What a wonderful Christmas morning it was in the Little household, as family members gathered to celebrate the holiday. Sadly, however, the matriarch of our family quietly and unexpectedly passed away later that day.
James Wilson Francis (Jim) quietly left this earthly life on Thursday, Dec. 27 surrounded by his loving family. As one poet said, “As when a lordly cedar, green with bough, goes down with a great shout upon the hill, and leaves a lonesome place against the sky.” So it will be with Jim. We will all sorely miss him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Ogden, Utah on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1949, to Homer Wilson Francis and Marie Rich Francis. He was raised and educated in Morgan and graduated from Morgan High School where he was involved in the sports programs, especially football.
John Carr Lofgreen, age 76, loving, generous, and accommodating husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, returned to his Heavenly Father December 25, 2012, at his home in Morgan, Utah from complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
Pictured in the middle is Harold Orton. The Orton family are long-time residents of Morgan County. To his far left is his daughter Lynn Orton Boyce. To the right of him is his Granddaughter Tiffany Wright-Roberts, daughter of Lynn Orton Boyce and the late Terry Wright.
David LeRoy Baugh Jr. “Roy” passed away November 29, 2012, after an 8 year battle with liver disease. Roy was born April 18, 1938, to David LeRoy and Edith Mary Amidan Baugh in Slaterville, Utah. After living in Ogden until he was 6 years old, they moved to North Ogden where his father built an auto mechanic garage adjacent to their home which was a huge part of their lives. Roy’s father taught him how to work on cars and farm machinery and most of all taught and passed on the ‘Baugh Tidy Gene.’
Donald Lee Mathews was born on November 8, 1953 to the parents of George Clark and Marcelene Lott Mathews in Cedar City, UT. He grew up in Orem, Utah and graduated from Orem High School. Don attended BYU and served an LDS mission to Mexico, Mexico City. He married his true love, Cheri Lyn Bell on April 29, 1976 in the Salt Lake Temple. Don passed away on November 23, 2012 due to heart failure.
Mary Jane Wright Straight’s life was celebration of family, art, education, and conversation. On November 20, 2012 she passed away surrounded by her children and their spouses. Mary was born to Clark and Elizabeth Wright in Price, Utah, on December 22, 1930. The third of four children, Mary grew up in Morgan, Utah, and graduated from Morgan High. After a time working for the California Dairy Council and Port of San Diego, she returned and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah.
Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable. When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins. The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School. Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone.
As the oldest sister, Marnie would often offer Rana relationship advice. But the tables had turned in the last three years when Marnie found herself in an abusive relationship with her live-in boyfriend Jeffrey Dene White. And Rana, who had dated White herself two decades ago, often warned Marnie about his substance abuse and potential for violence.
**Hailey Kilburn Jones (cousin):
Marnie meant so much to me. So many wonderful memories: her beautiful smile; her heart-felt giggles, giggles that came from her toes up; her one-of-a kind hugs, I always knew how much she loved me when she gave me one. She wasn't just my cousin I was very close with, but my friend also. All the fun Christmas Eves together as a family are great memories. She was my protector growing up. She was ALWAYS there when I needed her most; it's like she could sense that. When my husband lost his job, she was the first one to my house to see how she could help. She was so caring, loving, and giving. I look back on her life and realize all the effort she put in to stay close and to know what was going on in our families’ lives. She cared so much for everyone's well being. I want to live my life by her example. She had such a way of letting you know and feel how important you were to her and how much she loved you. I see now how important it is to let people know how you feel about them. You can't wait for tomorrow; do it today. Marnie did that. I never questioned what I meant to her. Whether it was with words or deeds, I just knew how much I meant to her and how much she loved me. She meant the world to me. I love her with all my heart! She was kind and caring. She loved unconditionally. She always made you feel special. She had a one-of-a-kind smile that truly did light up the room. Her hugs were the kind of hugs that got you through until the next time you saw her again. Most importantly, she was BEAUTIFUL inside and out. She was always a protector and loved fiercely those closest to her. Our Marn was just so special, she touched so many lives. She was an angel here on Earth to our family, and now she is our sweet angel in Heaven.
Elder Dane Craig Carter has returned from the Korea Daejeon Mission, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the son of Craig and Lisa Carter of Morgan. He will report on his mission on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan 7th Ward.
Elder Joshua Duncan, son of Scott and Michelle Duncan has been called, and has accepted the invitation to serve as an LDS Missionary to the Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission. Josh will speak in the Highlands Ward (Highland Chapel 5378 W. Old Hwy Rd.) on Oct. 28, at 10:50 a.m. Josh will report to the São Paulo, Brazil MTC on Oct. 30, 2012.
