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William Failor

PRICE - William "Bill" E. Failor, age 77, passed away Dec. 6, 2003 at home while surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Dec. 19, 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Harry Edward and Edith Moon Failor. Married Lois Ada Moore Feb. 5, 1946 in Ely, Nev.

Bill was raised in Shelbina and Hannibal, Mo. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII from April 1943 to February 1946. Bill lived in Quincy, Ill. where he worked construction for 16 years. In 1961 he moved to Salt Lake City where he started working for Mountain Fuel Supply (Questar Gas) and in August of 1966 the family moved to Price. Bill retired as a serviceman #1 in 1986 with 25 years of dedicated service.

He loved going camping, hunting, fishing and sharing his garden with all. Bill loved his family and friends and he especially enjoying spending time with his grandchildren. Bill loved helping others and everyone will dearly miss his wonderful smile and great sense of humor.

Survived by loving wife and companion of 57 years, Lois Failor, Price; son, Jeffrey Alan (Julie) Failor, Wellington; daughters, Jody (Wesley) Whitman, Rifle, Colo.; Dawna (Doug) Downard, Huntington; brothers, Richard (Sharon) Failor, Lebannon, Tenn.; James Failor, Harold Failor, both of Quincy, Ill.; sisters, Mary Weihl, Wichita, Kan.; Hallie (Homer) Benson, New Buffalo, Mich., Margaret Nixon, Big Springs, Texas; special cousin, Ken Failor; 15 loving grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents; son, David; sisters, Georgia Turnbough, Opal Pass, Elsa Rampela; and beloved granddaughter, Misti Irene Downard.

Funeral service Wednesday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

Melva Nelson

EAST CARBON - Melva Wareham Nelson, "Ma and Grandma," age 94, passed away Dec. 3, 2003 in Price.

She was born April 10, 1909 in Molen, to Lester and Hazel Swasey Wareham. Married Leland A. Nelson May 17, 1928 in Castle Dale. He died March 10, 1980 after 52 wonderful years of marriage.

Following the death of her husband, she became an avid traveler and traveled the world. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting and made each grandchild and great-grandchild their own afghan. Melva enjoyed her special friends at the Senior Citizen Center in East Carbon. Last year she moved to the Heirloom Inn in Price where she enjoyed her new friends. She loved to play cards and bingo. She will be remembered for her sweet giggle and disposition. She was very particular about her appearance (including matching jewelry). She loved watching the Jazz on TV and reruns of Lawrence Welk. She had a wonderful collection of owls. Hallmark will miss her as she never forgot a birthday or Christmas. She enjoyed decorating for every holiday and attending family get togethers.

Survived by one daughter; two sons, Kathleen (James) Eaquinto, East Carbon; Kendall (Marilyn) Nelson, Orem; Clark (Tonie) Nelson, Paducah, Ky.; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; three sisters and one brother.

Funeral service was Dec. 6 under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Ferron City Cemetery.

Evelyn Varner

PRICE/SALT LAKE CITY - Evelyn Bryner Varner passed away Dec. 5, 2003.

She was born Jan. 24, 1908 to Enoch C. Bryner and Ella Zabriskie Bryner in Helper.

She had fond memories of growing up on her father's farm with her brothers, Merrill and Loren, both deceased, and her sister, Rhea Bryner Marvosh [Sam], who resides in Henderson, Nev. Her grandchildren marvel at her stories of riding in a horse-drawn wagon [with a coal stove for frosty mornings] to school. After graduating from Carbon High School, she received her degree at Brigham Young College in 1931. While in college she enjoyed playing on the basketball team and has been a faithful fan throughout the years. After college she began teaching at Sunnyside in Carbon County. She married James Arthur Varner November 25, 1933 and had two children. Their daughter, Lynn Varner Trenbeath [Wayne] lives in Bountiful and their son, VeLoy J. [Carol], lives in Salt Lake City.

In 1944, Evelyn began teaching home economics at East Carbon Junior High School in what was then called Dragerton (now East Carbon City). Later, she also taught cooking courses for ninth and tenth-grade boys - among the first in the state. While doing postgraduate work during summer sessions at the University of Utah and Utah State, her professional and innovative teaching skills were observed by the department heads in the universities. As a consequence, she was selected year-in and year-out to supervise and mentor college seniors in home economics during their practice-teaching sessions. Scores of new teachers began their careers with a solid foundation and practical ideas thanks to her skill and dedication. When East Carbon High School opened, Evelyn established the home economics department where she supervised and taught for many years.

