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Martin Cullum

LAWRENCE - Martin Henry Cullum, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep Aug. 20, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dad was born June 15, 1915 in Teasdale to Ernest Henry and Edna Olsen Cullum. He married Berniece Stake on Dec. 1, 1935 in Price. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. She passed away April 5, 1996.

Dad was a true cowboy. He loved to ride his horse and herd his cows. He was equally at home on his tractor taking care of his farm. He was an expert at braiding and taught several of his grandchildren to braid.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Dad was the kind of person who would do anything to help someone.

He worked in many coal mines in Emery and Carbon County. He retired from Kaiser Steel Local 9958 in 1977.

He is survived by his daughter, Carol Burdick; two sons, Earl (Sue) Cullum and Richard (Kristie) Cullum, all of Lawrence; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Carrol Cullum, Castle Dale; and sister, Peggy (Don) Becker, Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by wife; parents; sister, Shirley; and brothers, Loren and Clarence; and grandson, Cory Nielson.

Dad will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were Aug. 23 at Huntington 5th LDS Ward. Viewing was one hour prior to services. Interment, Lawrence Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.


Shane Thomas

BELGRADE, Mont. - On Aug. 19, 2003, Shane Thomas tragically lost his life in a drowning accident while having fun with his friends near Headwaters State Park.

Shane was born March 24, 1985 in Layton. He lived in Meeker, Colo., until the summer of 1999 when his family moved to Belgrade, Mont.

Shane graduated from Belgrade High School last spring. He was preparing to leave this week for his first year of college at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he was looking forward to being a member of the college wrestling team.

Shane was a very happy young man who was always smiling or laughing. He was sincere and kindhearted to everyone he met in his life.

Shane was an extremely hard worker who never complained when he was asked to perform a task or chore, no matter how diffcult the jobs were.

Shane had a passion for sports, including football and wrestling. He excelled in wrestling, which was well-proven by his great collection of medals and tournament T-shirts. Shane was foundly nicknamed "Furby" by his wrestling teammates during his freshman year and we'll all smile when we hear that name.

Shane Thomas loved life and people. He enjoyed the simplest pleasures in life, such as eating ice cream and laughing with friends.

Even though we will miss Shane greatly, we feel blessed to have shared our lives with him. We are positive that Shane is still smiling upon us all.

Shane was preceded in death by his father, Ricky Thomas; his uncle, Terry Thomas; and his grandmother, Cheryl Herndon-Judson. He is survived by his mother, Jalynn Thomas-Herndon; his stepfather, Mark Herndon; his sister, Rikilynn Thomas; and his brother, Trevor Thomas. Other family members include grandparents, Janet and Ken Bates, Eddie and Linda Gold, Nyron and Ilene Thomas and Duane Judson. Shane also left behind numerous extended family members and friends from Utah, Texas, Colorado, and, of course, his friends beyond measure.

Funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Belgrade, Mont. Interment will be Thursday, Aug. 28, in the West Warren Cemetery near Ogden. Family and friends will meet at 10 a.m. at Lindquist Mortuary and then proceed to the cemetery.

Donations may be made in Shane's memory to 1855 MacTavish Lane, Belgrade, MT 59714.


Margie S. Dervoe

HELPER - Margie S. Dervoe passed away Aug. 20, 2003 at Castle Country Care Center after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.

Born March 17, 1927 in Castle Gate to George E. and Ethel L. Henderson Sillitoe. George was killed in a mine accident in Castle Gate in 1933. Ethel later married N. Joe Tullius and he became dad to Margie.

Margie graduated from Carbon High School in 1946. She worked with her parents and brothers, Hollie and Butch, at the family newspaper, The Helper Journal.

Married Jim Dervoe Oct. 22, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nev. Jim and Margie were married for 52 years. He passed away June 8, 2001.

Margie will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her dear companions at the care center.

Survived by her daughters, Tamara J. Dervoe, Omaha, Neb.; Jodi (Ben) Williams, Garden City, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Jamie A. (Robert) Gahley; Brandy (David) Sargent-Jones; Steven R. Breeden Jr.; Joshua Dale, Melinda, Katie, Rachel and Matthew Micheal Williams; one great-granddaughter, Skyler Jade Gahey; brothers, Hollie M. (Sylvia) Sillitoe, Helper; Nemo J. "Butch" (RoseAnn) Tullius, Taylorsville; many previous nieces, nephews, cousins; and a community of precious friends.

