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LaVern Gottfredson Steele

PRICE-LaVern Gottfredson Steele, age 78, passed away Sept. 28, 2003 in Ferron. She was born April 17, 1925 in Magna to Elden and Sarah Esmerelda Boulton Gottfredson. She married Duane W. Steele May 22, 1945 in Salt Lake City, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, Feb. 22, 1956.

She worked side by side with her husband as co-partner of Office Equipment Co. for 35 years, until his death in 1983. She loved spending time with her family boating, and camping and hiking. She spent countless hours doing beautiful embroidery for her children and grandchildren. Whatever she made she freely gave to those she loved.

LaVern is survived by her children: Thomas and Robyn Steele, Curtis and Catherine Steele, Nancy and Scott Sjostrom and Brent and Edie Steele, all of Price, and Diane and Stephen Behling of Ferron; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brother Gary Gottfredson and sisters Glenna Steele and Melba Oliverson. Preceded in death by her husband.

Graveside services were held Oct. 3 in the Salt Lake Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Billy Durham

ELMO-William Joseph "Billy" Durham, age 41, passed away peacefully Oct. 4, 2003 at home. He was born May 3, 1962 to Charles William "Bill" and Joan R. Guthrie Durham.

He worked in the coal mine where he was injured in 1982. Though he had no use of his legs, he loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. He was a quiet man who loved spending time with his family, playing cards, teasing everyone (especially Mom) and watching TV. To all the kids he was "Uncle Billy." He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents of Elmo and four sisters: Linda and Andy Peterson of Elmo, Nita and Robert Regruto of Helper, Barbara and Steven Nostrom of Elko, Nev., and Jackie and Gene Spigarelli of Price and a very dear friend Paula Wells and her children Samantha and Derek, many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by a twin brother, Bobby.

Graveside services will be held Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Moab Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price.

Lynn Christopherson

CARBONVILLE-Lynn Alfred Christopherson, 80, passed away Oct. 1, 2003 at Castleview Hospital. He was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Sterling to Dolph and Myrtle Erickson Christopherson. Married Marian L. Miller Oct. 2, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was a resident of Carbon County since 1959 where he owned and operated Lynn's Music (now known at Breinholt Music). Lynn also worked as a business machine mechanic for 20 years at Office Equipment. He enjoyed country music, guitars, hunting, fishing and camping. One of Lynn's greatest joys was talking to people and spending time with family and friends, and shopping for western wear and boots. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survived by wife, Marian Christoperson, Carbonville; three daughters and two sons, Loraine (Don) Wisdom, Ft. Worth, Texas; Jerry (Wayne) Nielson, Beaumont, Calif.; Randy Christopherson, Carbonville; Teri (Dana) Paquette, Arlington, Texas; Larry Christopherson, Helper; sister, Brenda Wrightsman, Montrose, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death byparents; four brothers; one sister; and an infant son, Rocky.

Graveside services were held Oct. 4 at the Cliffview Cemetery in Price under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Ruth "Jean" Christiansen

EMERY-Our beloved Ruth "Jean" Christiansen, 76, passed away with her family at her side Oct. 2, 2003 in Price. She was born Dec. 20, 1926 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Reno Giles and Leola Madsen Crook. She married Merlin H. Christiansen on Sept. 6, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she has served in many callings including an 18 month mission at Temple Square. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, all types of musical activities, sewing, and will long be remembered for excellence in quilting. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Emery County Historical Society. Jean was currently working, along with her husband, as director of the Senior Center in Emery.

