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Melody Kimber

Our beloved wife, mother, and friend was taken from us May 18, 2004. Born in Price, Utah to Calvin and JoAnn Peacock Cox September 6, 1962.

She married Kelly Kimber on July 10, 1981 in the Manti, Utah Temple. They have two Children Brady (21), and Maree (17) who were the joy of her life.

She spent much of her childhood in Moab where she loved the hot summer days and swimming in the pool. She graduated from Carbon High School where she ran on the track team. She learned the value of hard work by working for her father's construction company. She attended college at the College of Eastern Utah where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. She loved to cheer and that spirit never left her.

She gave so much and expected so little in return. She loved her family and the gospel more than anything else. She was a dedicated mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her life was driven by principles and she never varied from them. She was faithful in every aspect of her life and remained true to the end. If ever a person endured to the end, it was she. Her life was filled with trials but she used them to refine her rather than make her bitter. Her favorite mottos were: "I may bend, but I won't break.", "you can't hurt steel." and "If Betty Crocker doesn't do it, neither do I." (She had others, but they can't be repeated here.) She truly was as strong as steel, but then again, she was the daughter of Calvin Cox.

Through her adversity she learned how to forgive and genuinely offered love to everyone around her. She will be remembered for her wonderful personality, sense of humor and the many talents she had. She loved life, but was never more happy than when spending time with her family and encouraging them to achieve their dreams.

She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in various callings and gave of her time and talents to the work of the Lord. She had an active interest in the world around her and served in the PTA and other community events.

She loved to dance and be around people. She was blessed with so many skills. She could put in a sprinkling system or an air conditioner one day, then make a flower arrangement and decorate a cake for a wedding the next. She was amazing. She loved to sing and her favorite instrument was playing the radio.

She is survived by husband Kelly, children, Brady and Maree, (Riverton). Siblings: Paul and Detra Cox (Moab), Keith and Rachel Cox, (Spring Glen), Catherine Cox (Layton), Helen and Michael McCandless, (Huntington) and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents Calvin and JoAnn Cox.

We love you, Melody. We miss you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you until we meet again.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m., at the Golden Meadow 2nd LDS Ward, 12681 South 3600 West Riverton. Family and Friends may call Friday from 6-8 pm at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10550 So.) and one hour prior to service.

Olga Sterlekar

SPRING GLEN/SONOMA, Calif. - Olga Dupin Sterlekar passed away at her daughter Dee Ann Sterlekar Mathews' home.

Born April 12, 1915. Married Albert Sterlekar in 1937, both from Spring Glen.

They moved to California in 1939 and lived in San Mateo, Calif. They never forgot their friends in Utah and whenever they could, they spent their time in Utah. They even had their daughter Dee Ann attend the University of Utah. Their brothers and sisters were always so glad to see them and it was almost a battle to see what family spent time with these wonderful people. Olga knew all the new nephews and nieces, later even their wives and husbands.

Later in life they helped many people, giving them a place to stay for work, school or just a vacation. All the help they gave to friends and family was greatly appreciated and the love for them just grew.

She is survived by brother, John Dupin; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren from her daughter, Dee Ann, which really made their lives so much more wonderful. Olga was preceded in death by husband, Albert Sterlekar; brothers, Anton Dupin, Norbert Dupin; and sisters, Annie Dupin and Francis Dupin Vouk.

Now we have lost our second bright light and how she will be missed, but her light will be bright because she is with her first and only love, Albert Sterlekar.

Newell Nielsen

CLEVELAND - Newell 'Mike' Nielsen, 64, passed away unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on Sunday, May 16, 2004.

Mike was born Feb. 6, 1940 in Moroni, to Newell (Chick) and Katherine Nielsen. He married Karen Nielson March 17, 1962.

He served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, individually nicknaming all of them. Mike loved the outdoors such as camping, boating, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and ATVing, passing this love onto his children and grandchildren. He will be very missed.

Mike is survived by loving wife, Karen; son, Shawn (Jeri) Nielsen, Sandy; daughter, Kristy (Dale) Taylor, Lindon; brother, Larry Justesen, Rupert, Idaho; sisters, Luetta (Don) Watts, Taylorsville; Pat Holmes, Salt Lake; and 12 grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, and son, Kerry Nielsen.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 22, at the Cleveland 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 355 W. 100 North at 1 p.m. Viewing one hour prior to services. Friends and family may visit Friday evening May 21, 7 to 9 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 E. 100 South, Price.

Vernell Oliver

WELLINGTON/Missouri - Vernell Charles Oliver passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at the age of 79.

He was born March 13, 1925 in Elmo, the son of Charles LeGrant and Mabel Cora (Tucker) Oliver. On Feb. 14, 1946 in Elmo, he was united in marriage to Norma Rue Safley, who survives.

Vernell received his education in Utah. On Oct. 9, 1943 he joined the United States Army, serving until Dec. 3, 1945. He then returned to Utah and spent the next 32 years in Wellington. In 1980 he moved to Missouri to make his home. He was a well known carpenter. Vernell was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he held various positions throughout his life. He was also a member of Wellington Mountaineer Riding Club, a Boy Scout leader, VFW, American Legion, DAV, Wheaton Saddle Club, past president of Carpenters Union, past president of Humbug Cattlemens Association and Carbon County Search and Rescue of Utah.

He is survived by four sons, Louis Charles Oliver and wife, Carol of Fruitland, Idaho; Rodney Lee Oliver of Exeter, Mo.; Sidney Dee Oliver and wife Bonnie of Fairview, Mo.; and Cody Joe Oliver and wife Jenny of Fairview, Mo.; two daughters, Sherry Rue Alger and husband Tom of Centralia, Wash.; Brenda Lee Oliver of Fairview, Mo.; four brothers, John Oliver of Lawrence; Edward "Ted" Oliver of Wellington; Kenneth Oliver, Highland; and Alfred Oliver of Elmo; one sister, Larie Johansen of Elmo; 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; and brother, Fred K. Oliver.

Oscar Padgett

PRICE/WEST VALLEY - Loving husband, father, and grandpa, "World Champion" Oscar Clark Padgett, age 79, passed away peacefully May 17, 2004 at home surrounded by his loved ones.

Oscar was born in Bellaire, Ohio on September 11, 1924, the son of Arthur Clark and Grace Padgett. He married his sweetheart, Nellie Holliman on March 23, 1948 in Elko, Nev.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II where he received the Victory, the Good Conduct, the American Campaign, the European African Middle Eastern and the Combat Infantryman medals along with two Bronze Service Stars, and a Purple Heart.

Retired after 20 years working for Carbon County Coal Mines and retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was an example of hard work and dedication.

Oscar loved spending time with his family fishing and deer hunting at Scofield Reservoir. He took great pride in his grandchildren's accomplishments and never missed a chariot race or a ball game. Being a judge at the Chariot Horse Races was his favorite pastime and he was proud to say he was the dad and grandpa of the "three time" World Chariot Champions.

Survived by wife of 56 years, Nellie; three sons: Larry, Jim (Louise), Brett (Becky); 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and loved ones from Ohio.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 22, Hunter LDS Stake Center, 5000 West Pavant Avenue (3700 So.), at 11 a.m. Friends and family may call Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Valley View Memorial Park.

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