Funeral service was Monday, Aug. 25, at Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.


Gene Storrs Pappas
'Grammy'

PRICE - Today, our sun will shine a little less brightly and there is aching in our hearts and souls. But a man who has waited patiently for nine years must wait no more. On Aug. 22, 2003, our beloved mother and grammy, Glenna Gene Storrs Pappas, joined her beloved husband and they are both complete again.

Gene S. Pappas (she never liked or used Glenna) was born Oct. 26. The year of her birth is a little less certain. She placed it at 1923, but older siblings and family genealogy like 1924 better. She was born in Salt Lake City, the sixth of seven children born to Fred and Lottie Storrs. She was raised in Price until her mother died, then her father moved the family to Provo.

She graduated from Provo High School in 1942 and attended Brigham Young University for two years. These were the years of World War II and she left school to work in Salt Lake City at Fort Douglas when the Presidio was moved there from San Francisco, Calif.

When the war ended, she chose to stay in Utah. She returned to Price to work. But shortly afterwards, she was a passenger in a horrible car accident. Two people with her were killed and Mama's philosophy became that she had survived "for a reason." Her struggle, first to live and then to recover, took a year and she displayed the steely determination that was such a part of her nature.

She first returned to work at First National Bank and then became a stenographer for attorney A. John Ruggeri. It was during her employment there that a young attorney newly home from the war walked into her life and heart. She had known him or of him, as there was a six-year age difference, from her childhood in Price.

But from the moment Luke G. Pappas walked into that office, she knew what her reason for survival had been. Theirs was a love that defied the conventions of that time (1947), as she was a Mormon woman of old pioneer stock and he was the son of Greek immigrants.

Mama used to say that Papa "hid" her for two years. Papa would reply that she kept "stepping in front of his car and he either had to marry her or run over her." Marry her he did.

On May 15, 1949, in spite of family wishes and social mores, they were joined in marriage at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price. From that point on, they were a team. Not always a quiet team, given the different cultures and their Greek versus Irish temperaments, but an inseparable team just the same.

She worked for a number of years in his law office and volunteered as a type teacher at Notre Dame School. But her defining roles in life were always wife, mother and grammy. Through the years of a lifetime, the two of them moved from Gene and Luke, to Mam and Papa, to Grammy and Poo-ee, always point and counterpoint.

They cherished their two daughters and words are inadequate to describe their feelings for their twin grandsons. Then on a March day in 1994 ... the unbelieveable, but inevitable ... Papa had to leave. Separated after 47 years by the only thing that could separate them, Papa began his patient wait. Mama struggled on alone to complete the "instructions" he had given her. He told her to see that their grandsons got an education. In May 2002, their grandsons graduated magna cum laude and suma cum laude from Luke's alma mater, the University of Utah.

Now with work complete and lives complete, Gene and Luke hold each other once again. Those of us left behind, who miss them so much, know undeniably that there is a mighty team of two who will love, guide and protect us every day for the rest of out lives.

Those who now wait behind include cherished daughters, Joane Pappas White of Price and Lucia Pappas Finley of Raleigh, N.C.; beloved twin grandsons, Ethan Finley, Raleigh, N.C., and Ian Luke Finley, New York, N.Y.; special grandson, Todd Gaskin, Imperial County, Calif; Gene's adored sisters, Irma Judd, Edna Thompson, Helen Cluff and Nan Baker. Gene is now with her parents; brother, Art; sister, Donna; and son-in-law, Brian White.

Please wait for us.

Trisagion service will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 E. Main, Price. A tribute and orthodox prayers will be at Mitchell's on Thursday, Aug. 28, at noon. Burial will take place at Price City Cemetery, where Gene will rest once more beside her beloved Luke.


Vincent F. Howlett

OREM - Vincent F. Howlett died Aug. 21, 2003 in Orem.

He was born Aug. 21, 1920 to Bertha Thornton and Frank Lloyd Howlett in Green River, the youngest of three children.

Vincent was raised in Green River, Spring Glen and Price. He married Stella Killian and they had one son, Dan. They were divorced. He later married Marjorie Winn and they had two children, Ruth and David.

