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Gene Storrs Pappas

PRICE-Today our sun will shine a little less brightly, and there is aching in our hearts and souls. But a man who has waited patiently for nine years, must wait no more. On Aug. 22, 2003, our beloved mother and grammy, Glenna Gene Storrs Pappas, joined her beloved husband, and they are both complete again. Gene S. Pappas (she never liked, nor used Glenna) was born Oct. 26. The year of her birth is a little less certain. She placed it at 1923, but older siblings and family genealogy liked 1924 better.

She was born in Salt Lake City, the sixth of seven children born to Fred and Lottie Storrs. She was raised in Price until her mother died, then her father moved the family to Provo. She graduated from Provo High School in 1942, and attended Brigham Young University for two years. These were the years of World War II, and she left school to work in Salt Lake City at Fort Douglas when the Presidio was moved there from San Francisco. When the war ended she chose to stay in Utah. She returned to Price to work, but shortly afterwards was a passenger in a horrible car accident. The two people with her were killed, and Mama's philosophy became that she had survived "for a reason." Her struggle to first live and then recover took a year, and she displayed the steely determination that was such a part of her nature.

She first returned to work at First National Bank and then became a stenographer for Attorney A. John Ruggeri. It was during her employment there that a young attorney, newly home from the War, walked into her life and her heart. She had known him, or of him, as there was a six year age difference, from her childhood in Price. But from the moment Luke G. Pappas walked into that office, she knew what her "reason" for survival had been. Theirs was a love that defied the conventions of that time (1947) as she was a Mormon woman of old pioneer stock and he was the son of Greek immigrants. Mama used to say that Papa "hid" her for two years. Papa would reply that she kept "stepping in front of his car, and he either had to marry her or run over her." Marry her he did. On May 15, 1949, in spite of family wishes and social mores, they were joined in marriage at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price. From that point on, they were a team. Not always a quiet team, given the different cultures and their Greek versus Irish temperaments, but an inseparable team just the same. She worked for a number of years in his law office and volunteered as a type teacher for Notre Dame School. But her defining roles in life were always wife, mother and grammy. Through the years of a lifetime, the two of them moved from Gene and Luke, to Mama and Papa, to Grammy and Poo-ee-always point and counterpoint. They cherished their two daughters and words are inadequate to describe their feelings for their twin grandsons. Then on a March day in 1994-the unbelievable but inevitable-Papa had to leave. Separated after 47 years, by the only thing that could separate them, Papa began his patient wait. Mama struggled on alone to complete the "instructions" he had given her. He told her to see that their grandsons got an education. In May 2002, their grandsons graduated Magna Cum Laude and Suma Cum Laude from Luke's alma mater, the University of Utah. Now, with work complete and lives complete, Gene and Luke hold each other once again. Those of us left behind, who miss them so much, also know, undeniably, that there is a mighty team of two who will love, guide and protect us every day for the rest of our lives.

Those who now "wait" behind include cherished daughters Joane Pappas White of Price; and Lucia Pappas Finley of Raleigh, NC. Beloved twin grandsons Ethan Finley, Raleigh, NC and Ian Luke Finley, New York, NY. Special grandson Todd Gaskin, Imperial County, Calif. Gene's adored sisters, Irma Judd, Edna Thompson, Helen Cluff and Nan Baker. Gene is now with her parents, brother Art, sister Donna and son-in-law Brian White.

Please "wait" for us.

Trisagion service will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main, Price, on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. A tribute and Orthodox prayers will be at Mitchell's on Aug. 28 at noon. Burial will take place at Price City Cemetery, where Gene will rest once more beside her beloved Luke.

Marilyn Robertson

PRICE-Marilyn June Oliveto Robertson, passed away Aug. 17, 2003. She is the daughter of the late Dr. Sam Louis Oliveto and Mrs. Oliveto (June A. Spratling).

Marilyn was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her love and kindness continue as a legacy to her family.

She is survived by her two children, Jessica June (Peter) Loebbecke; Samuel Jason (Ember) Hobi; two grandchildren, Samuel Jarom and Jennica June Hobi; mother, June A. Oliveto; sister, Judith (Richard) Kelly.

Funeral service was held Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home.Interment at the Price City Cemetery.

Martin Cullum

LAWRENCE-Martin Henry Cullum, 88, passed away Aug. 20, 2003 peacefully in his sleep, from a courageous battle with cancer.

Dad was born June 15, 1915 in Teasdale to Ernest Henry and Edna Olsen Cullum. He married Berniece Staker on Dec. 2, 1935 in Price. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. She passed away April 6, 1996.

Dad was a true cowboy. He loved to ride his horse and herd his cows. He was equally at home on his tractor taking care of his farm. He was an expert at braiding and taught several of his grandchildren to braid. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Dad was the kind of person that would do anything to help someone.

He worked in many coal mines in Emery and Carbon County. He retired from Kaiser Steel in 1977, Local 9958.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Burdick; two sons, Earl (Sue) Cullum and Richard (Kristie) Cullum, all of Lawrence; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Carrol Cullum, Castle Dale; a sister, Peggy (Don) Becker, Salt Lake City.

Dad will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a sister, Shirley; and brothers Loren and Clarence; and a grandson-in-law; Cory Nielsen.

Funeral services were held Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Huntington 5th Ward building. Viewing was held one hour prior to services. Interment in the Lawrence Cemetery. Funeral under direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Lester Minchey

CLEVELAND-Lester Von Minchey, 76, died peacefully at home Aug. 17, 2003 with his wife by his side after a courageous battle with complications from cancer.

