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Morrow, Melvin Jay - Taylorsville  
Melvin Morrow 1931 ~ 2015 Melvin Jay Morrow, 83, returned to his true home on August 24, 2015 after struggling with congestive heart failure. Mel was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, on September 22, 1931 to David L. and Alta Drollinger Morrow. His adventures in his formative years were many as the family took on many moves from town to town. He became known wherever he went as both a terrible tease and proficient hockey player. The family moved to Salt Lake City during his later teenage years where he graduated from South High School. He went on to serve honorably in the Korean War, then came home and was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Helsinki, Finland area. Shortly before his mission, while playing tennis, he met his wife-to-be, Shari Wixom, and they were married after his return on March 14, 1958. They enjoyed 26 years of marriage and had 6 children before Shari passed away in 1985. In 1989, Mel married Marsha Ross to whom he has been married for 26 years. Through these years their combined family has grown to include 47 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, who he loved and adored. Mel's passion included engaging in all sports, playing ice hockey and lacrosse in his younger years, and competitive baseball and basketball into his 60s. He enjoyed family history/genealogy, BYU sports, and maple nut ice cream. He loved and demonstrated absolute loyalty to his family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mel was not defined by what he did for a living, but by what he gave to his church, community and family. He nurtured young people with smiles, encouragement, and the gift of his time. He coached hundreds of kids in sports, where building character and having fun was taught along with what it took to win. He supported his own children in everything they did, going to all performances, recitals, concerts, sporting events, and music lessons. Mel's heart eventually failed, yet we were blessed with an additional 20 years with this man due to the gift of an organ donor. We invite all who have not already seriously considered organ donation to do so. The gift of this new heart allowed for more glorious happenings within our family than can be written here. Family that survives him includes his wife Marsha Morrow; children Sherilyn Woodall, Michael (Christine) Morrow, Shawn (Ashley) Morrow, Melanie (Brad) Fillmore, Shannon (Neal) Hunger, step-children Chad (Jessica) Ross, Rachelle Ross, Courtney (Gary) Brough, Roslynn (Andrew) Deifel; 47 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wilma Bate and Hilma Thirkill. He was preceded in death by Shari Morrow and son David Morrow. In lieu of flowers we request donations be made to Heart Failure/Transplant Research in memory of Melvin Morrow through Intermountain Research & Medical Foundation, (801) 408-1775. We honor them for their loving care of him through 20 years of ups and downs. Funeral: Saturday, August 29 at 1:00 pm at the LDS chapel at 1391 South 200 East, Farmington. Visitation: Friday, August 28 from 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home (4430 South Redwood Road, SLC) and again Saturday before the funeral, 11:00-12:30. Interment, East Lawn Cemetery, Provo, Utah.
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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Muth, Eleanor Goshgarian - Salt Lake City  
Eleanor Goshgarian Muth "Change is the price of survival." -- Winston Churchill Elly Muth wrote a 2013 article quoting these words, and until her passing on August 22, 2015 she lived in accordance with their meaning. Partnering with the talented physicians who treated her, Elly adjusted to the changes wrought by each of nine episodes of cancer and survived nearly 40 years past her first diagnosis. Refusing to allow disease to define her existence, Elly maintained an unflagging, outward-focused commitment to changing the world for the better, through career, volunteer efforts, politics and family life. Born on May 21, 1937 to Barbara Emilia and Korken Goshgarian, Elly was raised on a farm by her Armenian-American single father. Proud of her heritage, she was fiercely determined never to disappoint her father and considered her early life to be the foundation of her competitive nature. She became a high-achieving scholar, while her passion for competitive sports drew her to become a physical education teacher after graduating from Arizona State University. Seeking a new challenge, Elly began her 28-year