Class of 1941 H.S.



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Ricks, Norma Alice

Ricks, Norma Alice
St. George, Utah 84770 US

Norma and Cline Durfey

Class of 1941. Norma Ricks. Notre Maison. Librarian. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: St. George, Utah - Norma Alice Ricks Durfey, 88, passed away peacefully March 22, 2012. She was born April 28, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Hyrum Ricks, Jr. and Alice Ovanda Cheney. She had seven brothers and one sister. As a young girl and teenager, she was raised in Huntington Park, California. After her father passed away, the family moved to Provo, Utah. There she and her sister, Wanda, attended Brigham Young High School. Norma graduated from BYH in the Class of 1941. For a time the family lived in the Henry Eyring home as the Eyrings were away on scientific business. It was there on a Sunday morning while getting ready for church that they heard the announcement by radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. This marked the beginning of World War II for the United States. After high school graduation, Norma worked for a time for Geneva Steel as a typist earning enough money to go to school to fulfill her life long dream of going to college and becoming a nurse. She attended Brigham Young University taking undergraduate classes. At that time Brigham Young University did not have a nursing program, so she applied and was admitted into the School of Nursing at The University of Utah. It was while there that she joined the Military Nursing Cadet Program and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She described that day as one of the happiest days of her life. She loved taking care of the sick as a nurse and felt blessed to be able to help people in that way. She met her husband, Cline Durfey, while working at the BYU Health Center. They were married for time and all eternity June 4, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They enjoyed 60 very happy and adventurous years together. Norma received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah in Nursing. She also earned a Masterís Degree from Brigham Young University. And a second Masters Degree in Public Health from UCLA. Norma was the Director of Nursing at the hospital in San Jose, California. She taught nursing at Brigham Young University. She also enjoyed working as a School Nurse, helping children. Norma served five missions. Prior to marriage, she served a Stake Mission. After their retirement, she and Cline served four missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They served a Genealogy Mission in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, two Temple Missions in the St. George Temple and as the East Stake Employment Specialists. She spent many happy times traveling around the USA and throughout the world with Cline. Her favorite place to visit was the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. She loved her family and the gospel of Jesus Christ and wanted to be honest and always do what was right. Wherever she was it was her desire to give service to others. Norma was truly an elect daughter of God, a beautiful and choice spirit who was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all. Norma is survived by her husband, Cline Durfey; her daughter, Carol Durfey Bracken (Stanford A.); grandchildren: Richard (Aileen) Bracken, Bethany (Blair) Williams, S. Scott (Valerie) Bracken, Rebecca (R. Benjamin) Crosby, Jennifer (Derrick) Hull, Chris (Star) Jones, Darron Jones and Steven Jones; and 17 truly great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers: Welby, Artel and Clyde Ricks. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Marvin, Marc, LaVell, and Eldon Ricks; sister, Wanda; and daughter, Ruth Durfey Jones. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 30, 212 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. George LDS East Stake Center, 449 South 300 East, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd and on Friday, prior to services, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the East Stake Center. Interment will follow at the St. George City Cemetery. [Metcalf Mortuary obituary]

Smith, Paul Hone (1941)

Smith, Paul Hone (1941)
Missing in action France, US

Paul Smith

Class of 1941. Paul H. Smith. Basketball, Captain. Tennis. Wildcat Yearbook Staff. Debate & Drama Manager. School Play. Forensics. Student Newspaper Staff. Boys' Organization. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents: John Sims Smith and Myrtle Hone Smith. They had two daughters and two sons: Marjorie Smith [BYH Class of 1932] Hyatt, Boise, Idaho; Ruth Smith [BYH Class of 1939] (Wilbur Anthony) Sowards, Provo, Utah; John Aldwyn Smith; and Paul Hone Smith [BYH Class of 1941]. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Paul Hone Smith, Lt. U.S. Air Force, was born December 1923 in Provo, Utah. His parents were John S. and Myrtle H. Smith. Paul Hone Smith was declared missing in action (MIA) over France on May 26, 1944. This 21-year-old Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force was a bombardier on a B-17 Bomber. During operations over the Mediterranean the bomber fell out of the sky in flames, plummeting into the ocean. Part of his crew was seen bailing out of the bomber as it fell and they were eventually rescued, but Lieutenant Smith was nowhere to be found. It had been his 26th and was to have been his final combat flight. Lieutenant Smith had entered the Air Force on April 12, 1943 at Ft. Douglass in Ellington Field, Texas. He was then transferred to Big Springs, Texas for a twelve-week training course on August 14th. Preparatory to going across seas, Lt. Smith was stationed in Salt Lake City and left for Europe in January of 1944. After he was reported missing, services and honors were rendered on behalf of Lt. Smith. He was awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement in aerial flight while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy from April 15 thru May 12, 1944." Before his military service, Lt. Smith studied at Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah, where he was captain of the basketball team, manager of the debate team and member of the tennis team. He had one brother, John Aldwyn Smith, and two sisters, Marjorie Smith Hyatt [BYH Class of 1932] and Ruth Smith Sowards [BYH Class of 1939]. [Written By Ben Rice.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Salt Lake Telegram, July 15, 1944.

