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March 16, 1960 ~ July 18, 2017

Treva Ann John Carlson, age 57, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Delta, Utah. She was born March 16, 1960 in Gallup, New Mexico, the third of the four children of Dallas Orlin and Beverly Ann Biggs John. She grew up on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona where her family ran a trading post. She graduated from Window Rock High School, where she also participated as a cheerleader. She attended BYU and earned a Bachelors Degree in Education.

She got a job teaching elementary school in Tohatchi, New Mexico, but after a year her heart drew her back to William Russell Carlson, whom she had met while attending BYU. They were married on June 23, 1984 in the Jordan River LDS Temple, and moved to Delta to begin their family.

Treva taught 3rd grade at the Delta North Elementary, and substituted in many classes over the years. She started her own business, "Sweetheart Photography" where her special talent was getting people to pose. Treva enjoyed performances and plays and music. She served many years as President of the Delta Fine Arts Club bringing artists and performers to the area. She enjoyed scrapbooking and especially seeing her children perform. She loved dancing. She enjoyed swimming and was only a little shy of achieving 1,000 miles in the local 100 Mile Club. She could still speak and understand the Navajo language and fondly remembered growing up on the reservation. She enjoyed helping in the community, especially the older residents of the care center, going out of her way to be a friend. She was a woman of great faith and loved reading her scriptures and attending the temple with her family.

Treva is survived by her husband: Russ; sons: John, Eric, Jarom (Rachael), and Jake; grandson: Walter; parents: Dallas and Beverly John; brother: Maurice John; sister: Janiece Palmer. She was preceded in death by her brother: Dallas Lovern John.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, at 2:30 pm, at the Delta LDS Stake Center Chapel, 125 South White Sage Ave, Delta. Viewings will be held Friday, July 21 , 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 South Center, Delta; and Saturday at the church, 1:00-2:10 pm, prior to services. Interment will be in the Delta City Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com

May 19, 1989 ~ July 17, 2017

Our precious angel, Lara Anderson was called home to her mother and her Heavenly Father on Monday, July 17, 2017. Lara Anderson was born on May 19, 1989, in Delta, Utah, to Scott F and the late Barbara Marie Lake Anderson. Lara was born with Down Syndrome. This became the source of numerous health challenges throughout her life but also bestowed her with a unique perspective, and immense capacity for love. Lara was always smiling and happy, hugged anyone and was instantly best friends with complete strangers. A characteristic of Down’s children is to be open, trusting and accepting, but it seemed to always be in Lara’s nature to love others.

Lara loved laughing and giggling with everyone around her. She especially enjoyed being with friends and family, watching TV/movies, and crocheting hats. Lara loved to sing, loved music, and loved to dance. Lara always carried a notebook or a stack of paper, and colored pencils. She loved to draw and write notes to her friends and family. Lara enjoyed the love and support of her community.

One of the highlights of Lara’s life was serving a mission. On Christmas day in 2015 Lara opened her mission call to serve in Delta, Utah as a stake missionary. She was blessed to serve with her special friend Tess Greathouse as her companion. Together, they faithfully worked at the Bishop’s Storehouse, the Delta Extended Care, and the LDS Institute. They performed baptisms for the dead on a regular basis as they served from January 16, 2016 to January 17, 2017.

Lara is survived by her father: Scott F. Anderson and step-mother: Caren Nielsen Anderson; 7 siblings: Dean (Terilyn) Anderson, Julie (Wayne) Henderson, Gary (Stacy) Anderson, Kathy (Thane) Goodrich, Carol (Steve) Pratt, Todd (Jessica) Anderson, Joni (Matt) May. She is also survived by her 6 step-siblings: Dan (Terri) Nielsen, Lisa Nielsen, Jill (Craig) Guymon, Josh (Aubree) Nielsen, Julie (Blaine) Burraston, and Tiffany Nielsen, and 58 nieces and nephews.