career with the J C Penney company, starting as the first female management trainee in the Intermountain District and ending as manager of sales, marketing and public relations for 16 stores and 300 employees. She oversaw the opening of new stores throughout the region and elevated the company's community profile by holding fashion shows and special events. Always a team player, she opened doors for other women, promoting and mentoring them to realize their full potential. "Retirement" was merely an excuse to turn her formidable talents to new activities. She went to work for the ad agency of Scopes Garcia Carlisle, and later, Hidden Splendor Resources, a mining company headquartered in Salt Lake City. She developed a high profile with organizations such as the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and made herself an expert on current events by reading four daily newspapers over her morning oatmeal. A self-described "political junkie," Elly worked as Public Relations Director for U.S. Congressman Merrill Cook and managed Steve Harmsen's winning bid for Salt Lake County Commission, later serving as his executive administrative assistant. Elly's talent for picking winners brought her together with the most important person of all, husband and love of her life, Ernest Muth. Married in 1963, Elly and Ernie settled in Salt Lake City. The couple maintained an admirable balance of independence and shared interests, including love of their beautiful South Temple home and many pets. Their combined sense of optimism carried them through each of Elly's battles with cancer. Together, the Muths shared an approach to friendship that can best be described as eclectic, extending to people from every social and cultural circle. While a devoted Republican, Elly counted prominent local Democrats and Independents among her closest friends. Although Elly was baptized as an adult into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the couple attended and supported several churches, including the Centenary United Methodist Church led by the Reverend Dr. Yvonne Lee, who has become a treasured friend. Elly had no children of her own, but she devoted much of her life to the well-being of children and young adults. For 18 years, she mentored Utah Junior Miss contestants, including Sharlene Wells Hawkes, who went on to win the 1985 Miss America pageant. She served on the boards of Utah Youth Village, the Utah Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Eye Care 4 Kids and Utah Scholastic Associates. At age 75, after being an active member for more than 20 years, she became president of the Assistance League of Salt Lake City, which provides clothing, books and dental care for thousands of local children each year. Dozens of other organizations benefitted from Elly's knowledge and leadership as a volunteer, including the Utah Symphony Guild Gift Shop, American Cancer Society, American Association of University Women, Salvation Army, Utah's Best of State Program, Salt Lake Council of Women, Salt Lake Republican Women, and boards of the Utah Commerce Department and Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, to name a few. Never one to serve in name only, she freely offered suggestions for organizational improvement, matched with hard work, generous financial support and access to her vast network of friends and associates. Numerous awards reflect the respect accorded to her by those she served, of which these are a few: Speaking of Women's Health 2008 "Utah Everyday Super Hero", Salt Lake Council of Women "Hall of Fame," AAUW "Business Woman of the Year," JDRF "Hope for the Future," American Cancer Society Utah Chapter "Sword of Hope" and the Junior Miss Scholarship Program "Outstanding State Chairman." Elly is survived by her husband Ernest, sister Barbara (Joseph) Baczynski and niece Cyndee. Profound thanks go to LeGrand Belnap, M.D., longtime friend Margaret (Maggie) Strasser, and the staff of Brookdale (Emeritus) skilled nursing facility. Services will be held on Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the L.D.S. Arlington Hills Ward chapel, 1300 Fairfax Road, Salt Lake City, Utah (across from Shriners' Hospital). Knowing that Elly will be mourned by many, Ernie asks that friends please express their condolences by performing anonymous deeds of kindness, in lieu of sending flowers. He leaves us with this epitaph, recalled from a grave marker in historic Trinity Church in New York City: "Why do we mourn departing friends, Or shake at death's alarms? 'Tis but the voice that Jesus sends, To call them to His arms.."
