Madeleine Wanlass

 Madeleine Blanche Harward Wanlass passed away peacefully in her home in Kanab, Utah on July 6, 2023.  She was born May 4, 1933 in Provo, Utah to Heber Harward and Cleo Norman Harward.  She grew up on a farm during the Great Depression with her two brothers Norman and Curtis.  Her mother taught her to sing and dance at a very early age, and taught her to play the Ukulele when she was about 11 years old.
 Madeleine married Ivan Lowe in 1949, and they divorced 2 years later.  She then married the love of her life, Kenneth Noel Wanlass, on December 19, 1952 and they were later sealed together with their children Koel, K’Leine, and Michelle in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple on May 29, 1971.  She was a wonderful mother to her 3 children and later on adopted two of her grandchildren, Ruth and Matthew.
 Madeleine started her nursing education in Salt Lake City by attending the University of Utah, and finished her education in Tucson, Arizona by receiving a Registered Nursing degree.  She worked as a RN for 16 years at Tucson Medical Center, eventually becoming the Head Nurse.
 Madeleine began taking flying lessons in 1976 and had her first solo flight and gained her pilots license in 1977.  She also enjoyed swimming, and taught regular and synchronized swimming to women and children at the YMCA.  She loved to read and watch movies.
 Madeleine loved the gospel and served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings over the years.
 In 1993, Madeleine and her family moved to Kanab, Utah where they built a beautiful log home.  They loved spending these last years in the wonderful community there enjoying nature, family and friends.
 Madeleine is survived by her children Koel (Esterlita) Wanlass of Kanab, K’Leine (Jerry) Grange of La Verkin, Utah, Ruth (John) Sadlier of Vernal, Utah, and Matthew (Stephanie) Wanlass of Roosevelt, Utah; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.  She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, baby girl Michelle, her parents, and brothers Norman and Curtis.
 Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Kanab Utah Kaibab Stake Center, 1435 South McAllister Drive, Kanab, with viewings Friday evening from 6-8 PM and Saturday morning from 10:00-10:45 AM, both at the Stake Center.  Burial will be in the Kanab Cemetery.  Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary
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  1. July 13, 2023 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    This beautiful lady will be missed by all who knew her

  2. Keith and Claudia Church January 22, 2024 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of your grandmother. She was a beautiful sweet lady and cherished you both. I remember Ruth from the LDS Church of Jesus Christ YW program. You loved to ride horses with Fred Otte. I hope you were able to completely heal after your tragic accident.
    Keith and Claudia Church

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