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Benson, Melanie  
Melanie Benson St. George Melanie Prestwich Benson died Saturday, May 16, 2015 from late stage breast cancer. She was born June 24th, 1960 in Spanish Fork, Utah. She was the youngest of five children born to Earl and Joyce Prestwich. She has four beloved children: Jessica Lilga, Rachel Wilson (Bryan), Carie Kounalis (Ray) and Nathan Benson. Melanie has three grandsons: Brayden and Conner Wilson, and Kasen Kounalis.. Melanie's family moved to Riverside, California from 1966 to 1974. They moved back to Orem, Utah where she graduated from Orem High School in 1978. She then attended UVCC and BYU Jerusalem. She married in 1982 and moved to the Ft. Lauderale/West Palm, Florida area until 1989 when she moved back to Utah. She loved to be back in "Happy Valley." In 1995 she remarried and brought her little family to live in Saint George. This is the place where she raised her children. Melanie loved the outdoors and had fun taking pictures wherever she went. She had many friends that loved the outdoors and played table games. She also played volleyball three times a week. Melanie had a sewing and alteration business for many years. She loved her work and her clients. Melanie's faith in God has always been strong and she has served in various ways for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of all Melanie enjoyed spending time with her family. They have been a joy to her. She has an extensive network of relatives and friends from here and in Utah County that have given her love and generous support. Melanie's funeral will take place Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00am. The location is the Morningside Stake Center located at 900 S River Road in St. George. An additional memorial service will take place Saturday, May 30 at the stake center on 1600 North 1030 West in Orem.
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from May 21 to May 24, 2015
Benson, Melanie  
Melanie Benson, 54, St George, died 05-16-2015. Arrangements: Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah.
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 21, 2015
Benson, Melanie  
Melanie Benson, 54, St. George, died 05-16-2015.
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 20, 2015
Bozsoki, Margaret  
Margaret Bozsoki St. George, Utah ST. GEORGE, Utah - Margaret "Maggie" A. Bozsoki, 86, of St. George, Utah, died at 1:01 a.m. on May 13, 2015, while resting comfortably at Red Cliffs Rehabilitation Center. Margaret will be cremated and laid to rest at a later date in a private graveside service in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Peoria, Ililnois, surrounded by her family. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society, Peoria, Illinois chapter. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com .
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 16, 2015
Burris, Leah  
Leah V. Burris St. George Leah Virginia Ferris Burris, 90, passed away peacefully May 16, in St. George, Utah, surrounded by her family. She was born February 3, 1925, in Butte, Montana, to Aileen and Rolland Ferris. The family moved shortly after her birth and homesteaded east of Choteau, MT. She and her brothers, Jim and Don, and sister, Kay, all grew up and attended school in Choteau. Leah graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy in 1947. She worked for Hartford Institute of Living and Continental Airlines. In 1953 she married Jack Campbell Burris of Omaha, Nebraska, where they lived and raised their two children, Gail and Rob. They moved to Big Sky, MT in 1983, and later spent the winters in St George. She loved golf, bridge, Montana, University of Nebraska football, and Jeopardy, and everyone knew her as "Little Leah." Leah was preceded in death by husband, Jack; and brothers, Jim and Don. She is survived by daughter, Gail Cooksey, and her husband Robert, of Colleyville, TX; son, Rob Burris and his wife, Felicity; grandson, Shane Tali, of Big Sky, working in Haiti; and sister, Kay Feist, of Great Falls, MT. The family asks that memorials be sent in Leah's name to The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center, 1424 E. Foremaster Dr, St George, Utah 84790. No services were held. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at www.metcalfmortuary.com for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 21, 2015