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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Peterson, Ben LeRoy - Salt Lake City  
Ben LeRoy Peterson May 9, 1931-August 22, 2015 Ben LeRoy Peterson, "Poppy", was born on May 9, 1931 in Royal, Utah to Carmela and Loran Peterson. He graduated from Price High School in 1949 and was then enlisted into the United States Air Force where he played the saxophone in the Air Force Band during the Korean Conflict for four years. Upon returning he married Georgene Johnston on July 7, 1956. They spent 59 happy years of marriage and had two children together. Ben graduated from the University of Utah in 1958 with a Bachelors Degree in accounting. Ben worked his way to Director of Finances at Hercules Aerospace which he retired from in 1989. He also owned multiple Tunex Automotive Shops throughout the Salt Lake Valley for many years. Ben was a talented musician and his favorite instruments included the piano and saxophone. He was also a passionate golfer and loved to play, teach, and watch golf tournaments. He cherished the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping with numerous friends and family. Ben also enjoyed tending to his garden and making his famous spaghetti sauce with homegrown tomatoes and peppers. He loved attending his children's and grand-children's special events. Ben is survived by his wife, 2 siblings James (Paula) Peterson and Gaylene (Gene) Crocco, 2 children Ben Peterson Jr. and Linda (Joe) Gustaveson, 5 grand-children Michael (Emily) Timothy, Anna, Cammi, Josie, and Jesse Gustaveson, and 1 great-grand daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and many other family members. Ben was adored by so many and always showed compassion to others. Even his pets were partial and loving toward him. He was always there for help and guidance and you couldn't help but love his fun and caring personality. Ben passed away at home surrounded by family from natural causes. He was an incredible husband, brother, dad, grandpa, and friend. His legacy will live on in each person he touched. We will miss you Poppy!!! Funeral services will be held at Mountain View Memorial, 3115 E. 7800 S. Cottonwood Heights, Utah on Saturday August 29, 2015. Viewing will be from 12:30pm -1:45pm and services at 2:00pm with graveside directly following.
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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Robbins, Kelle Church - Salt Lake City  
Kelle Church Robbins, born March 30, 1959 at the Cottage Hospital in Burley, Idaho to Thomas H. Church (deceased) and Louise Painter Church, passed away on Saturday August 22, 2015 at her home in Evanston, Illinois. She was surrounded by her loving family. Kelle is reunited with her best friend and the love of her life, Dennis R. Robbins, who passed away on July 24, 2004. They were married on July 23, 1982 in the LDS Jordan River Temple in South Jordan, Utah. Kelle lived a beautiful life. She was a loving, energetic wife, mother, sister and daughter. She blithely put her family above all else. In the many different places she lived, Kelle successfully created a home of warmth and happiness that served as a gathering place for her children's friends and neighboring families. Kelle was a loyal and devoted friend. She often sought after those needing special attention or care and provided precisely what was needed. Kelle was a talented cook, had a delightful singing voice and always wore a beautiful, bright smile. Kelle graciously served in numerous callings and capacities in the LDS church, and she joyfully sought to care for all in her life. She was loved by so many and will be so greatly missed. Kelle loved traveling, especially to warm weather destinations, and she had a strong affinity for the sea. She found great enjoyment in her grandchildren who each had a special relationship with her. She treasured every opportunity to play with and care for them. Her grandchildren will always love and miss her dearly. Kelle will be tenderly loved and remembered by her six children- Ashley Robbins Quicksilver, Braidy Robbins Hunt, Matthew Thomas Robbins, Seth William Robbins, Wendy Robbins Williams (stepdaughter), and Shane R. Robbins (stepson, deceased); Grandchildren - Noah Quicksilver, Emme Quicksilver, Jake Williams, Alexa Williams, Audrey Williams, and Wyatt Williams; Sons-in-law - Jodi Williams, Jeffrey Quicksilver, and Daylon Hunt; Her mother, Louise Church; Siblings, J. Thomas Church and Kristeen Church; and her beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral service for Kelle will be held on August 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the LDS church building located at 3065 North 1300 West in Lehi, Utah. A graveside service will follow at the Provo City Cemetery located at 610 South State Street, Provo, Utah 84606 Condolences may be sent to Larkin Mortuary 260 S. Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the LDS Perpetual Education Fund at http://give.lds.org/pef or the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine http://www.osher.ucsf.edu/giving/
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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Shaughnessy, Ann R. - Bountiful  
Our mom, friend, and the best grandma ever passed away peacefully August 23. Ann was born June 5, 1937, to Leo and Lamona Rasmussen in Dingle, Idaho. The family farm, Bear Lake valley, along with the horses she rode and animals she raised, always remained close to her heart. Ann is survived by her children, Scott, Rickie, Lorie, and Todd, and was preceded in death by her husband Bob, siblings Nedra and Rex, and by Kathy and Steven. Annie's smile (and occasional mischief) will be missed by everyone, including her 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Never one to complain about the many challenges life handed her, she met them all with dignity, humor, and grace. The quiet strength she exhibited each day will be forgotten by none. The family expresses special appreciation to Cindy and Mark, Ann's other neighbors and friends, and the professional caregivers, for their unmatched support. There will be a gathering of celebration of life on Saturday, August 29 from 10:30-11:30 am at the Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com . In lieu of flowers, please donate to the MS Society.
