OUR "GOLDEN GIRL"
Jane Adele Bucklin Petty passed away November 30, 2017 of natural causes in Centerville, Utah. She was 23 days shy of her 101st birthday. She was born in Rugby, North Dakota on December 23, 1916 to Claude D'Estaing Bucklin and Olena Amelia Sanderson. Jane was proud of her British and Norwegian heritages.
Cleo Manoya Petty and Jane Adele Bucklin were married May 21, 1939 in Nephi, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on May 19, 1944. She is survived by children: Neil Craig Petty, Nancy Barclay Johnsen, Pamela Gayle White, and Michael Kent Petty. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo; her parents; and eight siblings. Her progeny includes 25 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Among her numerous and remarkable talents, Jane began dancing -- at age 80 -- with Jean's Golden Girls in Provo, Utah. The troupe danced during basketball half-time games in Utah, for the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers. Jane's ability to kick high and do the splits rocketed her to "stardom." In 2006 at age 90, she appeared on the Jay Leno Show where she won the segment, "Does This Impress Ed Asner?" by doing her splits routine. She did her final splits at age 95.
Our sweet mother will be greatly missed. She was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, which we all enjoyed. Her dedication to her family and our Savior, Jesus Christ, was exemplary.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the extraordinary staff at Silverado Hospice, who provided such loving care for mother and special support to us as family members.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Cottonwood Heights Salt Lake Wasatch Stake Center, 8170 South Shorthills Drive, Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Viewings will be held at the Stake Center on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 am prior to funeral services. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah.
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