Speakman, Donna [Jones]

Speakman, Donna [Jones]
Provo, Utah US

Donna and Russell Moore

Class of 1941. Donna Speakman. Cheerleader. Opera. Fauvines. Contest Play. French Club. She married Harry Moore. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Martha Aroha Ellertson married twice: Byron D. Jones, and later Eugene C. Speakman. Their children: Donna Speakman [BYH Class of 1941] (Russell) Moore, of Provo; Sammie Speakman [BYH Class of 1943] (Owen) Stayner of Salt Lake City; and Gene Speakman [BYH Class of 1953] (Elaine), of Mt. Pleasant, Utah. [As of 1998] ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Donna Jean Jones Speakman Thomas Moore passed away January 14, 2007, after suffering many years of ill health. She was born April 24, 1923, in Provo, Utah and was the eldest of two daughters born to Martha Ellertson and Byron Jones. Donna and her sister Sammie were later adopted after their mother married pharmacist Eugene C. Speakman. Donna was a beautiful and graceful person, with a quick sense of humor. She was popular in school and participated in many activities. One of her greatest joys was cheerleading for BYU High School. Donna married Harry Thomas in 1941. Harry was a member of the 10th Mountain division during WWII and was killed in Northern Italy in April 1945. After the war, Donna met Sterling Russell Moore. The two had encountered one another years before as they had been blessed in the same ward on the same day. They were married on December 23, 1946. They had a daughter, Marty and a son, Kelly, and enjoyed a rich, happy life for the next 60 years, until Russell's death in March 2006. Donna attended St. Mark's School of Nursing during WWII. She was a talented and devoted nurse working in many capacities. She served as Utah County's first public health nurse, and for ten years worked for Drs. Richard Reece, and Roy Hammond. She continued her profession at BYU Health Center and later the MTC until her retirement in 1988. Donna and Nadine Kimball, her best friend and co-worker, were among the first Nurse Practitioners in Utah. Donna and Nadine were pioneers in their field creating and teaching the first Nurse Practitioner courses at BYU, and laying the foundation for what is now the Family Nurse Practitioner graduate program. Donna loved life and lived it to its fullest. She and Russ had their most memorable times when traveling with her sister Sammie and husband Jim, and cousin Betty and husband Tom Powelson to places such as Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico and Europe. She had many lifelong passions including: doll making, sewing, and reading, but was happiest when spending time with her family. Donna is survived by her children, Marty (Allen) Young and Kelly Moore; sister Sammie (Owen) Oldroyd-Stayner, brother Dr. Gene E. (Elaine) Speakman, half-brother Robert B. Jones, brother-in-law Donald (Charlene) Moore, Portland Or; grandchildren, Staci (Michael) Schoenfeld, Tyler (Sarah) Young, Alicia Moore, and Kyle Moore; great-grandchildren Max and Lucy Schoenfeld, and Oakley Moore. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the wonderful nurses, doctors and staff at The Courtyard Assisted Living Center, Orem Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the Cardiac and Hospice units at UVRMC. Services will be held Thursday, January 18, 2007 at the Edgemont 4th Ward, 4000 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. Visitation from 12-1 pm, followed by a memorial service at 1 pm. Condolences may be sent to info@bergmortuary.com. [Provo Daily Herald, January 17, 2007]. ~ ~ ~ ~ STERLING'S OBITUARY: Sterling Russell Moore passed away on March 16, 2006, of causes related to a heart attack suffered on March 12, 2006. Russ was born March 31, 1923, in Provo, Utah, to John Sterling Moore and Marguerite Cluff Moore. He was the eldest of two sons. During The Depression, Russ' family moved to Southern California. There, he and his brother, Don (Brig), were in the same grade and were best friends. During WWII, the brothers joined the Air Force together and were both stationed in England, where Russ proudly served from 1942 to 1945. Following the war, Russ returned to Provo and studied Civil Engineering at BYU. He married Donna Jean Jones Speakman Thomas on December 23, 1946. The couple believed they were meant to be together, particularly because they had been blessed in the same church on the same day. They had a daughter, Marty; and, ten years later, a son, Kelly. Russ worked in management at Geneva Steel for thirty-five years. After retiring, he briefly worked in real estate. Russ was a spry 82-year-old who enjoyed drawing and painting cowboys and horses, fly-fishing on the Provo River, gardening, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Marty (Allen) Young; son, Kelly; brother, Donald (Charlene) Moore, of Portland, OR; grandchildren: Staci (Michael) Schoenfeld, Tyler (Sarah) Young, Alicia Moore, and Kyle Moore; great-grandchildren: Max and Lucy Schoenfeld, and Oakley Moore; aunt, Louise Hogan, of Salt Lake. At Russ' request, no funeral was held. [Provo Daily Herald, March 19, 2006.]

