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Billee Kessler

HUNTINGTON - Billee Jones Kessler, age 62, passed away May 20, 2002 in Price.

She was born Oct. 22, 1939 in Coeurd'alene, Idaho, to Durane W. "Bill" and Edna Brown Jones. Married Robert Kessler, July 24, 1974. He died in 1991.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After graduating from North Emery High School, she attended Stevens Henniger Business College before entering the U.S. Navy in 1960. Upon leaving the Navy, she resided for a time in Kansas City, Kan. after which she returned to Huntington to raise her children.

She loved to travel and care for her rose garden (and her cats).

In addition to numerous other jobs in the county, she loved her job at Maverik in Huntington, where she developed many lasting friendships.

Her deepest love and devotion were to her family.

Billee is survived by her children, Les and Michelle Ellifrits of California and Anita and Gary Jensen of Castle Dale; granddaughter, Justine; brothers and sisters, Ron and Janet Jones, Mary B. and Joseph Grange, Rex and Klea Jones, Anna and Jack Greenwood, Roger and Lynn Jones, David Wayne and Lena Jones, Mickey and Sam Cranford, Lenard Doyle and Louise Jones, Joann and Tom Shannon, Janene and David Avery; sister-in-law, Marva Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter, Melinda; her parents; brothers, Clifford and Clifton Jones; and sister-in-law, Margie Jones.

Funeral services were Friday, May 24, at the Huntington LDS Stake Center. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was in the Huntington Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Alice M. Sisco

FERRON - Alice M. Sisco, age 65, passed away May 21, 2002 at Utah Valley hospital in Provo.

She was born June 6, 1936 to Keith and Roseanna Beaudre Lewis in Longview, Wash. She married Harold Sisco on May 16, 1951 and later divorced.

She loved to do crafts and loved animals of all kinds. She loved people and was known to many as "Grandma" and loved them as her own.

She delivered for Tony's Country Kitchen and drove school bus many years ago.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, where she taught Sunday School.

She is survived by her children, Marvin (Eileen) Sisco, Frank (Yvonne) Sisco; Debra (Tony) Hancock, Carol (Jack) Harkins; four nephews, one niece; and a sister, Corrine (Bill) Wilfong. Also survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Allen and William "Billy;" a brother, Bill; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service was Friday, May 24, at t Fausett Mortuary Chapel in Castle Dale. A graveside and burial service will take place next to her parents in Lewiston, Idaho.

Francis Scartezina

PRICE/TUCSON, Ariz. Long time Price resident and well known businessman, Francis Joseph Scartezina, 86, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2002 after a short illness.

Born in Denver, Colorado, April 7,1916 to Guiseppi and Mary Barich Scartezzini, he was the eldest son of six children.

Francis married Emma Lucile Gunderson on September 21, 1940 and together they had three children, Sandra (Martin) Turbidy, Paul (Dolores) Scartezina, and Dan (Linda) Scartezina. Grandchildren, Nancy, Angela, Dan, Mike, Nick and Max, also great grandchildren Anthony J. (A.J.) Scartezina and Lucille Elizabeth Pietri. Emma preceded Francis in death.

Francis was active in the community and was a past president of the Carbon Country Club, former president of the Western Boys Baseball Little League and lifetime member of B.P.O.E. 1550. He donated time and resources to many community and religious projects. His early years were spent caring for his mother and family because of his father's premature death.

A successful businessman, he was the owner/operator of Scarty's Construction Company from which he retired at an early age and continued to pursue his interests in land acquisition, travel and fishing with his family. He and Emma celebrated over 50 years together and had a retirement that we would all wish for.

In accordance with Francis' wishes, he will be cremated. Friends and family may call at Mitchell's Funeral Home, Tuesday, June 4 between 6 and 8 p.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday prior to graveside services which will be held at the Price Cemetery, June 5 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Emma Scartezina Nursing Scholarship Fund, CEU, 451 East 400 North.

Eliasim Lopez

SUNNYSIDE-Eliasim Lopez, age 80, passed away May 22, 2002 at Castleview Hospital in Price.

He was born February 22, 1922 in Dulce, N. Mex., to Elias and Abigal Lopez. Married Gloria Marquez, February 1, 1958 in Parkview, New Mex.