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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Allen, Aleene - Holladay  
Aleene Allen 1935~2015 Sandy, UT-Aleene Graham Allen passed away on Aug 19, 2015. She was born in Murray, Utah on Feb 15, 1935 to Clifford and Arvil Graham. Aleene was truly a Christ like daughter of God. She was a wonderful mother and adored her grandchildren. She always put the needs of others before her own and was frequently found serving her friends and neighbors. She served for many years on the Relief Society compassionate service committee and held many other Church callings. She loved tending her garden and finding a treasure at a yard sale. Aleene worked many years as a teacher's aide at Granite Park Junior High and influenced the lives of many students. She will be remembered as sweet, kind, giving and a true saint. She will be truly missed. She is survived by her children Michael (Joni), Ron (Mary Ellen), Shawn (Meghan) and Leslie Richards (Ryan). Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Myron W. Allen and her son, Jerry. She is survived by 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Hyland Lake Ward, 981 E. Revere Circle, (5550 So.). Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Holladay~Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Dr. and also from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the Ward. Burial will follow at the Camp Williams Memorial Park. Online condolences can be submitted to www.holladaycottonwoodmortuary.com
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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, 2015
Allsop, Mark Brannock - Salt Lake City  
Mark was a very talented musician and artist. He loved camping, fishing, and cars. He is survived by his loving son Chris Corbett; father, Dale Allsop; step-children, Anthony and Jesse Goble; his former wife, Lynne Christensen; and siblings, Brent, Greg, Courtney, and "Grandma Rosie." Preceded in death by his mother, Donna; and dog, Jade. In lieu of a funeral, a celebration of Mark's life will be held at his father's home, 4186 South 2700 East, Salt Lake City on Saturday Aug 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Chris Corbett at Mountain America Credit Union. For more info, please email MemoriesOfMark@canonizer.com. Mark will be missed by many family and friends. Online condolences at www.premierfuneral.com .
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Published in Deseret News on Aug. 27, 2015
Bateman, Joy Ann Player - Taylorsville  
1930 ~ 2015 A joyous reunion took place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, when Joy joined her loved ones waiting for her beyond the veil. Those left behind will treasure times spent with "Grandma Joy". We are all grateful she can now run, dance, sew, bake, and remember the important events of her life. Joy Ann Player Bateman was born May 16, 1930, in Murray, Utah to Charles Leo and Blanche Baguley Player of Bennion, Utah. Joy grew up in a loving home with three brothers and three sisters during the years of the great depression. Their family bonds were strong and the large family grew together as they struggled to survive the hard times. Joy was a talented musician who was the ward organist in the Bennion Ward at the age of 14; she also played the trumpet in school. She attended Plymouth Elementary and Granite High School, where she graduated in 1948. Her accomplished sewing skills won her a full ride scholarship to college but she chose a different course in life. On August 17, 1948, Joy married Earl Ray Bateman of West Jordan, Utah in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised their four children on a dairy farm in West Jordan before moving to Rupert, Idaho in 1970. They later divorced. In 1981, Joy moved back to Taylorsville, Utah, to be near her family where she spent the next 32 years of her life. Joy was full of life and energy! She was an excellent seamstress and spent hours sewing for family and friends. Cooking Sunday family dinners of pot roast, mashed potatoes, and chocolate pie was her specialty. In addition, her brownies were in high demand by her grandchildren. During her later years, she made quilts and crocheted around blankets and burp bibs for all the new babies born into the family. She was an example of Christ like love. This meant that she was a friend to everyone. Joy leaves behind a legacy of kindness and endless service, always thinking of others. Everyone who met her felt that they were the most important person in the world. Joy had a burning testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and shared it with all she met. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the Primary, Relief Society and the Young Woman organizations where she influenced many. For eight years she was a receptionist at the Jordan River Temple. While living in the Taylorsville Stake, she served as a Stake missionary. Joy is survived by her son, Michael (Sue) Bateman; daughters Jill (Larry) Danley, Jolene (Kent) Tanner and Cindy (Craig) Caldwell; a sister, Pat Vincent; 18 grandchildren (2 deceased) and 47 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah. Viewings for family and friends will be held, Friday, August 28, 2015, 6-8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the service, 10-10:45 a.m., at McDougal Funeral Home. Interment, Taylorsville City Cemetery. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at Ashford Memory Care and Brighton Hospice for the loving care they gave to our mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. We would also like to thank the branch presidency and members of the Wild Rose Branch who gave so much unselfish service to her.
