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Viola Larsen Palmer

Viola Larsen Palmer, age 83, returned to her father in Heaven Jan. 5, 2005 in Price. Viola was born in Castle Dale to Madge Larsen and was raised by her grandparents, Erastus S. and Emma Elizabeth Petersen Larsen. Viola graduated from Central High in Castle Dale where she was on the drill team and basketball team.

She met and married Paul E. Palmer in Huntington June 1, 1940, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple in 1957.

They lived in Hiawatha and then moved (house and all) to Huntington where they raised their family. She loved working with her hands, sewing and gardening, keeping her husband and children in line and spending time with her family at home in the mountains. She had a special love of doing family history. As an active member of the LDS Church she served in numerous callings.

Viola is survived by five children and their spouses: Karren and Orsen Justice of Huntington, Phillip and Suzanne Palmer of Price, Tamara and Molie Tupai of West Jordan, Larry and Joy Lynn Palmer of Henderson, Nev., and David and Shella Palmer of Huntington. 25 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild in the oven. Also survived by one brother Vaughn Larsen and two sisters, Lois Madsen and Stella Reed and one special half-brother George Rodenheizer. Preceded in death by her husband, son Bobbie Edwin, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Sat. Jan. 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. at 11 a.m. in the Huntington Stake Center. Friends called Friday evening at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was in the Huntington City Cemetery.

Thank you for being such a wonderful mom and grandma. You will be forever in our hearts and minds.

Don Swenson

KENILWORTH-Don Swenson, age 83, lifetime resident of Kenilworth was reunited with his wife on Jan. 9, 2005 after a short period of time. He was born Nov. 26, 1921 in Ferron to Alfred and Catherine Taylor Swenson. Married Pearl Parry Nov. 26, 1945 in Price; she died Dec. 18, 2003.

Don worked in the coal mines in Carbon and Emery counties where he retired in 1983. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. He was known to his co-workers as "Skitter." Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. He loved his little dog Annaka who was by his side all the time.

Survived by two daughters, Vickie Olsen and Dixie Blackham, both of Helper; special granddaughter, Crystal Swenson, Kenilworth; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Martin (Una) Swenson, Carbonville; Jack (Cora) Swenson, Spanish Fork. Preceded in death by his wife Pearl; parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

We love you dad and grandpa. We will miss you.

Funeral service will be Fri. Jan. 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday evening from 5-6 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the service. Interment, Scofield City Cemetery.

Ron Parkin

PRICE-Ron Parkin, age 61 passed away Dec. 5, 2004 in Price. Ron was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was born June 24, 1943 in Salt Lake City to Lawrence and Klela Parkin. He married Marlene Pappas March 1, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nev. and is survived by his children and grandchildren.

Ron was an active Clamper that enjoyed contributing to others that were in need and he will continue to be a member even though his physical presence is not there, everyone will think of him. He loved everyone that was affiliated with the Clamper Hall located in Helper. It is a great thing to have the power to help others in need and he will never be forgotten. He also loved riding horses, hunting, fishing at Moon Lake, and the outdoors in general.

Ron made a life long career in safety and mining. There was never a day that he was not at work, in 20 years, Ron never used a sick day or put time aside for holidays. He loved all the miners in Utah and every miner in general. The definition of a coal miner to him was "A dedicated individual that puts his or her life and the lives of others in one another's hands to provide for their families." A miner is a very special individual that does not shy away from hard labor in fact there is not a more physically demanding job than a miner's occupation. These men and women gut it out to make a better life for themselves and their families.

There are special bonds between miners and their families that are strengthened and develop into internal families and they share the same love and companionship as the people they love the most. Working underground in a mine or on the surface of a mine requires special skills that are developed and passed on from generation to generation and he understood all that. That is why he accepted phone calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, holidays funerals, blessings, or family activities to try and help his extended families, "The Miners of the United States of America."

He had an enormous responsibility, his duties required several different areas of expertise, training, and advanced degrees. Ron was the last State Mine Inspector. His responsibilities included coal mining, strip mining, gilsonite mining, gold mining, cement and crusher plants, load outs, hoisting, engineers, environmental disasters, mining disasters, representative for the Utah Labor Commission and Testing and Certification Official for the State of Utah. He was an electrician, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He lived to see the mining industry prosper and if there ever was a man or woman that lost their jobs, friends or enemies, he grieved with them and that is what a family does and that was what he lived for.

Ron is survived by his wife Marlene, his brother Kent, his four children, Shane, Robert, David, Diane and his grandson Carson.

(Mom) "You are up with the angels now; it has been a long journey that we have shared together through thick and thin. You gave me four wonderful children whom we are very proud of. You are pain free now, and you will be with us always. You were known by millions whom you loved and they loved you."

The entire family wanted to thank everyone; family, friends, co-workers, mining associates, Clampers, all the special doctors, nurses, hospital staff at Castleview Hospital, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and Mitchell's Funeral Home.

Ron's wishes were not to have a funeral, he wanted everyone to remember him before he became ill and we will respect his wishes, however, arrangements or contacts can be made at 435-472-3896 or by this address located in Spring Glen: 2094 West 4630 North, Helper, UT 84526.

Loretta Tweed

HELPER-Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, Loretta Godfrey Tweed, age 63, died Jan. 8, 2005 at her home in Helper.

