends.


Memorial Services to be held at the Redwood Memorial Estates located at 6500 South Redwood road on Saturday July 19th at 2:00 pm.


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Mortensen.Fred.bwFred Mortensen

South Jordan, Utah

Fred Dean Mortensen, 75, passed away peacefully July 8, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home in South Jordan. He was born July 17, 1938 in Monroe, Utah to Vern and Norma Swindle Mortensen. After his mother’s passing, his father married Melba Erickson who raised Fred as her own. He married Sylvia Hortin May 8, 1971.

Fred was a loving caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his family. Fred attended UtahStateUniversity and served in the United States Army. He was successful in all his business ventures. He was partner of Utelite Corporation and Western Clay Company.

Survived by his wife, Sylvia; children: Tawnie Sorensen, Gooseberry; Matthew Mortensen, South Jordan; grandchildren: Avery Higgins, Halie Higgins, Tucker Sorensen all of Gooseberry; brother, Vernal (Anora) Mortensen, Sandy.

Proceeded in death by parents; daughter, Tobie Dee Mortensen; brother, Neal Mortensen; sisters: Barbara Morrey and Dorothy Peterson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel, 50 South 100 West, Richfield. Friends may call Saturday, July12 at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 West South Jordan Parkway (106th South), in South Jordan from 6-8pm. Also, Sunday at the Magleby Mortuary from 6-8pm. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Monroe City Cemetery with military rites by the Monroe American Legion Post #37 and Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Judy Roberts

1944 – 2014

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Judy Kathleen Anderson Roberts, age 70, died July 4, 2014 at her home in Salina. She was born March 18, 1944 in Salina, a daughter of Sherman and Marva Ann Hansen Anderson. She graduated from NorthSevierHigh School. She married Connie McCoy Roberts, August 15, 1964 in Salina. They were later divorced.

She worked as the Head Custodian at SalinaElementary School for many years.

Mom loved the outdoors, including camping and fishing, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially during the holidays. She was a hard worker with a kind heart.

She is survived by her children: Shelley Smith of Joshuatree, California; Kevin and Michelle Roberts of Frankfort, Kansas; grandchildren: Tia and Michael Schofield, Terron Roberts, all of Manhattan, Kansas; Brody Roberts and Ethan Roberts, both of Frankfort, Kansas; Celise and Carl Ballow, Kaley Oneil, all of Richfield; sisters and brother: Marcia Christensen of West Valley City; Rick and Merlene Olsen of South Jordan; T’Resa Crawford of Annabella.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sherman Anderson; her mother, Marva Hansen Anderson Olsen; two sisters and one brother: Sandra Anderson, Jerry Anderson and Shirley Anderson.

Grave side services will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2:00P.M. in the SalinaPioneerCemetery.

Friends may visit with the family at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the PioneerCemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

CarlDPotterDon Potter

1940 – 2014

Kanab, Utah – Our kind and beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Carl Donald (Don) Potter, age 74, of Kanab, was taken from us on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in a tragic motorcycle accident up Salina Canyon. Don was born April 6, 1940 in Buttler, New   Jersey, a son of Carl Caldwell and Katherine Rickman Potter. He served his country in the US Navy. He also enjoyed a long career of truck driving, which took him to many places throughout America and Canada.

He married Nancy Dotti, in 1968 in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. They were later divorced. He married his soul mate, Joyce Lareatha Lewis, September 11, 1997 in Kanab, Utah. She died September 1, 2006.

Don was a member of the Lions Club and a member of the VFW. He enjoyed camping and riding his motorcycle. Don was very active in AA helping and encouraging others for over 30+ years of sobriety. He had traveled all across the country on his motorcycle or in his truck and loved to visit different diners and see friends and family along the way.

