ELMO - Eunice Marie Atwood, age 95, died Nov. 5, 2007 at the Turnquist Retreat in Elmo.
She was born Jan. 26, 1912 to James Andrew and Jane P. Stokes Oveson. She married Harold LaVar Atwood Nov. 1, 1930 in Price.
Eunice was a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints.
As a child, she lived in Elmo. After she married, they moved to coal camps at Consumers, where she had her first child, Vonnie Dea. She then moved back to Elmo town so that Vonnie could attend school. While in Elmo town, her second child, Sheldon, was born. Later, they moved out to the farm in Elmo.
She was a wonderful homemaker and a helpmate on the farm.
Some of her hobbies included crocheting, fishing, dancing, playing the ukulele, singing and playing with her grandchildren.
She also loved birds and could identify them by their songs.
She is survived by her daughter, Vonnie Dea Allred; and nine grandchildren, Scott (Irene) Allred; Dawnette (Greg) Simmons; Dick (Raelene) Allred; Jed (Kim) Allred; Ardyth (Marvin) Bell; Vallene A. Rudd; Sandra Atwood Jensen; Travis LaVar (Tonie) Atwood; Chandra (Darrin) Jensen; and Chris (Steve) Moyes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold LaVar Atwood; parents, James Andrew and Jane P. Stokes Oveson; son, Sheldon LaVar Atwood; grandson, Troy E. Allred; great-grandson, Chad M. Bell; one infant great-great granddaughter; sisters, Edith Brown, Thelma Rasmussen, Netty Jane Davis and Ardell Deason; brothers, Jimme Oveson and Sheldon Oveson.
Funeral service was Nov. 8 at the Elmo LDS Chapel. Viewing was Nov. 7 at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to services at the chapel. Interment was in the Cleveland City Cemetery.
GREEN RIVER - Hazel Mae Clausing was welcomed into the embrace of her Lord and Savior while on her knees before Him in prayer in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2007.
She was at the home of her daughter, Sydney Johnson, in Green River where she had been living for the past three months. She moved to Green River from Truth or Consequences, N.M., where she had a home for the previous 17 years.
She was born in Van Wert, Ohio, on March 16, 1925 to Leonard Bresler and Martha Estridge Bresler.
Hazel was a plein air artist with a deep love for the magnificent beauty of the southwest which she and her husband, Thomas Lee Clausing, passionately explored and painted together.
She also found great pleasure in being a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother.
She worked hard as an assistant to her husband as a field engineer, appreciated the craftsmanship and detail of earlier times and expressed it beautifully in her hand-sewn quilts.
Hazel also loved camping in the "real way" in a tent far off the beaten trail.
She is survived by her son, David Basnett of T or C, N.M.; daughters, Sandra (Roy) Wisecup of Spring Glen; and Sydney V. Johnson of Green River; three sisters, Erma Getman and Patricia Cook of Boulder, Colo.; and Mabel Dillehay of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; four grandchildren, Tami Wisecup Campbell of St. George; Laura Wisecup Norton of Price; Sheila Johnson of Buena Vista, Colo.; and Shawn Basnett of New Mexico; and six great- grandchildren, Carley, Morgan and Hannah Campbell, Natalie and Dayton Norton and Jessica Hible. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and a sister.
Momma, Nana and Grandma:
We will miss your keen wit, warm smile and encouraging words until we meet again in Heaven.
We look forward to once again hearing you greet us with your special way of making us feel as if we alone finally filled your days' greatest need by saying, "There you are!"
See you in Heaven, Momma.
CASTLE DALE - Monte Clair Swasey, 78, died Nov. 11, 2007 at his home in Castle Dale.
He was born July 7, 1929 to Royal and Eva Larsen Swasey in Molen. He married Donna LaRene Behling Jan. 19, 1947.Donna passed away March 22, 1974. Monte later married Joanna Devendorf July 12, 1997.
Monte was raised in Ferron. He was a cowboy and rancher.
He worked in the oilfields before he began his life work as a heavy equipment operator for the U.S. Forest Service, where he later retired.
Monte loved children and spent many years as a 4-H livestock leader and hunter safety instructor.
He was a black powder rifle enthusiast and has many "mountainman" friends. He was an artist at building rifles and powder horns.
He spent many hours entertaining his friends, family and strangers with his pet rock, Wilma, sledge-o-matic and tall tales.
He knew the San Rafael Swell and Manti-LaSal Forest like the back of his hand.
In later life, he traded his horse for an ATV and continued to explore the Sinbad Desert, where so many Swaseys had ridden before.
