Christina Chatterly Fox

Christina Chatterley Fox was born on February 25, 1931 in Kanab, Utah to Lena Leola Mangum and Joseph Graydon Chatterley. She was called home to her Heavenly Father after a valiant battle with cancer on February 10, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones.

She grew up learning to work hard. She remembered living on the ranch on the Johnson Run.  She and her brother Richard (Dick) only had each other to play with on the ranch until Thois and Shanna came along. They were all very close and remained very close.

Christie was close to all her cousins. JoAnn, Zolene and she were not only cousins but also best friends being the same age and living so close to each other. Her school days best friend was Janice Blanchard and, they remained close until Janice passed away.

Christie married Ben Broadbent Hamblin at the young age of 15. They started their family when Christie was just 17. They had 4 children RaeLene (Scott) Johnson, Joe Del -deceased (Marsha) Hamblin, Mark Benny (Corinne) Hamblin and Robin (Michael) Kindt. She and Ben later divorced. She then married Douglas Clynn Utley and they had 1 daughter Christina “Tina” (Shane) Button. After their divorce, she married Donald L. Carlson and they later divorced. On May 30, 1998 she married her sweetheart Julian B. Fox and they were sealed in the St. George Temple on August 11, 2012. Christie and Julian had such a good time together. They traveled to Alaska and Nauvoo driving the entire way both times. Fishing was one of their favorite activities and Christie took pride in being able to out fish everyone.

One of Christie’s biggest joys was working in the Kane County Volunteer Center AKA The Thrift Store, and all who worked with her. She loved to cook, golf, read, paint, sew, and quilt. Christie was excellent at everything she tried. She loved working in the restaurant business managing many cafes. Her last one she started with her son Mark was when she was 70 years old. She was in many western films that were filmed in Kanab. She remembered the highlight of working as an extra and had to sit next to Alan Ladd in a Stagecoach.

Christie had 5 children, 21 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.   She had 5 stepchildren, 14 step grandchildren and Christie will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to thank Zion’s Way Home Health and Hospice, The Kanab 1st Ward and Mosdell Mortuary, and the vast number of people who stopped by to visit, deliver food by and provide support.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Kanab Kaibab Stake Center, with viewings Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Stake Center and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 12:45 PM at the Stake Center.  Burial will be in the Kanab Cemetery.  Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.

Ruth Jacobs

Ruth Elaine Olson Jacobs, 82, passed away on February 7, 2018, in the care of her devoted husband and children. She was born on March 21, 1935, in Mt. Pleasant, UT,to Mont and Dora Christensen Olson. Ruth was born with congenitally misshapen feet and spent most of her early life in the care of the Shriner’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Due to the efforts of courageous doctors, she was able to walk her entire life without assistance. Ruth married the dashing Donald Jacobs on October 25, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She and Don lived in Salt Lake City during their early married life where she worked for a time as a dental assistant and helped her husband decorate the many homes he built as a general contractor. She moved to Kanab in 1969 to raise her family and support her husband running the Barco Sewing Factory. She and Don also lived in St. George and Orderville. Ruth was a stay-at-home mom caring for her children and supporting their endeavors. She was an excellent cook and seamstress and made many of her daughter’s clothing. She also liked doing ceramics. Ruth was a volunteer in the 4H and PTA Organizations. She had a green thumb and spent many hours growing and canning garden fruits and vegetables. Ruth was an avid reader and was a regular bookmobile and library patron. She loved a good story and liked to laugh. Ruth was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities including primary president many times. She served a mission with her husband to Pennsylvania and Arizona. She was a compassionate woman of great faith and quiet determination and a rescuer of the downtrodden.
She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, her sister Janet (Les) Jackson of Denver, CO, her children: Lynette (Brett) Lamb, Herriman UT; Doug (Carol Lee), Layton, UT; Dale (M’Liss), St. George, UT; Dianne (Doug) Gilbert, Phoenix AZ; Sara (Steve) Mower, Kanab, UT; and Arnold Begay, Tucson, AZ. She leaves behind 23 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved daughter Carolyn.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the Kanab South Chapel. Viewing will be Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Chapel and Saturday at the Chapel one hour before the funeral with internment following the services in the Kanab City Cemetery. Arrangements by Mosdell Mortuary.

Valden Cram

Valden Cram, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in St. George, Utah on February 10th, 2018, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on January 23, 1939 in Kanab, Utah. He was the youngest child and only son of Donald Bunting Cram and Marva Whipple Cram. As a child, he attended Kanab Elementary, where he met his future wife, Denny Averett. Val enjoyed the childhood adventures of growing up in Kanab, including hunting, fishing and horses.
Following the tragic death of his father in 1946, his mother moved the family to Tempe, Arizona to be close to her family. Val finished elementary school and high school in Arizona, graduating from Phoenix Union high school in 1957.
He joined the U.S. Navy in the fall of 1957, where he served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS LEXINGTON, as an airplane mechanic. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1961, he attended ASU.
While living in Arizona in 1964, he began dating Denny Averett, who was also working in Arizona. They were married on the 4th of July, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in Phoenix, where Val began a bottled water franchise. They adopted their first son, Marc Hale, in 1968. They adopted a daughter, Richelle Kathleen, in 1969. The family was sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1969. Their son, Cevin Byron, was born in 1970.
Val moved his family to Kanab, Utah in July of 1975 where he built Kanab Mini Storage. Their daughter, Denae Dawn was born in Kanab in 1976. While living in Kanab, Val served many years as a Scout Master, as well as a member of the Bishopric.
While living in Kanab, Val became the ranch foreman for Deer Springs Ranch, a job that would lead to his haven from the world, his cabin. Facing the spectacular Bryce Canyon peaks, he built his cabin from the ground up on his acreage of land within Deer Springs Ranch. The cabin was his true home and where his grandchildren built their memories of him.
Val moved his family to St. George, Utah in 1985. St. George is where he became a grandfather and a great grandfather. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. After refusing typical cancer treatment, he survived nearly 3 years through his own alternative efforts and the dedicated care of his wife, Denny. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family and his country.
Val is proceeded in death by his parents, Donald Bunting and Marva Whipple Cram, his sister Kathleen, and many beloved aunts, uncles and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Denavar (Denny) Lenore Cram, his children Marc (Jacque) Cram, daughter Richelle (Joe) Wilkins, son Cevin (Sara) Cram, daughter Denae (Clint) Curtis, sister Marleen (Jim) Ratliff, sister Marva Don (Chuck) Holmes, as well as 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
A viewing will be held at the LDS church at 500 W. 200 N. St. George, Utah on Friday, February 16th from 6pm-8pm.
Services will be held at the Kanab Stake Center at 20 W. Center Street, Kanab, Utah on Saturday, February 17th at 2pm, with a viewing prior from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. Interment will be in the Kanab Cemetery, with Military Honors by American Legion Post 69. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab.

Verla LeBaro Ruesch

Verla LeBaron Ruesch, 86, passed away in Arizona on Friday morning, October 21, 2016 after suffering a heart attack. Verla was born in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico on March 17, 1930. She was the third daughter and child born to Alma Dayer and Onie Jones LeBaron.
Verla attended and graduated from Hurricane High School in 1948. In her junior year she was voted queen of the Sweetheart Ball. Verla’s senior year she was elected Senior Class Vice President. She was in charge of the assemblies and exchange programs with other High Schools. She had a great group of friends that she stayed in touch with.
Verla LeBaron and Andrew Burdell Ruesch were married in the St. George Temple on June 4, 1948. They had a good life with hard work and service. Verla was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions in the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations.
Verla enjoyed working in Zion National Park as a teenager and after her marriage to Burdell they both worked there. Burdell’s career in food service took their family to Sun Valley Idaho, Cedar City Utah, Flagstaff Arizona, Portland Oregon and Salt Lake City Utah. They lived in Salt Lake until his retirement in 1986. In 1987, Burdell and Verla moved to Glendale, UT.
Verla and Burdell had nine children, five boys and four girls, who kept Verla very busy and she spent her time being a homemaker. She made many of our clothes when we were young, made us meals and encouraged us to be our best. She drove the car on many days to help with the paper route that started with Craig and was passed down to most of the children. For the last 13 ½ years of Burdell’s career, Verla had the opportunity to work alongside him. She loved being with him more. All of their children also had the opportunity to work for and with them. This allowed them to teach their children a very strong work ethic and many opportunities to serve during these years.
Verla and Burdell sent six of their children on missions and then they served a full-time Family History Mission in Salt Lake City in 1996-1998. They served as Temple Ordinance Workers in the St. George Temple from February 2006 to October 2013.
Verla was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a loving and giving friend. She loved her family and friends very much. She was always finding ways to help and noticed things that needed to be done, and then she helped to do them. After moving to Glendale, they always had large gardens, and fruit trees. They bottled, and shared the wonderful products of tomatoes, green beans, apple sauce and apple juice, raspberries, and many other things with family and friends. She loved doing things for and spending time with her family and was very grateful to have been able to see them all this year.
Verla is survived by her children Craig Burdell (Marie) Ruesch, Pamela Stucki, Helen (Gary) Bowden, Shelly (Carl) Brown, Marne’ Cazier Ruesch, Gary Dean (Lisa) Ruesch, Tracey Scott (Shelly) Ruesch and Connie (Christopher) Cosman; thirty-two grandchildren; thirty-seven great grandchildren; brother George (Carolyn) LeBaron, sisters Clara (Jack) Maxwell, Cynthia Grady, Sister-in-law Leonora LeBaron. Verla was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty-six years Burdell, two sons, Douglas Oren and James Jerold Ruesch, son-in-law Richard Evans Stucki, granddaughter Carrie Melinda Ruesch, her parents, one brother and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the LDS Church, with a viewing Monday, November 7, 2016 from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Glendale Utah Town hall, and Tuesday from 10:00-10:45 AM prior to the service. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.ruesch-verla-obit

Valden A Black

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            Velden “A” Black was suddenly called home to his Heavenly Father on October 10, 2014, in St. George, Utah.  He was born on August 4, 1938, in Kanab, Utah, to Vernon Alvin and Anna Deal Robinson Black.  He married Ida Luetta McAllister on June 22, 1962, in the St. George Temple
            Most of  his younger years were spent in Kanab, where he graduated from High School in 1956. Sports were enjoyed as he played football, basketball, and participated in track.  He excelled in pole vaulting where he took 1st place in the Dixie Invitational and 4th place at the BYU Invitational.  His parents were his greatest fans and supported him in all he did.  From his father he gained a great love for the out-of-doors, including camping, hunting, and fly fishing.   He also learned from his dad gardening, masonry, and wood working skills.
             He received his associate’s degree from CSU (now SUU) and then served a mission to the West Spanish American Mission and West Mexican Mission serving for 2 1/2 years.  He received his Bachelors degree from Utah State University in 1965, during the first two years he taught at Kanab High School.  After teaching 4 years in Kanab and 1 year in Calexico, California, the family moved to Fredonia, Arizona in 1970 where he taught for 25 years.  He received his Master’s Degree at NAU in 1973.
            He served in the Town of Fredonia on the  Historical Society Board and  Planning and Zoning Committees.
            Many enjoyable hours were spent with his children and grandchildren camping, four-wheeling, and fishing, which has become a family tradition.  He especially enjoyed being with and working with his grandchildren.
            He was a humble man who had a great love for the Savior.  A gentle and patient man, he had love and compassion for others and tried to help lift their burdens.  He served in the L.D.S. Church in many capacities including Scout Master, Scout Committee, Bishop, High Priest Group Leader,  ordinance worker and Sealer in the St. George Temple, and taught several temple preparation classes.  He and his wife served 3 temple missions in Santiago, Chile; Cochabamba, Bolivia; and Panama City, Panama.  While in Bolivia and Panama, he also served in the temple presidencies.  He was currently serving as Executive Secretary in the Fredonia Second Ward.
            Velden is survived by his wife,  son, V. Alan (Jennifer Ann) Black, Fredonia, AZ; and daughter, Kayleen (Tony Mitchell) Robinson, Cedar City, Utah;  10 grandchildren;  Jonathan Alan (Lexi) Black; Christopher James (Kayla) Black; Kenneth Joseph Black;  Douglas Velden Black; Charly Ann Black; Tina Nikole (Trevor) Brown; Tyrell Tony Robinson, Cameron Alexander Phillips; Trever Mitchell Robinson; and Kylen Boyd Robinson; siblings Gayle Stewart, Austin, Utah; Carolyn (Val) Banks, Kanab, Utah;  Beverlee (Raymond) Thorson, Wellsville, Utah; and Kerry Lynn (Nancy) Black, Antelope Valley, Nevada.
            He was preceded in death by his parents, twin great-grand daughters, Desiree Rose Black and Aurora Dawn Black; and brother-in-law, David Ralph Stewart.
            Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11:00 am (AZ time) in the Fredonia L.D.S. Chapel.  There will be a viewing on Friday evening, October 17, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (AZ time) and one hour prior to the services on Saturday.  Burial will be in the Kanab City Cemetery under the direction of the Mosdell Mortuary.