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Steve Papazaharis

PRICE - Steven Lee Papazaharis, age 50, passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Price.

He was born Nov. 17, 1954 in Price to Steve and Millie Marse Papazaharis.

Steve was a devout Catholic and he was very active in his church and faith. He was an officer and member of the Knights of Columbus and strong supporter of many other church activities.

Steve attended local schools and graduated from Utah State University. He was highly involved in sports, enjoyed coaching various little league programs and proudly displayed his favorite teams, on the hats and clothing that he wore.

Steve was always first to care for his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed.

Survived by cousins, Paul (Judy) Liapis; Gus (Sharon) Liapis and their children, Matthew, Andrea, Philip, Stephanie, Scott and Zachary. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Mass Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service, Friday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family and family are welcome at Mitchell's Friday and Saturday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Earlene Gibson

PRICE - Noted community leader and lifelong Carbon County resident, Earlene D. Gibson, 86, died Feb. 2, 2005 in Price.

She was born Feb. 11, 1918 in Castle Gate to Earl and Deseret Parmley Durrant. Married Hal G. MacKnight in 1944 in Price. Until 1966, the family owned and operated the Sun Advocate newspaper in Price. The couple later divorced and Hal died in 1983. She married David H. Gibson in 1972 in Evanston, Wyo.; he died in 1983.

She was educated in Carbon County schools, received an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Utah and also attended the University of Southern California. In 1971, she received a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Utah.

Mrs. Gibson taught at Carbon High School in the early 1940s and returned to education again in 1966, when she began a teaching and counseling career at the College of Eastern Utah. She later retired from the college as dean of women.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Scott G. and Charlotte MacKnight, Price; two granddaughters, Corina Poole and Kira MacKnight, both of Price. Also survived by two great-grandsons, Jarett and Nicholas Zamantakis of Price. Preceded in death by son, Richard (Dick) MacKnight, who passed away June 18, 2003.

A multi-talented and highly respected woman, she was also an accomplished pianist and actress. Mrs. Gibson performed in and directed a variety of community musical and theatre productions.

She had an extensive network of friends and acquaintances across the state.

She will be remembered for her talents, intelligence, grace and her unselfish, genuine love of people.

Funeral service Saturday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Community Theatre of Carbon County.

Bertha Denison

ELMO - Bertha Elsie Denison, age 90, passed away Feb. 1, 2005 in Elmo.

She was born Aug. 28, 1914 in Emery to Arthur M. and Virtue Arvella Duzett Anderson. She married Miles LeMar Denison Nov. 2, 1933 in Manti, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple May 4, 1956.

Bertha enjoyed quilting, doll making, gardening and oil painting.

As an active member of the LDS Church, she served in numerous callings, including Primary, young women's and Relief Society. She served a full-time mission as an ordinance worker in the Chicago, Ill., LDS Temple.

She was a proud member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and served as a volunteer with the Pink Ladies at Castleview Hospital.

She worked as a cook in the school lunch program at Carbon High School for many years.

Bertha is survived by children, Donald and Noleena Denison, Sandra and Corky Nichols, all of Price; LuAnn and Hal Bishop of North Salt Lake; Jerry and Lee Denison of St. George, Robert and Lorrie Denison of Huntington and Carol Lupo of Green River, Wyo.; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Robert and Dwaine Anderson of Emery; and sister Bessie Christman of Price. Preceded in death by husband; son, Larry A. Denison; granddaughter; grandson; parents; brothers, Elmo Anderson, Melburn Anderson and Lyle Anderson; and sister, Bonnie Petty.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 5, noon, at the Price North LDS Stake Center, located at 100 East and 400 North. Friends may call Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial, Price City Cemetery.

Patrick F. Bailey

PRICE - Patrick Franklin Bailey, age 51, passed away Jan. 24, 2005 while doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle.

Born Nov. 24, 1953 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Robert Lee and Katherine Ann Mahon Bailey. Married Betty Jean Stevens Feb. 12, 1982 in Myers, Calif.

Patrick was an active member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Utah, where he was a member and past master of Orient Lodge 15 of Green River, currently serving as secretary. Member Joppa Lodge 26 of Price. Member of York Rite Freemasonry, where he was past high priest of Price Chapter 6 Royal Arch Masons, past illustrious master of Solomon Council 4 Royal and Select Masters and past commander of Charles Fred Jennings Commandery 6, all of Price. Member and past grand commander of the Knights Templar of Utah, 2002-2003; illustrious grand master of the Cryptic Masons, grand scribe of Royal Arch Masons of Utah, Bonneville Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine, Knights of the York Cross of Honor, PETRA Tabernacle, past thrice illustrious master of the Order of the Silver Trowel and Past Commanders Association of Utah. Member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Orient of Utah, where he was a 32nd degree mason and honored as a knight commander of the court of honor. Member El Kalah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, past preeminent governor of Camp Floyd York Rite College of Utah and grand governor of Utah for the Grand Sovereign College of North America.

Patrick owned and operated Bailey's Gunsmithing, where he enjoyed shooting and building custom rifles and pistols.

He loved his Harleys, attending bike rallies and riding with his family and friends. He was ready to ride at a moment's notice, regardless of what needed to be done.

Patrick was currently employed at Etzel Realty, where he was serving as a director on the Carbon/Emery Board of Realtors and was honored a past rookie of the year. He received his GRI and CRS designations and was working on his associate broker license.

His carefree personality, smile and ability to make people laugh will be cherished in hearts forever. His special bond with his son, Sean, was more than father and son; they were best friends.

God bless and ride on angel wings ...

Survived by his loving wife, Betty Jean Bailey; son and best friend, Sean R. Bailey, both of Price; and a community of friends who are his family. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Masonic funeral service Saturday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center or the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, c/o Utah Masonic Grand Lodge, 650 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

Tom Kelley

PRICE - Our loving dad, grandpa, son, brother and uncle, John Thomas Kelley, age 52, passed away Jan. 23, 2005 while at work.

Born Jan. 5, 1953 in Pocatello, Idaho, to John Bernard and Betty Engle Kelley.

Tom attended Notre Dame and was a graduate of Carbon High. He later attended the University of Utah. He had a passion for river running and loved the outdoors.

Tom coached little league football and participated in state weight-lifting competitions. He worked in various coal mines and trona mines in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. He was currently employed at Hidden Splendor mine.

He will be dearly missed, but will always be in all of our hearts.

Survived by the loves of his life, daughter, Rachel Bright; granddaughter, Dakota Bright; son-in-law, Ryan Bright, all of Boise, Idaho; mother, Betty Kelley, Price; brothers and sisters, Kathy (Johnny) D'Ambrosio, Price; Mike (Arlene) Kelley, Crawford, Colo.; Danny (Verlyn) Kelley, Shannon (Scott) Dimick, all of Price; Billy (Alicia) Kelley, Lake Powell; many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Jack Kelley; and nephew, Paul D'Ambrosio.

Memorial Mass Friday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Family will be at the church one hour prior to mass. Committal service, Price City Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, 448 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; or tsunami relief efforts, care of American Red Cross, 465 S. 400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

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