Elizabeth Brents Elizabeth Ann Brents, 87, passed away July 15, 2019, from causes incident to age. She was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Massena, New York, to Frank and Nellie Hobens, the third of four children. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Bobby Joe Brents, on July 2, 1950. After visits from multiple sets of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they embraced the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. They were the only members of their immediate family to do so. They were sealed, along with their four daughters, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on April 11, 1964. Betty enjoyed spending time with her large extended family. She never missed sending birthday cards, which included money or special gifts, to each and every one of her family members. She loved doing handwork, reading, listening to books on tape, and was an excellent cook. She had a unique ability to reach out to people of all ages, had a witty sense of humor, and didn’t know a stranger. Betty is survived by her daughters: Vickie (Steve) Hutchinson, Leslie (Brian) Fryhoff, Connie (Glen) Ricks, and Suzanne (Rick) Shelton; 19 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, and a granddaughter. A viewing will be held Monday, July 22, from noon to 1:45 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City. Funeral services will be at the same location at 2 p.m. Internment will follow at the Brigham City Cemetery.
Justin L. Woodward Justin Lee Woodward, 47, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in a car accident in Ogden, Utah. Justin was born Sept. 22, 1971, in Ogden, Utah, to Marvin Lee Woodward and Mildred Louise Dodd Woodward. He attended Lakeview Elementary, Box Elder Junior High School, graduated from high school and Utah Police Academy. Justin was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Gwen Desmarais in 1991. They had three children: Jeremy, Austin and Makai. They later divorced. Then Justin later adopted Hunter. Justin had worked for Perry and Willard police departments. He also worked as a security guard for the federal building, in Ogden, Utah. He was a loving and compassionate father. Justin enjoyed woodworking, auto mechanics, camping, hiking, crystal hunting, mining for gold, rock climbing, sky diving, off-roading, jewelry making and beading. When he was young, he enjoyed soccer and body building. He was spiritual and connected to the earth and nature. Surviving are his children: Jeremy Woodward, Austin Woodward, Makai Woodward and Hunter Woodward; grandson, Isaiah; parents, Mildred (Dale) Lee and Marvin (Allison) Woodward; grandparents, Arlin J. Poulsen and Ruth Nelson Miner; siblings: Edie May (Shawn) Stevenson, Gracie Woodward, Marcia Woodward, and his twin, Jeremy (Amy) Woodward. Justin had special relationships with all his nieces and nephews as well as friend, Melanie. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City. Viewings will be today, Wednesday July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment in the Wellsville Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Mearl Bair Mearl Kay Bair, our loving father, grandfather (28), great-grandfather (82) and great-great-grandfather (11) was reunited with his wife, parents, siblings and many other family and friends on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Mearl was born April 1, 1921, in Logan, Utah, to Henry “Ted” Ellis and Eva Nessen Bair. When Mearl was seven, his family moved to Oceanside, California. When he was 14 his father was killed in an airplane accident and the family moved to Howell, Utah, where he met his future sweetheart, LaPriel Marie Sorensen. After Mearl served a Spanish American Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he and LaPriel were married in 1944 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, just before Mearl left to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They were married for 74 years. Their family of five children was raised in Garland and Providence, Utah. Together they served as mission presidents in Paraguay when it first became its own mission. Later they served a mission in Guatemala and as Missionary Training Center directors in Mexico City. They were assigned by the LDS Church to work in Ghana, Africa, and then served as the Mexico City Visitor Center directors. They also served in the Logan LDS Temple for many years. Mearl was very active in the LDS Church his entire life and served in many church callings, including in a bishopric and in a stake presidency. Mearl also served as a patriarch for many years and was the Spanish language patriarch for all of Cache Valley. Mearl is survived by five children and their spouses: Ted and Pat (Nelson) Bair, Sue Ann and Jerry Capener, Merlynn Gunnell, Byron and Pam (Ivie) Bair, and Brent and Cassie (Larsen) Bair; also survived by a brother-in-law, Ray Sorensen; and many extended family members. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Providence LDS Ward building on 300 West Main Street in Providence, Utah, at Noon, with a viewing at 11 a.m. There will also be a viewing on Friday, July 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North in Logan. Interment in the Logan Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.nelsonfuneralhome.com.
Taren E. Dennis Our loving husband, father, son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend, Taren Earl Dennis, 34, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, surrounded by his family at McKay Dee Medical Center in Ogden, Utah, from injuries sustained in a car accident. Taren’s wish from an early age was to be a donor, because of the gift of life his grandfather, Bill, received, when he received a heart in 1987. His wishes were fulfilled. Taren was born April 29, 1985, in Brigham City, Utah, the son of Hudson Earl Dennis and Kathy Rush. He graduated from Cache Valley High School in 2003. Taren married Tiffany Henderson on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, in Farr West. Taren and Tiffany met two years earlier to the day. He was employed by Triple H Excavating as a heavy equipment operator. He had worked previously at Brinkerhoff Excavating and started out at Whitaker Construction when he was 14 as a shop boy. Taren loved hunting and fishing; he was a master potter; enjoyed whittling; and loved to grow flowers, especially cactus. He also was an amazing cook, kinda Anthony Bordain-style. Taren loved his family and was always excited to be home with his son and daughter (his little bear cubs). Surviving are his wife, Tiffany; son, Carson; daughter, Kenley; parents, Jay and Kathy Love; sister, Shelby (Doug) Lisen; brother, Aaron Love; grandmothers, Gail Rush (Steve) Sturdevant and ClareAnn Love. He was preceded death by his father, Hudson E. Dennis; grandparents, Hudson Sidell, Kate Keating Dennis, William A. Rush and Robert J Love. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 319 S. 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com. Entrusted to Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, UT 435-723-5236.
Linda Fraley Our loving wife, mother, grandma and friend, Linda Lou Fraley, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2019. She was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Manistee, Michigan, to Fred Arthur Johnson and Marjorie Marie Monk. Linda was raised on a farm in Kaleva, Michigan, and graduated from Kaleva High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Sidney Fraley on Sept. 29, 1962, in Kaleva, Michigan. They had five children. Linda loved taking care of her kids and grandkids. She loved hearing them perform. She liked baking, swimming, camping with the kids, buying school supplies and watching movies. She taught her children the joy of raising produce and enjoying the farm life. Picking blueberries with her is a fond memory. She was a selfless woman and took great care of her family. Her motto in life was to slow down and enjoy the moment instead of rushing through life. Linda is survived by her husband; four children: Tod (Jane) Fraley, Sheila (John) Casavan, Paula (Bob) Shereda, and Heather (Mark) Lyman; seven grandchildren: Janelle, Austin, Cynthia, Jaron, Lila, Anna, and TianYa; three sisters: Lucille Howes, Norma Merrill, and Bonnie Matthews; and one brother, Gene Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Cynthia Lynn Fraley; two sisters, Frances and Mary Lou; and two brothers, Raymond and Robert. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City. Interment in Michigan at a later date. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com.
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