Lester was born June 3, 1927 in Helper to Lester June and Alice LaVon Carlow Minchey. He married Shawna LaRue McFarlane Dec. 23, 1960 in Cleveland.

He was baptized a member of the LDS Church three weeks ago and looked forward to the time he could be sealed with his family forever. He loved to travel, and served 11 years in the US Army and for many years on the Cleveland City Council. He was a contractor and owner/operator of Minchey Digging for 30 years. Lester gave many years of selfless service to his community. His greatest love in life was being with his family.

Lester is survived by wife, Shawna, of Cleveland; six children, JoLene (Bruce) Sharp of Hurricane; Bill (Janet) Minchey of Beaver; Rex (Joy) Minchey of Jerome, Idaho; Shellee (Forrest) Luke, Craig, Colo.; Troy (Sandra) Minchey, Minersville; and Tonya (Jeff) Cowley of Cleveland. Also surviving are grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Lynn Ann Jones of Alaska; and three brothers, Henry Minchey of St. George; Jack Minchey of Grantsville; and Mark Minchey of Escalante. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Jay and grandson, Joseph Sharp.

Funeral services were held Aug. 22 in Cleveland. Interment in the Cleveland City Cemetery.

Pauline M. Evans

PRICE-Pauline Miller Evans, age 74, passed away Aug. 18, 2003 in Draper. She was born Oct. 20, 1928 in Stevenson, Wash. to Jacob and Juanita "Mabel" Roe Miller. Married Rulon "Dee" Evans, Oct. 13, 1951 in Reno, Nev.; he died March 8, 1995. Member of the Price United Methodist Church.

Pauline was a resident of Carbon County since 1956, where she was a lontime employee of Safeway's in Price. She was a former member of the Price Ladies of Elk's, Soroptimist Intl. and Macria Delpha. Pauline enjoyed ceramics, fishing, and most of all her trips to Mexico each year with "Dee."

Survived by her daughter Tracy Christensen, Rock Spring, Wyo.; son James Evans, Draper; three grandchildren, Allissa Dee, Randee and Johna; two great-grandchildren, Dominque and Lexus; and special thanks to Pat and Bill Johnson for their loving care of Pauline during her last two years. Preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jacob.

Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment at Price City Cemetery.

James Ivo Burgess

PRICE-James Ivo Burgess passed away peacefully Aug. 24, 2003, at the Castle Country Care Center after a long illness. He was born April 6, 1924 in Altonah, Duchesne County to Kenneth Burgess and Edna May Foote. At age 3, his father passed away and his mother later married Peter M. Jensen.

Ivo joined the Army at the start of World War II. He was in Patton's Third Army, Fourth Armored Division. He was a radio operator and forward observer, many times beyond German lines. His was the second vehicle to enter Bastogne at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, on June 3, 1946, he married Cleo Elaine Hancock in the Manti Temple. They just celebrated 57 years together. He was a faithful member of the LDS church, holding many callings. He was an appliance repairman for Price Trading Company and Eastern Utah Electric for 25 years.

Survived by his wife, Cleo; children, Kenneth (Virginia) Burgess, West Valley City; Paul (LeRee) Burgess, Blanding; Bruce (Nona) Burgess, Price; Diane (Don) Rock, Hayburn, Idaho; Deborah (Jeff) Williams, Garland; sister, Nellie (Wes) Noe, Spokane, Wash.; brothers, Peter Maynard Jensen, Rockledge, Fla.; Carlos (Illa) Jensen, Centerfield; sisters-in-law, Nola Burgess, Provo and Lewana Hale, LaVerkin; 14 grandchildren including Elder Keith Williams in Chile. Preceded in death by parents, stepfather and brothers Raymond Burgess, Kenneth Burgess, Lars Ru Vaughn Jensen and June Jensen.

Funeral services will be Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Price LDS Stake Center with a viewing one hour prior to service at the church. Burial in the Cliffview Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the VA Hospital and the staff of the Castle Country Care Center for all their wonderful care of our father.

Margie Dervoe

HELPER- Margie Dervoe passed away Aug. 20, 2003 at Castle Country Care Center after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.

Born March 17, 1927 in Castle Gate to George E. and Ethel L. Henderson Sillitoe. George was killed in a mine accident in Castle Gate in 1933. Ethel later married N. Joe Tullius and he became dad to Margie.

Margie graduated from Carbon High School in 1946. She worked with her parents and brothers, Hollie and Butch, at the family newspaper, The Helper Journal.

Married Jim Dervoe on Oct. 22, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nev. Jim and Margie were married for 52 years. He passed away June 8, 2001. Margie will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her dear companions at the care center.

Survived by her daughters, Tamara J. Dervoe, Omaha, Neb., Jodi (Ben) Williams, Garden City, Kan. eight grandchildren, Jamie A. (Robert) Gahley, Brandy (David) Sargent-Jones, Steven R. Breeden, Jr., Joshua Dale, Melinda, Katie Rachel, and Matthew Micheal Williams and one great granddaughter, Skyler Jade Gahley; brothers, Hollie M. (Sylvia) Sillitoe, Helper; Nemo J. "Butch" (RoseAnn) Tullius, Taylorsville: many precious nieces, nephews, cousins, and a community of precious friends.

Funeral service was held on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at Mitchell's Funeral Home. Family gathered at Mitchells Monday, one hour prior to service. Friends are welcome at Mitchells daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

Colton Andrew Ware

CASTLE DALE-Colton Andrew Ware, infant son of Michael Courtney and Corine Lea Sherman Ware, passed away August 25, 2003 in Payson.

Private family services will be held August 28, under the direction of Fausetts Mortuary.


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