Deloris Leo Stokes
1919 - 2016
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Apr. 29, 1919 ~ Jan. 10, 2016
Tremonton, UT-Deloris Leo Stokes, 96, of Bothwell, Utah, died peacefully, January 10, 2016.
He was born April 29, 1919, in Bothwell, Utah the son of James Leo and Mable Nina Anderson Stokes. He married Eleda Vee Smith September 10, 1943 in the Logan Temple. He was the oldest of 4 sons, Owen, Thayne and Jack.
He loved his family, his church, his ranch and his turkeys. He spoke of his years of service in the Southern States Mission with reverence and pride. He was a member of the Bothwell Ward his entire life and served as Bishop. He served as the Second Counselor in the South Bear River Stake Presidency for 17 ½ years.
From 1983 to 1986 he served as President of the North Carolina Raleigh Mission, where he and Sister Stokes loved and cherished their missionaries. Together, Deloris and Eleda Vee served as second counselor and assistant Matron in the Logan Temple and as Directors of the Oakland Temple Visitors Center.
Deloris loved the Bear River Valley and enjoyed serving the community. He loved to fundraise for worthy projects such as bringing natural gas to Bothwell, Boy Scouts of America, 3 Bear River Valley Hospitals, Peterson Park, Utah State University College of Agriculture, Utah Turkey Show and the 4-H and FFA Turkey Processing Plant. He was an avid supporter of youth and enjoyed participating in the junior livestock auction of the Box Elder County Fair and the Utah Turkey Show auction. Deloris was easily identified in the community by his distinctive Stetson fedora, which he wore religiously.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Eleda Vee. He is survived by three daughters, Paula Vee (Don) Kerr, Woodland; Cameron (Stanley) Palmer, Providence; Gaye (Scott) Wheatley, Oakton, VA; his three sons Dell Stokes, Los Angeles, CA; Reed Stokes, Bothwell; Spencer (Mary) Stokes, Ogden; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and his brother Jack.
Our thanks to the caregivers of Our House Assisted Living and Intermountain Homecare & Hospice and our lifetime family friend Mavis Tolman Merrill.
Friends and family may visit Friday, January 15, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home located at 111 North 100 East. A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bothwell Valley View Cemetery. For flowers to be enjoyed annually, donations may be made to the Deloris and Eleda Vee Smith Stokes Ornamental Grass & Iris Garden at the Utah State University Botanical Center.
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Published in Deseret News on Jan. 13, 2016.
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Bothwell Valley View Cemetery
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January 13, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Deloris was a good man and a great friend to all. May the good Lord bless your family at this time.
Russ Pierson
January 16, 2016
January 15, 2016
Camie and Family

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father, grandfather. With love and appreciation, he is a great
Hugh & Darlene Von Niederhausern
January 15, 2016
Just a note to send our love and support. I have fond memories of spending time with all of you and Grandma Smith during Thanksgiving and Special Sundays. Your home was always filled with laughter and wonderful smells. I still miss Aunt Eleda's cinnamon rolls! Karl remembers the wonderful, kind, way Uncle Deloris and Aunt Eleda were when his parents were sealed in the Logan Temple. Uncle Deloris's sweet words that day, have blessed our life for generations. He will be missed. May the Lord bless your family. WE love you!
Karl and Diane Stock
January 15, 2016
Very greatful Glenn Tree
Glenn Tree
January 13, 2016
Deloris loved to talk to people. He went up to Ron playing the piano at the Golden Dragon Room in 1965. That began a lasting friendship throughout the years. We will miss him and Eleda who are together again. Love, Ron and Gail Miyashiro.
Ron Miyashiro
January 13, 2016
To the Stokes family:
May the Almighty God be your source of strength at this time of grief. May he grant you peace as you look forward to the time when his promise at 1 Corinthians 15:26 will come true and all of you will be reunited in peace.
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