Karen Allen Our loving wife, mom, and grandma, Karen Ann Allen, 64, passed away May 23, 2020, surrounded by family in her home in Tremonton. She had suffered with many health issues for many years. She fought valiantly to the end. Karen was born Jan. 14, 1956, in Gunnison, Utah, to Paul and Marcia Christiansen. Later, her family moved to West Corinne where she grew up. She attended Corinne Elementary and graduated from Box Elder High School in 1974. She then attended Ricks College and Weber State College. She married Michael Lynn Allen on Jan. 20, 1978, in the Ogden Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was the mother of two wonderful daughters and her favorite son. She was a member of the LDS Church and served in the Primary and Relief Society. She was a woman of many talents. She loved quilting, sewing, basket weaving, tole painting, knitting, cross-stitching, and many other crafts. There wasn’t any craft she tried that she didn’t do beautifully. She enjoyed teaching her daughters to sew and the Relief Society sisters how to make quilts. She loved making things for her family, including double wedding ring quilts for each of her children when they got married and heirloom blessing outfits for her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Michael; her children: Amber (Eric) Bingham, Jason (Kelly) Allen, and Elizabeth (Lance) Jones; 10 grandchildren; her mother, Marcia Christiansen; her sister, Pauline (Jarvis) Sorenson; and her brother, David (Natalee) Christiansen. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Christiansen; and sister, Paula Christiansen. The family would like to thank the Intermountain Hospice staff for their loving care of Karen, especially Bonnie, Wendy, and Irene. A public viewing will be held May 28 from 10–11:30 a.m. at the Tremonton LDS Stake Center, 660 N. 300 East. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or the Missionary Fund of the LDS Church, or make a craft for someone you love. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com.
Bobbie Ann Stewart Hunsaker Bobbie Ann Stewart Hunsaker passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family, in the same house she was born in 87 years before. She lived a lot of places in between, accompanying her late husband, Col. Collin Hunsaker, in his career in the U.S. Army, living in such places as the Presidio in San Francisco, California; Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah; Ottawa, Canada; Ft. Ord, California; Ft. Richardson, Alaska; and several posts to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, like her husband, a fervent patriot of the United States of America. She was the precious youngest child born to Robert and Helen May Stewart. She had an idyllic childhood growing up in Brigham City, much adored by her three older sisters and two brothers. She fondly remembered a little lamb she had as a pet, who followed her everywhere she went. She married Collin (her high school sweetheart) in the Logan LDS Temple, where they began their eternal journey. Their life on this earth was filled with travel, adventure, and spiritual journeys for 66 years. She was a gifted musician who was equally at home playing hymns in church, or deftly performing challenging classical piano pieces by Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. Over the course of her life she taught many little fingers to play as well. As a lifelong member of the LDS Church, she held just about every office possible. She and Collin served a mission in Salt Lake City, working in the genealogy library. She was a proud and active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Above all, Bobbie Ann’s family was important to her, the center of her life. It was her great joy to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, hosting them for countless Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas Eve talent shows (where she was always encouraging of those with less talent than she had), and fun trips to wilderness parks in the West, historical sites in the East, and long Alaskan odysseys. She had countless friends she made everywhere she lived or traveled, and literally scores of nieces, nephews, and greats. She went to great pains to stay in touch with all of them, famously handwriting thousands of greeting cards for holidays, birthdays, weddings, births, and all manner of special events. Bobbie Ann is survived by her son. David. and his wife, Annie, of Juneau, Alaska; daughter, Jeanne Perry, and her husband, Blair, of Honeyville; granddaughter, Megan Perry, her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Lexi; granddaughter, Jessica Scott, her husband, Jared, and their children: Aubrey, Hudson, Nathan, and Gavin of Kaysville; grandson, Matthew Perry of Brigham City; grandson, Braden Perry, and his wife, Kriste of Portland, Maine, who is expecting great-grandchild number six. Bobbie spent most of the past year at Maple Springs Assisted Living in Brigham City, and the family would like to commend and thank the remarkable and compassionate staff there who took such good care of her. We’d also like to thank the hospice caregivers who made it possible for her to spend her last days in her own home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the LDS Church’s Humanitarian Aid Fund to honor Bobbie’s name. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Aliza Kendall-Thora Pedersen On May 23, 2020, Aliza’s fourth birthday, Jesus called her name and she ran into His arms. Aliza was born May 23, 2016, in Oklahoma to her first mumma, Allyssa. Despite all odds, Aliza was born perfect in so many ways. Aliza was born with just a brain stem—a diagnosis called Hydranencephaly that is generally regarded as “incompatible with life.” Mumma Allyssa knew she wanted her precious baby girl to have a life she could not give at that time, so she chose adoption. Princess Aliza took a little while to find her forever family and was matched with our loving family at two months old. With help from heaven and our great adoption attorney, Paul Gosnell, it took only a month to bring her home. We lovingly call her our “oops” baby because she was a complete and wonderful surprise. Princess Aliza was a sassy, stubborn, warrior befitting the royalty she was. She was determined to show doctors, therapists, and other experts that she was meant to do more. Her mascot was the bumble bee because of the Mary K. Ash quote, “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.” She enjoyed balloons, nature, sticker art, glitter and sparkles, pink and purple, dolls, and holding hands. Princess Aliza loved animals—especially owls, petting and snuggling her dogs and cats, and riding ponies. She gave the biggest pouty lips if she ever left the house without earrings and a little friend. She participated in the annual Little Miss Wheelz Princess Pageant, reigning as Little Miss Sparkles two years running. Her daddy was her hero and favorite person in the world. On days the world was too much for her, he was the only one who could calm the storm she was feeling. She loved getting glammed up by her mother, who loved her sparkling princess personality. Aliza’s big brother, Erik, was her best friend and partner in crime. Erik has a similar diagnosis, and every time they sat next to each other, they would somehow end up touching and holding hands. Then they would gab at each other in their own, nonverbal way. They loved to do projects together whenever they could. He greatly misses his “Aza.” She is survived by her loving parents, William and Heather Pedersen; big brother, Erik; birth mom, Allyssa; grandparents, Kendall and Peggy Chambers, Arly Pedersen, and Charlene Pedersen; and many loved ones. Many say Aliza was blessed to have us. But truly, it is the other way around. Every day with her was a true gift from above. She was the sparkle of our lives. We were so blessed to be her parents for four beautiful years. She filled a hole in our hearts that was so very empty. We know her physical absence will only be for a season. We are so grateful we could be sealed to Aliza for time and all eternity in the Logan Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in September 2017. Fly high our precious little bumblebee until you are in our arms again. We would like to give a big thank you to Aliza’s “beekeepers” for their constant service, support, love, and encouragement through her life. Thank you to her specialty doctors, DMEs, therapists, and particularly her wonderful pediatrician, Dr. Nordell Brown and staff. Thank you to our local EMS, sheriff department and Logan Regional Hospital ER for seeing her worth and doing all they could trying to save her life. Thank you, Myers Mortuary, for taking such great care of our princess. And most of all, thank you, Aliza, for your light and spirit you shared so abundantly. Because of COVID-19, we ask those who wish to join us in honoring Aliza to please take special precaution to protect Erik. Please wear a face covering and wash your hands upon arrival. If you are sick or have been around someone who is sick, please participate through electronic means that will be made available. Services for Aliza will be held Monday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at Hyrum LDS Stake Center, 600 S. 220 East, Hyrum, Utah. A viewing will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Myers Mortuary in Brigham City to help with expenses. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Barbara R. Frost Barbara Ruth Cook Frost was born March 26, 1937, to Jesse Darrel and Thelma Ruth Hamblin Cook in Roy, Utah. She passed away May 21, 2020, after a long struggle with cancer. Barbara attended Ogden High School where she was active in student government and served in a leadership role her senior year. It was there she met the love of her life, Ray Frost. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 7,1956. They started their life in Roy and settled in Bear River City, Utah. Along the way, they had six children. In the early years with six children, vacations typically involved a camper and a road trip. Destinations included North Dakota, California, and Mexico, that likely fostered the beginnings of her gray hair. Once the kids left home, Ray and Barbara enjoyed traveling abroad, including places like Russia, China, and Denmark. While raising a large family, Barbara attended Weber State College where she graduated with a master’s degree in elementary education. She taught at Bunderson Elementary in Brigham City for many years until she retired in 1999. She was a teacher by profession and a caregiver by nature. Barbara was an active member of the LDS Church, where she held many callings, most of them involving her love of music. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She is survived by her sisters, Jean (Larry) Campbell and Elaine Allen; six children: Scott Frost, Cindy (Glenn) Romney, Tim (Kaye) Frost, Kip (Renae) Frost, Mitch (Jenni) Frost, and Adam Frost; 19 grandchildren; and, 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; parents; and brother, Jim. A private family graveside service was held Saturday, May 23, at the Bear River City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests you consider a donation to the cancer charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Encompass Home Health and Hospice for their incredibly compassionate and caring service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Leon A. Snow Leon Aaron Snow, 75, passed away in the early morning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Ogden, Utah. Leon was born Jan. 27, 1945, in Brigham City, Utah, a son of Aaron Snow and Alice Wheatley Snow. He was raised in Perry and attended Perry Elementary and graduated from Box Elder High School. He served in the Southern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that included Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Leon served his country honorably as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam Conflict. He married his sweetheart, Rozanna Benson, on July 19, 1968, in the Logan LDS Temple. Leon loved his family and enjoyed being with them. He was a member of the LDS Church, serving in several positions from bishopric to Primary. Some of Leon’s hobbies were painting cars, fishing, camping, trips to the Oregon Coast and riding motorcycles, with a special affinity for Harley Davidsons. Leon had many friendships and his generosity was unparalleled. He was the first person there to help anyone in need. He spoiled many loyal dogs throughout his lifetime. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and would tell anyone about their accomplishments. Leon greatly helped his sister-in-law and even tucked in an extra four kids under his fatherly wing. For his efforts, he was afforded 13 bonus grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife, Rozanna; children, Angie (Cole) Reyburn and Steve Snow; three grandchildren: Kylee, Nathan and Logan Shinkle; siblings: Linda (Buck) Warren, Alice Yeates, Rebecca Roper, Greg (Sandy) Benson, and Joe (Sheila) Benson; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friend he considered family in every essence of the word. Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Alice Snow; Winston and Katie Benson; and son, Matt Snow. The family would like to thank Dr. Joan Balcombe, Jason Eaton and the staff at Ogden Regional Wound Clinic. Also, Dr. John Markeson, the staff at Ogden Regional and Mt. Ogden Rehab. Virtual graveside services will be held Thursday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at the Brigham City Cemetery, 325 S. 300 East, with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations to help cover his medical expenses are appreciated. Donations can be made to Members First Credit Union in Brigham City, Utah, under Rozanna Snow. Viewing the live stream of the services can be done on Leon’s online obituary tribute page at www.myers-mortuary.com. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Marla B. Moore Marla Bessie Moore, 85, passed away at her home in Brigham City, Utah, with her family by her side, on Friday, May 22, 2020. She was born to Vern Price and Thelma Bessie Watkins Jarman in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 19, 1935. She attended school in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Brigham City. She met her first husband, Ted E. Morse, while in the ninth grade. Ted and Marla were married when she turned 16 and were blessed with three children. They later divorced. She married McKay Oldroyd and they were blessed with one daughter. They were later divorced. She married Van Oldroyd, and they later divorced. She married Carl O. Moore in 1973, who brought his three boys to the union. She loved and cared for them as if they were her own. Carl preceded her in death in 2002. Marla is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed serving as a Primary teacher and as a visiting teacher. She found much peace in attending and serving in the temple. She worked for many years for The American Greeting Card Company. She was an avid reader, enjoyed spending time in the “great outdoors” going camping, fishing, bird watching, and water skiing. She also enjoyed going out dancing. She was a very loving and kind person that loved to help others and would do anything for her family and her children. Marla is survived by her children: Cathy L. Alderman, Teddy Morse (Sherry), Cheryl A. Morse, Jolene Steed, David Moore (Thaiann), Doug Moore and Dennis Moore (Kim); 26 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and siblings: Marvin Jarman (Linda), Eugene Jarman, Bruce Jarman (Dixie), and Juleene Moss (Dennis). She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; brother, Gordon Jarman; grandson, Paul Morse; and great-grandson, Taden Morse. The family would like to express appreciation to Integrity Home Health Care and Hospice. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Brigham City Cemetery, 325 S. 300 East. Arrangements entrusted to Myers Mortuary – Brigham City. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Death Notices Funeral services are pending for Charles Matthews. He passed away Friday, May 22, 2020. Please contact Gillies Funeral Chapel for more information, 435-723-5236. Funeral services are pending for Alaine Hart. She passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Please contact Gillies Funeral Chapel for more information, 435-723-5236. Funeral services are pending for Jim Crowder. He passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020. Please contact Gillies Funeral Chapel for more information, 435-723-5236.
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