Shelley Lynne (Hughes) Thomas, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Spanish Fork, Utah after a four-year battle with leukemia. Shelley was born on March 28th 1950 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the beloved daughter of James Carol and Evelyn Elnore Reed Hughes. As a young girl her family spent several years in London, Ontario, and later settled in Calgary, Alberta, where Shelley spent the majority of her youth. She graduated from Aberhart High School in 1968 and began her studies at BYU the following year. In 1971, she married Danny Lee Ferguson, and then graduated from BYU in 1974, already a mother of one. After having another baby girl, they moved to Virginia, where Shelley was blessed with two more children. Shelley was an especially loving and dedicated mother to her own children and to many “adoptees” along the way. In 1992, she moved back to Provo, Utah to pursue her teaching credentials at BYU. She certified to teach Special Education, and in 1994 she moved to a farm in Lakeshore, Utah. Shelley and Danny amicably divorced in 1995 and she began teaching full-time. In 1996, she married Randy Phil Edwards, who passed away five years later. In 2003, Shelley moved to Spanish Fork. On March 3, 2007, she married James Henry Oliver Kerwood Thomas, Jr. The two of them have been residents of Spanish Fork ever since. Throughout her life Shelley has been a dedicated and caring teacher. After moving to Utah, she was prompted to walk into a special education seminary building near BYU, where she was offered a teaching job. This began a life-long love of helping and teaching children with special needs. She taught self-contained special education and later transitional kindergarten classes at Brockbank Elementary in Spanish Fork for many years. She had a deep love for her students. In her youth, Shelley was an active and happy young lady. She was an accomplished water skier and loved badminton, curling, swimming, fishing, and ice skating. Shelley was a cheerleader in high school and later in life enjoyed dancing with Jean’s Golden Girls. At the age of 16, Shelley and her family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she was an active temple-going member until her death. She held callings in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations but her favorite time was working with her Beehives and Activity Days girls. Shelley had a very loving heart and often reached out to those who were forgotten by others. Shelley is survived by her husband James Henry Thomas; children Heather Humpherys (Aaren), Allison Ferguson, Adam Ferguson, Sandy Oughton (Charles); step-children Amanda Thomas, Samantha Booth (Gregory); and grandchildren Jonathan Humpherys, Sarah Humpherys, Daniel Humpherys, Krystalyn Booth, Cristian Cruz, Alma Cruz, and Dalila Santiz. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Evelyn Hughes and her only sibling James Clifford Hughes. Funeral services will be held Monday at 12 p.m. at the Meadowlark 2nd Ward Chapel at 1661 South 1400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held at the chapel just prior to the funeral from 10-11:45 a.m.. Shelley will be laid to rest at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. The family would like to thank all the nurses, physician assistants, doctors, IV Center and hospice personnel that have cared for her in the course of her illness.
Leon fought a great fight but succumbed to dementia on May 14, 2018 peacefully in his home surrounded by family. He was born to Lawrence James and Maurean Torgerson Christensen on June 22, 1947 in Provo, Utah. Leon graduated from Provo High School and was drafted into the United States Army. He was honorably discharged after serving his country. Leon married Mickelyn Asay on September 13, 1969 in Provo, Utah and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on July 13, 1977. He worked for Provo City for 30 years and retired from the Streets Division as the paint and sign shop supervisor. He is the proud father of four boys and one daughter who provided him much happiness, but most of all, provided him the joys of his life in the 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren he loved so much. He is survived by his beautiful bride, Mickelyn Asay Christensen; Daughter, Cami Christensen Bird (Stewart); his sons, Brian L Christensen (Shauna); Kevin Christensen; Eric Christensen (Amy) and Daniel Christensen; and his three brothers, Lynn Christensen (Judy), Calvin Christensen (Shaunna), and Gary Christensen (Shirlee). He was preceded in death by his parents and his great grandson, Chanse. Funeral services will be held at 11:00a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018 at Pheasant Valley LDS Chapel at 1157 West 900 South, Springville, Utah. A viewing will precede the funeral from 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. Burial will be in Provo City Cemetery. The family would like to thank Hearts For Hospice and the wonderful care that was provided by Roy and all the sweet caretakers that helped Leon stay comfortable in his last days.
