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Mayall Huntington Sawyer, 84, passed away September 29, 2013 in Antimony. She was born September 18, 1929, in Panguitch, to Oliver Barnhurst and Velma May Evans Huntington. She married David G. Sawyer February 17, 1946 in Fredonia, Arizona. The marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple. He preceded her in death March 18, 1988.
To Mom, family was most important in her life, including the "in-laws" and the out-laws". She was a self-taught artist and musician playing the piano, guitar, organ, drums, violin, harmonica, base and was learning the mandolin. She loved farming, fishing, hunting, picnics, piecing and quilting.
Mom was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as music leader, organist, a teacher and a visiting teacher. She encouraged and taught her children and grandchildren the importance of a strong testimony of the Gospel and served as an excellent example to them. She had many friends and accepted all people for who they were and dedicated her life in service to all. Mom's sense of humor remained with her right to the end. She was actually bigger than life.
Mom was an EMT and served on the Hatch Town Council. She was also a member of the DUP, serving over 20 years as president of the camp.
Mom's mantra, "I'd sooner wear out than rust out". She did.
She is survived by children: Valeene Mae (Ken) Roberts, Antimony; Kerry David (Elaine) Sawyer, Fredonia, AZ; Kurt Oliver (Phyllis) Sawyer, Mesquite, NV; Kent Huntington (Ivonne) Sawyer, Idaho Falls, ID; 15 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren, with three more on the way; sisters: Beth Allred, Hatch; Ileta Dix, Panguitch; brother, Garn (Dorothy) Huntington, St. George.
Also preceded in death by parents; son, Kim Sawyer; grandson, Brett Thomas Sawyer; sister, Reva (Karl) Lowder; brother, Boyd Huntington; brothers-in-law: Darol Allred and Pat Dix.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the Hatch LDS Ward Chapel, 24 South Main, where friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Hatch Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2013