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Carole Jean Hemingway Griffeth

Born: May 8, 1959 in Bakersfield, Kern, California

Died: April 20, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Carole Jean Hemingway Griffeth, 54, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on April 20, 2014 in her home. She was born May 8, 1959 in Bakersfield, Kern, California, to Kenneth Paul and Mary Frances Snarr Hemingway.

She married Kim Dallas Griffeth on September 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is survived by her husband, Kim and their son, Michael Paul. Sisters, Bonnie Louise and Dean Rowley, Suzanne Elaine, Mary Kathleen (Kathy) and Mark Warner, Margaret Ellen and Eric Raine, and one brother, Dennis Paul and Robyn Hemingway of Arlington, Texas. Also many nieces and nephews and special Grandma and Grandpa Del and Kathryn Gardner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary, and a beloved sister Linda Frances. Also her in-laws Dallas and Peggy Griffeth.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E. 200 S., Springville with a viewing one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Springville Historic Cemetery, 200 W. 400 S., Springville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations for funeral expenses.

William Leon Isaacson

1928 ~ 2014

William Leon Isaacson, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the age of 85. Born April 24, 1928 on the family farm on the east bench of Provo to William and May Brown Isaacson, Leon learned many valuable lessons working alongside his dad and grandpa.

His love for the outdoors began at an early age as he explored the hills behind the farm. His favorite times were hunting or fishing with his dad and later with his own children and grandchildren. Many great family memories involve hunting or fishing trips with Leon.

Leon attended Lincoln High School where he played basketball and football.  There he met his eternal sweetheart Betty (Pulham) and they were married after graduation in 1946.

Leon was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings in the church.  One of his greatest joys was being sealed to Betty in the Manti LDS Temple.  He and Betty raised their children in the Brookside subdivision in Springville where they made many lifelong friends.

Leon worked at Muir-Roberts through much of his adult life managing their fruit packing plants and made valuable friendships with the growers and employees. He retired from Muir-Roberts after 35 years and enjoyed “snowbirding” with Betty in St. George, making many great friends, and golfing with his “Over the Hill Gang.”

Leon was also an accomplished trapshooter and gunsmith.  He won many awards for trapshooting, including State Champion in his division for several years in a row.  All his children and grandchildren cherish the guns he made for them.

Leon’s greatest love was his wife and children.  He is the proud dad to four children: Mel (Sherrie) of West Jordan, Ed (Marcia) of Alpine, Patty (Rick) Robinson of West Jordan, and Judy (Dale) Ainge of Orem.  He loved being Grandpa Leon and attended many ballgames, dance programs and piano recitals.  At the time of his passing, he had 14 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.

After the passing of his dear wife Betty in 2005, Leon married Jane Jones of Overton, Nevada, and gained three more children, Jeff (Teresa), Randall (Jane) and Ivie Ann and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Leon and Jane split their time between Springville and Overton enjoying their families and friends. Jane passed away in 2009.

Leon is survived by his children and grandchildren and also a brother, Merlin (Carol); and sisters, Carole (Blaine) Cordner and Arline (LeRoy) Watkins.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Hobble Creek West Stake Center, 555 South 600 East, Springville.  Friends and family may call Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, and at the church on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services.  Interment will be at the Springville City Cemetery.

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Carol Ann McPheeters

1939 ~ 2014

“She Teaches Well That Lives Well”

Carol Ann McPheeters age 75, completed “earth life school” on April 15, 2014. She was the oldest child of Leonard Harry McPheeters, Sr. and Lida Margaret Waugman McPheeters. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 8, 1939.

She attended schools in Salt Lake as a child, completing her junior year at East High School in 1956. Her family moved to California and she graduated from Pasadena High School in 1957. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Brigham Young University. After several years of teaching in the public schools she continued her education earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, all the while working full-time and single-handedly raising her four children. Her children remember her as a strong advocate for gaining education, encouraging them to achieve excellence academically and develop high work ethics. Carol was a model of balancing family responsibilities, work and fun! Her love of learning and interest in people motivated her at age 50 to return to the university again and pursue a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Behavior at the Marriott School of Business Management, Brigham Young University. This adventure to cross train into business was vitalizing and rewarding to her and expanded the contribution she made in the school system and her colleague teachers. Carol was a mentor to hundreds of graduate students studying Special Education and through her career she became an expert on learning theory and organizational behavior.

