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Rene Lopez

HUNTINGTON-Mary L. Majors Lopez, age 75, passed away Aug. 29, 2006 in Price after a brief illness. She was born June 20, 1931 in Roosevelt, Utah to Paul and Ester Jorgensen Majors. Married Ernest G. Lopez, Oct. 16, 1978 in Elko, Nev.

Rene was a devoted member of the Desert Edge Christian Chapel in Huntington. She was also a staunch supporter of the United Mine Workers in the area. She loved working outside in her flower garden and her green thumb could make anything grow. She loved animals and was always caring for strays in the area.

She had a deep love and compassion for others, and this was best displayed when she was caring for her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Through her dedication to others, Rene leaves a legacy that will last a lifetime.

"We love you Rene, and may your memory be eternal."

She is survived by her husband, Ernie Lopez, Huntington; four sons and one daughter, Paul (Susan) Hilliard, Huntington; Bruce Hilliard, Florida; Robert Hilliard, Fort Collins, Colo; Tereasa Hilliard, Logan; David Hilliard, Salt Lake City; sister, Bertha Wayman, Sandy; seven grandchildren and 19 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ernie D. Lopez; and her brothers and sisters.

Funeral service was held Sat. Sept. 2, 2006 at 10 a.m. at Desert Edge Christian Chapel. Family was at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price on Friday evening from 7-8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to service. Interment at the Huntington City Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Mary Buffo

PRICE-Mary Buffo, a lifelong resident of the Price area, died Aug. 29, 2006.

She was born March 22, 1922 in Rolapp, Utah to Stefano and Caterina Garda Buffo.

Mary attended school in the Carbon County area, graduating from Carbon High in 1941. At the age of 12, Mary went to work in the Royal Hospital with Katherine Dart and Dr. Lavell Merrill.

After high school she attended Nursing School at LDS Hospital where she earned her nursing degree. Upon graduation she worked in Springville, Utah for Dr. Rees and Dr. Anderson.

Mary returned to Carbon County where she worked in the Standardville and Spring Canyon Hospitals. She returned to Price working in private practices for various doctors including Dr. Orson Spencer, Dr. William Gorishek and Dr. Ted Madsen, where she was employed at the time of her death.

Mary always loved sports. As a young girl she participated in tennis and basketball.

Through the years she had several favorite sports teams and tried never to miss a game on TV.

If there is one word to describe Mary it would be "devotion." Devotion to her work, her patients, her friends and especially her family. She loved and cared for every member of her large extended family and never missed an occasion to be with them. Mary spent her life in service to others, never seeking recognition. She will be remembered for her quiet selfless service and her generosity to everyone.

Mary is survived by her sisters, Nellie Nesbit; Gloria Williams, both of Provo; brothers, Frank (Leola) Buffo, Spanish Fork; Steve (Marna) Buffo, Provo; Guido (Joann) Buffo, Springville; 19 nieces and nephews, 51 great nieces and nephews; 33 great-great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rosa Carter; three brothers-in-law, Don Williams, Wayne Carter and Robert Nesbit.

Funeral Service, Tues., Sept.5 at 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family and friends are welcome at Mitchell's Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday one hour prior to service. Graveside service, 3 p.m. in the Provo City Cemetery.

Bettie Casella

SUNNYSIDE-Bettie Carlson Casella, age 82, passed away Aug. 28, 2006 in Price. She was born May 21, 1924 in Stromsburg, Neb. to Admiral and Ellen Nielson Knerr, and she was later raised by her dad, Martin B. Carlson.

She married Michael (Mike) Casella on May 31, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah; he died May 24, 1988. She was a member of the Catholic Church, and a longtime resident of Sunnyside where she cherished her many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Bettie enjoyed her gambling trips, and a good game of cards with the ladies card club that met every month. She loved camping, cooking, traveling, crocheting, and visiting with her family and friends.

Survived by her daughter, Robyn Ann (Bill) Carter, Salt Lake City; son, Marty J. (Lois) Casella, East Carbon City; two grandchildren, Lonnie and Sean Huntington; her faithful companion and best friend, Jay Jay. She was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and many longtime friends. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mike; grandson, Mikie K. Huntington; four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral mass was held Thurs. Aug. 31, 2006 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper. Vigil service was Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the church in Helper. Family was at St. Anthony's Wednesday and Thursday one hour prior to services. Committal service at Mt. View Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Wanda Summers Larsen

Wanda T. Summers Larsen our sweet, sweet Mom peacefully passed away surrounded by her family, Aug. 31, 2006.

Mom was born Feb. 28, 1921 in Fairview, Wyo. to Charles Clifford Thornton and Inez Jerusha Campbell. She married Allen Summers of San Francisco, Calif. in June 1940 and sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple.

The love of Mom's life was her family, especially the little ones with their happy smiles.

Mom's life exemplified patience, understanding, unconditional love, and generosity. There was never a doubt about where one stood with her, as she would always tell you what was on her mind. She was an excellent example of spirituality and unfailing spiritual strength, demonstrated by her testimony of the Lord and her service to others. Mom was a stalwart member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and faithfully served missions in Florida, Texas, the Manti Temple, and numerous other callings.

She's survived by her daughter, Terry Lyn Williams (Mark H.) of Castle Dale, sons, Richard Summers (Jeannie) of Las Vegas, Nev., Art Summers (Luella) of Nephi, Utah, Charles Summers of Castle Dale, Utah, and David Summers (Jackie) of Henderson, Nev. She is also survived by her sisters, Ila Young, Afton, Wyo.; Byrel Dabel, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Betty Dabel, Delta, Utah. Her legacy includes many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Parts of her wise counsel to her family throughout our lives were "Don't do anything stupid" and "Keep on keeping on".

A grave side service will be held Sept. 4, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. in Fairview, Wyo.

Stay Sweet and God Bless.

Sarah Marie Knight

CARBONVILLE-On the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2006, Sarah Marie Knight quietly slipped away to meet her sweetheart and walk hand in hand, side by side once again. Mom was born Oct. 13, 1920 in Scofield, Carbon County, Utah to Raymond and Sarah Williams Wilde. She married Boyd Knight on Aug. 2, 1943 in Price, Utah. He died Nov. 29, 1963.

She returned to school and earned an associate degree in business from College of Eastern Utah. She touched countless lives while working at the CEU library for more than 20 years. She enjoyed reading books and poetry, and spending time with family and friends. She was a collector of many things. She loved her pets. She was a kind and gentle spirit who brought out the best in everyone. She was a member of the LDS Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen, adopted son, Dick Shepherd, both of Price, adopted daughter, Carol (Dennis) Hartmann of Ogden, four adopted grandchildren, two adopted great-granddaughters, several nieces, nephews and cousins and the best neighbors and friends in the world. Preceded in death by parents, grandparents, husband, two brothers, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service was held Fri. Sept. 1, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Westwood Ward. A viewing was held Thursday evening at Fausett Mortuary in Price from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral. Burial in the Price City Cemetery.


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