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Kenneth Olsen

PRICE/PAYSON - Kenneth A. "Bimbo" Olsen, age 47, passed away Feb. 21, 2006 at his home.

He was born Jan. 20, 1959 in Price to Leland and Rose Black Olsen. Married Karen Procarione June 11, 1982 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple; she passed away on Feb. 1, 1990.

"Bimbo" was a longtime resident of Carbon County and a graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1977. He was an employee of UP&L for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, boating, spending time outdoors, especially in his favorite spot, Flaming Gorge. He spent many hours with his buddies, Keetch and Deeogee.

"Grandpa Ken" was a loving father, grandfather and his granddaughters, Taycie and McKenzie, meant the world to him. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survived by daughter, Krista Shepherd, Price; granddaughters, Taycie and McKenzie; three sisters, Merle (Dale) Swanson, Price; Lorraine Olsen, Laura Olsen, both of Cedar City; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rudy (Alma Rae) Procarione, Price; and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Karen; and brother, Charles "Chuck" Olsen.

Graveside service Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m., Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price Saturday one hour prior to service.

Mildred Dowley

SPANISH FORK - Mildred Mayola Robbins Dowley, 88, returned to her loving Father in Heaven Feb. 21, 2006 at the Payson Hospital.

She was born in Santaquin, to John I .Robbins and Maretta Jamison Robbins on June 9, 1917. Mayola married the love of her life, William Delaine Dowley on May 7, 1935. Their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

She was the loving mother of eight children. Crafts were one of Mayola's interests and she enjoyed spending time with her family. Mayola was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by eight children, Veldon (Verla) Dowley, Lake Shore; Marilyn (Frank) Atwood, Helper; AnnaLee (Jack) Distefano, Spanish Fork; Gaylene (John) Hreinson, Helper; Trena Baker, Winnemuccca, Nev.; Ronda (Manuel) Barela, Winnemucca, Nev.; Robyn Spring, Elko, Nev.; and Malaine (Bill) Wareham, LaSal. She had 23 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband; one grandson, Kenneth; and one son-in-law, Dale Spring.

Funeral services will be Feb. 25, 11 a.m., at Walker Mortuary, 187 S. Main in Spanish Fork. Family and friends may call on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at Walker Mortuary.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Louise Pestotnik

PRICE - Louise Rudolich Pestotnik, age 89, passed away Feb. 20, 2006 while under the loving care of "her kids" at the Heirloom Inn.

She was born Jan. 3, 1917 in Midvale, to Matt and Rose Rukavina Rudolich. At a very young age she lost both her parents and was raised by her brother, Ivan Padjen and his wife, Anna.

On June 12, 1938 she married Tony Pestotnik in Salt Lake at the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Tony preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2004.

Louise loved caring for others and one of her greatest highlights was while she was a pink lady and an employee at Castleview Hospital sterilizing surgical instruments.

She loved to polka and was always ready to go on a Wendover trip with Tony. Louise loved visiting with family and friends and she was always concerned with the well being of others. She was a woman of remarkable strength and beauty and everyone she touched over the years was blessed to have known her.

Survived by three nephews and one niece, Joseph (Katie) Padjen; Matt (Angie) Padjen; George (Carol) Padjen, Pat Whitehead, all of Midvale; adopted daughter, Linda Harmond, Spring Glen; and many other loving relatives and a community of friends. Preceded in death by daughter, Sandy Swens; special parents, Ivan and Anna Padjen; and three nephews, Nick, John and Lee Padjen.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Heirloom Inn, who brightened her days with loving care, and a special thanks to Marcie and Paul Tempfer and Dr. Glenn Etzel, who is not just her doctor but a friend. Many thanks to Rick and Cheyenne with Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Funeral service Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Rocky Mountain Hospice or Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Linda Johnson

EAST CARBON/CEDAR CITY - Linda Carole Johnson passed away Feb. 6, 2006 at her home with her loving and caring husband at her side. Linda's valiant battle against ovarian cancer lasted up to the very last minute.

She was born in East Carbon April 24, 1950 to Jean Barton and was immediately adopted by Forrest and Becky Darr. She married her high school sweetheart Kirt W. Johnson in Las Vegas, Nev., May 31, 1968.

They lived most of their married life in Layton where they raised three children. Later they moved to Cedar City where she worked as a phlebotomist and EKG technician along with having her own business of doing insurance medical exams and breeding Yorkshire Terriers.