Coles, Ruthmary  
Ruthmary B. Coles Cedar City, Utah Ruthmary Braithwaite Coles, age 76, passed away on May 11, 2015. Ruthmary was born in Provo, UT on June 26, 1938 to Leonard and Violet Braithwaite. She married Floyd Coles on June 26, 1959 in the Manti Temple. Ruthmary was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings including: Relief Society President, Stake Relief Society Presidency, Primary Teacher and much more. Ruthmary and Floyd also served an LDS mission in Elberta, UT on the Church Farm. Ruthmary spent her childhood in Provo, UT attending school, from elementary through college. She was an active member of 4H and winner of blue ribbons on a regular basis. During this time she also learned her love for sewing and crafting. She earned the Utah Wool Growers Association award for sewing her wool suit and entered it into the State Fair. A little known fact about Ruthmary is that she played the accordion. She graduated from Provo High School and then from BYU with and Bachelors of Science. Upon graduation from college Ruthmary began her teaching career in Home Economics at the Junior High School. In 1970 Ruthmary and Floyd moved from the Salt Lake City area to Cedar City and purchased a home on the East side of town. Here she continued her love for sewing and teaching anyone willing to learn. Ruthmary loved serving others. She taught cooking classes at the adult high school in Cedar City for a couple of years. Each year at election time she volunteered her services as an election judge. She is survived by three children, David (Kallie) Coles, Mary (Paul) Cozzens, Kenneth (Traci) Coles, 10 grandchildren, one brother, Lee Braithwaite, and one sister, Rosemarie Smith. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cedar City 1st Ward (Rock Church). Viewings will be on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May, 20 2015 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 North 300 West, Cedar City, UT). Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com .
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 17, 2015
Gibson, John  
John Lawrence Gibson Beaver, Utah John Lawrence Gibson, age 68, passed away on May 14, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada. He was born on January 6, 1947 in Midvale, Utah to Dallas and Juanita McGill Gibson. He graduated from Bingham High School and served our country with one tour in Vietnam in the Army. He married Kathy Preslar on September 4, 1982 in West Valley, Utah. They were later sealed in the St. George LDS Temple. John was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in an ASL Branch Presidency, and as an Elder's Quorum President. John raised pigeons, collected coins and loved his furry friends. He gave the best bear hugs, loved the Utah Jazz, Disneyland, eating at Maria's cocina in Beaver, smiling, listening, and always told a good joke, he was just the BEST. John is survived by his wife Kathy of Henderson, Nevada. His children; Ralph (Jill) Pulsifer of Shelton, WA, Jeanmarie Sears of Herriman, UT, 'big' Matthew (Susan) Gibson of Memphis, TN, Rachel (Lawrence) Twitchell of Cedar City, UT, Kenna (Matthew) LeFevre of Cedar City, UT, April (Lance) White of Beaver, UT, Delphi Gibson of Santaquin, UT, Sarah (Cory) Bishop of Beaver, UT, Mark (Emily) Gibson of Cedar City, UT, and 'little' Matthew Gibson of Montrose, CO along with 29 wonderful grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Dallas and Juanita Gibson, a brother Andy Dallas Gibson, a son Kevin Gibson and granddaughter Hope Gibson. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Mountain View Cemetery. A viewing will be held prior to the graveside service on May 20, 2015 from 11:30-12:30 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary in Beaver, Utah. Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com .