Member of the Catholic Church. Eliasim worked for D&RGW for many years and was a resident of Sunnyside since 1982. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make everyone laugh. Eliasim loved animals and riding his little red scooter.

Survived by his wife, Gloria Lopez, Sunnyside; sons, Daniel (Lisa) Lopez, East Carbon; Alex Lopez and Bernie, East Carbon; David (Tanya) Lopez, East Carbon; daughters, Marie (Jack) Williams, Salt Lake City; Betty Rampa and Orie, Price; sister, Clara Tofoya, Dulce N. Mex.; and 12 grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; son, Julian; and son-in-law, David Rampa.

Funeral Mass, Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Gary Cox

CASTLE DALE - Gary D. Cox, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, returned to his Father in Heaven Thursday, May 23, 2002, at his home in Castle Dale after a long battle with MS.

Gary was born April 8, 1932 in Orangeville to Donald T. Cox and Helen Fox. He married Della Draper Aug. 9, 1952 in Orangeville. Marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Soon after they married, he was called by the United States Army to serve two years in the Korean War. Gary and Della raised their family in Utah and Colorado, while he labored long and hard as a steel worker and miner. They made a final move to Utah in 1969 and made their home in Castle Dale, where Gary continued to work in the mines in Emery County until he was forced to retire in 1977.

Gary served valiantly in church callings, including Sunday School teacher, elders quorum presidency, bishoprics and stake presidencies. He had a deep and abiding love for the gospel and his family.

Gary loved herding sheep, hunting, camping and hiking in the mountains that surround Emery County.

Gary never spoke an unkind word or felt ill feelings for family or neighbors. He was loved by everyone who knew him and it was alsways a joy to be in his presence. The desires of his soul were to live the gospel and have his family around him.

He is survived by his wife, Della; daughter Debra (Cory) Britton, Bicknell; son, Phillip (Marquita), Orangeville; son, Rodney (Gayleen), Orangeville; daughter, Janine (Kevin) Gallacher, Denver, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, one sister and a sister-in-law. Preceded in death by a sister, an infant son, brother, mother and father.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center. Interment, Orangeville Cemetery.

We would like to express our deepest love and heartfelt thanks to the many employees of hospice and home health who cared for our father in such a caring and loving way.

Kathryn 'Kay' Houskeeper

PRICE - Kathryn "Kay" Christensen Houskeeper, age 87, passed away May 24, 2002 in Price.

She was born Aug. 17, 1914 in Price to Thomas A. and Katherine Grames Christensen. She married Theodore "Ted" B. Houskeeper Feb. 26, 1938 in Price, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple April 3, 1965.

Her passion for life was primarily for her family and then for the world around her. She excelled at poetry (having been published), painting and photography. She loved roses and spent countless hours caring for her beautiful flower gardens. In her younger years, her love of music prompted her to become skilled at the violin and also the mandolin. She also crocheted and was a talented pastry chef, having been taught by her English mother.

Kay is survived by her children, Brent and Connie Houskeeper, West Jordan; Skip and Lucille Houskeeper, Price; Linda and Vern Osmond, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Craig and Dawna Houskeeper, Price; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Bud Christensen and Dale Christensen of Price. Preceded in death by her husband, Ted; two daughters, Myrna Loa and Venda Evelyn; and sister, Alice Bentley.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 28, at 1 p.m. at the Price 4th LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Price City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Del Ray Brotherson

ELMO - Del Ray Brotherson, age 72, passed away May 26, 2002 at his home.

He was born June 17, 1929 in Elmo to Orson Hyde and Mada Axelsen Brotherson. He married Clarasee Dalton Oct. 6, 1950 in Cleveland. She passed away in 1984.

He worked for 40 years in the coal mine for U.S. Fuel at Hiawatha.

He loved hunting and fishing, especially with his family and friends. He loved to work with wood, whether building homes or furniture. He enjoyed the companionship of his coffee shop buddies.

He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Guam following WWII.

He is survived by his children, Delena and Larry Fish of Elmo, Craig and Roma Brotherson of Elmo and Madean and Wade Lemon of Holden; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also survived by one sister, Afton Erickson. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the Elmo LDS Chapel. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Elmo Cemetery.


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