Linda is survived by husband, Kirt Johnson; three children, Christine Cavanaugh of Cedar City, Deionn and Matt Masock of West Jordan; and Kirtis and Hope Johnson of Panaca, Nev. She has six grandchildren, Alec, Nash and Madison Masock of West Jordan; Dylon and Tayah Monroe of Leeds; and Amanda and Felecia Johnson of Panaca, Nev.; one sister, Mary and Nick Martinez of East Carbon; Ned and Jan Johnson of Diamond Valley; Dianne and Lynn Zachreson of Cedar City; and Carolyn and Louie Arroyo of West Valley City; special cousins, Judy and Helen; two half brothers, John Allen and JR Ungles; and birth mother, Jean Martin, of which all live in Texas. Also many nieces and nephews, family members and friends. Preceeded in death by half-brother James Allen; and parents, Forrest and Becky Darr.

Linda's wishes were not to have any services but to have a celebration of life party for immediate family, which was Feb. 11 at her home in her honor. Family all had one last shot and released balloons. Linda's ashes will remain at her home.

The family's heartfelt thanks go out to all of those who prayed for her and all of her many blessings, visits and phone calls she received, which brought her so much comfort. A quote from Linda, "If God wants me, he is going to have to run really fast!"

Marge Sower

CARBONVILLE - Margorie T. Otter Sower, age 85, passed away Feb. 20, 2006 at her home.

She was born Jan. 22, 1921 in Toledo, Ohio, to James Leon Robinson and Helen Irene Myers. She was adopted by Gus Otter in 1932. Married Lt. Col. Donald L. Sower in 1941; he passed away on Nov. 27, 1984.

Marge graduated from Ashland High School in 1938 and from Ashland College in 1942 with a BA in liberal arts.

Marge attended nursing school in Mount Sinai Hospital while Donald was overseas during World War II. Prior to completing nursing school, she joined Donald in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.

Marjorie and Donald lived in Japan, Germany and multiple locations in the U.S. during Donald's military career. She was the consummate military wife, raising five children with grace during many moves.

Following Donald's retirement in 1961, the family moved to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and then finally settling in Price in 1963. Marge and Don moved the family to a seven acre farm in Carbonville providing a wonderful home to raise their family.

Marge obtained a teaching certificate at BYU in 1970. She taught several years in Wellington, and then began a long career at Price City Library. Marge retired from the library in 1990. She received numerous awards for her work including outstanding service towards literacy and Woman of Achievement for Outstanding Community Contribution.

Marge contributed to the community through years of volunteer service with the Girl Scouts, and was a long standing member of Ascension Lutheran Church.

Survived by three daughters, Stacia Sower, Newmarket, N.H.; Kathleen (Jack) Royer, Overland Park, Kans; Susan (Dan) Christensen, Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren, Brittany (Brad) Sower-Green, Seattle, Wash.; Christopher (Amber) Sower, Holladay; great-grandsons, Josh and Ty; daughter-in-law, Mary Sower, Milford; four sisters and one brother, Elaine Murray; Rachel (Bill) Stephens; Jane (Don) Bush; Caroline (Duane) Coykendall; and Bill (Linda) Otter. Marge was preceded in death by parents; sons, Pfc. Donald M. Sower and Larry P. Sower.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Marge's loyal and dedicated friend and caregiver Natasha Jewkes.

Memorial service Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m., Ascension St. Matthew's Church, 522 Homestead Blvd. in Price with Rev. Courtney Shucker officiating. Family will be at the church Friday one half hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery with a luncheon provided by the church community following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Ascension St. Matthews Church, Ashland University or the Carbon County Senior Center.

Ada Oakden

PRICE - Ada Marx Oakden, age 91, returned to her Father in Heaven on Feb. 20, 2006 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born Feb. 26, 1914 in Moroni, to Alvin LeRoy and Wayne Cloward Marx. She married Fred Love Oakden on Oct. 28, 1939 in Sacramento, Calif., later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Everything in life that brought her joy centered around her family.

As an active member of the LDS Church, she served in various callings throughout the years including temple missions in Manti and Provo.

Ada is survived by children and their spouses, Fred L. and Margaret Oakden of Louisville, Ky.; and Carol Lynn and Marvin D. Miller of Price; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also survived by sisters, Maxine Reinhart, Pauline Shorts; and brothers, Jay and Floyd Marx. Preceded in death by husband, Fred L. Oakden; brothers, Blain, Kenneth, Clyde, Earl and Verdell Marx.; and sisters, Eloise World and Lucille Marx.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. in the Price 5th LDS Ward Chapel, 545 E. 400 North. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

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