Tanner, Arthur McLaughlin

Tanner, Arthur McLaughlin
Riverdale, Utah US

McLaughlin & Dauna Tanner

Class of 1941. McLaughlin Tanner [male]. French Club. Opera. Glee Club. ~ ~ ~ ~ Riverdale, Utah - Arthur McLaughlin Tanner, 82, was called to his final mission on Monday, January 24, 2005 at his home in Riverdale, Utah surrounded by his family. He was born December 1, 1922 in Provo, Utah, a son of Arthur Leroy and May McLaughlin Tanner. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1941. Arthur was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and on October 28, 1942, he married Dauna Lucille Grant in the Salt Lake Temple. During their marriage he was a Sealer in five temples and served five missions with his wife. In addition, he also served two individual Stake missions. He served his country with the U.S. Coast Guard and was a survivor of both World War II at Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Theater. Arthur worked as a journeyman electrician at Hill AFB and as an independent contractor. He loved fishing. Arthur was a good father, teacher, and friend. Arthur is survived by his wife, Dauna Tanner, two sons, Grant (Beavelynn) Tanner and L. Myron Tanner; seven daughters, Ravee (Jim ) Mullins, Aleta (Scott) Morrison, Cassie (Curtis) Madsen, Heidi (John) Hopper, Cynthia Cunningham, Dawn (DuWayne) Williams and Dalena (Roger) Falkner; 49 grandchildren, 105 great- grand- children and five great- great- grand- children. Also surviving is a sister, Katherine Tanner Carter. Graveside services were held at the Provo City Cemetery on January 28, 2005. [Deseret News, Wednesday, January 26, 2005.]

Taylor, Buckley [Albert Buckley]

Taylor, Buckley [Albert Buckley]
Provo, Utah US

Buckley Taylor

Class of 1941. Buckley Taylor. Opera. Tennis. Boys' Organization. ~ ~ ~ ~ Albert Buckley Taylor was born on March 12, 1923 in Provo, Utah. His parents are Albert R. Taylor and Pauline Buckley Taylor. Buckley Taylor never married. He served in the US Army in World War II. His military unit was Sgr Det H Q 10 Wea Sq. He died on November 6, 1946 in Provo at age 23 of an accidental gun shot. His interment, Provo City Cemetery, Utah. Death Certificate. / Obituary. / News Article. /

Taylor, Maribeth

Taylor, Maribeth
Scarsdale, New York US

Maribeth & Richard Olson

Class of 1941. Maribeth Taylor. Editor, Student Newspaper. Student Body Secretary, 1940-1941. Fauvines. Wildcat Yearbook Staff. Notre Maison. Contest Play. Y News Reporter. She married Richard Olson [not OLSEN]. Maribeth was born on June 5, 1923, and died on February 8, 2000. Her sister, Jeannie Taylor Brimhall, was a member of the BYH Class of 1945. Her parents: Theodore Thaddeus Taylor and Anna Peterson Taylor (Rees, a subsequent marriage).

