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Obituaries 4-11-2012

Roger Curtis Pugmire

ST. CHARLES, IDAHO, ROGER CURTIS PUGMIRE, 77, returned home peacefully to his Heavenly Father, with his family at his side on April 5th 2012, in Smithfield, Utah.

Roger was born in St. Charles, Idaho on March 7th 1935; he was the first of six children born to Curtiss Pugmire and Erma Rich Allred. Dad was raised on the family farm and attended school in the Bear Lake Valley.  In 1955 he met his lifelong companion Janene Toomer and after serving a L.D.S. mission in southern California they were married in the Logan Temple on June 24th 1957.

Dad’s loves in life were spending time with his family, square dancing, being outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing.  It could be said that dad was happiest with one foot in the Canyons and the other in the beautiful blue waters of Bear Lake. He had a passion for history and learned to love his ancestors and the pioneers of the Bear Lake Valley.  Mom and he served as volunteers at the California/Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier for several years.

Dad was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many calling throughout his life. He spent most of his working career with Utah Power & Light Company. After retirement Dad and Mom would spend their summers in Bear Lake and winters in St. George until they were called to serve as missionaries at the Historic Tabernacle in Paris, Idaho, where they served for five years.

Roger is survived by his wife Janene, two children Boyd (Jann) Pugmire, Debbie {Barry) Hortin, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren with two on the way. Also surviving are his mother, two sisters Nona Bee and Dixie Bybee. He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers and one sister Garen, Richard and Sharyn.

Special thanks to Dr. Stones, Dr. Bromberg and staff, and to the Hospice staff at Integrity Home Health Care for their professional loving care to dad.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the St. Charles LDS Chapel at 11:00 A.M.  Friends may call prior to services from 9:30 till 10:45 A.M.  There will be a night visitation at Matthews Mortuary on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.  Interment will be in the St. Charles Cemetery.


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Arletta Checketts Thornley

Arletta Checketts Thornley left this mortal world on Friday, April 6, 2012 and was welcomed into the loving arms of her eternal companion George Russell Thornley.

Arletta came to earth on May 4, 1926, the 15th of 16 children born to Ida May Stevens and Charles Checketts. She was raised in Bear River City, Utah where she and her siblings were taught to work hard and serve as faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Along with her formal education in Bear River City and Box Elder High School, she was taught to play the piano, a talent that she used to bless many lives.

She continued her education at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah where she worked at the dairy. While there, a special young man came through the door of her office one day and caught her eye. George courted her by taking her to concerts, ballets, dramas, and sporting events. They eventually married in the Logan LDS Temple on April 2, 1948. She always referred to him as her best friend.

Together they farmed and raised their family in Thatcher, Utah. Arletta taught school there for several years. She was always busy and willing to serve in any position she was called to in the church. She served in multiple teaching positions, and as Relief Society President, but will be best remembered as a pianist, organist, and the accompanist for the double trio.

Arletta loved and was proud of each of her six children. Her heart was broken when their first son Russell Alma died shortly after birth, but she was blessed with two daughters and three more sons; Idalyn, Rebecca, Alan George, Todd Charles, and Jon Stuart. Their greatest joys were traveling, camping together in Greys River, Wyoming, and any gathering that brought everyone together. Their family grew to include their children’s spouses; Darrell Larkin, Charles (Chuck) Stella, Janice Thornley, Rosa Thornley, and Kristie Thornley, twenty grandchildren, and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

The family will greet visitors at viewing on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rogers and Taylor Mortuary at 111 N 100 E in Tremonton ,  and Wednesday, April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Thatcher-Penrose LDS meeting house, 11475 W 10400 N in Thatcher UT. Funeral services will follow the viewing on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Internment at the Valley View Bothwell Cemetery. Condolences May be made at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


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