ORANGEVILLE - Ada Jones Crowley was born Sept. 9, 1913 and died Dec. 17, 2001.
Daddy, Hy and Clenny stood by Mama's bed in the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, and told her it was time for her to spend Christmas with her husband and two of her sons this Christmas instead of those of us who remain behind. She died peacefully in her steep at the home of her daughter, Mattie Payton in Orangeville who, aided by her husband Art, cared for her so long with such loving devotion.
Our beloved mother, Ada Jones Crowley was born in the Piney Woods of Darlington County, S.C., on Sept. 9, 1913, the second of 10 children born to Issac Jones and Mattie Cross. She grew up in the woods until she was 13 years old, walking five miles to attend Antioch School. She loved every minute she spent in school. They were her happiest times.
She had many interests in life, her family and church the most important. She converted to the LDS religion when she married Hyrum Smith Crowley Sr. and was a faithful and active member. And their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple when the family moved to Utah in 1950. She enjoyed being Relief Society president along with many church assignments.
She grew a garden every year, feeding us fresh foods always and from the bounty she canned many jars of wonderful food for the winter. My siblings agree with me that no one in the world cooked like our mother. Her chicken and rice, fresh greens, turnips, collards and fried corn bread are the foods we will cherish and enjoy always. She long ago converted her western grandchildren to southern food.
She was an excellent seamstress, making many of our school clothes. Dolly Parton has nothing on me. One magical winter, my mom made me a coat of many colors.
She will be dearly missed and remembered by so many people who love her. As I said to Dad in 1981 when he left us- Vaya Con Dios, Momma.
Survived by her children, LaVerne "Wendy" Williams, Salt Lake City; Jackie (Ray) Curt, Caldwell, Idaho; Mattie "Peggy" (Art) Payton, Orangeville; Nick (Shirley) Crowley, Houston, Texas; Utahna C. Simon, Price; daughter-in-law, Kaye Crowley, Roosevelt; brothers, Guy (Ila Mae) Jones, Darlington, S.C.; Ike Jones, Hartsville, S.C.; Dick (Jean) Jones, Lake City, Fla.; 21 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, James and Hyrum Jr. Crowley; sister, Pearl; four brothers, Ray, Paul, Sam and Casey; three great-grandchildren, Chadine, Tanya and Adam; and son-in-law, Darwin Simon.
Funeral service Friday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m., Larkin Mortuary, 260 South Temple. Family will be at Larkin's Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.
- written by LaVerne (Wendy) Williams
EAST CARBON CITY - Vera May Payne Steele, age 89, went home Dec. 15, 2001.
She was born May 6, 1912 in Butler, Okla. to William H. and Pearl Burgess Payne. She married Cleatis Odell Steele, June 23, 1929 in Moorewood, Okla. He left this life and went home June 27, 1994.
She was a resident of East Carbon City since 1944.
In her early years, mom loved to knit and crochet. She loved to sew and make dresses for her daughters. Mom also loved to travel all over to see the sights. She loved working in her iris and rose garden. Mom and a few other ladies in East Carbon bought and traded iris for many years. She loved having her family and grandchildren come to visit her. Next to her family the love of her life were her pets.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Her suffering is over. Now she walks with the angels.
Survived by four daughters, one son and their spouses, Barbara Jean (Tony) Migliaccio, Helper; Kathryn Dean Mednick, Salt Lake City; Gwen (Harold) Dahl, Lake Havasu, Ariz.; Joyce Jaramillo, Desert Center, Calif.; Duane (Mary Lou) Steele, East Carbon; brother, Weldon Payne, Oklahoma; sister, Noreen Payne, Oklahoma; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband; parents; brother, Lloyd Payne; and sister, Lois Barton.
Funeral service Thursday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday one hour prior to services. Friends are welcome at Mitchell's 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The family would like to acknowledge Castle Country Care Center for the care and compassion.
EAST CARBON - Freda K. Boren Tharp, age 77, passed away Dec. 16, 2001 at her home in East Carbon.
She was born Aug. 9, 1924 in Vernal to Alvin and Marie Amie Smuin. Married Darrell C. Boren July 1, 1944. He passed away in 1972. She later married Leo Tharp who also preceded in death in1992.
She loved the outdoors, fishing and camping with her family. She also loved doing crafts and was very good at it.
Survived by children, Darrell J. and Bonnie Boren, Ferron; Cathy Henningson, Bertha Summers, Lynda and LaMar Preston, Geraldine Rhett and Patricia and Pedro Gonzalez, all of East Carbon; William and Rhonda Boren, Lyman, Wyo.; Jackie and Mike Davis, Salina; Loraine and Joe Preston, Parachute, Colo.; Valaray and Guy Hampton, Rifle, Colo.; stepchildren, Willard Tharp, Jay Tharp, Dick Tharp, LeRoy Tharp and LouAnn Miller; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Alvin Bud, Glen; two sisters, Juanita and Jackie. Preceded in death by two husbands, one brotherand son-in-law Eddie Rhett.
Graveside services will be Friday, Dec. 21, noon, in the Price City Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Freda K. Boren Tharp memorial fund at Fausett Mortuary.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Richard Boyd Alger died at his home in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the age of 66.
His career was in electronics and electrical and he retired from the wood products industry in 1997 in Bend, Ore., at which time he and wife went to full-time RVing. They traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He was an avid fisherman and loved boating and square dancing.
He is survived by his wife, Rae Nell; three daughters, Lynn Bonney, Linda Alger and Rebecca Clark, all of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sons, Mark Alger, Fresno, Calif.; and Eddie Bouldin, Bellingham, Wash.; four grandchildren, Andy, LeAnn, Melissa and Matthew; one sister, Janice Cracroft, Provo; three brothers, Ray Alger, Moab; Reed Alger, Price; and Glenn Alger, Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo L. Alger; and mother, Marie Price Alger Harrison.
His remains will be buried atop his mother's grave in Price at a later date.