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 19, 2015
Gifford, Dean  
Dean Dalton Gifford St. George, Utah Dean Dalton Gifford, age 61, passed away on May 15, 2015, after valiantly enduring cancer for many years. Dean was born on January 16, 1954 in Salt Lake City, UT, to Gerald and Aleath Gifford. He grew up in Southern Utah and graduated in 1972 from Dixie High, where he was involved in many clubs and activities and was the captain of the football and wrestling teams. It was there that he met his future wife and eternal companion, Debra Allred Gifford. They were later married in the Manti temple on Sept. 18, 1975, after Dean served an LDS mission in Bolivia. When Dean returned home from his mission, he earned a business degree from Southern Utah University, married Debra, and raised his three sons: Russell (Marsha Terry), Brett (Jenny Terry), and Alex (Rochelle Terry) Gifford. Dean loved athletics. He was also passionate about his music: singing, playing instruments, and entertaining others. He loved playing in the Gifford family band with his parents and sisters. He found great joy in serving others. He loved gardening and gave away much produce to neighbors, friends, and family. He was an active member of the LDS church all of his life, serving cheerfully in many capacities. He was an example of the power of faith, and the power of kindness. His siblings include: Jeri Lawrence, JoAnne Tiedt, Darwin Gifford, and Joyce Spencer. He was a loving Grandpa of 10 grandchildren: Kesley, Bridger, Corben, Makayla, Kaitlyn, Brielle, Kylie, Daxton, Tyler and Zoe. Dean will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. Services to honor Dean include a viewing on Thursday evening, May 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Sunset Stake Center, 100 North Dixie Drive. There will also be a viewing Friday morning, May 22, at 10:00 AM at the same location. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at the Tonaquint Cemetery immediately following the funeral services. Arrangements are under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880. Condolences may be shared at  www.mcmillanmortuary.com
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Hamp Jr., Boyd  
Boyd M. Hamp, Jr. passed away May 10, 2015. He was born May 18, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA to Boyd M. and Pauline Baumert Hamp. He spent his childhood in Holly Oak, Delaware. His first years of schooling were in a one building school house with a dividing wall between first and second grades and third and four grades. Fifth through ninth grades were at Mount Pleasant School in Bellefonte, Delaware. Boyd attended Pierre S. DuPont High School, graduating in January 1942. After graduation, he worked at Sun Building and Dry Dock Company in Chester, PA. Boyd enlisted in the U.S. Navy for six years and received his basic training ("boot camp") at The Great Lakes Naval Training Facility in Illinois. After a seven day leave, he and a group of sailors were sent to Camp Le June, North Carolina Marine Corps Base and again had "boot camp" as taught by the Marines! After this basic training, their group was sent to Camp Pendleton Marine Station in San Diego, CA where they were issued Marine Corps uniforms! This group received advanced Marine Corps training and were integrated into the 4th Marine Division. In 1943, they were loaded on board ship and sent to the South Pacific war zone. Boyd was part of the Marine landing on the Kwajalein Islands in January 1944. After these islands were secure, they were transferred to Maui, HI for additional training. In May 1944, the group was assigned to the landing on the Marianna Islands. On June 15th Boyd was part of the invasion of Saipan and on June 16th he was severely wounded and was evacuated to the AIA Naval Hospital in Pearl Harbor, HI for recovery. In October 1944, he returned to his unit and spent the remainder of the war on the Islands of Tinian and Saipan. Boyd returned to the mainland in December 1945. After a 30 day leave to see his parents, he was transferred to the Philadelphia Navy Yard and then to Treasure Island, CA to attend Fire Fighting School. After completion of his training, Boyd was assigned to the USS Blue Ridge. His ship was then assigned to duty near Bikini Atom Bomb test during June and July of 1946. His ship returned to San Diego and Boyd transferred to the USS Rankin. The first stop was in Tsing Tao, China. After visiting other ports, Boyd returned to San Diego for schooling in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Boyd went to Holyoke, MA where he was married on May 17, 1947. After returning to San Diego, he was transferred to the USS Salamonie, a Navy tanker, in Tsing Tao, China. Various stops by the tanker included Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and on to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia. The USS Salamonie carried crude oil for distribution for other installations and other Navy ships. Boyd's duty had taken him to