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Gertrude Johnson

KENILWORTH - Gertrude Johnson, age 92, passed away peacefully Jan. 9, 2006 at her son's home in West Jordan.

She was born May 26, 1913 in Sunnyside to Ernest and Annie Richards Lloyd. Married Rex Marsh June 1936; Rex passed away Sept. 1942. Married George A. Richards in 1943; George passed March 23, 1975. Married Allen D. Johnson April 28, 1978 in Kenilworth; Allen died Aug. 22, 2001.

Active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in various callings throughout her life. Gertrude made more than one hundred baby quilts over the last three years of her life that she donated to the church for the humanitarian programs.

She taught elementary education for several years, before becoming a homemaker and a mother. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Price Rocky Mountain Hospice and Salt Lake Rocky Mountain Hospice for their loving care they expressed to Gertrude and her family, and a special thanks to all the friends and neighbors for the loving care and concern.

Survived by one daughter, four sons and their spouses, Peggy (Ross) Christensen, Edinburgh, Scotland; George (Diane) Richards, West Jordan; Mike (Valerie) Johnson, Price, Kevin Johnson, Long Beach, Calif.; David (Diana) Johnson, Price; daughter-in-law, Nance Johnson, Castle Dale; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; daughter, Rebecca DeRose; son, Evan Johnson; grandson, Jared; brother, Ernest; and sisters, Leah and Doris.

Funeral service Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m., at the Helper LDS Stake Center. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to service. Interment, American Fork Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Samuel Dougherty

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Samuel A. "Sam" Dougherty, age 88, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006 at Mesa Manor Care Center. He was a resident of Grand Villa.

Sam was born Dec. 25, 1917 in Helper where he spent his childhood.

He graduated from Carbon High School in 1936. After high school, Sam worked in the coal mines.

He later moved to San Diego, Calif., to work in the aircraft industry during World War II. In 1939, Sam went to work for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as a fireman, engineer and road foreman. He retired in Denver, Colo., as a superintendent of safety after 41 years of service.

He was raised a master mason in Mesa Lodge 55 on Feb. 25, 1943, making him a 62 year member of the fraternity. On Nov. 28, 1955 he received his degree in the ancient and accepted Scottish rite. He was a life member of the Scottish rite and proudly served for 21 years in the 30th degree.

Sam was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to garden, play golf and travel. He was also an artist, painter and made carvings.

Sam authored two books, "Call the Big Hook" and "Tall Tales and Other B.S.", and was a storyteller and poet. Sam was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include wife, Betty of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, John S. (Barbara) Dougherty of Kenilworth; Mariann (Harry) Holder-Webber of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Almagene Coash of Cedar City; one granddaughter, Heather Dougherty of Palm Desert, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

Hazel Stimac

PRICE/CONCORD, Calif. - Hazel E. Stimac, age 93 of Price, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 in Concord, Calif., while visiting her daughter and family during the Christmas holidays.

She was born Sept. 22, 1912 in Simms, Mont., to Chris and Alice Baker Crabtree. Hazel graduated from the University of Montana and then began teaching school in the Great Falls, Mont., area. She generally taught in one-room schoolhouses, combining first through 12th grades. She married Frank Stimac on April 20, 1934 in Great Falls, Mont., he preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1990.

Hazel and Frank moved to Utah during the 1940s where Hazel worked rearing their three children and made a warm and welcoming home. The family settled down in Dragerton in 1949, where Hazel worked for the Dragerton Hospital with Dr. Colombo and for U.S. Steel up until her retirement. During her retirement she and Frank traveled throughout the United States finally taking up residence in California.

Hazel returned to Price last summer with prior residence in Fort Collins, Colo. She loved time with her family, as well as others. Hazel was a gregarious mother, you always knew she loved you. Wherever she lived, Hazel tried to attend the Methodist Church. She was a member of Naomi Chapter 13 Order of the Eastern Star. Her faith in God was very important to her.

She is survived by daughter, Sharon Hupp, Concord, Calif.; sons, Ronald Stimac, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Jon Stimac, Fort Collins, Colo.; six loving grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren

A celebration of life will be Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m. at the Price United Methodist Church. Family will be at the church Saturday one half hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Ruth Nelson

WELLINGTON - Leah Ruth Thayn Nelson, age 78, passed away Jan. 9, 2006 in Provo.

She was born April 6, 1927 in Wellington to Azell W. and Inez Rich Thayn. Married Rex Workman Oct. 16, 1942 in Price; he died June 15, 1966. Married Harold Wise Nelson Nov. 24, 1963 in Elko, Nev.; he died Aug. 5, 2002.

Ruth was a loving wife and mother who raised three girls, five boys, and numerous grandchildren. Her home was always open to family, friends or anyone who just needed a place to call home. She enjoyed dancing, dining out and spending time in the outdoors. During her working years she worked as a secretary, many of these years was with the Sperry Rand Corporation. Ruth also worked alongside her daughter as a secretary and bookkeeper for J&R Waste, a business that they started together. She will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends.

Survived by three daughters and four sons, Linda (Art) McKinnon, Lindon; Judy (Benny) Darling, Price; Shanna (Phillip) Larsen, Salem; Mike (Melanie) Nelson, Price; Bret Nelson, Price; Scott (Terry) Nelson, Veneta, Ore.; Jim (Robyn) Nelson, Wellington; five sisters and two brothers, Azella Bradley, Dea W. (Colleen) Thayn, Dawna Oviatt, Jess (Renee) Thayn, all of Wellington; Connie (Blair) Erickson, Huntington; Eva (Max) Tucker, Elmo; Ora Keel, Wellington; 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Preceded in death by parents; son, Kevin; brothers, George, Dell, Lynn and Harold; and great-grandson, Aaron Mabbut.

Funeral service Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Wellington City Cemetery.

Richard Larsen

LAWRENCE - Richard (Dick) LaMar Larsen, age 75, passed away at his home in Lawrence on Jan. 9, 2006.

He was born Aug. 28, 1930 in Price to O'Dell and Lucille Ewell Larsen. Married Catherine (Cathy) Farnes on Jan. 26, 1949 in Salt Lake City.

Survived by loving wife of 57 years, Cathy Larsen, Lawrence; children, Colleen (Paul) Gotberg; Venice (Norbert) Kula; Darlene (Bob) Starley; Monty (Cheresa) Larsen; sisters, Marilyn (Tom) Godfrey; Dixie Kirgan; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Kenneth and Chad Larsen; and sister, Shirley Carpenter Hoge.

Funeral service Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., at Huntington 5th LDS Ward Chapel, located at 115 S. 400 East. Family will be at the church in Huntington Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Huntington City Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.

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