Survivors include her husband Merlin of Emery, her children Nancy (Tom) Parry of Salt Lake, Rene' (David) Dalley of Springville, Scott (Karelyn) of Layton, Glenys (Lannie) Sitterud, Ken (Earlene) Christiansen both of Emery, Karla (Kerry) Powell of Huntington, Marie (Louis) VanderHerp, Becky (Jed) Allred both of Ferron. She is also survived by 38 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters: Ray (Ruth) Bakersfield, Calif., Doris Funk of Salt Lake, Truxton (Lottie) Madison of Ephraim, Bessie (Charles) Gall of California, Roger (Nadine) Madison of Arizona, and sister-in-law Adele Madison of Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents, son John, four brothers and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at the Emery Ward Chapel. Interment followed in the Emery Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Jennie Kosmas

PRICE-Jennie Makris Kosmas, age 84, passed away on Oct. 1, 2003 at Castleview Hospital. Born Aug. 8, 1919 in Raton, N.M. to Mike and Sophia Papadomanolakis Makris. Married Mathew (Mathios) A. Kosmas, Nov. 25, 1951 in Salt Lake City. He died May 9, 1990.

Member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church where she was active in many church activities over the years. Longtime resident of Carbon County, where she worked as the cafeteria food service supervisor for the College of Eastern Utah. Jennie enjoyed crocheting and was the happiest when she was cooking and baking for her family and friends.

"May her Memory be Eternal"

Survived by her sons, Anthony (Lola) Kosmas, San Francisco, Calif.; George (Ellen) Kosmas; Modesto, Calif; her loving grandchildren, Demetra "Mia" Kosmas and Mathew Kosmas; four sisters and one brother, Annie Gaviotakis, Theodore Makris, both of Salt Lake; Elizabeth Veturelli, Arizona; Peggy Makris, Salt Lake; Katherine Christopoulos, Arizona.

Preceded in death by parents, sisters, Vee Kampros and Helen Paulos; brother, George Makris. Funeral service was held on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Trisagion service, was held Friday at 7 p.m. at Mitchells Funeral Home. Family was at Mitchells prior to the service. Committal service was in Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 688, Price, UT 84501.

Lyle Duzett Anderson

EMERY-Lyle Duzett Anderson, age 78, passed away Oct. 5, 2003 at his home in Emery. He was born March 14, 1925 in Emery to Arthur M. and Virtue Duzett Anderson. He married Belle V. Mortensen Aug. 6, 1947 in Salt Lake City, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. He lived in Emery his entire life and was a cattleman/farmer.

He served in the US Navy during WWII as a radio officer on the US Navy "TBF Avenger," based on the Aircraft Carrier Mission Bay. He was a coal miner and member of the UMWA.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served as a counselor to three Emery ward bishops, and then as bishop for the Emery Ward for six years.

He is survived by his wife, Belle of Emery, children: Craig of Emery, DeLynn and LaMar Black of Price, Joni and Mike Wolfley of Sandy and Gayla and Garth Luke of Orangeville; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also survived by two brothers: Robert and Dwaine, and two sisters: Bertha and Bessie.

Funeral services will be held Oct. 8 at Noon in the Emery LDS Chapel where friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Emery Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Irene Madge Behling

FERRON-Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend Irene Madge Behling passed away in Ferron Oct. 4 as a result of final stages of Alzhiemers. She was born March 4, 1930 in Huntington to Nels and Irene Johanson Christensen. She married Clair H. Behling on Nov. 29, 1946 in Castle Dale and they were later sealed together with their family in May 1965 in the Manti Temple. She loved to sew, crochet, and cooking, including make the "best" cookies. She loved babies, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including 22 years as a Blazer leader.

She is survived by her husband Clair Behling, and five children: Dennis (Sandy) Behling, Jo Lynn (Don) Steele, Vynette (Kevin) Willbur, Scott (Toni) Behling and Gina (Kent) Jones. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Darlene (Clyde) Thompson, Verlene (Garry) Cites, and three brothers, Elwood (Gwen) Christensen, Dale (Doreen) Christensen, Alan (Bonnie) Christensen. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Margie, and an infant brother Val Jay.

Friends may call for a viewing at the Huntington Stake Center on Oct. 7, from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will then be held in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Huntington City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

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