Australia, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands. The home base for his ship was Yokosuka, Japan. Many trips were made from Japan to Saudi Arabia. Boyd was transferred from Yokohama to Treasure Island, CA. In October 1948, Machinist's Mate 2nd Class was honorably discharged. He received many citations and medals, including a Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation. Boyd then returned to his wife and they lived in Minneapolis, MN, where he studied at the University of Minnesota for over a year. He then contracted Mononucleosis. Because of his high temperature, he was admitted to the Fort Snelling VA Hospital where he spent several months. After being released from the VA Hospital, the financial situation necessitated that he drop out College and look for work. His first job in Minneapolis was a food route salesman. While living in Minneapolis, Boyd's son was born on April 27, 1952. In 1953, Boyd purchased a house in Bloomington, MN where they lived for four years. In 1956, they moved to sunny California. (He was tired of the Minnesota winters!) Boyd worked for another food company with the territory being Long Beach, Lomita, San Pedro and Wilmington, CA. In 1959, the family relocated to Garden Grove, where his daughter, Heidi was born on April 23, 1962. In 1968, Boyd resigned as a food salesman and took a job with the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail to Garden Grove. Later in 1968, Boyd was divorced. In 1969, Boyd met Shirley Greer through a mutual friend. They went together for three years before being married on July 31, 1971. Shirley brought four children to the marriage, adding to the two Boyd had, for a total of eight family members. In 1978, they purchased a home in Garden Grove. In 1982, he was promoted to Supervisor of Delivery and Collections for Huntington Beach. In June of 1986, Boyd retired from the U.S. Postal Service. In 1989, Shirley retired from The Northrop Corporation located in Anaheim. In 1989, they purchased a motorhome and toured 38 states, including the VA and DC area, Gettysburg, PA and many other interesting stops. This tour lasted more than four months. During this "tour", they discovered St. George, UT. They fell in love with Southern Utah and had a home built on The Ridge in February 1992.They also took several cruises to interesting places. Shortly after 1993, Shirley experienced several physical problems, including cancer, wheat intolerance and several mini strokes. In February 2002, Boyd and Shirley moved to the Paradise Canyon development. For the next several years Shirley's health continued to decline and because of this Boyd could no longer give her the care she needed. Shirley's son, Scott, who has a medical background, asked that she be moved into Mokelumne Hill, CA. Scott's daughter-in-law is a CNA and she lived next door. This way Shirley would receive 24 hour care. Boyd agreed and she was flown to CA on March 3, 2008. Boyd commuted from UT to CA until Shirley's passing on July 27, 2008. Boyd continued to live in St. George, UT. Boyd is survived by his son, Richard of Ramona, CA; daughter, Heidi Mecham of Lindon, UT; step-daughter, Cyndi Dowling of Bountiful, UT; step-sons: Bradley Greer of Palos Verdes, CA and Scott Greer of Mokelumne Hill, CA; and many grandchildren. On May 10, 2015 Boyd died peacefully in his sleep. 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 May 17, 2015
Heyborne, Ernest  
Ernest Heyborne Cedar City, UT Ernest Higbee Heyborne, age 82, died peacefully at home on May 18, 2015 in Cedar City, Utah. He was born Feb. 17, 1933 in Cedar City, the only child of Samuel W. and Mary Higbee Heyborne. He married Cheryl Ann Outsen on November 28, 1970 in Salt Lake City. Ernie graduated from Cedar City High School and attended BAC. He operated snack bars in Salt Lake and owned and operated Ernie's Market in Cedar City. His hobbies were gardening, music, reading, riding his bike and meteorology. He volunteered as a spotter for the National Weather Service and reported weather conditions to KUTV for several years. He is survived by his wife of Cedar City, son Bryan (Holly) of Herriman, daughter Mary Ann (Jeremy) Nickolai of Belton, TX, 2 grandchildren, half-brothers Craig (Jana), Clay (Leanne), and stepsister Susann (Tex) Asay, all of Cedar City. Preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Pat Heyborne and stepsister Kathryn Craw. At his request, his body was donated to the University of Utah for research. A celebration of life will be held Friday, May 22 at 1:00 PM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 690 S Cove Drive, Cedar City. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Committal will be in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Salt Lake City at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Red Rock Center for Independence, 168 N 100 E Suite 101, St. George, UT 84770
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on May 21, 2015
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