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Martha Coley

Martha Coley

FERRON - Martha Jane Coley, age 91, passed away Sept. 6, 2012 at the Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Ferron.

She was born April 28, 1921 in Bothwick, Nev., to Willy and Emma Jane Terry Bradley.

Married Donald Robert Coley, March 30, 1936 in St. George; he passed away on Feb. 18, 1977.

Martha absolutely loved her association with her friends in the American Legion Auxiliary where she faithfully served for many years. In 2007 she was the National American Legion Woman of the Year. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the Historical Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Martha spent her life in service to others. Her first dedication was to her disabled son and then to family, friends and her community. In her last years she has treasured time spent with her special friend, Phillip Nelson. Martha had many talents.

While living and raising her family in Las Vegas, Nev., she spent many years working in the wardrobe department for the Tropicana and Caesars Palace Hotels. Her likes were varied and included cooking (especially angel food cakes for the grandkids), reminiscing, giggling with her sisters, fishing with Donnie, trapping and whatever BYU sport was in season.

Martha has influenced many lives with her vibrant, always-on-the-go personality. She had a ready smile and scattered sunshine everywhere she went. Everyone loved Martha and she in return treated everyone like family. The family appreciates all of the fun stories and shared memories. Martha had a zest for life and her youthful personality delighted the hearts of all. Her genuine warmth and concern will be greatly missed by all.

Survived by her loving son, Donald Lewis Coley, Ferron; five grandchildren, Wally (Julie) Jones, Mtn. View, Wyo., Lori (Brian) Thorn, Mapleton, Shayne (Chelsie) Coley, Gabriel Coley, both of Boise, Idaho, Joshua (Dawn) Coley, Las Vegas, Nev; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Donald; son, Michael Guy Coley; daughter, Jacklyn Jones; and granddaughter, Karen Huntsman.

Funeral service, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, 11 a.m., Millsite LDS Ward Chapel in Ferron. Family will be at the church Monday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. and Tuesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Ferron City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories fo Martha at

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