Estella Leavitt Bracken
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St. George, UT
Estella Leavitt Bracken returned home to her Heavenly Father on February 23, 2014. Stella was born November 20, 1927 in St. George, Utah to Samuel Vernon and Dartha Luella Barney Leavitt. She was raised in Gunlock, Utah. She married Linford M. Bracken on December 26, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple.
Stella married her childhood friend and they have been married 67 years. They spent time going to dances and horse races. Stella worked at the hospital in housekeeping for many years. Mom loved to garden and bake. She was well known for her Christmas candies especially her vinegar taffy and also her rolls and pies. She loved to gather wood, have family picnics at Easter and she always raised a big garden in which she shared the things she grew. She loved canning. She was always helping her family, and loved to spend time with her grand-kids and great-grand-kids. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many positions.
They raised four children: Michael Lynn (Rolayne) Bracken, of Gunlock, Ricky Allen (Debra) Bracken of Bigelow Ranch, Nadine (Jim) Heaton of Gunlock, Kirk M. (Tammy) Bracken, of Enterprise. She has eight brothers and sisters, twenty grandchildren, forty eight great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, Arvel, Rex, Belle, Paul, and Verda, grandaughter Brandie Kae Bracken, and Great Grandson Gunner.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Gunlock LDS Ward Chapel, 733 North Main Street, Gunlock, Utah. A visitation will be held Wednesday, February 26th at 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Gunlock City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Feb. 25, 2014