HELPER - Joanne Earlene Houghton Hyatt, age 74, returned to her Heavenly Father on Sept. 5, 2008.
She was born March 3, 1934 in Castle Gate to John Thomas Houghton Sr. and Deseret Josephine Gilbert. Joanne and Larry Hyatt were married by her father on June 15, 1956 in his home. Sealed in the Manti Temple for time and all eternity on May 24, 1958. They just celebrated 52 years together. Larry and Joanne are the proud parents of six children.
Joanne, a longtime resident of Castle Gate and Helper, graduated from Carbon High School and Carbon College.
She had a valiant testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and found great joy doing church service and genealogy research.
She was involved in the Carbon County Historical Society, where she served a term as president and a member of the Friendship Club.
Hobbies and interests included crafts, reading, cooking, collecting, and animal lover.
Joanne was a published writer and wrote poetry and rhymes for family and friends.
She worked at JCPenney in Price and the Confectionary in Castle Gate.
Survived by her wonderful husband, Larry; children, Teal Hyatt, Mark (Michelle) Hyatt, Kim Wing, Chris (Kelly) Hyatt, Vicky (Eldon) Holmes, Tom (Dianne) Hyatt; brother, Donald (Jane) Houghton; sister-in-law, Sonya (Ron) Prudence; brothers-in-law, Mike (Nellie) Golden and James (Addie) Golden; grandchildren, Seasen (Shaun) Ruoti, Brandon (Denise), Tyler (Lindsay), Bronson, Amanda, Ashley, Nicole, Matthew, Ty and Cru Hyatt; Kyle, Keshia and Kody Holmes; Phoenix and Shilo Vanderlinden; great-grandchild, Bentley Hyatt; pets, Maverick and Durango. Preceded in death by her parents John and Josephine Houghton; brother, John Thomas (Tommy) Houghton Jr.; and in-laws Homer and Melba Hyatt.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Helper LDS Stake Center. Viewing on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to service. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.