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Published in Deseret News on Aug. 27, 2015
Behnke, Joseph Ray - Saint George  
Santa Clara, Utah-Joseph Ray Behnke, age 77, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015 in Santa Clara, Utah. He was born on December 28, 1937 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents Basil Kyle Behnke and Mabel Orr Behnke, his brothers Ronald O. Behnke, Arland B. Jones, Kenneth Kyle Behnke and Maurice Kay Behnke and a sister Geraldine Behnke Jamison. He is survived by his wife Frances Woods Behnke, married for 52 years, son, Kyle Ray Behnke of Santa Clara, Utah and a daughter, C. Denise Behnke Rydalch of St. Anthony, Idaho. He has six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Ray practiced dentistry for 35 years but his biggest joy came from singing with the Mormon Tabernacle choir for 21 years until his retirement in 1998. Music was his passion. He played the French horn in his high school band and played piano for a men's quartet as well as sang with them. He served an LDS mission from October 1958 - April 1961 in the Northern Mexico Mission. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1963 and that is where he and Fran met, courted and married five days after graduation. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple June 4, 1963. His favorite hobby was scuba diving and he became an avid underwater photographer. He loved nature and especially watching the birds and critters in the backyard. Family history research became a well developed hobby for the last several years. The family would like to thank all the wonderful health care professionals, the caring hospice nurses, the ward family, Relief Society and Bishopric for helping with arrangements and all of our loving family and friends. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, 3815 Rachel Dr, Santa Clara, Utah. Viewing will be Friday, Aug 28th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the same location. Interment will be in the Santa Clara Cemetery, Ancestor Way, Santa Clara, Utah, under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880. Condolences may be shared at mcmillanmortuary.com
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Belliston, Ruth Emily Billeter - Bountiful  
Ruth Emily Billeter Belliston passed away in her sleep on August 22, 2015 after many years of arthritis pain, illness and heart trouble. She was born November 2, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Julius C. and Celeste Pingree Billeter. She grew up on the Avenues of Salt Lake City where she was very active in sports, church and had many friends. She graduated from West High School and the University of Utah. She married Richard Farrell Belliston on August 10, 1956 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before her illness made it difficult to serve in the church, she worked for several years with the young women of the church. She loved them and they in turn loved her. Ruth was always a loving and supportive mother and was beloved by her children as well as everyone else. During her life she worked as a mother, homemaker, bookkeeper, office manager, teacher, and genealogy researcher for her church. Ruth is survived by her husband Richard; daughter Cyndie (Lynn) Chidester and grandson Michael, and son Kent. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Judy Billeter Dunford and Marian Billeter Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Annamae Angerbauer, J. David (Bud) Billeter, Herald Billeter and Jerald Bellieter. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Val Verda 4th Ward Chapel 2633 S. 50 W. Bountiful, UT. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary 727 N. 400 E. Bountiful and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Due to construction please access the mortuary from Main St. and 9th North. Interment at Nephi City Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com
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Published in Deseret News on Aug. 27, 2015
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