Class of 1943 H.S.



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Smith, Virgil Bushman

Smith, Virgil Bushman
Orem, Utah US

Virgil and Geraldine Smith

Class of 1943. Virgil Smith. South High School 2, Minstrel 1, College enrollment 3. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Virgil Bushman Smith, 73, left mortal life Saturday, March 28, 1998 at his home in Orem. He was born January 4, 1925 to Hyrum and June Bushman Smith in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. His early schooling was in Salt Lake City and Palmyra, New York, where his parents were caretakers of the Cumorah Farm. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1943. During World War II he served as a weather specialist in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the U.S. and Europe. After filling a Church mission in Minnesota, he served as a teacher and leader in Church organizations and as a temple worker. He had a lifelong love of learning, and earned two degrees at BYU: a B.S. in Sociology and an M.S. in Education, Church History and Philosophy. At the University of Utah he earned a Graduate Certificate in Social Work, and at Utah State University earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. The knowledge he prized most was a testimony from the Holy Spirit to his spirit that the LDS Church is true. He married Carol Fisher in 1953 and they had two sons. After their divorce, he married Geraldine Bearnson of Spanish Fork, Utah, and they have a daughter. He has 11 grandchildren. He has been a social worker, a writer and editor for the LDS Church and others, and a professor and researcher. His writings include a weekly college newspaper column, research reports in professional journals, articles and charts in Church magazines, the book "Mormon Basic Beliefs", poems, courses for personal development, and educational audio cassettes. Survivors include his wife; sons, Matthew (Debora) and Jeffery (Jan) in California; daughter, Trina (Leslie) Kinakin, in Orem; 11 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; brother, Marvin (Gayle); and sister, June (Ellsworth) Clark in Salt Lake. Brothers and sisters who died earlier are: Don (Naomi) and Oliver (Barbara), Lois (George) Whitaker and Dorothy (Ellsworth) Clark. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, 1998 in Orem. [Deseret News, Sunday, March 29, 1998.]

Speakman, Sammie [Jones] [Oldroyd]

Speakman, Sammie [Jones] [Oldroyd]
3964 N. 650 E.
Provo, Utah 84604 US

Sammie [& Owen] Stayner

Class of 1943. Sammie (Jones) Speakman. She was a member of the Fauvines 1-2-3, Notre Maison 2-3, Contest play 1, Thespian play 3, Cheerleader 2, Opera 1-2, Thespian 2-3. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Mother, 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 FIRST HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Sammie Speakman first married James Harold Oldroyd [BYH Class of 1943]. James died January 17, 1991, at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City of cancer. James Oldroyd was age 65, a longtime Idaho Falls resident and prominent businessman. He was born July 27, 1925, in Provo, Utah, the son of Terry J. Oldroyd and Josephine Herman Oldroyd. He grew up in Provo, where he attended BYU Elementary, and Brigham Young High School. While he was in high school he was an all-state basketball player for two years. He graduated from Brigham Young University. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He married Sammie Speakman [BYH Class of 1943] September 12, 1944, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in Salt Lake City for several years and moved to Idaho Falls 27 years ago, where he founded Meikle-Oldroyd Insurance Agency, which later merged to become United Agencies. He served as president of the corporation until he retired in 1989. He was a past president of the Idaho Falls Kiwanis Club, was a member of the Elks Club and the Idaho Falls Country Club. He was an active sportsman and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, and boating. Surviving James are his wife, Sammie Oldroyd, Idaho Falls; three sons, Dr. J. Michael Oldroyd, Idaho Falls; Jerold (Jerry) G. Oldroyd and Todd S. Oldroyd, both Salt Lake City; brothers, Bud Oldroyd, Provo; David Oldroyd, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Paul Oldroyd, Orem; Tom Oldroyd, Houston, Texas; six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Hematology-Oncology Department of the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 22, 1991, in Idaho Falls. Interment, Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah. [Deseret News, Tuesday, January 22, 1991.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Sammie Speakman Oldroyd second married Owen Stayner. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER SECOND HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Owen Daniels Stayner, age 90, passed away September 16, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Owen was born in Malad City, Idaho on February 28, 1919 to Steve and Kate Stayner. He attended public schools in Malad City, graduating as salutatorian of his high school class. He excelled in football and basketball of Malad High School where he also graduated from the LDS Seminary program. He remained a devout sports fan and LDS member throughout his life. His family never called him during Jazz games. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He served as Scoutmaster following his service in the United States Navy during World War II, where he served as quartermaster in the Pacific Theater. Owen attended Utah State Agricultural College where he was affiliated with the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He married his childhood sweetheart, Leonore Woozley, also from Malad City in January of 1941 at Brigham City, Utah then moved to Inglewood, California where he was employed by J.C. Penney. Owen and Leonore had their marriage solemnized in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple in 1950. Lenore passed away in 1993. Owen married Sammie Oldroyd in September of 1995 in Salt Lake City. Sammie has been a devoted wife and helpmate and they have enjoyed many wonderful years together. Owen was considered and "Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill" both in the world of business as well as in his many callings in the Latter-day Saint faith. He was employed by General Telephone Directory Company in California, Illinois and Pennsylvania, served in many executive positions and was considered a pioneer in the development of the telephone directory classified advertising, receiving the esteemed "Vince Lombardi" award for outstanding management achievement. Owen was a very devoted husband and father and will be deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Sammie; his sons Stephen (Phyllis), Scott, Mark (Deena), and Owen (Becky); his stepsons Mike (Tera), Jerry (Laura), and Todd (Debra). Owen had a number of grandchildren and step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his older brother Steven Dale Stayner and younger sister, Donna England. Owen faced many adversities in his life and often read the biography of Winston Churchill to bolster his courage. His motto was "Never Give In or Give Up". Graveside services were held Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the St. George City Cemetery. [Salt Lake Tribune, September 20, 2009]