On Oct. 13, 2012, Marilyn Liddle Gillmore passed away peacefully at age 79, in Morgan, Utah, from age-related complications. Marilyn was born Nov. 25, 1932, to Wallace and Alfarette Sorensen Liddle in McCloud, California.
George and Gwen Francis of Morgan will be honored for their 60th wedding anniversary by their children on Saturday Oct 27, with an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Field Street Church, 240 S. 300 W. in Morgan. The celebration will also be in honor of his 80th birthday. Family and friends are welcome.
Matt Kendell and Kaylee Boydstun have chosen Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, to begin their “happily ever after” in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They will have a reception that evening in the LDS church on 770 South Angel Street, Layton, Utah from 6 – 8 p.m. Matt is the son of Carl and Mary Kendell of Layton. He is a graduate of Layton High School and LDS Seminary. He served in the Atlanta, Georgia North mission. He is currently attending the DATC and is employed at J&J Nursery in Layton. Kaylee graduated from Morgan High School and LDS Seminary. She has attended Snow College and the OWATC. She is currently employed as a staff assistant at James Madison Elementary School and the YMCA afterschool program at Highland Junior High School. Kaylee is the daughter of Jileen Boydstun of Ogden and John Boydstun of Morgan. She is the granddaughter of CarDell and Joan Mortensen of Morgan. After a wedding trip to Fish Lake, the new Mr. and Mrs. Kendell will make their first home in Roy, Utah. In case of an oversight, please join this happy couple at their reception.
Matthew Richard Gallen has been called to serve in the Canada Vancouver Mission. He will speak Sunday, Oct 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Morgan 10th ward. Matthew is the son of Jodi Walker Gallen and Matt Gallen.
The Manning family would like to wish their father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Leland Manning, a very happy 80th birthday! To celebrate this milestone in Leland’s life, we are planning an open-house for friends and family at their home on Sunday, October 14 from 3- 5 p.m. Stop by and wish Leland a happy birthday and share some cake and ice cream.
Early Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, Travis Larson Crane, son of Mark and Candace, was called home to live with his Father in Heaven due to an auto accident. Travis was born May 2, 1985 in Burley, Idaho.
Lorin Jay Ezell passed away suddenly Oct. 2, 2012, in his home. Lorin was born on Feb. 17, 1967, to Jack Ezell and Lola Jane Bennett Grower. Lorin was raised in Porterville, Utah. He loved going up in the mountains and building huts.
Sister Summer Wilkinson, daughter of Dane and Wendy Wilkinson of Mtn. Green, has completed a honorable mission. Summer served in the Texas Houston Spanish Speaking Mission and returned home on Oct. 3.
Summer will be speaking in the Old Mtn. Green Chapel on Sunday October 21, 2012, at 12:45 p.m. Following her report, friends and family are invited to join her at the Wilkinson Clubhouse at 2:15 p.m. for lunch.
Brad and Valarie (Rich) Dinkel are excited to have been called to serve an LDS mission for 18 months to the Philippines Baguio Mission. They will be speaking in the Genola 3rd Ward Building Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. They would like to invite any Morgan friends to join them on that day. Following the meeting, they request that you join them for lunch in the Genola Park.
Savana Wilkinson, daughter of Dane and Wendy Wilkinson of Mtn. Green, has chosen to marry her best friend, Brance John Brown. Brance is the son of Jim and Nanette Brown of Morgan. Savana and Brance will be married Oct. 5, 2012, in the Bountiful Temple. In case of oversight, please join them in their celebration at a reception held in their honor that evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Highlands Chapel in Mtn. Green. Savana is a 2010 graduate of Morgan High School, and Brance graduated from Morgan High in 2009. Both are presently attending Weber State. Brance served a mission in the Chile Rancagua mission.
Our dear mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Grace Hall Bennett, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sept. 24, 2012, at the age of 93. She was born May 6, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah to James William Hall and Eleda Martina Nordquist. She married her sweetheart, John Everett Bennett, Sept. 1, 1940 at Manilla, Utah. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 10, 1941.
Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, educator, coach, and friend Gloria Schwab Richardson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 21, 2012 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Gloria was born Feb. 9, 1962 in Provo, Utah, to Marvin and Jeanne Schwab of Afton, Wyoming.
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was born July 27, 1923 in Henefer, Utah to Osmyn (Os) Merritt Wright and Zelda Lucy Richins. She married Clarence George Francis on January 24, 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity.