Cecelia Chamberlain

On March 27, 1926, Squire Edmund and Annie Velta Crofts Hepworth welcomed their eighth child to the family, their first daughter whom they named Cecelia.

Cecelia grew up and attended school in Orderville, Utah.  She enjoyed spending time with her brothers at the Swain’s Creek saw mill and fishing.

Her favorite activities as a young woman were swimming and dancing.  She spent much of her time with her best friend, Farel Esplin, riding horses and doing things teenage girls do.  She made sure she attended every dance within a hundred miles.

After graduating from high school, she spent a year in American Fork with her brother Keith. She worked at a five and dime store while there.

After returning to Orderville she worked at the Starlight Cafe where she met Arel Chamberlain who she had been assigned by one of her school teachers to write to during the war. They started spending time together and were married May 6, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in Orderville where they raised eight children.

December 2, 1965 Arel and Cecelia loaded the seven children they had at the time into the station wagon and drove to St, George to be sealed as a family.  Another son came to the family two years later.

As a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she had many callings. She especially enjoyed serving in the primary and young women organizations.

On January 23, 2023, at age 96, Cecelia made her exit from this earthly life to join family members beyond the veil.

Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents, her nine siblings, husband, two grandsons.

She is survived by eight children, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, 19 grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, twenty- eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held February 4,2023 at 11:00 am at the Orderville LDS church. Burial will be in the Orderville cemetery. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.



  1. Kelly Chamberlain January 28, 2023 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I have very fond memories of aunt Cecilia. I always love being at her home when I was up there for the family reunion. She was always so interested even when I visited With my family and how they were doing. She will surely be missed. All my love to the family

  2. Henderson Mark January 28, 2023 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss prayers and love to the family thinking of you all

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