Kenna L. Jacobsen Kenna Lavon Nish Jacobsen passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at the age of 93. She was born June 18, 1924, in Corinne, Utah, a daughter of William Richard Nish and Mary Burton Nish. Kenna attended schools in Box Elder County and two years at Weber College. She married Duwain Nielsen Jacobsen on Sept. 4, 1942. They spent the first years of their marriage at various Army bases in Florida, California, and South Dakota. After World War II ended, they returned to Brigham City and started their family. Kenna worked various jobs in Brigham City: at the telephone company, at Box Elder County Bank, and for Udy Insurance, retiring in 1990. After working so long she enjoyed her later years socializing with friends, and especially her Bridge clubs. Kenna was an excellent seamstress, loved to decorate and she was most happy when she was with her family. Survived by her daughter, Leslie (Bob) Davis, Brigham City; son-in-law, Bruce Garfield, Arizona; four grandchildren: Trever Garfield, Tiffany Davis, Andrea (Jon) Weese, and Brock (Kimber) Davis; and seven great-grandsons: Parker, Jackson, Tommy, Carter, Caden, Chase and Cole. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Duwain, in 2002; and children, Bonita J. Garfield in 2016 and Tyler Earl Jacobsen in 1998. Special thanks to the staff at Maple Springs and Integrity Home Care. A very special thanks to AFI Hospice’s Camille Welker, RN, and Heidi Stevenson, CNA, for all their extra loving care and friendship. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City. A viewing will be Thursday, Sept. 21, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Mortuary. Interment in the Mantua Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Kenna has asked that you do an unexpected act of kindness for someone in need. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
KayLynn Wilcken Ash March 24,1939 – Sept. 16,2017 KayLynn passed away due to many health complications including hip replacement, kidney failure and heart failure. KayLynn was the oldest of six children born to Carl Wilcken and Maurine Wilcken of Fillmore, Utah. She attended school in Fillmore and Pleasant Grove, Utah. KayLynn married Leonard Ash of Pleasant Grove and they were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on July 26,1957. KayLynn and Leonard went on to make their home in Brigham City, Utah, where they raised seven children. KayLynn was an active member of The LDS Church. During her life she held many callings within the church, including Relief Society president and Primary president. KayLynn also enjoyed bowling in a league with her friends. She was also involved in the Women’s Committee Club. During their retirement, KayLynn and Leonard enjoyed working as temple ordinance workers at the Ogden LDS Temple for six years. KayLynn is survived by her seven children: Racquel Ash (Lynne), Christine Gerhardt (Kevin), Robert Ash (Annette), Sonja Patane (Larry), Steven Ash (Dani), Ed Ash, and Kara Ash; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Suzanne Hadfield (Doug) and Jill Wilcock. KayLynn was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Ash; parents, Maurine Wilcken and Carl Wilcken; and three infant siblings: Carleen, Carl Edward, and Bonnie. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Box Elder LDS Stake Center, 420 South 800 West, Brigham City. A public viewing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City. Also, a viewing will be held before the funeral on Thursday from 12:30 to 1:10 p.m. at the stake center. The Ash family would like to thank Jody Jones and all the staff at Integrity Home Health Care for the care they have given mom over the last couple years. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Claudia Merrill Claudia Lane Robinson Merrill passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. She was a loving wife to Michael Merrill. She is survived by her husband, eight children, 24 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Brigham City 19th Ward building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 105 Fishburn Drrive. Visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment in the Brigham City Cemetery.
Saundra Nelsen Saundra Lynn Gottschalk Nelsen, born July 1, 1954, in Huntington Park, California, passed at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 13, 2017 after a lengthy illness with kidney failure. Sandy was an active girl in her youth, playing catcher in softball and participating in the Girl Scouts of America. Her family moved all over Southern California in her youth. Sandy was the eldest daughter of Gordon and Shirley Gottschalk. She attended Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. She met Ralph Tappan while working for Intel. They later married and had two daughters, Lynde and Kimberlee. In 1979, they moved to Brigham City, Utah, to work at Morton Thiokol. Sandy was a resident of Brigham City at her passing. Sandy and Ralph divorced in 2001. Sandy was an active member of the Brigham City 20th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a faithful teacher in the Relief Society and Primary. She loved watching her Primary children grow up to serve missions and get married. She had a strong testimony of the restored Gospel and rejoiced in the ability to make sacred covenants in the temple. Sandy epitomized the Christ-like characteristics of faith, hope, and charity. She was always the first on a scene to serve. In 2004 Sandy met Robert Nelsen. They were married and sealed in the Ogden Utah Temple on Nov. 27, 2004. Sandy loved her family and many friends. She loved animals and the house was always full of pets. Cache and Frankie will miss her greatly. She had a talent for making people feel good about themselves and spreading beauty wherever she went. Sandy worked at Intel in California, Morton Thiokol, and Fresenius in Ogden. She was an owner of the Drewes Flower Shop in Brigham City. She was also an award-winning Avon representative for 30 years. She loved to visit with her Avon customers. Sandy is survived by her husband, Robert G. Nelsen II of Brigham City; daughters, Lynde (Brent) Roberts of Farmville, Virgina, and Kimberlee (Matt) Cool of Brigham City; four step-daughters: Brandi, Samantha, Andrea, Shana, and their families; 20 grandchildren: Kaitlynn, Abigail, Wyatt, Benjamin, Jaxen, Chris, Blake, Carter, Oleesia, Shaenin, Chris, Jonathan, AnnaBeth, Sabryna, Ruby, Hailey, Abby, Bryce, Jack and Benjamin; two great-granddaughters, Lakynn and Kendall; one great-grandson, Caeden; two sisters, Debra (Bill) Myers of Boise, Idaho, and Wendy (Brent) Williams of Brigham City; stepfather, Wesley Coffee, of Tremonton, Utah; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon Gottschalk and Shirley Coffee, as well as her stepmother, Patricia Gottschalk. The family would like to thank the staff at McKay Dee Hospital, and Mt. Ogden Rehabilitation for their services and care on her behalf and all other people who helped her in her illness. Viewing will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and on Monday, Sept. 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 20th Ward Chapel, 650 Anderson Drive. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery. Email condolences to www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com.