When her husband, Jim, retired due to poor health, they moved from Columbia to Price and Evelyn taught several years at Carbon High School. Jim died in an automobile accident in 1968. After teaching 34 years, Evelyn retired in 1972 and began traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

In 1990, Evelyn moved to Parklane in Salt Lake City to be near her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her many friends at Parklane, she also enjoyed the ballet, symphony, theater and other cultural activities in the area.

In addition to her daughter, son, and sister, she is survived by four grandchildren, Mark and David Varner and Eric Trenbeath and Erin Trenbeath, Murray. She also had three great-grandchildren, Brandon Varner, Jackson and Harrison Murray.

The family expresses appreciation for the care she received from the staff of South Davis Community Hospital and South Davis Hospice in Bountiful.

Graveside services were at the Price Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 8. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association.

Frank Redd

LOGAN- Dr. Frank Jackson Redd completed his earthly sojourn on Dec. 3, 2003 at the age of 68, surrounded by his loved ones.

Frank was born in Salt Lake City on Oct. 9, 1935 and grew up in Price, where he graduated from Carbon High School before attending the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He then became an Air Force pilot where he flew KC 135s in Strategic Air Command. Later he went to graduate school at Stanford University and spent the rest of his Air Force career in research and development. While stationed at Space Division, Frank was the program director for the inertial upper stage, a propulsion system that flew off the space shuttle boosting spacecraft into high Earth orbit and beyond. It transported, among others, the Galileo spacecraft to Jupiter and the Magellan spacecraft to Venus. He also served as deputy to the space shuttle program director. Frank retired as a colonel.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, Frank accepted a position in the mechanical engineering department at Utah State University where he was instrumental in organizing the aerospace engineering program and later served as department head. He also founded the Annual Conference on Small Satellites which is now in its 18th year. From 1996 to retirement, he served as the deputy director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Frank was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as bishop of the Logan 24th ward and as the stake president of the USU 5th student stake. He recently returned from a mission in the Chicago, Ill. area where he and his wife ministered to the sailors of the Great Lakes Naval Training Base and taught institute.

Frank Redd married Myrna Christensen of Huntington in 1959. Together they raised seven children, all of whom are outstanding citizens with families. Of all his profound accomplishments, Frank was most proud of his family. He was happiest when surrounded by them and he truly blessed their lives. He taught his children great values, helped each of them to receive top notch educations, and gave them a head start in life. His noble influence will be felt for many generations.

He is survived by wife, sister, seven children and their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and three unborn grandchildren. Frank joins his ancestors, parents, and granddaughter.

Instead of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship fund that was created for winners of the student competition at the annual Small Satellite Conference. Donations can be sent to the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Attn: Jaime Kandler, 1695 N. Research Park Way, North Logan, UT, 84341.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, at the Lundstrom Park Chapel. Interment, Logan Cemetery.

Darrell Boren

PROVO - Darrell Junior Boren, 59, passed away Dec. 4, 2003 in Provo from complications of pneumonia.

He was born Sept. 4, 1944 in Vernal, to Darrell and Freda Smuin Boren. He married Carolyn Johnson Boren and she later passed away. He then married Bonnie Schexnider in Salt Lake City.

Darrell was retired from Western Coal Carriers and a member of the UMWA Local 1902. He served in the U.S. Army. He loved fishing, hunting, boating and was an outdoors man. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 42 in Ferron.

He is survived by wife, Bonnie; children, Holly (Brad) Powell, Tracey (Glen) Herring, Chris (Kelly) Boren, Boyd (Rose) Nielsen, Barry (Stacy) Nielsen, Barbi J. Nielsen, and Walter "Wally" Boren. Darrell is also survived by 18 grandchildren and special lifelong friends, Leon and Sharon Crandall. He was preceded in death by parents; first wife, Carolyn; grandson, Johnathon Hawk Boren; one brother; eight sisters; and their family members.

Friends may call for visitation at the Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale Tuesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow in the Ferron City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Jennie Felice

PRICE - Jennie O. Felice died unexpectedly Dec. 6, 2003 in Salt Lake City.

She was born April 8, 1926 in Sunnyside to Louis and Elena Mele Oliveto.

The family spent their time working together in their business and the last five years she helped her sister, Helen. Jennie shared the past 50 years with the love of her life, Rudy. They enjoyed traveling abroad, spending time in Park City, going to the theatre, opera and symphony.

She is survived by husband, Rudy; two sons, Ron (Joan); Robert (Sharon); three grandchildren, Douglas (Claudette), Johanna (Andy) and Elizabeth. Jennie enjoyed watching her three great-grandchildren grow, Mikenzie, Maxx and Isabella and was looking forward to the arrival of Katherine Grace any day.

Memorial Mass Tuesday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service was Monday evening, at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday one hour prior to services. Private interment.

Her desire for living and sense of humor will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Notre Dame Catholic Church in Price or St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park City.

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