Ruthilda Robertson Miller, a 90-year-old resident of Burley, passed away peacefully, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Ruth was born Feb. 5, 1914, in Rigby, to Alma Moroni and Mary Cassie Pearce Robertson. She graduated from high school in Eden. She married James Wayne Miller on May 29, 1935, in the Logan LDS Temple.
Ruthilda was a superb homemaker and loved handwork which included crocheting, knitting, quilting and embroidery. She was an excellent seamstress and made beautiful wearing apparel individually fitted to each daughter's preferences. She was a creative gardener of flowers and vegetables who loved to preserve the harvest. She was an excellent cook and taught all those skills to her daughters.
The Miller home was always open to guests including Iraj Sorushian and Glen Tsu, who were two young students, who became like family members.
Ruthilda was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions in the Relief Society, Stake and Ward Primary, and Young Women's throughout her years even to the end. Her last calling was making bread for Sacrament Services. She made her final loaves of bread on the Tuesday before her death.
She was a supportive wife and mother encouraging, rescuing and applauding.
She worked with her husband in Miller Drug as a clerk in the early years, and later as a bookkeeper, buyer, and trusted advisor.
She loved to travel with family, including her parents, children, spouse, and grandchildren.
She is survived by her three daughters, Nola Ann (Lloyd) Hess, of Emmett, Marilyn Miller of Burley, and Judith Marie Reep of West Valley City, Utah; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Walter Harold (Shirley) Thompson of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Marjorie Louise (Floyd) Merrill of Rupert, and Glenna Whitaker of Burley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Harold Thompson; and one sister, Geana Faye Stanger.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Burley West Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2420 Parke Ave., with Bishop Scott Bray officiating. Burial will be in Paul Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Primary Children's Medical Center, LDS Hospital, or a charity of choice.
Len F. Marrs
Albion - Len Francis Marrs, passed away on November 29, 2004, at the age of 65, at his home in Albion, Idaho, of pancreatic cancer. It was a struggle he fought with dignity, strength and determination.
Len was born Dec. 28, 1938, to George Jackson Marrs and Frances Stone Marrs in Winnemucca, Nevada. He grew up in Nevada, attending primary school in Paradise Valley, and Humbolt County High School in Winnemucca. He earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Nevada at Reno, where he played football and was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. It was during this time that Len met and began dating Barbara Carolynne Hickman, whom he married on January 27, 1960.
Len and Barbara began their life together in Elko, Nevada, where they managed a miniature golf course and where Len taught high school Biology. It was there, in 1962, that their first child, Christopher Roy Marrs, was born. In 1963, Len began his mining career in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his father-in-law, Roy F. Hickman, developing mineral extraction technologies on the Great Salt Lake. Their second child, Amy Frances Marrs, was born in 1966.
The family moved to Salida, Colorado, in 1968, where Len managed the Pinnacle Uranium Mine on Marshall Pass. Len and Barbara later both earned their broker's real estate licenses, and sold homes and ranches in the Chaffee County area for many years. Their third child, Emilyanne Marrs, was born in 1969, in Salida. While there, Len was active in the community, running for County Commissioner, enjoying his favorite game of golf and acting as President of the Salida Golf Course, and helping with the junior ski program at Monarch Ski Area.
The early 1980's took the family to Casper, Wyoming, where Len worked to develop new onsite uranium extraction technologies. He then began consulting with the Kennecott Mine in Salt Lake City, to help with the re-vegetation of tailings piles around their copper mining operations. It was this work that led him to help form PHC (Plant Health Care) Reclamation, which was recently listed as a publicly-traded company. With the help of many talented friends and colleagues in the mining reclamation and biological professions, Len and his group worked to make green the most barren of lands disturbed by mining, construction and other activities. PHC-REC is the recognized leader in the use of fungi and bacteria for the establishment of trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers - a process of which he helped bring to market. Len and his crew received numerous state, national and industry awards. He was extensively published, and was a well-known seminar presenter in the mining industry.
Len was passionate about his family and friends, and his new hometown of Albion, Idaho. He spent the last few years caring tirelessly for his wife of 44 years, Barbara, who passed away on November 12, 2004.
He was elected to the Albion Town Council in 2002, and took great pride in helping this wonderful town. He was named Citizen of the Year in 2004, by the members of the Albion Grange Hall.
We hope Len will be remembered for his love of all things living: his beloved family and friends, all of his pets and plants, and especially for his determination, or what some would say with a smile - his stubborn attitude.