Lara was preceded in death by her mother: Barbara Marie Lake Anderson who spent many hours teaching Lara to read and write. She is also preceded in death by her grandparents: Alfred and Marie Lake & Nels and Edith Wood Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, at 11 am, in the Delta LDS Stake Center Chapel, 125 South White Sage Ave, Delta, Utah. Viewings will be held at the Stake Center on Friday, July 21, from 6 to 8 pm; and Saturday, 9:30-10:40 am, prior to services. Interment will be in the Delta City Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com

Marjorie Turner Stevens, age 102, passed away July 16, 2017 in Fillmore, Utah. She was born May 6, 1915 in Holden, Utah to Rawldo Ward Turner and Elmeda Johnson Turner. She married Melvin Stevens, September 15, 1937 in the Logan LDS Temple, Logan, Utah. They were blessed with three daughters and one son. Their posterity now totals 85 people, spanning five generations.

Marjorie was born in a two room house in Holden. The home was later moved to Greenwood. With 9 children in the family, the boys had to sleep on the screened back porch and would sometimes wake up with snow on them. There were 2 or 3 beds in the bedrooms and even a folding cot in the bathroom.

She attended elementary school in Holden, Utah and graduated from Millard High School maintaining many dear friends throughout her life. She excelled as a typist and found employment in Salt Lake City at the LDS Business College and the Salt Lake Mission Home. She knew President Grant personally and enjoyed her associations there and with Mission Home President Taylor, President Grant’s son-inlaw.

Mom and Dad loved to dance and go to different towns with other couples to enjoy this activity. They would often reminisce and share these fun experiences with us. She was a talented pianist and played for the first theater in Holden and on many other occasions. She was also the lead in various plays that took place in Holden.

She was a great cook and homemaker and spent her career working at the Fillmore Elementary Lunch Room. She was an expert vegetable and flower gardener and took pride in maintaining her corner lot on Main Street. There were many beautiful quilts produced in the living room by Mom with assistance from her sisters and the neighbor ladies.

Marjorie was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized in the Bennett Pond. She served as the Holden Ward Primary President and Ward Relief Society President, as the Relief Society pianist for many years, and in many other ward and stake callings.

She is survived by her children Bryant Stevens (Clara) Holden, Utah and Marjean Christensen (Cleve), Kanosh, Utah; 17 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Berniece Stephenson (Tom – deceased) and Phyllis Tanner (Nathan); brother, Don Turner (Verna – deceased). She was preceded in death by her husband; daughters, Nadine Willoughby (Dale) and JoAnn Stevens; two granddaughters, JoAnn Stevens and Nancy Willoughby; great-granddaughter, Andee M’lee Stevens; sisters, Shirley Hendrickson (Claude), Ellen Stevens (Mailon), and Alta Turner; and brothers, Ward Turner (Roma and LaVell) and Claude Turner (Dean).

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Holden Ward Chapel, 100 East 95 North, in Holden, Utah with a viewing preceding the funeral from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. There will also be a viewing at the Holden Ward on Friday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Holden Town Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome. com.

Shaw Trent Phillipsen (Shawbie), age 22, a great son, brother, uncle, grandson and friend, passed away July 9, 2017 due to injuries sustained from a hiking accident in Cedar City, Utah. Shaw was born December 8, 1994 to Rodney and Margarita Phillipsen in Payson, Utah.


He was raised in Delta, Utah. Shaw attended and graduated from Delta High School where he excelled with high honors in academics and sports. After graduating in 2013, he went on to pursue an education in pediatrics because of his huge love for his niece and nephews. He attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. While living in Cedar City, Shaw gained many friends and touched so many lives, because of his love for helping others. He enjoyed working at Grifols being a plasma processor. Some of his interests and passions included being with family and friends, playing with his niece and nephews, making people laugh, learning new things, hiking, camping, four wheeling with family, socializing, shooting, weight training, wrestling and the brotherhood he made in wrestling, football, throwing the discus and the shotput. Shaw loved life, he was full of energy and laughter. Shaw was very smart, caring, hardworking, funny, patient, outgoing, loyal, forgiving and most of all loving.


