Diane D. Harper After all of her children had gathered around her in family prayer, Diane Davis Harper slept peacefully as she left this life on Dec. 3, 2018, to rejoin Neil. Diane was born April 12, 1931, in Corinne, Utah, the oldest daughter of George Lorenzo and Alice Fredricksen Davis. She grew up—with her parents working at the Chesapeake Duck Club—in West Corinne, and West Corinne remained her lifelong home. It’s where she and Neil raised their five children on the family farm. She regularly put aside the lipstick and drove the two-ton truck as she taught her children and grandchildren about family, love and hard work. Neil and Diane were high school sweethearts and married in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon after graduation. After Neil died almost six years ago, Diane was never alone because she had the blessing of having all of their five children close by: Greg and Jenny Harper, Kenneth Harper, and Steve and Connie Harper all live in West Corinne; Eva Jean and Reese Carter are in Mantua; and Alice and Marvin Neff live in Willard. Her baby brother, Fredric (Cheryl) Davis kept tabs on her from Tremonton. She served others through various church callings in nearly every auxiliary. Her well-worn scriptures attest to her love of God and His words. An accomplished pianist and organist, Diane enjoyed teaching most of her grandchildren to play the piano. One of the most contagious things about Diane was her cheery giggle. An eternal optimist, she easily found the good in every person and everything in her life. It’s no wonder that everyone loved to be with Diane, including her 26 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Besides Neil, Diane is now happily rejoining her parents; her sisters, Elaine Nelson and Bev Hess; four grandchildren: Cole, Coleen, Craig and Jared; and three great-grandchildren: Isabella, Davis and Boedy. She lived every day with the smile she was born with. She left behind the world and its things of no consequence and took with her what really matters most about life, her relationships with God, her family, and hundreds of friends who all felt her acceptance and love. Special thanks to Dr. Beard, Dawn, Jannie and her wonderful staff at Gables Assisted Living and Hospice. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Corinne 2nd LDS Ward building, 2325 North 4000 West, Corinne. Viewings will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, and on Saturday from 10 to 10:40 a.m. at the church. Interment in the Corinne Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
LaRaine Nelson Our dear mother and grandmother, known to the world as LaRaine Nelson, 83, but to us as Grandma Herky, passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2018. She was born in Brigham City, Utah, to Alfred and Lydia Hansen on Dec. 7, 1934. She married Ellis Deloy Nelson on Jan. 17, 1953, and had three children. We will remember our mother and grandmother for her love of dachshunds, birds, gardening and her witty sense of humor. LaRaine is preceded in death by her husband, Deloy; her brothers: Merlin, Vern, Wesley, Dee and Lee; and her parents, Alfred and Lydia. LaRaine’s life is remembered by all those she touched, but more importantly by her sister, Ila; her children; Kim, Kathy, and Jenny; her cousins and in-laws, and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 p.m. at the Brigham City Cemetery, 325 South 300 East, Brigham City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Mark Williams Mark Joshua Williams, born Feb. 28, 1994, passed away Nov. 30, 2018. Mark was born along with his twin brother, Matthew, to Todd C. and Tammy Thompson Williams. He married Amber Hutchinson on Nov. 8, 2014 in Brigham City, Utah. He was endowed in the Brigham City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is survived by his wife, Amber; two children, Zebella and Matt; father, Todd Williams; brother, Nathan Williams; sister, Courtney Williams; grandparents, Norman and Barbara Thompson, all of Brigham City. Also, grandmother, Darlene Bates, North Ogden; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by his mother, Tammy Williams; brother, Matt Williams; and cousins, Dustin and Jennifer Thompson. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 7, in the LDS 6th Ward building, 105 West Fishburn Drive. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m., with funeral services following at 12 p.m. The family has set up a Gofundme account under the title Mark Williams Final Ride Fund. To share condolences to the family visit www.serenityfhs.com.
Grant R. Skeen Grant Robbins Skeen, 73, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Ogden Regional Hospital. Grant was born Sept. 5, 1945, in Logan, Utah, a son of Ruth Robbins and Grant Gordon Skeen. His biological father died six weeks before Grant was born. He was named after his father, but was raised by a wonderful man he would always call dad, William Dean Skanchy. Grant graduated from Logan High School and from Utah State University. He served in the East Central States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Grant married his sweetheart, Peggy Hansen, on July 31, 1969, in the Logan LDS Temple. He worked for Box Elder County for 35 years as a surveyor and engineer. Grant was a hight priest in the LDS Church. He was involved in 4H, community, and county actives in various capacities. Grant was very optimistic and happy and loved spending time with his family and friends, especially at Bear Lake. He was always willing to help friends and neighbors. Surviving are his sweetheart, Peggy; children: Jennifer Skeen, Corinne; Grant Wade Skeen, Layton; Emily Skeen (Scott) Anderson, Syracuse; Elizabeth Skeen (Dirk) Fertig, Corinne; Tad Skeen, Corinne; seven grandchildren: Lydia, Jonah, Sawyer, Elliott and Finley Anderson; and Ryker and Levi Fertig; also, siblings, Bruce Skeen, Malad, Idaho and Nay (MyHanh) Skanchy, South Ogden. Preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Carolyn. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Corinne LDS 1st Ward building, 2325 North 4000 West, Corinne. Visitations will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City and on Friday from 10 to 10:40 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Corinne Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Marilyn A. Johnson Our loving mother, Marilyn Atcitty Johnson, 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 11, 2018. Marilyn was born into the T ł ‘ááshchí’í (Red Bottom Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running into the Water People Clan) on April 16, 1924, in Sanostee, New Mexico, a daughter of Etcitty Nez and Bah Bega. She graduated from Shiprock High School in New Mexico and went on to get her bachelor’s degree at Utah State University. Marilyn believed education was important and continued working toward her master’s degree during summer breaks. Marilyn has lived in Sanostee; Richmond, California; Wickenburg, Arizona; Aneth, Utah; and Brigham City, Utah. She married Matthew J. Johnson on Dec. 12, 1944, in Carson City, Nevada. Marilyn was an award-winning traditional weaver, and also enjoyed sewing, crafting, traveling, going to Pow Wows, spending time with family, going to Wendover, and camping. She was an amazing cook; everyone loved her dinner rolls and fry bread. She was a teacher’s aide in Aneth, Utah, and taught social studies at Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City. When Intermountain closed, she finished her career teaching elementary school in Sanostee, New Mexico. Surviving are her children: Yazzie (Gail Bird), Ojo Caliente, New Mexico; Kerry Allen, Brigham City, Utah; Carol Ann, Brigham City, Utah; Linda Kay Montez, Prescott, Arizona; Dale Kelly (ArLene), Roy, Utah; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a wonderful niece, Louann Loock. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, David; granddaughter, April; and great-granddaughter, Cecilia. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1. Interment in the Brigham City Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff at Peach Tree Place, West Heaven, UT and Canyon Hospice for all their loving care. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Nancy Ann Morrell Stewart Nancy Ann Morrell Stewart, 79, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Brigham City 8th Ward building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 139 East 300 North. Viewings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and at the church on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East Street, Provo, Utah on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com.
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