She was born March 2, 1941 in Lehi, to Mark and Alfa McLane Godfrey.

Married Ronald Tweed, Sr., April 7, 1968 in Elko, Nev.

Loretta was a dedicated and baptized witness of Jehovah God, where she was an active member of the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She was a resident of Carbon County since 1972 where she was a faithful employee of the Price Post Office. After 24 years of dedicated service as a postal clerk, she retired due to her health.

Loretta loved and lived life to the fullest. She had a great love for the outdoors, motorcycle riding, 4-wheeling and gardening. She also enjoyed paleontology, working on digs, sewing, camping and astrology. She will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends. Survived by her husband, Ronald Tweed, Sr., Helper; two sons, Ronald (Joy) Tweed, David Tweed, both of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren, Miriah, Kristy, Kevin, Sarah; sister, Rose Steward, Canoga Park, Calif.

Preceded in death by parents, son, Joseph "Joey" Tweed; brother, Fred Brockbank; sister Dorothy Brownlee.

Funeral service, Thurs., Jan. 13, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to service. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.

Phyllis Page

Phyllis Grace Robinson Page, age 84, of Payson, formerly of Roosevelt, died Dec. 28, 2004 in a Payson hospital.

She was born March 5, 1920 in Midvale to Looe Birch and Victoria Hedburg Robinson.

She married Albert Leland "Jake" Page Nov. 6, 1940 in Tooele. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple April 17, 1964.

Phyllis grew up in Midvale and graduated from Jordan High School. She lived her early married years in Salt Lake City, then she and Jake moved to Myton, back to Roy and about 30 years in Roosevelt until 1999 when she moved to Cleveland, Emery County, to be with a daughter and about the last four months they have lived in Payson.

Phyllis worked at Evan's Caf� for many years and in the school lunch program. At times through the years she enjoyed tole painting, ceramics, plastic canvas and she really liked to read until her eyesight went bad.

She was active in the LDS Church and worked mostly in the Mutual with the young men and women. She and Jake served in the Randlett Indian Mission.

Phyllis is survived by two daughters and a son, Arlene (John) Eden, Payson; Judy (Paul) Graham, North Salt Lake; and Doug (Teresa) Page, Tridell; 12 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by four sisters, Faye Bath, Midvale; Margaret Godnick, Salt Lake City; Bernice Jensen, Sandy and Linda Diamond, Texas.

She is preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Virginia Swenson, Blaine Robinson, LaVell Robinson, Beverly Carter, and Glen Robinson.

Funeral service held Fri., Dec. 31, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary where friends called one hour prior to the service.

Burial in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.

Lenila Jensen

PRICE-Lenila May Timothy Jensen, age 80, passed away Jan. 7, 2005 in Price. She was born Nov. 5, 1924 in Cleveland to John J. and Amelia (Ellison) Timothy. She married Dean Jensen on May 29, 1941 in Castle Dale. He passed away Aug. 15, 1972.

Lenila had great pride in her garden and especially enjoyed giving its yield to everyone around her. She loved to cook. But her greatest joy was in her family, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Lenila is survived by her children, Sally Jensen of Murray, Denis (Karen) Jensen of Midvale, Irene Draney of Springville, Gary (Tammy) Jensen of Helper, Kenneth (Ute) Jensen and Janet (Russ) Forsythe, both of Price, Steven Jensen of Wellington, and Vance Jensen and June Jensen, both of Castle Dale; 40 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Also survived by six brothers, LaVar Timothy of Preston, Idaho, Lionel (Ruby) Timothy of Price, Edwin and Douglas Timothy, both of Salt Lake City, Sherrel (Susan) Timothy of Colorado, and Darrel (Joyce) Timothy of Virginia; two sisters, Dora (Woody) Hunter of Arizona and ViEva Sanderson of Price; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, two sisters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday in Castle Dale under the direction of Fausett Mortuary. Interment was in the Castle Dale Cemetery.

If I knew it would be

the last time

That I'd see you fall asleep,

I'd tuck you in more tightly

And pray your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be

the last time

I'd see you walk out the door,

I'd give you a big

hug and kiss

And call you back for


Bert Hales Cowlishaw

Bert Hales Cowlishaw, 88, died Dec. 9, 2004 in Ferron. He was born April 10, 1916 in Storrs, to Bertha Hales and Rueben Cowlishaw. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Eva May Burgess and Charles Harmon Hales.

He married Ruth M. Mitchell, Sept. 26, 1992.

Bert was a master carpenter and scaffold builder, and worked overseas for Allied Construction. He was also a member of the LDS Orangeville 3rd ward and served an LDS mission in Texas/Louisiana.

Bert was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. Bert came out of retirement to build scaffold for the Salt Lake Temple to re-gold leaf the Angel Moroni atop the temple. When the work was all complete, a check was given to Bert for his work. Bert returned the check to the church. His work was his donation to his beloved church. Paul Harvey featured Bert and his work on national TV and national news.

Bert is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Larry (Rayma) and Dennis (Marsha); and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wives, Mary Lowe and Mildred Zoebell; and son, Mark. Graveside services were held Dec. 13 at the Lake Hills Memorial Cemetery, Sandy.

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