Robert D. Ford passed through the veil on Sunday, May 6, 2018. He was born, March 29, 1933, to Emmett and Lois Ford, of Springville Utah. Bob attended Grant Elementary School of Springville, Utah and Dixon Middle School, and Provo High School both of Provo, Utah. He enlisted in the United States Navy following high school and served during the Korean War for 4 years. He worked for his father and various other construction companies after serving his country. He worked a good portion of his life as a heavy equipment operator in construction with Utah County, and retired in the mid 1990’s. Bob married Verena Blood Carter. Together they had three children; Bret Emmett, Kade Robert, Kristi Lynn Ford. He later married Mary Ann in 1988, and has worked with her in running Oak Hills Stables since. Following his retirement from Utah County, he was a temple worker in the Provo Temple. In addition to his family, he also was a father and grandfather figure to many who frequented Oak Hills Stables. Bob was known as a faithful home teacher with his companion Bub Riding. Bob was also known as a very good friend to many. Never one to brag, according to Bob, he loved cutting, and had a few good cutting horses. But Bob was a skilled rider, and won several competitions. Bob and his father were involved extensively with cutting and all that this entailed. Years after his competitive cutting days Bob continued to enjoy the sport and skill. Bob loved riding horses and eventually a four wheeler around the Oak Hills property as much as he loved his daily diet Pepsi at Fast Gas with his friends. He could be found doing either on most days. But Bob mostly loved his family and friends. And though life was not always positive and kind to him, he always was to those around him. He was known to have a friendly word at the ready for those he didn’t know well. But he was consistently and obviously happy to see those he loved. When asked, “How are you doing?” he was often heard saying “Never had it so good”. Bob is preceded in death by both his parents, and his grandson, Cody. He is survived by his wife of 30 years MaryAnn, four children: Bret Emmett & (Anna), Kade Robert, Kristi Lynn (Russell) Cummings, Carl (Mary) James, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Randall (Charlene) Ford. A graveside service will be held in honor of Bob’s life on May 14, 2018 at noon at the Salem City Cemetery in Salem, Utah. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to Maple Lake Academy of Payson (801) 798-7700 (E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org). To express condolences and share memories, please visit LegacyFunerals.com
Cody Jed Page, born May 21, 1999 will be joining his grandfather Harold J. Peay in the Benjamin Cemetery on May 5, 2018. He passed away on April 28, 2018. Cody was a very kind young man who would do anything for anyone. He had a lot of family and friends who loved him very much. He loved football in high school and as a young man he loved the Broncos. He was a great friend to all, with a kind heart and a love for animals. He will be truly missed. Cody will be survived by his mom Jenny Peay Bjarnson; his sisters Maggie Young Green and Emma Jo Page; his father Jed Thomas Page and his wife Lori Page. Cody will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, his nephew Tristin and his nieces Charley and Katy Green. Come celebrate the life of Cody Jed Page on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Payson Bible Church, 1612 Highway 198, Payson, Utah (along the highway between Payson and Spring Lake). Funeral will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Following the funeral, the burial will be at the Benjamin Cemetery. Anyone who would like to join the family is welcome back to the Bible Church following the services for a luncheon.
Lowell Stephen Johnson May 21, 1942- April 27, 2018 Lowell Stephen Johnson, at the age of 75, passed away surrounded by his wife and family, on April 27, 2018 in Provo, Utah. Born May 21, 1942 in Scotia, CA, to Earl and Mildred Johnson, he was the youngest of three boys. He is survived by his eldest brother, Don and preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul. Lowell had a mischievous streak in his spirit and loved to horse around with his older brothers Paul and Don, especially on Grandma and Grandpa Dunlap’s farm in Covelo, CA. He was raised in Carmichael, CA and attended La Sierra High School where he loved sports and excelled at high school basketball. It was during his junior year of high school that Lowell met Sharon, he said it was the best year because it’s when he met the love of his life. Sharon truly is the love of his life and he treated her like a queen. Lowell did everything in his power to stay here to be with Sharon. Lowell worked as a warehouse manager for Cal-Trans for nearly 40 years. He and Sharon moved to Springville, Utah in 2005 to enjoy their retirement. Lowell was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. Lowell loved sports. He was a true competitor; he played basketball, volleyball and fast pitch softball. He could really mash the ball! He loved Duke basketball and everything BYU. Lowell is survived by his wife Sharon, of 56 years. They were married and sealed together for time and all eternity in the Manti, Utah temple. He is also survived by his nine children; Wendy, Patty, Greg (Denise), Jeff (Shannon), Shannon (Thomas), Randy (Diana), Ashley (Travis), Katie, and Chris (Ginny). He was also blessed on this earth with 29 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Legacy Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Heritage Ward Chapel located at 1851 S. 2300 E., Spanish Fork, UT 84660. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Springville City Cemetery. Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff of Utah Valley Hospital and Stonehenge of Springville Rehab for their skilled and loving care to both Lowell and our family.