He is survived by his children: Donna (Ken) Harney, Carl Potter (Holly Anderson), and Carrie (Brian) Ferguson, all of Price Utah, Jeanette Potter, of Salt Lake City; Diane Littlejohn of Georgia; Paula (David) Lewis of Salina; Rebecca Meyer of San Diego, California and Tony Lewis of Cedar City; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; Nancy Potter, his friend and mother of his children; a brother, Gregg Potter of San Diego, California and a sister, Janine (Rich) Everett of New Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Caldwell Potter and Katherine Rickman Potter; his step mother, Beatrice Reid and his second wife, Joyce Potter.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Kanab, Utah. Please go to: for time and locations of the memorial services.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”


Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

CynthiaEChristensenCindy Christensen

1968 – 2014

Fayette, Utah – Our beloved mother, sister, daughter and friend, Cynthia Evans Christensen, age 46, passed away June 19, 2014 at her home in Fayette. She was born April 17, 1968 in American Fork, Utah, a daughter of Richard G. and Rowena May Morgan Evans. She married Chanley C. Christensen, March 21, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the MantiLDSTemple.

As a wife, she was deeply loved and held in special respect by her husband. She loved working with him in their business. They loved working side by side with rocks and inventive ideas. They enjoyed doing this with their children, as they collected rocks and learned the geology of Utah together. Cindy did the books for their business, as she also fulfilled her duties as wife, mother, chief cook and bottle washer.

Cindy also loved animals, having grown up on a mini-farm in Cedar City, Utah. She especially loved working with and riding horses. She was on the high school girls basketball team and was competitive in all she did. Just out of high school, she went to Georgia to be a nanny and learned much from this experience. She grew up with five brothers and sisters, and enjoyed re-telling stories of their childhood adventures. She had such determination and could and would do anything she set her mind to.

She is loved and always will be, by all who knew her. We are happy knowing she is once again with her beloved husband Chanley, who preceded her in death, April 17, 2010. We all love Cindy and our memories of her life.

She is survived by her children: Jordan and Melissa Weidinger Christensen of Santaquin; Shane Evan Christensen and Jessica Ann Christensen, both of Fayette; parents: Richard G. and Rowena Evans of Cedar City; parents-in-law: Neal and Vicky Christensen of Lost Creek; Judy and Ron Wood of Aurora; brothers and sisters: Morgan and Kathy Evans of Sierra Vista, Arizona; Bruce and Kim Evans of Brigham City; Connie and Greg Thurman of Riverton; Susan and Robert Murdock of Cedar City; Joseph Evans of Clearfield.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. in the Fayette LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Friday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be Friday afternoon at 4:00P.M. in the AuroraCityCemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family at Gunnison Valley Bank in the name of Cynthia E. Christensen.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

SOCIETY OBIT Swain bw 2Richard Gates Swain (many knew him as “Cap”) passed away peacefully on June 21, 2014 in St. George, Utah returning home to meet loved ones that preceded him in death.  He battled with Lymphoma Cancer for many years but his strong will to live often kept it in remission.  Cap was born July 25, 1935 to George and Helen Swain in Salina, Utah.  He spent some of his younger years in Panguitch, Utah and Pioche, Nevada moving to Provo, Utah where he graduated from Provo High School.  After graduation he moved to Henderson, Nevada and at this time became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He married Jean Hoppe Schuenman in the St. George, Temple on September 3, 1957.  They divorced 39 years later.

While in Henderson he worked as a printer at Marc Wilkinson Printing where he was employed for 18 years.  In August of 1972 he uprooted his family to his birthplace of Salina, Utah wanting the small town life he once missed and enjoyed.  From 1972 he worked for the U.S. Gypsum plant in Sigurd, Utah until retirement.  Cap liked adventure and he showed it through his several moves from Idaho to Nevada and back to Utah again where his final home was made in St. George, Utah in which he spent the last ten years of his life.  He married Pat Young on October 15, 2005 in St. George who was by his side when he passed over.   Cap loved the outdoors and prided himself on his many adventures from hiking the Grand Canyon to various camping trips in the Uinta Mountains.

Cap was preceded in death by his loving parents Helen and George Swain and one sister, Vivian Olsen.  He is survived by his wife Pat Swain, four children; Sharon Roberts, Gregory Swain, Myrna Anderson (Sterling), and Ronald Swain along with 3 sisters; Maxine Jackson, Louise Gardner, and Gay Fyfe, as well as 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Surviving step children include Jim and Julie Boyd, Maurice and Charise Young, Melia Gilbert, Teri Mitchell, 20 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren.

Richard chose to donate his body to medical science and cancer research.  A memorial in Cap’s honor will be held Saturday June 28, 2014 at the LDS 16th Ward located at 550 East 700 South, St. George, Utah at 11:30 am.  He will be buried in Holden, Utah.



Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

LeGrandeLChristensenLeGrande L. Christensen

1941 – 2014

Gunnison, Utah – LeGrande Loyal Christensen passed peacefully from this life on May 29, 2014, with his daughter at his bedside, from natural causes due to a long battle of poor health, in Draper, Utah.

LeGrande was educated in the local GunnisonValley schools and continued his education graduating from SnowCollege with an Associates of Arts and from BrighamYoungUniversity with a Bachelors of Arts with high honor of Suma Cum Laude.

He served a 2 1/2 year honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Bavarian German Mission.
LeGrande taught History and German at Murray Junior High School at the beginning of his career. He was a successful interior decorator, specializing in fine arts, furniture, and antiques.
One of his most challenging projects was at the Hotel Utah before it became the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. He cataloged and appraised the contents of The Hotel Utah while working with many LDS Church leaders. It was an immense, lengthy project, which he accomplished to its completion.
LeGrande was a man of many talents, among them are playing the coronet, the piano, the organ, as well as his expertise in design.

He owned a beautiful furniture store, LeGrande Originals of Salt Lake and Gunnison, an up and coming travel agency, Trio Travel in Cottonwood, and Julie’s Frozen Yogurt on Main Street in Gunnison. He was also involved, and a great contributor to, his parent’s apparel shop, Lila Lee Apparel in Gunnison.
LeGrande had a great appreciation for the Masters of Art and Music and enjoyed many of the fine things of this life. He enjoyed the theater and the opera. He was a world traveler and enjoyed the varied cultures they offered. He was in Germany when the Berlin Wall was toppled.
LeGrande was a member of the LDS church and held many callings.
He married Mary Ann Clyde in the SaltLakeLDSTemple. This marriage brought a son and daughter, Ron and Julie into the family. Although they divorced, they remained friends.

LeGrande is survived by his daughter Julie Ann (Andrew) Howell, four grandchildren, Taylor, Caitlin, Tanner, and Tate all of Draper,
and his sister, Lila Lee Christensen of Gunnison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Ron Clyde Christensen, his younger brother Joe L Christensen and a half sister, Cleda Dee Thrasher.

Graveside services were held at the GunnisonCityCemetery on May 31, 2014.

If you have any memories you would like to share, please email

God be with you ’til we meet again.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


Howard Wesley Cherry III died peacefully in the afternoon of May 16, 2014.

Howard was born July 11, 1941 in Salina, Utah to Wes and Jerry Cherry. He attended the University of Utah and after school he worked for many years in medical equipment sales. He was married to Joyce Sanderson and divorced. They had two sons, Howard Wesley Cherry IV and Matthew Cherry.

Howard was a kind and loving trouble maker. He loved the opera and classical music, roses, and a good cup of tea. He enjoyed traveling and would take long wandering road trips around the Southwest exploring geological and cultural history. Howard loved a good conversation and was always happy to engage in debate on topics of religion and politics. He was a strong supporter and believer of individual rights and freedom. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, even when it got him into trouble. He also made a damn fine hummus. Howard had an adventurous spirit that was contagious, and was always game for new experiences. For many years while living in Seattle, his curiosity led him to enroll in continuing education classes at the University of Washington. He particularly enjoyed studying early Western American history, Roman history, and Japanese American history.

Howard moved to Vashon Island in the fall of 2011 to be closer to his son and daughter-in-law, Wes and Laura Cherry and his grandson, Quentin Cherry. In 2012, Howard was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Howard’s family is forever grateful to Knipp Hopper Homes of Vashon, WA for providing Howard with a comfortable and loving place to spend his last two years.

Howard is survived by his mother Jerry Cherry of Richfield, UT, his sister Ann Thompson of Payson, UT, his brother Kevin Cherry of Monroe, UT, his son Matt Cherry of Midway, UT, his son and daughter-in-law, Wes and Laura Cherry, of Vashon, WA, and his grandson Quentin Cherry.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held on May 31, 2014, 4pm at the home of Wes and Laura Cherry in Vashon, WA. A second memorial will be held in Salina, UT at a later date.

Rest in peace, Howard. We will miss you!