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Jerry Pilling

MOAB - Jerry Dowd Pilling passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 3, 2005.

Jerry was 73 years old and was born in Latuda, to Joe and Lena Dowd. She grew up in the coal mining camp of Latuda in Spring Canyon. She attended elementary school in Latuda and was bused to Helper for her junior high years. The family then moved to Price, where she attended high school and grauated in 1950.

She then went to work for Pilling's Modern Dairy where she met the love of her life, Dan Pilling. The were married on April 24, 1951 in Las Vegas, Nev., and made Price their home while Dan served in the Korean War. They started their family in 1953 and were married in the Manti LDS Temple in 1961. They eventually made their way to Moab in 1963.

She worked for many years as the secretary at Grand County Middle School, where she was loved by everyone. After retirement, she enjoyed many more years with her husband, family and friends.

Jerry was an active member of Valley Voices for many years and loved every minute of it. She was also very active in the Grand County Democratic Party through the years - she served as chair, vice chair, and secretary. She also organized and served as president of the Democratic Women's Group as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Jerry was most proud of her recent trip to Ireland with her two "other sisters" Lavarre Hibl and Shirley Shelton. She had too many hobbies to count; she would try anything once, but will always be remembered for her embroidery.

She was always full of life and tackled everything she did with more spunk and energy that you can imagine. She was passionate about following the Lord and truly believed each of us should try to be our best and live life to its fullest, while understanding that everything is really in God's hands.

She is survived by children, Dan (Norrella) Pilling, Cheryl (Royce) Axtel, Julie (Gary) McKinnon, K.C. Pilling, Joey (Scott) Allred; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Joe (Marge) Dowd Jr.; Lorraine (Arnold) Grundvig, Ted (Janice) Dowd, Helen (Bob) Mitten, Mike (Martha) Dowd, Dale (Dorothy) Pilling, Merlene Anderson and Doug (Carol) Pilling. Numerous nieces and nephews, along with many she adopted as family, also survive her. Her husband, Dan Pilling; grandson, Justin Holland; parents; son-in-lw, Gregg Holland; sister-in-law, Kathryn Foster; brothers-in-law, John Seneschal and Ken Anderson preceded her in death.

As she said many times, her children were her and Dan's finest accomplishments. We love you and we'll miss you greatly, Mom.

Funeral services Tuesday, Nov. 8, followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Moab under the direction of Kimmerle Funeral Home.

Jack Jenkins

FERRON - Jack W. Jenkins, age 63, of Ferron, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005 at his home.

He was born Aug. 5, 1942 in Butte, Mont., to George Wyatt and Wanda Bohleen Jenkins.

Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He especially loved being with his grandson, "Little Jack". He lived in Ferron most of his life where he has many good friends. Jack served his country proudly in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by daughters, Jackie Barney of Ferron; Janeen Lee of Georgia; son, Kevin (Jenny) Walker of Delta; sister, Gay (Joe) Tidwell of Wellington; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale at 1 p.m. A viewing will be one hour prior to services. Interment, Ferron Cemetery.

Betty Gleave

PRICE - Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and dear friend, Betty Kocalis Mangum Gleave, age 82, passed away Nov. 2, 2005 in Price

She was born on Jan. 31, 1923 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Christos and Bess Tucker Kocalis. Married Max H. Mangum Sept. 8, 1941 in Yuma, Ariz.; he passed away Feb. 13, 1946. Married Deward S. Gleave May 3, 1947 in Fredonia, Ariz.; Deward died May 23, 1955.

Member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Betty was a longtime resident of Carbon County where she was employed at the Manti-LaSal National Forest Service office in Price for many years. She was an avid Utah Jazz fan and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Betty leaves behind three sons, Kurt of Park City; Terry of Price; Dale (Val) of Page, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Gladys Wilson of Magna; Dixie Chastin of Roy; sister, Diana of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Bill, of Chiloquin, Ore.; and seven loving grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sister, Helen; and brothers, George and Tom.

Funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Trisagion service, Thursday evening, 7 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, 2 p.m., at Richfield City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 688, Price, UT 84501.

Curtis Johnson

CEDAR CITY - Curtis Orvil Johnson, age 62, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cedar City.

He was born April 8, 1943 in Cleveland, to Delcina and Orvil Johnson.

Curtis grew up in Hiawatha and graduated from Carbon High School. Curtis obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Utah and a masters degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

After graduation from the U of U, Curtis moved to Cedar City where he began his career with Job Service and later became the employment center manager. He was appointed by Gov. Leavitt to be the last administrator of Job Service and then the deputy director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Curtis retired in 2002 after 32 years of public service.

Curtis loved the outdoors and spent many hours with his friends and family fishing, camping, hunting, hiking and four-wheeling. He was an avid golfer and loved tennis, dancing and music.

Curtis spent many years as a scout master and also coached a little league baseball team. He was a member of the Cedar City Rotary, Cedar City and Salt Lake chambers of commerce and the Cedar City Elks Lodge.

Curtis is survived by wife, Kathleen; children, Travis (Tracey) Johnson, Cedar City; Amber (David) Bringhurst, Parowan; sisters, Kay Colosimo and Jack Leautaud, Price; grandchildren, Jesse, Skylar and Brandon Johnson, Alysha Hardy and Kallie Jo Stewart; mother-in-law, Venice Knight, Delta; brother-in-law, Newel B. Knight (Jackie), Reno, Nev.; sisters-in-law Krys Knight, Ogden; and Charlene (James) Hasenyager, Huntsville; niece and nephews, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by mother, Delcina Colosimo; father, Orvil Johnson; stepfather, Sam Colosimo; and father-in-law, Newel W. Knight.

The family would like to thank Dr. Taj Becker and her staff and Dr. Philip Smith and his staff for the loving care and support they provided to Curtis and his family. The family would also like to thank the staff at Emerald Pointe Assisted Living Center, Odyssey Hospice and the Kolob Care and Rehabilitation Center who lovingly cared for Curtis. Words cannot adequately express our thanks to our friends, co-workers and family who were always there when we needed them.

A memorial service will be Friday, Nov. 11, at the Southern Utah Mortuary, 195 North 300 West, Cedar City, at noon. Friends may call Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to your favorite charity or to give "The Gift of Life" and become an organ donor.

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