Shaw is survived by his parents Rodney and Margarita Phillipsen, his brother Charles (Emily), his sister AnnaBrook, his niece and nephews, his grandmothers Hildegard Phillipsen and Selma Lazaro, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother Anthony, his grandfathers Clarence “Bud” Phillipsen and Sotero “Ruben” Lazaro, his uncles Faustino “Tino” Lazaro and Robert Phillipsen; and aunt Tiffany Lazaro.


 Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Delta 1st Ward building (222 W. 200 N. Delta, Utah). A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 am, both visitations will be held at the Delta 1st Ward. Interment will be at the Vine Bluff Cemetery (1200 N. 400 E. Nephi, UT) under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home, Delta, UT.  Online condolences and donations to the family can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com

Wanda Watts Bushnell passed away on June 29, 2017 after a heroic struggle with cancer.

She was born in Kanosh, Utah on February 19, 1931 to Willford and Thrella Watts.  She was the fourth of seven children. They grew up on a farm where she learned to shoot a gun, herd cattle, fish, ride horses, bail hay and take care of herself with few luxuries. They lost their mother when she was 14.

She graduated from Millard High School and attended SUU.  She later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she worked as a secretary for the Bentz Company.  There she met and later married John K. Bushnell.  Together they had three children, Lori, Jeff, Denise and step son Kevin.  They raised their family in Salt Lake then later moved calling Southern Utah their home.

 In her younger years she was on excellent softball player then later took up golf.  Her and John were members of the Bloomington Country Club and her love of golf earned her many awards and lifelong friends.  She served as the Relief Society Secretary for several years in the Bloomington fourth ward.  Her love of nature took her and her family to the mountains throughout her life.  She could be found in her flower garden alongside the hummingbirds most days and evenings, or lost on a dirt road on a new adventure, watching golf or driving home late after a late night of winning at video poker. 

She was a humble, graceful, classy, quick witted, strong woman who gained a lot of admirers and respect throughout her life.  She rarely ever complained, even during the last few years when she took care of her ailing husband until his death and through her own health struggles.

 A respected mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife and friend.   Always there to help without judgement.  Words cannot express how much she’ll be missed.  She is preceded in death by her husband John, mother and father and her eldest brother Ivan Watts.  She is survived by her children, named above and her grandchildren  Johnathon Brazell, Aviana Bushnell, Jordan Brazell, Daughter-in-law Astevia Bushnell, brothers and sister in law, Raymond Watts, Doug and Sandy Watts, Olive Watts, Sisters and brother in law Gloria Bishop, Marilyn and Von Snow and Revon Udy.

At her request there will not be a funeral but rather a family and friends reunion at a later date in Salt Lake City. 

Our family would like to acknowledge and say thank you for the love and support we received from Dr. Joseph  Te, Dr. Stephen Chase, Rachael Pew (Dr. Te’s nurse) and staff, Lynette Binggeli (Southern Utah home health nurse) and aids and to DeAnn Jensen who was someone who cared to the end.

Visit www.hughesmortuary.com  to leave condolences and view complete funeral listings. 

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Carole Leatham passed away on January 11, 2017.  Carole did not want a funeral, she wanted a really good wake.


            On July 20, which would have been her and Byron’s 31st Wedding Anniversary we are starting her wake, which will go on through July 24.


            Anyone who loved and cared about her is more than welcome to attend. Just put on your party hat and come and celebrate a life that was well worth living.  2625 W. 4000 S., Oasis, Utah. The little pink house with a red roof.


            Military services will commence at 6 p.m. on July 20.


Sandra Finlinson Dewsnup Mork, age 79, passed away July 12, 2017 at her home in Oak City, surrounded by her loving family.


She was born February 8, 1938 in Oak City Utah to Grant L. and Ann Shipley Finlinson.  She married her sweetheart H. Kent Dewsnup on September 19, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple.  She was the mother of 4 children.  After the death of Kent, on August 24, 1997 she married Bent J. Mork on January 11, 2003.  They enjoyed 12 years of marriage until his death on February 5, 2015.


Sandra was an active member of the LDS church and served in many callings.  She served as Relief Society President twice, and also served in various positions in the Primary and Young Women programs.  She served as a temple worker in the Manti Temple for several years.


Sandra was always a caring person who loved and cared for others, always putting their needs above her own.  Her legacy was being an angel of mercy to those who needed care.  Her greatest love was for her family who will miss her greatly. 



 Sandra is survived by her four children and their spouses, Russell (Denise) Dewsnup, Oak City, DeAnn (Dave) Steele, Oak City, Mark (Shannon) Dewsnup, Clearfield, Dixie (Dave) Christensen, Colorado Springs, CO.  10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Brothers Robert (Cindy) Finlinson, Doug (Marianne) Finlinson, Sister RaNae (Mike) Ledingham. Bent’s eight children and their families.  Preceded in Death by Husbands Kent and Bent, Brother David Finlinson, Sister Janet Torrens and great grand son David Steele.


 Funeral Services will be held Saturday July 15 at 11:00 am in the Oak City Ward Building.  Viewings will be held Friday, July 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday morning from 9:00-10:30 at the Oak City LDS church. Burial will be in the Oak City Cemetery under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary.

Hayden Robert Church, age 17, beloved and adored son, brother, uncle and friend, our little buddy left us to return home to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 9, 2017. 


He was born to Thayne and Kimberli Church in Delta, Utah on April 7, 2000.  He is one of 16 children and he loved being an uncle and brother. Playing with his little buddies always made his day and he never missed a chance to tease them. Laughing was his greatest joy and he was always happiest when he could bring that joy into other people's lives. His family was everything to him.  If Hayden was around, you know there would be one, or many of the little ones hanging around him. 


Hayden's work ethic was second to none.  He found great joy in working at Tech-Flow with his dad and brothers.  He always lived life to the fullest and never missed a chance to serve others.  He was always the first to include the little guy and cheer for the underdog.  He was a young man with an old soul. Wise beyond his years, he always took his time to look around and enjoy the world around him.  He fought for what he believed in.  He was fiercely loyal and never gave up on anyone. We can never adequately express his greatness, but anyone that knew him knew how great of a person he was.


Despite certain challenges, he recently graduated early from Spring Creek High School.  Hayden is adored and will be desperately missed by his parents, his brothers and sisters, Garrett and Tiffany, Jace and Caitlyn, Kimi and Matt Saylo, Tanner and Jalene, Tallin and Jerica, Kailee, Kassi and Chris Stewart, Kinzee and Joshua Bogdon, William, Wyatt, Kalli, Hyrum, Kami, Nathaniel and Noah, his nieces and nephews, Gabriel, Isaac, Emmett, Lyndsey, Rosalee, Maelynn, Everett, Jared, Emma, Colten, Paisley, Carson and Thea, and his grandmas, Mary Church and Peggy Stone, with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 


Funeral services will be held on July 14, 2017 at 1pm at the LDS East Stake Center. 1651 College Pkwy, Elko, NV. 


Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. There will be a celebration of Hayden's life on Saturday, at the Spring Creek Marina at 5 p.m. Please come share your memories of our sweet boy. 

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1933 - 2017

            Dell was born March 3, 1933 in Manti, Utah, to Effie Rozella Olson and Ray Christian Nielson.  He  died at his home in Lamoille, NV on Monday, July 10, 2017, after chopping tree limbs for 4 hours in the heat, Only death would keep him from working.

            Dell spent his early days in Manti and in Fruita, Utah, where his father was a time keeper for the WPA ( A government work program).  During WWII his family went to Long Beach, CA to help in the war effort by building B-24 Bombers, but returned to Delta, Utah where Dell finished high school.  All told, his higher education consisted of 2 years of college, majoring in geology.

            After graduation Dell married his high school sweetheart, Cherie Bishop,  and  joined the army.  He  received  a mechanic's education working on army equipment, but got an early-out when his grandfather died.

            After his divorce from Cherie, he married Elaine Done and worked in her father’s machine shop. Las Vegas called.  He passed the real estate exam and sold land and investment properties until his retirement. He also purchased various income properties for rentals, doing all the maintenance and repairs with the help of his sons.