He was a first lientenant and flight instructor in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He worked for and retired from the D&RGW Railroad. He was active in the LDS Church and the American Legion, serving as post commander.

He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Dan (Kathy) Howlett, Orem; Ruth (Bruce) Larsen, Preston, Idaho; David (Moana) Howlett, Provo; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11:30 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Chapel at Camp Williams. Viewing will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 North, Orem, and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the chapel.Vince will be buried with military honors at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Camp Williams.


Marjorie Owen

EAST CARBON/SOUTH SALT LAKE - Marjorie McDougall Owen, a longtime resident of East Carbon and, more recently, of South Salt Lake, passed away peacefully in LDS hospital at the age of 83 after a short illness.

She was born April 14, 1920 in Hanksville to Neil Wendell and Thurza Adams McDougall. She married Thomas F. Owen on Aug. 14, 1943 in Price.

Marjorie lived a life of giving and caring that touched and blessed many in this world. She was an instant friend to everyone she met and that friendship and love were reciprocated.

She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having spent many years in service to others.

She was devoted to and idolized by her many descendents.

She is survived by her sons, Terry Owen, Thailand, and Dan (Karen) Owen, Atlanta, Ga.; her daughter, Joyce Owen, South Salt Lake; her special daughter, Gaylene (J.B.) Jensen, West Jordan; her grandchildren, Taime Owen, Vanda Owen, Michelle (David) Farnsworth, Lorrie (Jesse) Bunck, Terri Keohokalola, Sam (Carrie) Owen, Scott (Melissa) Owen, Erik Owen, Hillary Owen, Beth (Bill) Gates, Lance Jensen, Preston (Stacey) Jensen, Shane (Liz) Jensen, Becky (Shane) Fisher; and 25 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Rollin (Dorothy) McDougall; and sister, Shirley Snyder; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Owen; son, Thomas G. Owen; daughter, Cheryl B. Owen; daughter-in-law, Betty Owen; grandson, Thomas G. Owen Jr.; and brothers, Gilbert and Don McDougall.

Services will be Thursday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. at the East Carbon LDS Chapel. Friends and family may call Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary or at the chapel one hour prior to services. Burial, Price City Cemetery.


James Burgess

PRICE - James Ivo Burgess passed away peacefully Aug. 24, 2003 at Castle Country Care Center after a long illness.

He was born April 6, 1924 to Kenneth Burgess and Edna May Foote in Altonah, Duchesne County. At age 3, his father passed away and his mother later married Peter M. Jensen.

Ivo joined the Army at the start of World War II. He was in Patton's Third Army, Fourth Armored Division. He was a radio operator and forward observer, many times beyond German lines. His was the second vehicle to enter Bastogne at the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war on June 3, 1946, he married Cleo Elaine Hitchcock in the Manti LDS Temple. They just celebrated 57 years together.

He was a faithful member of the LDS Church, holding many callings. He was an appliance repairman for Price Trading Co. and Eastern Utah Electric for 25 years.

Survived by his wife, Cleo; children, Kenneth (Virginia) Burgess, West Valley City; Paul (LeRee) Burgess, Blanding; Bruce (Nona) Burgess, Price; Diane (Don) Rock, Hayburn, Idaho; Deborah (Jeff) Williams, Garland; sister, Nellie (Wes) Noe, Spokane, Wash.; brothers, Peter Maynard Jensen, Rockledge, Fla.; Carlos (Illa) Jensen, Centerfield; sisters-in-law, Noal Burgess, Provo; Lewana Hale, LaVerkin; 14 grandchildren, including Elder Keith Williams in Chile. Preceded in death by parents; stepfather; and brothers, Raymond Burgess, Kenneth Burgess, Lars RuVaughn Jensen and June Jensen.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Price LDS Stake Center, with a viewing one hour prior to services at the church. Burial, Cliffview Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the VA Hospital and the staff at Castle Country Care Center for all their wonderful care of our father.


Colton Andrew Ware

CASTLE DALE - Colton Andrew Ware, infant son of Michael Courtney and Corine Lea Sherman Ware, passed away Aug. 25, 2003 in Payson.

Private family services will be held Aug. 28 under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.


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