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Obituaries – January 29, 2014

Dean Showell


Our beloved husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, Dean Arch Showell, left this earth peacefully on January 23, 2014, at his home in St. George, Utah.

Dean was born on June 8, 1929, in Stone, Idaho, the son of Arch Dean and Mary Cannon Showell. At the age of four, he and his parents moved to Juniper, Idaho.   Growing up on a ranch, he loved horses and the outdoors.  He had a keen sense and interest in mechanics and could fix almost anything that needed repairing. Dean developed a strong work ethic at a very young age, and was willing to do whatever it took to get the job done promptly and correctly.  After graduating from Rupert High School he attended college in Nampa, Idaho, and also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Dean married his sweetheart and Eternal companion, Mable Waldron, in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 26, 1953.  His greatest joy in life was his family.  He had unparalleled love for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Dean’s genuine and sincere interest in people, allowed him to become instant friends with everyone he met. This was one of his greatest qualities. After selling the ranch in Idaho, Dean worked for Thiokol Corporation until his retirement in 1992, at which time he and Mable served an LDS mission in Alabama. Upon their return, they spent thirteen glorious winters in Quartzsite, Arizona which Dean often referred to as some of the best years of their lives.   In 2006, they moved to St. George, Utah, to be closer to family and enjoy the sunshine.  These years brought priceless memories as they watched grandsons play basketball and enjoyed wonderful family times together.  New friendships were made exploring the beautiful red mountains on both ATV’s and horseback.

Dean was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints throughout his life. He served in numerous callings in various Church organizations, including Branch President while on his mission. He had a strong testimony of the Savior, providing an example to all who knew him through his daily acts of service to others.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, Mary Lou, his brother, Dale, and an infant son.

He is survived by his wife, Mable, daughter, Sheila (David) Rex, sons, Geoffrey and Michael Showell, 3 grandsons, Nathan (Penny) Rex, Nicholas Rex, Jordan (Maddie) Rex, great-grandchildren, Kenadie and Maximus Rex, and sister-in-law, Peggy Showell.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 29th, at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home in Tremonton, Utah, (111 N. 100 E.) at 12 Noon.  Viewings will be held at the funeral home from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday the 28th, and Wed. from 10:30 to 11:45 prior to services.  Interment will be at the Tremonton Riverview Cemetery.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.rogersandtaylor.com


Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva

Kenadee Oliva

Isabella Oliva


Our beloved little family went to heaven together on Monday, January 13, 2014. Kyler Ann Ramsdell-Oliva, our amazingly, talented daughter, sister, granddaughter, mother, friend was born on March 14, 1981 in Brigham City, Utah to Sandra “Sandi” Thomas and the late Scott Ramsdell. Sandi and Joseph Oliva, who adopted Kyler, lovingly raised her. The family moved to Ogden when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Bonneville High School in 1999. She worked hard to obtain her bachelors and masters degrees from Stevens-Henager. Kyler was happily engaged to Michael Johnson.

Our precious Kenadee “Kena/Kenn” Louise Oliva, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend came to us on June 13, 2000. Kena was a natural athlete, the water being her passion. She was in a swimming pool at every chance, becoming an excellent competitive swimmer. Kena’s happy spirit brightened everyone around her. She had so much energy that we all struggled to keep up. Kena loved to sing both individually and in her school choirs.  She loved to dance, loved make-up and clothes.  Mostly, Kena loved her family and friends.  She loved them fiercely.

Our perfect Isabella “Belle/Bella” Mable Oliva, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend came to us on January 10, 2007.  Always wanting to be like her sister, Belle also loved to swim, sing and dance. She was already developing into an amazing artist. She loved life, her family, and her sister most of all. She was in the first grade and was thrilled to be learning to read. Belle loved her Barbie’s and spent many hours bringing them to life in rapt conversation.

They are survived by their parents/grandparents, Joseph and Sandra Thomas Oliva, aunt/sister and uncle, Lyndee Ramsdell Oliva and Daniel Bent, and uncle/brother J. Marshall Oliva. They are also survived by their great-grandparents Terry and Marty Thomas, Sylvia Oliva, Dixie Ramsdell and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

They were preceded in death by father/grandfather Scott Dee Ramsdell and grandparents Dee L. Ramsdell, Betty Jo Brubaker Thomas and Robert J. Oliva.

We’re sure they are in heaven swimming with the mermaids.

Services were held on Monday, January 27, 2014 and entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.

Send condolences to the family at: www.lindquistmortuary.com



Mary Kathleen Johnson Robbins

Hurricane, Utah – Mary Kathleen Johnson Robbins was born in American Fork, Utah, December 13, 1938 to Leslie A. and Fern Johnson. She was the second of ten children. She married Daryl E. Robbins in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 14, 1955. They made their home in Pleasant Grove and moved to Tremonton in 1966. In 2004, they became snowbirds and divided their time between Tremonton and Washington, Utah.

Kathleen was devoted to her family, enjoyed working with the children in Primary and loved to garden. Because she married young, she did not finish high school. She earned her GED one year before her oldest child graduated from high school.

Kathleen passed away on January 19, 2014, at home with her husband and daughter, Annette, by her side. She is survived by her sweetheart of 58 years; daughters Annette (Craig) Scott, Patricia (Terry) Carney, Holly (Ronald) Flannery; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rachell Robbins.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Washington 6th Branch LDS Chapel, 700 E. Telegraph Street, Washington, Utah. A viewing will be held from 10:00-10:40 a.m.  prior to the service at the chapel.  Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Tremonton on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.   Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 435-635-9922.

For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our websitewww.metcalfmortuary.com.


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