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Lawanna Mary Ricks

Lawanna Mary Ricks 11/13/1949 ~ 5/3/2006 Our dear wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend, Lawanna Mary Wilburn Ricks, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family the evening of May 3, 2006 in Salt Lake City. Lawanna had multiple sclerosis for several years. She endured this trial without complaint, always thinking of those around her, and their well being. She followed the Savior's admonition to love one another. She accepted every calling and responsibility and always served cheerfully. Mom brought life to life. She lived her life on earth with energy and enthusiasm, with hope and optimism, with service and charity, with generosity and love. She lived for her husband and sons and loved them dearly. The time she spent with them meant more to her than anything else. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was married to her sweetheart in the Salt Lake Temple April 14, 1972. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah in the same year. Her degree was in elementary education. Lawanna is survived by her husband, Kent; three sons, Joel (Amy Teresa), Benjamin (Tabitha), and Paul (Rebecca Mae); five grandchildren, Mary, Sarah, Seth, Gordon, and Eleanor; parents, C. Mack and Jean H. Wilburn, Lloyd S. and Cora S. Ricks; four sisters, Sylvia (Jan), Merrilee (Barney), Christy (Ed), and Connie (Doug); and two brothers, Tom (Janice), and Tim (Susan). Preceded in death by infant sister, Glorya Eve Wilburn. Funeral services for Lawanna will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 12 noon at the Grandview 2nd Ward, 2930 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT, where friends may call Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday morning 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment, Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please send condolences to the family at www.holbrookmortuary.com
Published in Deseret News on May 7, 2006
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