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Marino Vomvas

PRICE - Marino Pete "Doc" Vomvas, age 64, passed away July 22, 2003 at his home in Price.

He was born June 2, 1939 in Sunnyside to Annie Konakis and Pete Vomvas.

Doc was a free spirit who loved the outdoors and working with his hands. His carpentry work could not be outdone.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by children, Pete, Lisa, Kenny, Marie Joe and Shalese; grandchildren, Kris, Bryan and Jayden; brothers and sisters, Andy, Ted, Diamond and Vangie; special sister-in-law, Ilene; and number nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; two brothers and one sister, Nick, Johnny and Amelia.

Memorial service Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's one hour prior to services. Anyone wishing to share a story to celebrate Doc's life may do so.

Mary Parker

PRICE - Mary Lue Parker died July 27, 2003 in Price of natural causes.

She was born Jan. 2, 1929 in Ferron to Cecil Henry and Ida Wild Behunin. She married Jimmy Bruce Parker in Craig, Colo., on Sept. 8, 1956. They were later divorced.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was a resident of Price for over 28 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Fae (Jake) Hampton of Salt Lake; and a brother, Cecil Dale (Janice) Behunin of Los Altos, Calif. She is also survived by sister, May B. (Bill) Jorgensen of Castle Dale; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by parents and stepfather.

The family would like to thank all of the care givers who have loved and taken care of Mary Lue over the years. We really do appreciate all your loving care.

Friends may call at Fausett Mortuary in Price Tuesday, July 29, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Funeral services will follow in the mortuary chapel at 11 a.m. A grave dedication will follow in the Ferron City Cemetery that afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

John Nielson

SPRING GLEN - John (Jim) James Nielson, age 79, passed away July 25, 2003 in Clearfield.

Born April 23, 1924 in Winter Quarters to Joseph Henry and Florence May Hall Nielson. Married Thelma Lee Morrison Hamelwright Sept. 30, 1944 in Preston, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized for eternity in the Manti LDS Temple.

John graduated from Carbon High School, attended Carbon College and the Colorado School of Mines. He entered the United States Navy and served in WWII on a mine sweeper in the Pacific.

Upon completing his military service, he worked in the mines of Carbon County and then entered the construction business.

John served as bishop of the Spring Glen LDS Ward twice, in the Carbon North LDS Stake presidency and branch president of the Scofield Utah branch.

He was also a member of the Carbon County School Board for many years. He was chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Party and on the Carbon County Water Improvement District

He never got tired of working for the Lord and knew there was a proper way to do things. He loved the youth, the people, his country and his God.

He often said, "Everyday is a great day in America."

Survived by wife, Thelma; children, Barbara (Clyde) Worthen, Linda Nielson Prettyman, Carole (Gardell) Grundvig, John (Lucinda) Nielson; 19 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel Nielson Gibson. Preceded in death by son, Richard; grandson, Andrew; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service Wednesday, July 30, 1 p.m., Spring Glen LDS Ward Chapel. Family will be at the church Wednesday two hours prior to services. Friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home daily. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

Lucille Silliman

GREEN RIVER - Lucille Lenore Anderson Silliman died July 22, 2003 in Price of natural causes.

She was born Oct. 15, 1915 in Fayette to Charles Ludvig and Maria Peterson Anderson. She was the youngest of seven children and the only girl. In 1917, the family moved to Salt Lake City.

Lucille graduated from Granite High. She attended the McCune School of Music and was an accomplished pianist and accompanist.

Lucille received a BS degree from the University of Utah in 1938. She moved to Green River in 1939 to teach elementary school and lived there until her death. She married Howard E. Silliman Jan. 27, 1940. He died May 22, 1999.

Lucille retired from teaching in 1977. She was a member of the Green River Bible Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Green River Women's Club and a bridge group.

Lucille is survived by her four children, Judy (Jim) Bowman of Round Rock, Texas; Jeff (Connie) Silliman of San Bernardino, Calif.; Karen (Robert) Smith and Rodney of Green River; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Green River Bible Church. Friends may greet the family at the church one hour prior to service. Interment, Elgin Cemetery, Green River, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts to the Green River Bible Church, PO Box 308, Green River, UT 84525.

Ellner Brereton

FERRON - After a long and painful illness due to age complications, our sweet mom, Ellner Thompson Brereton, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2003, under the excellent care of Emery County Nursing Home staff.

In 1918, Ellner was born to Maude and Thomas Thompson in Ferron. She and her brother, Preston, and sister, Nola, had a fun, but typical childhood milking cows, helping in the field and wading in the Molen Ditch.

When the CCC boys came to the area, she met and married Marvin Brereton of Provo. Over the course of a nine-year period, they had three children, lived in many places due to Marv's employment on the road construction, but they always came back to Ferron. In 1976, Marv died of a sudden heart attack. Later on, Ellner met and married Elmer (Tug) Jones of Orem. They purchased a home in St. George, enjoyed a life of travel and a wonderful companionship for the next 13 years. Tug passed away in 1989. In 1996, Ellner married her friend, Ralph Halford, and they were companions until Ralph was no longer able to care for her after she had several falls. Ellner came back to Ferron to live in the Emery County Nursing Home until her death.

Ellner loved traveling, her family and friends, and playing cards. She was an excellent card player.

Ellner was always described as the "sweetest and most classy lady." She took great pride in how she looked, her beautiful hair and wearing her favorite color, red.

She was adored by her nieces and nephews, always being a favorite aunt.

As a young woman, she dreamed of becoming a journalist as she had a strong and creative writing ability. However, being from a poor family and being a girl, she never realized that dream.

