Sharon Sue Stephens On Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, Sharon Sue Stephens, 80, went to be with the Lord. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Guy Carroll and Rosa “Viola” McElwrath, and her first husband, Johnnie Aitken. She is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Aitken, Gregory Stephens, and Kenna Heaton (Chad Heaton); and by her five grandchildren: Grayson Stephens, Jonathon Heaton, Isaac Heaton, Caleb Heaton, and Shira Joy Heaton. Sharon was born in Milam County, Texas, in 1939. She attended Arlington High School and went on to attend The University of Texas, earning an associate’s degree in drawing and painting. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in costume design and fashion illustration from Texas Women’s University. Sharon lived in the Perry/Brigham City area for 37 years. She held several jobs as a graphic designer, illustrator, and layout artist, including seven years at Thiokol and then 12 years as the advertising manager at the Box Elder News Journal. After her time at the Box Elder News Journal, Sharon provided day care for her grandson, Grayson, and thoroughly loved doing so. Sharon was also very active in several Bible studies, eventually stepping into the teacher role. She loved serving in her church community at Main Street Church. Sharon was a gifted seamstress, and also loved scrapbooking. Sharon was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and faced all its uncertainties with faith and grace. She remained cheerful, welcoming, and loving, and will be dearly missed.
Letha Wagstaff Letha Lanee Jensen Wagstaff, 76, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in McKay Dee Hospital with her family by her side. Letha was born June 16, 1943, in Brigham City, Utah, to Ray and Ivy Jensen. She graduated from Box Elder High School. She married Benjamin Dickey in 1962. Together, they had four children and later divorced. She married David Wagstaff on July 5, 1973. They were sealed in the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a lifetime of happiness. Letha enjoyed reading her books, doing her crossword puzzles, and watching her shows, but the thing she enjoyed the most was being with her children and her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, how much she loved and cared for her family, and for making breadcrumb cookies of such quality no one could duplicate them. Letha is survived by her husband, David Wagstaff; children: Melanie Guevara, Tracy Dickey (Deborah Dickey), Douglas Dickey, and Valarie Hower (Richard Hower); 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers: Glendon Jensen (Ann Jensen), Charles “Vernon” Jensen, and Sherman Jensen (Norma Jean Jensen); stepchildren: Ruth Wimmer, Heidi Weeks, Henry Eccles, Jon Nielsen, and Ruland Wagstaff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Ivy (Osborne) Jensen; siblings, Ivy Mae and Dee Ray Jensen; grandchildren: Johnny, Jessie, Shirley, and Melinda; and stepson, Wade Wagstaff. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City. Viewings will be Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment in the Brigham City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Ellen Hechtle Ellen Dian Stevens Hechtle, our beloved wife, mother, grandma, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully with her loving family near her side, in her home in Brigham City, Utah, on Jan. 8, 2020. She was 87 years old. Dian was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Price, Utah, to Arvel and Florence Ellen Stevens. She had one sister, Lynne, whom she adored. They were the best of friends. She attended Price Elementary and Carbon County High School. She married Thomas Lawrence Parry in 1951. Together they had four wonderful children. They were later divorced. She will long be remembered as a fierce protector of her family, finding incredible strength after difficult experiences in her life. Her tenacity, courage, and resilient spirit allowed her as a single mom to persevere and build a beautiful, secure life for her and her four children. Dian raised her family in Orem, Utah, where she worked hard to keep her family happy and whole. It was in Orem, working at a bakery, that she met, and later married, her eternal companion, Ralph Hechtle. They moved and built their forever home together in Brigham City, Utah. They loved to camp in their little trailer, travel to far away places, and spend winters in Quartzite, Arizona, with their friends. Dian lived a Christ-like life, she loved her Savior, loved the gospel, and held many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved serving in, and going to the temple. She was admired by many through her kind and gentle demeanor. Dian’s hands were never idle. Her exquisite needle work and sewing were loved, admired, and will be forever cherished by her family and friends. Dian is survived by her loving husband and family: Ralph Hechtle; children: Kim A. Parry (Cindy), Valerie Lynne Hansen (Bradley), and Cheryl Ann Parry Conlon; stepsons: Dieter Hechtle (Colleen), Steven Hechtle (Deanna), and Michael Hechtle (Sherri); 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and her two loving kitties, Chloe and Gracie. She will be warmly welcomed to her heavenly home by her parents; sister, Lynne; brother, John; her eldest son, Scott Parry; and her grandson, Cory Scott Parry. Our love and gratitude for Community Nursing Service Hospice, especially Jason, Janine and Jessica, who tenderly cared for our mom the past year. There will be a viewing for Dian on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 4th Ward building, 25 N. 300 East. Services will begin at noon in the chapel, and burial will follow at the Brigham City Cemetery. Visit www.larkinmortuary.com to leave condolences.