Len is survived by his three children, Chris of Castle Rock, Colorado, Amy (Jeff Steinhour) of Miami, Florida, and Emilyanne (Jeff Cann) of Denver, Colorado; and five grandchildren, Sean Marrs, Ian Marrs, Riley Steinhour, Sarah Steinhour and Aidan Cann. He is also survived by his siblings, Beverly (Bob) Horton of Reno, Nevada, Barbara (Steve) Harbit of Reno, Nevada, Bob (Annie) Burhans of Winnemucca, Nevada, and Jack (Kathy) Marrs, of Winnemucca, as well as his sister-in-law, Frances (Donald) Marden and mother-in-law, Helen Hickman of Salt Lake City, who helped to care for Len and Barbara in their last few months.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his step-father, Luther Prewett.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Registered Nurses, Pauline Chavez and Melissa Davids of Idaho Home Health and Hospice, as well as personal friends,Carey Leach and Nola Dayley. Also, to Dr. Boehmer, Dr. Dearing and all the wonderful friends and neighbors of Albion for their care and help.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at the Albion Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the Rev. Father Kenneth Hein of the Monastery of the Ascension Priory presiding. Interment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery
A luncheon will immediately follow the burial at Sage Mountain Grill in Albion, for family and friends.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Friends of Hospice, 418 Oneida, Rupert, Idaho 83350, or to the Albion Senior Citizens, Albion, Idaho, 83311.
A viewing will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the church.
THEDA MAY WHITEHEAD JUDD
Theda Whitehead Judd passed away on November 28, 2004.
She was born August 15, 1920 in Preston Idaho the daughter of Clarence Whitehead and May Bell Allen.
She married William Reid Judd Jr. July 3, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Theda graduated in the class of 1938 from Burley High School then continued her education graduating from Albion State Normal Teachers College in 1940. She received a Bachelor degree in English from the University of Utah.
Theda was a natural teacher with a beautiful sense of humor.
She was employed as a resource elementary school teacher in Idaho and Davis School Districts.
She retired in September, 1982.
Theda was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Helen Mar Miller Camp, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayflower society, Farmington Historical Museum and the Libertarian Party.
Theda was very active in politics, her interests include history, genealogy, music, piano, doll collecting and travel. She traveled extensively throughout the world. Her love of history extended from personal genealogy.
She served as a Tech. Sergeant in the Women's Army Corp. at Camp Shanks, New York and Adjutant General's School, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas during World War II. She was honorably released January 11, 1946. A courageous pioneer, Theda was one of the first WAC's in the army.
Theda is survived by her two brothers, Kenneth (Margaret)Whitehead of Falls Church, Virginia; Clair (Dorothy) Whitehead of Tremonton, Utah; four sons, William Reid (Margarita) Judd III of San Jose, California; Christian C. Judd Farmington, Utah; Joseph R.(Megan) Judd of Farmington, Utah; Kenneth L. (Sherry) Judd of Danielson, Connecticut, three grandchildren, Andrew, Michelle and Kelley A. Judd.
Like the mountains she lived be all her life, her presence was subtle but her impression on the landscape of all our lives is cherished and unending.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. where friends may call from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment Lindquist's Memorial Garden of the Wasatch.
Frederick 'Fred' Gorringe
Oakley - Frederick Leland "Fred" Gorringe, a 26-year-old resident of Oakley, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 15, 1978, in Burley, the son of Leland Earl and Marjorie Robinson Gorringe. He received his education in Oakley and attended the College of Southern Idaho majoring in computer technology.
He married Erin Layne Povlsen on May 22, 2004, in Oakley. Fred was a wonderful husband, son, brother and uncle. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He was a computer expert and was known for his great skills and knowledge.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Erin and son, Regen; his parents, Leland and Marjorie Gorringe of Oakley; two brothers, Greg (Tanna) Gorringe of Pocatello, and Barry Gorringe of Orem, Utah; one sister, Margo (Christopher) Mickelsen of Oakley; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Robinson of Oakley; a niece, Regan Mickelsen; a nephew, Ethan Mickelsen; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Tracie Gorringe; his paternal grandparents, Carl and Mickey Gorringe; and his maternal grandfather, Ray Robinson.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Oakley Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 301 N. Center Ave., with Bishop Randy Hardy officiating. Burial will be in Oakley Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and from 1 until 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Nadia Gonzales, 44, of Burley, passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at the Minidoka Memorial Hospital.
Nadia was born Jan. 23,1960, in Portales, N.M., the daughter of Ismael and Elvira Gonzales. She moved to the Mini-Cassia area in 1974. She attended Minico High school and graduated in 1978. She married Ruben Palomo and had two children.
Her greatest joy in life was working for the Idaho Migrant Council as housing manager for Progecto Esperanza ( Project Hope) in Heyburn because of the people who lived there. She worked at this position from 1994 to 2001. Later she worked for Bill and Maria Jensen at Options Counseling as a secretary until the end.
She enjoyed spending time with her boys Ruben and Eddie , her nephew Dominic Flores, and her friends.
She is survived by her mother Elvira Gonzales of Burley, two children: Ruben Palomo Jr. and Eddie Palomo both of Burley, three sisters: Delma Gonzales of Nampa, Delia Molina (Alvino) of Rupert, and Cora Ortega of Levelland, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father: Ismael Gonzales, and a brother David Gonzales.
Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Rupert, with a Rosary recited at 6 pm Wednesday Dec. 1, 2004. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with burial to follow the services at Rupert Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hansen Mortuary Rupert Chapel.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be given in her name at either branch of first federal bank or to the Hansen Mortuary Rupert and Burley Chapels 436-5636 and 678-2521.