Ellner disliked gossip, being confined and cantaloupe. She was a quiet person, never raising her voice and always being quick to think the best of others. She will be greatly missed by those who love her.

Ellner is survived by children, Jane (Lee), Joanna (Monte) and Tom (Pam); her grandchildren, Scott, Layne, Mark, John, Kristen, Mindy, Mike and Jenny; husband, Ralph; sister, Nola (Harry); and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands; parents; brother, Preston; and grandchild, Christopher.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Berg Mortuary, Provo. A memorial service and interment will be at Sunset Lawns in Salt Lake City at 11:30 .m.

Richard Childs

EMERY - Richard J. Childs, 51, our loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2003, at his home in Emery after a short battle with cancer.

He was born March 12, 1952 in Price to Max and Renee Childs of Huntington. He married Denise Addley of Emery Feb. 23, 1974 in Emery. Together, they had three children, Justin Childs of Emery, Steven and Katie Childs of Helper, and Mindy and Zac Crawford of Ferron; one grandchild, Gage Crawford; and a precious granddaughter on the way.

Richard was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He loved fishing, camping, riding four wheelers, working with his friends at Nielson Construction and being with his family, which he loved dearly.

He also served 25 years with the Emery County search and rescue and about 10 years as a volunteer fire chief in the Emery Fire Department.

He is also survived by two brothers, Garth and Alyce Childs of Huntington; David and Kim Childs of Tacoma, Wash. He was preceded in death by parents; infant sister; and in-laws, Rex and Barbara Addley.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 31, 1 p.m., at the Emery LDS Ward Chapel. A viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to funeral. A viewing will be Wednesday, July 30, 6 to 8 p.m., at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale. Burial, Emery City Cemetery.

Dixie Jamison

PRICE/ROOSEVELT - Dixie Loraine Johnson Jamison, age 73, passed away in her sleep on July 23, 2003 at her home in Price.

She was born Jan. 2, 1930 in Price to Clement Joseph and Cleona Swasey Johnson. Married Doswell A. (Curly) Jamison Nov. 20, 1953 in White Pine, Nev.

Dixie enjoyed household crafts in her younger days, such as paintings, crocheting and other art forms.

In her later years, she enjoyed purchasing collectibles and giving them to her grandchildren.

Mom was an animal lover and she always had cats or dogs that were as much a part of the family as her children.

Survived by loving husband, D.A. Jamison, Price; daughter, Jeanne (Daryl) Daniels, Chandler, Ariz.; son, Joe (Sue) Jamison, Price; sisters, Sis (Bill) Cunningham, Mary (Lott) Majors, Joy-Lynn (Ernie) McFarlane, all of Cleveland; three grandchildren, Craig (Mari) Jamison, Wendy (Tobin) Roberts, Jackie Christian; and great-grandson, Kobin Roberts. Preceded in death by parents; and three brothers, Jack, Terry and Max Johnson.

Graveside service, Tuesday, July 29, 10 a.m., Cleveland City Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Helen Wilson

SPRING GLEN/DENVER, Colo. - Helen Dolan Wilson, age 93, passed away peacefully in her home in Spring Glen on her birthday, July 22, 2003.

She was born July 22, 1910 in Denver, Colo., to Thomas M. and Julia Nazyark Dolan. Married Howard Joseph Wilson June 17, 1929. He died Oct. 29, 1983.

Survived by daughter, Ardith (Richard) Keppler; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren that she was blessed with. Among the many friends and loved ones, Helen also leaves her loving companion, Precious. She was preceded in death by parents; sisters, Lucille and Maimie; daughter, Rita Swope; son-in-law, Bill Swope; and her beloved husband, Howard.

Funeral Mass Saturday, July 26, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Helper. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Narcizo (Cecil) Aguirre

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Cecil Aguirre, 64, passed away peacefully with his best friend, Geneva Mullins, by his side on June 23, 2003 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was born May 20, 1938 in Standardville to Catherine Parry and Joe Aguirre.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a 1958 Carbon High School graduate.

He is survived by son, Teddy; daughter, Kathy Jo; and sisters, Ramona Sidwell, Spring Glen; and Erma (Louis) James, West Valley City. Preceded in death by mother; father; and brothers, Arthur and Stephen Aguirre.

Services were conducted in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Twila Hartzell

PRICE - Twila Jane (Mickie) Hayes Hartzell, age 77, passed away July 22, 2003 in Price.

She was born April 25, 1926 in Price to Monroe and Cornelia Nott Hayes. Married Leonard N. Vestal April 14, 1943 in Salt Lake City. He died Jan. 5, 1954. Married John E. Hartzell May 6, 1955 in Grand Junction, Colo.

Member of the LDS Church.

She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, hunting, fishing and all types of crafts.

Mickie was devoted to her family and was a friend to all. She never met a stranger.

Mom was always good for a laugh, a hug and a helping hand. She has left us for a short time but we will be together again.

Survived by husband, John Hartzell, Price; four children, Louise and Marty Wilkinson, Salina; John E. (Elena) Hartzell, North Cape May, N.J.; Janet E. (David) Meye, Camdenton, Mo.; Jamie E. Hartzell, Salt Lake City; sister, Oragale Fairbourn, West Valley City; son-in-law, Chuck Echols, Whitefish, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Sharron Vestal, Richardson, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; two sons, Rodger and Larry Vestal; two daughters, Sharon Stokes and Connie Echols; three brothers, Floyd, Lawrence and Harold; and two sisters, Lila Flores and Alma Parry.

Funeral service Monday, July 28, Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

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