            Another divorce, another marriage, this one lasting 54 years, to Penny Chandler Auten (married: November 17, 1962), which also brought him two children; Thomas Wayne Auten and Scotty Lee Auten, whom he adopted.  Two more, Daniel Ray Nielson and Darcy Renae Nielson, were added to the family by adoption.

            Dell lived to hunt and fish.  He also built dune buggies, and enjoyed racing them in the early Las Vegas Mint 400 races. He  won several trophies, including one for Good Sportsmanship, when he stopped to help a racer who had rolled his buggy.

            Another love was flying. He owned several planes and flew regularly until he cracked up one at the Elko airport when he got caught in the vortex of a commercial plane which flipped his little one.  The bent “propeller trophy” hangs in his office.

            If it was mechanical Dell could build it or fix it.

            After spending approximately 26 years in Las Vegas, he and wife Penny moved to Lamoille, NV to “The Ranch” where he continued to build and fix, and hunt and fish.

            Dell is survived by his wife Penny,  children: Tom (Miyuki), Scott (Karen), Daniel (Laurie), and Darcy (Desi Smith); grandchildren: Michael, Laura, and Alanna, Eugene Takita, Reika Takita Lui, and Taka Takita (Tom); Ashley, Jason, Chase, Colby, Aubrey, Nikki Bergen and  Kalli Windous (Scott); Lexie, Kayla Kramer, Todd Kramer (Daniel); Griffin (Darcy); and 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind 10 cousins and several nieces and nephews.

            Friends and family are invited to visit Friday July 14, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 P.M. at the Spring Creek First Ward Chapel, 77 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Spring Creek, NV.   Funeral Services will be held Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Spring Creek First Ward Chapel at 10 A.M., with a viewing beginning at 9 A.M.  Burial will be at the Moroni City Cemetery, Moroni, Utah at

1 P.M. Monday July 17.


Lettie Missilva Taylor was born on July 6, 1933 in Hollywood, California.  Her parents were Joseph Dean Lauritzen and Beulah Hunt. 

Soon after her birth, Mom and her family moved to Short Creek and later to Hurricane where she graduated from Hurricane High School.  From there, she attended College at Northern Arizona University. 

During this time, she met and married Larry Taylor.  Mom and Dad had three children.  Greg (deceased), Linette and Leona.  The family made their home in Scottsdale, Arizona.Mom spent the next 25 years until her retirement working at Tally Industries in Mesa, Arizona doing data reduction.  Mom loved her children more than anything in the world.   She worked hard at teaching them the type of values she knew would always be important in their lives.Mom loved to read and also had a great sense of adventure.  She loved riding her motorcycle especially with her oldest grandson sitting behind her.  She even made sure they had matching helmets.  She could be found camping on the beach in Mexico or camping in the mountains.  She hiked the Grand Canyon, loved to fly in helicopters and enjoyed playing the piano. 

Three years ago, Mom moved to Meadow to be closer to her family.  She grew to love the little town of Meadow.  In her later years, she became interested in writing books.  She wanted children to learn to love reading as much as she did.  Mom was thrilled when she was able to get her first children’s book published.  Mom had a deep love for and a strong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ.  She served faithfully in many different callings.  While serving as Relief Society President, Mom was even known on many occasions to share food from her own pantry with other ward members in need.  She would share her testimony with anyone willing to listen.  Mom was a great example of honesty and was not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for her beliefs. 

We are so proud of her and love her so very much.  Until we meet again Mom.Lettie is survived by her daughters,  Linette Labrum (Jeff) of Fillmore and Leona Staples (Lou, deceased) of Saginaw Michigan.  Grandchildren Aaron Labrum (Jessica) of Olympia Washington, Robert Labrum (Bonnie) of Phoenix Arizona, Bethany and Lucas Labrum of Fillmore, Justin Staples (Lorriane) of Flint, Michigan, Renee Staples of Saginaw, Michigan and three great granddaughters.  Emma Lou Staples, Annalisse Aponte and Isabel Labrum.

Funeral services will be held Saturday July 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Meadow LDS Church.  Friends may visit before the service from 10 - 11 a.m. 

Interment in the Meadow Town Cemetery.