Sperry, Elaine
317 Wild Plum Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89107 US

Elaine (and John) Fish
  • Work: (702) 731-1323
  • Home: (702) 870-4028

Class of 1943. Elaine Sperry. Provo High School 2, Notre Maison 3, Wildcat yearbook 3, Banter newspaper 3. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU BA Family Living 1948. Elaine Sperry married John R. Fish. On October 14, 1955, they opened a jewelry store in Las Vegas. At that time Mr. Fish was teaching at the newly opened Rancho High School. In 1964 John R. Fish became a Certified Gemologist with the American Gem Society. Elaine Sperry Fish is the President of John Fish Jewelers. John Fish Jewelers, 953 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104-3005 - (702) 731-1323. John R. Fish is now deceased.

Stevens, Homer M.
6032 West 20th Avenue
Kennewick, Washington 99337 US

Homer & Patricia Stevens
  • Home: (509) 735-3662

Class of 1943. Homer Stevens. Before coming to BYH, he attended Lincoln County High School, Kentucky. ~ ~ ~ ~ Homer M. Stevens. BYU 1949. He was born on May 3, 1913 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. His mother was Rachel Smith. He married Patricia.

Stott, Douglas E.
2293 Dawson Lane
Algonquin, Illinois 60102 US

Douglas Stott
  • Work: (614) 771-5249 (?)

Class of 1943. Douglas E. Stott. Opera award 2, Opera 1-2, Boys' Organization 2, College enrollment 3. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU Hawaii Business Fundamentals 1955. BYU BS Food Science 1990. Previous address: 1491 Dobson Square, N. Columbus, Ohio 43229.

Tangren, Joy Hall

Tangren, Joy Hall
El Paso, Texas US

Joy Martin

Class of 1943. Joy Tangren. Senior Class Vice President, 1942-1943 (3). Contest play 1-2, Opera 1, Girls' Athletic Association 1-3, G.A.A. Vice President 1, Wildcat yearbook 1-2, Banter newspaper 1, Fauvines 2-3, Notre Maison 2-3, Junior Class Social Chair 2, Thespian 2-3, Thespian play 3. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joy Hall Tangren, born June 9, 1925, Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico. Her parents: Hyrum Tangren and Ireta Hall Tangren. Married ______ Martin. Joy's oldest son, Jeff Martin, married and lived in El Paso, where she also lived. She was Regional Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. She was appointed by the governor of Texas as one of 29 women in the state to serve a two-year term on the Commission for Women. She also served on the Mayor's Crime Prevention Committee, and on the Mayor's Youth Task Force. Joy Tangren Martin died November 3, 2003 in El Paso, Texas.

