EAST CARBON/SALT LAKE CITY - Virgil Jesse Matthews, age 92, passed away peacefully July 14, 2002 at the Willowwood Care Center in Salt Lake City.
He was born May 10, 1910 in Wayne City, Ill., to David H. and Mary Etta Anderson Matthews. He married Mary Ellen Beggs Sept. 2, 1939 in Marion, Ill.
They left Illinois in 1943 and made their home in East Carbon.
Virgil served four years in the U.S. Navy as a first class seaman aboard the USS Lexington.
Virgil was a member of Carbon Lodge 16 F&AM, where he was a member of the York Rite, El Kalah Shrine and other Masonic affiliations.
He worked in the coal mines of Illinois and Utah for over 40 years and retired from U.S. Steel Western Division Coal/Horse Canyon mine in 1972.
The Dragerton Community Church baptized him in 1957.
Virgil enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a hard working man who enjoyed occasional shots of whiskey and a good cigar.
As grandchildren, we were privileged to have such a devoted grandfather who always had the time and wisdom to teach, guide and encourage us.
He is survived by son, William Matthews; grandson, Virgil A. (Marilyn) Matthews; granddaughter, Diane (Richard) Silva; great-grandson, Justin (Brenda) Matthews; great-granddaughters, Amanda (Matt) Montgomery; ShaNae (Scott) Stevens; and great-great-granddaughter, Leatha Ann Matthews. He was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 55 years; three sisters, Merle, Dolly and Irene; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Matthews.
Public Masonic service Friday, July 19, 10 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday one hour prior to services. Friends are welcome at Mitchell's daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Interment, Price City cemetery.
BOUNTIFUL/PRICE - KaroLee Robinson - age 63, died Monday, July 1, 2002, at St. Marks' Hospital from surgery complications.
She was born Dec. 17, 1938 in Price to Otto and Jennie Riche Robinson. She graduated from Carbon High School and Carbon College. She also attended the University of Utah.
"Kayo" was employed by Long Bank Note, American Bank Stationary, moving to Reno, Nev. She then returned to Salt Lake to work for Rocky Mountain Bank Note, later the John Harland Company.
She had a zest for life, enjoyed and appreciated many choice friends and neighbors, especially her almost sister, Nancy Fox, and family.
Aunt "Lee-Lee" is survived by brothers Gerald and Keith; eight nieces, one nephew and their families.
A brief memorial service was conducted July 6 at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary. Burial was in the Price City Cemetery.