Carol found fulfillment in her own paradigm of strength through travel to foreign lands, she believed that travel to foreign lands was as good as or better than a college class. Carol earned the title of Golden Gleaner as a young women, she was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in many roles in the Church and sharing her testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel to her children by being a role model example of her beliefs in Christ. She was a guide on Temple Square, an avid collector of family history and she used her exquisite writing skills and creative arts talents to vividly portray events in the lives of her family through music, pictures and songs.

Most recently she was the Chapter Regent for the Wasatch Range Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), her Patriot was Private Andrew McPheeters of Pennsylvania. Carol was recognized by the DAR as a distinguished member of the Heritage Club for her significant contribution and leadership. Her wish was to leave a historical legacy to her children and grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her four children Linda Carol (Lewis) Hofmann, Laurie Ann (Kyle) Smith, Ron (Dominique) Osick, and Susie L. (Steve) Clayson. She is remembered and beloved by her 14 grandchildren as loving and creative, “Grammie Carol.” These treasured grandchildren have been the pride and joy of her later years.

The viewing 10:00 am, and funeral 11:00am  will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Mapleton Stake House located at 970 N. 400 E. Mapleton, UT. Graveside service will be a Scottish bag piper with a dedication prayer of the grave at Wasatch Lawn (Olympus Hill) 3401 S. Highland Dr. Salt Lake City, UT. The plot chosen is near Carol’s favored grandmother, Sarah Ann Moss McPheeters.

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Gary Newman Perkins

1936 ~ 2014

Gary Newman Perkins, age 77 of Springville, UT, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 peacefully with family members around in Price, UT.

He was born April 19, 1936 to Newman and Alice Taylor Perkins in Pioche, Nevada.  He married the love of his life, Carol Pulsipher on July 10, 1956 in Mapleton, UT.  They were sealed for time and eternity in the Manti Temple on June 13, 1970.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years, then hired on with Springville City where he work for 33 years.  Gary loved hunting, fishing, camping and all outdoor activities with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Springville; 2 brothers, Daryl Perkins of Provo and Ned Perkins of Springville; 5 children, Geraldine (Lorvin) Cottam of Price, Patti (Charles) Betts of Spanish Fork, Pauline (Ron) Bell of Spanish Fork, David (Kay) Perkins of Spanish Fork, and Robert (Jenny) Perkins of Spanish Fork.  He had 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, and 1 brother.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the LDS Chapel at 355 E. Center in Springville.  There will be a viewing held at the church from 11:30 to 12:30 prior to the services.  Interment will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

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Phyllis Kaye Reynolds Wiley

1926 ~ 2014

PH Wiley 2Phyllis Kaye Wiley, age 88, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2014. Phyllis was born February 4, 1926, the youngest of 11 children, to Charles and Florence Reynolds in Springville, Utah. She lived nearly her entire life in Springville. Phyllis met Dick Wiley at Hill Air Force base where she was working during World War II. On January 1, 1945 she married Dick in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before he was shipped overseas. They just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Phyllis was able to travel with Dick to many places throughout the country where they enjoyed some great adventures. She was always a good sport about accompanying him on fishing, rock hunting, and camping trips, too. Phyllis worked many years at the Utah County Recorder’s Office, SOS Drug Store and Allen’s Dry Cleaners. Most importantly she was a devoted and wonderful mother. Her life was her family. She loved her brothers and sisters, children, grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, and especially the babies.

Talents were abundant in Phyllis’ life. She loved making quilts, was an expert seamstress, loved knitting, crocheting, writing poetry, and working with porcelain. With no formal teaching she created beautiful oil paintings and water colors that she shared with many friends and family. She loved to plant and watch things grow-especially her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved being a visiting teacher.