Tanner, Marilyn

Tanner, Marilyn
Layton, Utah US

Marilyn and Edward Murphy

Class of 1943. Marilyn Tanner. Provo High School 1, Opera 2, Girls' Athletic Association 2, Notre Maison 3. Married Edward Smith Murphy. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Layton, Utah - Marilyn Tanner Murphy, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, peacefully departed this life January 8, 2001. Marilyn was born in St. George on February 1, 1924, the third daughter of Dr. Vasco M. Tanner and Annie Atkin Tanner. While her father taught and earned his higher degrees she lived in St. George and Palo Alto, California. She spent the rest of her childhood in Provo. Marilyn attended schools in Provo and graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1943. Afterwards, in 1946, she received a degree in history and teaching from Brigham Young University. Marilyn loved children and taught at several elementary schools in Vernal and Jordan School districts. In 1949, she met Edward S. Murphy, a pharmacy student from Ogden studying at Idaho State University. After a long-distance courtship they were married in her father's home on June 33, 1952. During their early years the happy couple lived in Provo, Preston, Clearfield and Ogden, eventually settling in Layton. Their union was blessed with four sons, Howard T. Murphy, Ogden; Philip E. (Renee) Murphy, Provo; Michael (Elizabeth), Layton; and John M. (Leslee) Murphy, Tucson, Arizona. Marilyn enjoyed traveling and gardening and loved being in the great outdoors. She was always close to nature and animals and had a special fondness for dogs and snakes. Her childhood was spent in the mountains and deserts of the Great Basin and she always loved the Intermountain West. Its beauties and history were her constant delight. During her life she was active in several civic organizations such as the Girl Scouts, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the Layton City Library Board, and the American Association of University Women. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marilyn held numerous positions in the Young Women's organization, Primary, and Relief Society. But her first love was her husband and family and we are all deeply saddened with her passing. We rejoice in her life and the great blessing it was to share it with her. Now she is with her parents and other loved ones who have passed on before. God bless you, Marilyn, as you move on and upwards to the Father of us all. Marilyn is survived by her husband, children, three sisters, Carol Smith, Gloria Smith, Carmela Forsyth, a brother, Jordan Tanner and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Valley View Stake Center, 1589 E. Gentile Street in Layton, Utah. Her interment, Lindquist's Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 N. Fairfield Road. [Provo Daily Herald January 10, 2001] ~ ~ ~ ~ FAMILY: Parents: Professor Vasco Myron Tanner (born October 29, 1892 in Payson, Utah) and Annie Atkin Tanner (born December 14, 1891). Vasco and Annie married on June 5, 1917. The children of Vasco and Annie Tanner included: Carol Tanner, married Leo Evan Smith; Marilyn Tanner, married Edward Smith Murphy; Carmela Dawn Tanner, married David Pond Forsyth; Gloria Tanner, married Maurice Smith; and Vasco Jordan Tanner, married Pat Nowell.

Walston, Henry

Henry Walston

Class of 1943. Carlowille High School 2, College enrollment 3.

Weeks, Ella Lou
Inglewood, CA US

Ella Weeks

Class of 1943. Ella Lou Weeks. Rodondo Union High School 2, College enrollment 3, Notre Maison 3. BYU 1949. ~ ~ ~ ~ 1940 Census: Ella Lou Weeks, Age 14, born about 1926 in California. She was living at home in 1940, at 183rd Street, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California. Members of her family: Father: Charles LeMoyne Weeks, Age 60. Mother: Regina Marie Van Der Miessen Weeks, Age 43. Brothers: Richard R. Weeks, Age 18, and Samuel M. Weeks, Age 16. Self: Ella Lou Weeks, Age 14. Sister: Sallie Myrtle Weeks, Age 11.

West, Ray

Ray West

Class of 1943. Ogden High School 2.

Whyte, James

James Whyte

Class of 1943. James Whyte. Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen, Idaho 1-2. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? James Lee Whyte was born January 3, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents were William Chapman Whyte and Elizabeth Ann Lofgreen. He married _________ Palmer. James Lee Whyte died October 22, 1980. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? Richard James Whyte of West Jordan, Utah? ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? James Robert Whyte of Salt Lake City, Utah?

Wilson, Bonnie Mary

Wilson, Bonnie Mary
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Bonnie and Herbert Gustafson

Class of 1943. Bonnie Wilson. Fauvines 1-2-3, Fauvine Vice President 2, Notre Maison 1-2-3, Opera 1-2, Girls' Athletic Association 1-3, G.A.A. President 3, Debate 2, Spanish Club 2, Wildcat yearbook 3, Banter newspaper 1-2-3. ~ ~ ~ ~ Bonnie Wilson was married for 18 years to her first husband, and they had three sons, all busy in the Church and in their professions of medical doctor, dentist, and property manager. She next married Herbert Gustafson, and they have two children. Bonnie is a Social Worker. Bonnie loves tennis and has enjoyed good health. She enjoyed a wonderful visit to Israel in 1977. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Bonnie Mary Wilson Gustafson, 1925-2020. St. George, Utah - Bonnie Mary Wilson Gustafson, age 94, peacefully passed to her eternal reward on January 17, 2020. Bonnie was born in Culver City, California. She grew up in Provo, Utah where she attended Brigham Young High School, graduating in the Class of 1943. She later attended BYU and the University of Utah where she obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Bonnie dedicated her life to her family and to the service of others. She served five missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including at the Peter Whitmer Farm in New York, in Tasmania, Australia, and in Draper and Salt Lake City, Utah. She loved to make people laugh and was an avid Scrabble and tennis player, reader of good books and enjoyed watching BYU sports. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert J. Gustafson, and son, Dennis Gustafson. She is survived by her children, Duane Gustafson, Sam Gustafson, Becky Gustafson Doughty, and Gary Gustafson. Funeral services will be held at the Valley View 12th Ward, 2125 East Evergreen Avenue, SLC, UT on Saturday, February 1, at 11:00 a.m. (viewing 10:00 a.m.) Interment at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.wasatchlawn.com Deseret News January 30 to February 1, 2020

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