John and Mary Thirkill John D. Thirkill passed away after a short illness in his home in South Ogden on Aug. 31, 2017, following shortly after death his wife of 67 years, Mary L. Thirkill, in July. John and Mary were high school sweethearts in Spokane, Washington, marrying a few days after Mary Lou’s graduation. Together, they embarked upon a life of adventure, world travel, and hard work, all this while raising three children and experiencing many challenges and joys on their journey. John was dedicated to his work and had a long and successful career at Thiokol, Morton/Thiokol as a rocket engineer. He was involved in many of the key development projects for the company, including the Minuteman and Space Shuttle booster programs. He was also an avid outdoorsman, taking every possible opportunity to camp, hike, and ski with the family and could identify and name practically every trail and mountain in the western United States. Following his retirement from Thiokol, and until this past winter, John could be found pursuing his greatest passion—skiing—with the same vigor and energy that he had put into his work, mostly at Snow Basin. He took great pride and joy in skiing and this he did practically every day of the ski season. Mary Lou Thirkill passed away at home on July 23, 2017, after a long struggle with diabetes and an earlier stroke. She was a loving mother, a talented portrait artist, as well as an enthusiastic skier and tennis player; she excelled at just about everything she was interested in. Most of all she loved to spend time with her many friends. Dad and Mom are both gone from our lives now and we miss them. Mom’s now probably relaxing and having a conversation with one of her close buddies (maybe even smoking a cigarette) while Dad is on the ski hill or climbing a mountain with one of his. Likely they’re reunited with Denise (Denise Marie Thirkill-Green), who died at the young age of 52 on the first day of spring, March 20, 2017. She’s probably out riding her Harley. We don’t think Mom knew about that one but guess she does now. John and Mary Lou are survived by their two sons, Dan (Cristina Goodwin) of Farmington, Utah; and David (Hollister Dinwiddie), of Falls Church, Virginia; son-in-law Paul Green of Athens, Alabama; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, and their offspring. They will be greatly missed by their family and many friends. A celebration of life is in the works and will be announced soon.
Evelyn Hirschi Nelson 1933 -2017 Evelyn Hirschi Nelson was born Aug. 15,1933, the fifth daughter for Emile (Mike) and Hilma Marie Rose Hirschi. She passed away peacefully on Sept. 16, 2017, of causes incident to age, surrounded by her family. Evelyn was the seventh of eight children. She has two older brothers, Carl (Dixie) Hirschi, and Grant (Clarice) Hirschi. In 1937 came her baby brother, Darrel (Betty) Hirschi. Evelyn also had four older sisters: Carma (Dale) Horton, Rae (LaMoine) Hurd, Mary Hirschi Munns, and Rose (Gordon) Roylance. Evelyn grew up in Brigham City where she attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Box Elder High School. Later in life, she worked at the same Lincoln Elementary as a school lunch cook until she retired. Her favorite job, though, was being a mom. She married Blaine Dixon Nelson on Nov. 7,1952, in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From that union, they received six of their greatest blessings. They were later divorced. Evelyn was the proud mother of six children: Gordon Nelson, Debbie (Lynn) Richards, Brian (JoAnne) Nelson, Kelly (Lisa) Nelson, Craig (Brittni) Nelson, and Paula (Todd) Hansen. She was an equally-proud grandmother to 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, with her first great-great-grandchild on the way. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Rae, Mary and Rose; brothers, Carl and Grant; and grandson, Joshua. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings. Evelyn had a great love for temple work. One of her ultimate joys in life was when the Brigham City Temple was built. She was thrilled to be able to attend the open house and one of her grandson’s endowment session there. She had a great love for her pioneer heritage, studying church history and visiting church history sites. Evelyn enjoyed traveling and making special memories together with her family, including a favorite trip to Washington D.C. She enjoyed reading and had a special talent for sewing and crocheting that she graciously shared with her family and friends throughout the years. A special thanks to the staff at the Beehive House in Perry, Utah, and Encompass Home Health and Hospice, who cared for and loved her over the past year and a half. A viewing will be held on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, and Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 9:40 a.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 15th Ward building, 203 North 200 West. Interment in the Brigham City Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The LDS Church humanitarian fund or temple building fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
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