Taylor, Polly
Sandy, Utah US

Polly [and Grant] Burnham

Class of 1941. Polly Taylor. Fauvines. Notre Maison. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Grant Kendall Burnham died April 25, 2012, in Grand Canyon, Arizona. He was born February 24, 1923, in Moroni, Utah, to Wallace Kendall Burnham and Rita Morgan Burnham. He married Polly Taylor in Provo, Utah. He was a member of the LDS Church and Lions Clubs. He enjoyed short road trips, deer hunting, rodeos and family functions. Grant is survived by his wife, Polly Burnham, daughter, Nannette Bartholomew (Richard), sister, Glenna Thompson, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by son, Dennis Taylor Burnham. In lieu of flowers the family suggested donations be made in Grantís name to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah 84112. Funeral services for Grant were held on Monday April 30, 2012 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 South 1950 East Sandy, Utah. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens. [Larkin Mortuary]

Woolf, Lois

Woolf, Lois
Seattle, Washington US

Lois & Henry Savage

Class of 1941. Lois Woolf. Opera. Fauvines. Notre Maison. Girls' Athletic Association. ~ ~ ~ OBITUARY OF HER HUSBAND. Dr. Henry Carlyle Savage, Sr., 78, died October 16, 1995. Born in St. George, Utah, April 13, 1917, son of Nephi Henry and Mary Crosby Savage. Married Marjorie Hatch, July 9, 1936, Ogden Utah; solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple (she died Aug. 23, 1957). Married Lois Woolf, Feb. 12, 1959, Salt Lake LDS Temple. Survived by wife; ten children, Henry (Ann) Savage, Jr., Orem; Robert (Aida) Savage, Los Angeles, Calif.; Ralph (Jean) Savage, Provo; Mary (Richard) Eddy , Kathy (Tharon) Judd, Marjorie Taylor, all Orem; Nancy (John) Hardy, Provo; Jodie (Dean) Brandenburg, Steven (Jenny) Savage, Paul (Heather) Savage, all Seattle, Washington; 44 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by three brothers and a son, Douglas Woolf Savage. Henry grew up in Ogden, Utah. Graduated from University of Utah Medical School in 1946. Graduated as a flight surgeon from Navy School of Aviation Medicine, Pensacola, Florida in 1948. Completed surgical residency in Staten Island, New York. Became a member of American Board of Surgeons while stationed in San Francisco, California. Assigned as chief surgeon of U.S. Public Indian Hospital, Ft. Defiance, Ariz. Became Chief of Surgery, U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, Seattle, Washington, 1961, with a three month assignment in Viet Nam. Retired in 1964 after 22 years with U.S. Public Health Service with rank of Navy Captain. Member of Civil Air Patrol and avid pilot, traveled throughout world. Served in many church callings as an active member of LDS Church. Funeral services were held in Seattle, Washington, October 19, 1995. Interment, Burley, Idaho. [Deseret News, Thursday, October 19, 1995.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Lois Woolf Savage, 84, passed away July 1, 2008 after a brief bout with pneumonia. She had suffered with Alzheimerís since 1999. Lois was born September 8, 1923 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, to Dr. Wilford W. and Pearl Wright Woolf. From the age of eight she lived in Provo, Utah, and was a 1941 graduate of Brigham Young High School, and later from Brigham Young University. Lois served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Germany from 1955 to 1957. In 1959, she married Dr. Henry C. Savage, then a widower with seven children (Henry Jr., Robert, Ralph, Mary, Kathy, Marjorie, Nancy, all born to Marjorie Hatch Savage), and together they had Jodi, Doug, Steve and Paul. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, by sons Doug and Ralph, and by her brother Wilford. She is also survived by her oldest brother, Anthony Woolf. Since 1962, Lois lived in the Seattle area. Lois was grandmother to 49 and will be missed by all who knew her kind temperament and her enduring yet simple faith. A memorial service was held on July 17th at 102 North 132rd Street, Seattle, Washington, with a graveside service the Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. An additional memorial service will be held in Utah on July 21st in Orem, Utah.

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