F. L. (Jerry) Girard I was born in Lewiston, Maine, on May 7, 1928, an orphan who lived with 13 different families until I turned 18 and, through court order, I was released on my own into the world. I served in the U.S. Army for a period of 28 years as a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne Division, Ranger, and infantryman. I proudly served in Korea and was a Vietnam Veteran. When I chose to retire from military service on Dec. 1, 1976, I was offered a position as a JROTC instructor at Ben Lomond High School, where I taught young people to be better citizens. During my first year of teaching I attended Weber State University in the evenings and received an associate’s degree in accounting. I retired from teaching after 25 years on June 1, 2001. I married my beautiful wife, Rachele, in Vicenza, Italy, on Nov. 1, 1953. We were married 63 years before her death on Dec. 12, 2012. During that union, we were blessed with three daughters: Patrizia, Marina, and Jessica. As time went on, Rachele and I were blessed with five grandchildren by the names of Ryan, Jacob, Samantha, Nicole, and Austin. As the years went on we became great-grandparents to Andria, Kelin, Kayden, and Jace. Our family grew and we were ecstatic. I truly felt that I was a very loving man to my family. At times I kept my emotions and love well hidden, but everyone knew that I loved them greatly. I was a very strong-willed person who didn’t want to be a burden to anyone. I treasured being a good husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and tried to spend the last days of my life with undying love for all and I always kept some kind of sense of humor until the very end. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Reed W. Hadfield “Together Again” Reed Warburton Hadfield has fought the good fight, finished his course and kept the faith, returning to his Heavenly Father on Jan. 7, 2020. After being separated from Mom for exactly one month, Dad went home just in time to celebrate her birthday. Reed was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the eighth of nine children born to John Hadfield Jr. and Pauline Sophia Warburton. He had many fond memories of growing up in Grouse Creek herding sheep on the family ranch; however, he refused to ever eat mutton. The family eventually moved to Brigham City. He graduated from Box Elder High School in 1948 where he was active in student government and athletics. He graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (later Utah State University) in 1952, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting from the School of Commerce. Following graduation from university, he served two years in the U.S. Air Force Security Service in Washington, D.C. He was released in 1954 with the grade of first lieutenant. After serving his country, he graduated from the University of Utah law school in 1957. On a blind date to a production of “South Pacific,” Reed met his future wife, Darlene Dennis. They were married Dec. 19, 1955, in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He practiced law in Brigham City, where he thoroughly enjoyed his partnership with Walt Mann and his ever-faithful secretary, Evelyn Foster. He was active in his community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce board, and as president of the Rotary Club. He devoted his life to serving in the LDS Church. Over the course of 27 consecutive years, Reed served in a bishopric, as a bishop, in a stake presidency, and as stake president. He and Darlene served as temple workers in the Ogden LDS Temple, and as full-time missionaries in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. Reed was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Hadfield; his daughter, Tamra Ann Hadfield; two infant grandchildren, Jacob Reed Tittensor and Chad Kenneth Bailey; parents and seven siblings: Herman W. Hadfield (Ida), Delbert W. Hadfield (Coy), Mary Mann (Horace), Emily Hadfield, Ellen Kelley (Charles), Thelma Olson (Jay), and John “Jack” W. Hadfield (Kathryn). He is survived by his children: Jeri (Kirk) Bailey, Stephen (Ann) Hadfield, Kristen (Ross) Carter, and Heidi (Rod) Johnson; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Loretta) Hadfield; and sister-in-law, Kathryn Hadfield. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Brigham City 13th Ward LDS building. Interment in the Brigham City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that money be donated for temple building at: ldsp-pay.ldschurch.org/donations/church/temples, or the charity of your choice.
Donna A. Bruderer Donna Andrus Bruderer, 92, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, with the comfort of her loving family around her. Donna was born July 14, 1927, in Richmond, Utah, to Gerald and Ida Andrus. She married Leonard Bruderer on Dec. 22, 1942, in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Donna was a loving and supportive wife to Leonard and was always by his side until the day he passed away in 2006. Donna was a great outdoorsman in her own right, and when it came to hunting and fishing, she gave the men a run for their money. She was also very much a lady and cooked amazing meals with the meat from hunting and fishing while keeping her home beautiful and clean. She was a great seamstress and created a variety of clothing for her family, especially at Christmas and Easter time. Donna won many blue ribbons and honors for her talent of crocheting and knitting. She made doilies, afghans quilts and toys for all of her posterity. The highlight of her crocheting was a full-length bedspread. Among her final crocheting achievements, Donna created two incredible altar covers for the Brigham City LDS Temple. Donna was a lifelong and committed visiting teacher for the LDS Church, and she always compassionately helped her friends and neighbors. She worked for Del Monte in Smithfield while raising her family and later worked at the Brigham City Sportswear Company making leather coats and pants like John Wayne used to wear. Donna was also a dedicated employee at the DDO in Ogden prior to her retirement. Donna’s surviving children are Barbara Ann (Robert) Seegmiller, Gwen (Lloyd) Scothern and Lola Wilkes. Her son, Steven, died in the Vietnam War in 1967. She has 16 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Waiting for her in Heaven are her husband, Leonard; her son, Steven; her parents; and her sister, Verda Peterson McCulley. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City. Viewings will be Monday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment in the Logan City Cemetery. Special thanks to Maple Springs, The Sheridan of South Jordan, and Canyon Hospice for their care and service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Hilary Jones Our beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, Hilary Mary Isabel Jones, née Owens, passed away on Jan. 5, 2020 at her home in Brigham City, Utah, of natural causes. She was born March 8, 1956, in Belfast, North Ireland, to John J. and Doris Owens. The family emigrated to Utah in September 1969. Hilary had strong faith and spent her life serving those around her. She touched countless lives with her loving, giving spirit and great sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her. She is survived by her son, Zayn (Jennifer) Jones; grandchildren, Alex and Phinneas of Midvale, Utah; brother, Tony J. (Cindy) Owens of Roy Utah; sister, Jenny M. (Jim) Rasmussen of Huntersville, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jeremy N. (Kathy) Owens of Roy, Utah. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Brigham City 10th Ward building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 145 W. 500 South. Family and friends are invited to attend. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
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