Although he lived in other communities in Utah, his heart was always in Ferron.
He is survived by his wife, Joanna, Castle Dale; two daughters, Elayne (Jed) Cottingham of Arvada, Colo.; and Cindy (Jon) Judd, Castle Dale; one son, Lee Mont Swasey, Ferron; three stepchildren, Mark Devendorf of California; John Devendorf of New Jersey; and Kristen Devendorf of Sweden; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; parents, Royal and Eva Larsen; four brothers, Royal, Ned, Cleve, and Glen; three sisters, Eileen, Helen Mae and Shirley; and a son, Don Clair Swasey.
Funeral services, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Ferron senior citizens center, 190 North 300 West. There will be a viewing Nov. 14 from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and one hour prior to the services at the senior citizens center. Interment will be in the Ferron City Cemetery.
PRICE - Frances Urbanik Potter, age 65, passed away Nov. 9, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Sept. 27, 1942 in Garv, Ind. to Albert George and Lillian Grames Urbanik and was the oldest of eight siblings. She moved with her family to East Carbon, where she attended East Carbon High School and the College of Eastern Utah. She married her eternal companion, William "Bill" Potter, on Sept. 23, 1961.
While pursuing higher education and careers, they lived in Salt Lake City; Farmington, N.M.; and Huntington, then finally settled in Price for the past 30 years. Along the way they raised three children.
Fran had an insatiable love for knowledge. She always enjoyed a good book, good music, good food, a good movie, good friends, stylish clothing, fancy fingernails and being with family.
She loved people, places, and cultures.
Fran spent time working for Litton Industries, Beaver Creek Coal Co. and Banasky Insurance.
By many, she will be remembered as a woman coal miner. She was proud of her hard work and her ability to do a "man's job".
Fran was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to study the scriptures and church history. She served in many different callings.
Fran and Bill loved being in the temple and rejoiced in all their children being able to join them in the temple.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Potter; children, Belinda (Craig) Ensign, Paul (Misty), Mark (Holly); and 12 grandchildren; her parents, George and Lillian Urbanik; siblings, George (Mary); Joe (Vicki); Teresa (Chuck) Hayman; John (Barbara); Christina (Howard) Webb; and Andy (Tina). She was preceded in death by her brother, George Jr.
Fran's family would like to thank all the family and friends who have been so kind and caring. Also a special thanks to all the nurses and healthcare workers at Castleview Hospital and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Funeral service, Nov. 15, 11 a.m., Price North LDS Stake Center, 449 North 100 East. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and at the stake center Thursday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.
PRICE - Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Duane W. Taylor, 69, passed away Nov. 7, 2007 after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
Born April 25, 1938 in Salt Lake City to Wallace J. and Marjorie McBeth Taylor.
Graduated from South High School, where he was a member of the ROTC, and joined the paratroopers in the Utah National Guard after graduation.
He married Joan Mash on Sept.1, 1959 in Salt Lake City at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.
Duane rode with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Posse many years, winning multiple competition awards.
He worked with his father at the family-owned Wally Taylor TrucKar Service station in Salt Lake City.
He went to work at Skagg's Drug Center, eventually becoming a store manager in Price. He opened and co-owned Cleo's Fabrics for several years and eventually worked as the collection manager at the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum. While there, he developed a love of paleontology and the prehistory of Utah.
Several years ago, he and Joan began practicing music with friends every Monday night at their home and eventually started the Nine Mile Players. They performed for groups and gatherings around the area until just recently.
He enjoyed shooting and was known to his competitive cowboy shooting friends as "Buck."
He enjoyed scouring the hills of Carbon and Emery counties with museum employees searching for fossils and dinosaur bones and volunteered there for many years. He was a founding member of the local chapters of Utah Statewide Archeological Society and Utah Friends of Paleontology.
He was partners in T and L Livestock with his close friend, Ross Lindsay, and founded T and A Sweeping with local businessman Jon Anast.
Survived by his wife, Joan, Price; daughters, Christine (Blair) Allred, Salt Lake City, Karen (Layne) Miller, Price, Cathy (Todd) Richardson, Price; grandchildren, Taylor Miller, Ashley (Ed) Elliott, Austin Allred, Travis, Tanner and Trey Richardson; sister, DonnaAnn Fellows, brother, Robert J. Taylor; five step- grandchildren, Scott, Aimee, Brandon, Jennifer, Melisa; and many loving step-great-grandchildren, foster grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was Nov. 10 at 11 a.m., Cliffview Cemetery.
In remembrance of Duane's love of paleontology, contributions may be made to the CEU Prehistoric Museum.