Neda Herbert Gyllenskog passed away peacefully July 12, 2013. She was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Richfield, Utah, the fourth of five children born to Ernest and Emma Robins Herbert. Her father was a forest ranger and later a wheat farmer and rancher. The family lived in Salina and spent summers on the farm, where they all worked to make it a success. The values of hard work and love of the ranch were an important part of the rest of her life.
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Neda's mother, Emma, was a schoolteacher before her marriage, and Neda followed in her footsteps. She earned an AA degree from Snow College, and later attended Utah State for a year. She taught the elementary grades in Salina and Richfield until her marriage. Later one of her favorite memories was being able to teach a class of beginners, first and second graders on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona.
She met her husband J. Grant Gyllenskog, from Smithfield, while he was working as a civil engineer in Salina. They were married June 17, 1941, in the Manti LDS Temple and made their first home in Riverton, Wyo. The family lived in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, California and Washington over the years. Neda made friends in every place they lived and remained in contact with them throughout her life. On retirement the couple settled in Logan.
Neda and Grant were always active in the branches and wards where they lived. They enjoyed serving as temple officiators in the Logan Temple, full-time missions to Nauvoo, Ill., the Oakland Temple Visitor Center and one stake mission to USU International Students. Grant passed away in 1996. Later that year, Neda was called to serve as the Relief Society President of the 29th Ward at age 80, where she served for three years. Neda enjoys making quilts and while in her '90s, she used those skills as a co-leader for Humanitarian Relief in the 19th Ward.
Her life in Logan has been enriched by the many friendships she has formed here. Neda was active in the DUP and has served at an officer for many years in the Cache North Company. She took special interest in the restoration of the Capitol Theater (now the Ellen Eccles Theater) and the Utah Opera Company.
After retirement Neda and Grant were able to enjoy trips to the Holy Land, Mexico, and enjoyed seeing other parts of the U.S. In 2005 she was able to join her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson on a tour of China and walk on the Great Wall.
Neda's children include Marie in Seattle/St. George, Joel (Pat) in Boise, and Jeanne Funk (Elliot) in Santa Rosa, Calif. She has 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 15 at the 19th Ward meetinghouse, located at 1255 N. 560 East, Logan, Utah. There will be a viewing in the meetinghouse from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m.
Published in Logan Herald Journal on July 14, 2013