Phyllis liked everyone she met, and everyone liked her. She was a very tolerant and patient person with never a harsh word for anyone and was never judgmental. Phyllis had a heart full of love, always grateful and giving. She always thought of others above herself. Phyllis exhibited uncommon courage and patience in dealing with life’s challenges, especially the last few years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Phyllis is survived by husband, Dick, her sons Craig (Joyce) and Brad (Arloha), her daughter Sandra (Greg Packard), 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, Utah. Family and Friends may call on Thursday evening, April 17, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or on the morning of the services from 10:00 to 11:00 at the mortuary prior to the services.  Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville.

Craig James Giles


Online GilesCraig James Giles passed away April 6th in Vancouver, WA. He was born to David Giles and Lauri Giles in Payson, UT on October 4, 1990. Craig grew up in Springville, UT and graduated from Coleville High School, CA in 2009. He was wed to Blair Christine Lawton in 2010 and they lived together at Camp Pendleton, CA where he served in U.S. Marine Corps before relocating to Vancouver.

C.J. was a devoted father and loving husband who took great pride in caring for his family and touching the lives of everyone he met, C.J. had a lust for life, family always came first and everyone he knew was family. C.J. earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was passionate about always sticking up for the underdog. C.J. will be remembered for his magnetic personality and anyone who came into his life was showered with love and laughter.

C.J. is survived by two daughters, Kinzlee Eve and Whitley Lynn and his beloved wife Chrissy as well as his brother Chad (Emilee), his sisters Joyce and Stefanie (Charles) along with numerous family and friends.

Services will be held at the LDS chapel located at 350 N 400 East, Springville on Tuesday, April 15th at 11 AM. Viewings will be held Monday, April 14th from 6-8 PM at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E 200 S, Springville and Tuesday at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery immediately after the service.

William Richard Crowther


PH CrowtherRichard passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. He was 91. Rich was born in Sanford, Colorado on April 6, 1923, to Wm. Alma Crowther and Marcella Christensen, one of 2 boys and 7 girls.

He married Shirley Hair in 1942, they divorced in 1970. Together they had 4 children. He married Elwanda Brock George in Florida on September 6, 2008. They came to Utah to live in 2010.

Rich was one of the few surviving WWII veterans, having served in the Okinawa Invasion. He always acknowledged the protection he received from Heavenly Father during his war time career. He was always proud to wear his Veteran’s ball cap.

He and Elwanda were member of the LDS Church and members of the Hobble Creek 13th Ward in Springville.  He loved the Lord, loved life and was a prayerful man. Rich lived a very full life working in lots of different jobs, from Geneva Steel to a catering delivery business in California and Arizona. He was quite a sports enthusiast and loved watching his favorite teams play.

He is survived by his wife, Elwanda; daughters: Karen Ann, Launa Kay and Sheri Jo and one son, Richard Gary; several grand and great grandchildren and 3 siblings: Fern Van Sickle, Robert Crowther and Janette Black. He was preceded in death by his parents and 5 siblings.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E 200 S, Springville, UT.  A viewing will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary prior to the services.  Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Sanford Colorado Cemetery with Military Rites by the American Legion.

Sarah Eileen Brown Memory


PH Memory YoungerSarah Eileen Brown Memory passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 12 2014. Eileen was born March 1, 1927 in Woodruff Utah to Mariner and Mae R Brown. She was was one of six children in a close knit, hard working, and loving family. She grew up on a ranch and you would never find her inside doing chores, but instead was her father’s right hand girl, helping daily with all of the cattle, sheep, and mowing hay with a team of horses. She loved horses and rarely used a saddle with her braided pigtails flying. She was baptized a member of the LDS church on cold winter day in a stream where they chipped the ice to get to the water.

Soon after the end of World War II during the spring of 1946, a handsome sailor with curly black hair named Frank Memory had just been discharged from the US Navy. Within a month or two he paid her a visit, took her on a few dates, and quickly asked for her to marry him. They were married for time and all eternity on June 6, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple.

They were blessed with 5 children, Von, Sharon, Ann, Gary, and Richard. All were born and raised in Springville Utah. She was very dedicated to her family and spent her spare time performing callings in the church. In particular, she loved serving in the primary and scouting. She adored her grandchildren and hosting countless family parties during holidays or anytime she could get everybody together. She was always happiest when the house was full of family. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She also loved music, playing the piano, organ, guitar, and also instilling into her children a love for music and love for others.

She is survived by her husband Frank Memory of Springville Utah, Von (Glenda) Memory of Cecil Alabama, Sharon (Doug) Bringhurst of Springville, Ann (Duane) Paxton of Mapleton Utah, Gary (Carla) Memory of Purcellville Virginia, and Richard Memory of Springville Utah.

Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the LDS meetinghouse at 55 North Main, Springville, Utah.  Viewings will be held Tuesday, April 15, at Wheeler Mortuary on 211 E 200 S, Springville, Utah from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 hour prior to the services, at the church. Burial will be in the Historic Springville City Cemetery, 200 W 400 S.

The family wishes to thank Curo Hospice and Art City Nursing & Rehab for their tender and loving care.

Homer Claude Fletcher

1922 ~ 2014

Homer C. Fletcher passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 6, of old age just 25 days short of his 92nd birthday. His parents were Herman C. Fletcher and Grace M. (O’Hara). He was named after his father and he had one sister Lorraine. He was called JR most of his childhood but was later known as Fletcher or Homer (the name is mother preferred) through the rest of his life. He legally changed his name in the late 1990’s. He was married to his loving wife Susie (Gwenyce Devins) Fletcher for more than 50 years until her passing in 2003 and had three children. Timothy D. was the oldest but sadly lived for only a few days. Homer is survived by his other son Gary L. of Orem, UT and daughter Susan K. of Los Angeles, CA. He has 5 living grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Homer had a very exciting and varied life that included becoming a merchant marine at the beginning of World War II. During WWII he was involved in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was twice on ships that were sunk; one destroyed by rough seas and the other was hit by an enemy torpedo. He was one of only three surviving sailors on the first sinking. He circumvented the globe twice and loved to share stories of wild adventures from that time of his life. He married when he returned from the war and resumed working at the Pacific Bell phone company as an engineer until his retirement more than 40 years later.

Homer was a Freemason since the 1950′s being one of his lodge’s youngest masters and later in life attaining the 32 order and joined the Scottish Rite. He was also a Shriner. One of his other passions was scuba diving. He was one of the earliest members and actively involved in the National Associations of Underwater Instructors from the late 1960′s until the 1980′s. He was still diving in his late 70’s. He received numerous awards two of which were the Dr. Charlie Brown Memorial Award in 1990 and was as an inaugural member of the NAUI Hall of Honor. He instructed military and oil rig divers and helped cofound the Cresci Sub Club in Japan.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 12th at 1 pm. He will be buried next to his dear wife Susie at the Springville City Cemetery on 400 South at 200 West.


John Oliver “Jack” Bird

1934 ~ 2014

 John Oliver “Jack” Bird passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was 79.  Born July 29, 1934 to Guy & Norma Bird.  He was born & raised in Springville, Utah and graduated from Springville High.  

Jack joined the National Guard after graduating from High School, then worked as a surveyor for the government, and then joined the Springville Police force.  Later he left the police force to work for Geneva Steel as a Railroad Engineer and retiring with them after 29 years.  For seven years, while working for Geneva Steel, Jack was one of the first to serve as an ambulance volunteer for Springville City.  Jack was also a crossing guard for Springville.

Jack married Colleen Frost on June 23, 1955.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple on November 16, 1971.  Jack was a member of the LDS Church, holding various callings.

Jack is survived by his second wife, Joanne Bowers Bird; son, John (Michelle) Bird; son-in-law, Kirk Roberts; 5 grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by Joanne’s 4 children; Terry, Ann, Jack & Jill; her 17 grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren.  Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Colleen F. Bird; daughter, Debra Roberts; 3 brothers, N. Guy, Robert, & LaRay Bird; and both parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 with a viewing prior to the services from 9:30 – 10:45 at the SpringCreek LDS Building at 860 E. 200 N., Springville.  Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rich and his staff at the Huntsman Center for their love and caring, and Dr. Clark and his staff for their loving care.

Condolences may be sent at www.wheelermortuaries.com

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