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Obituaries – April 30, 2014

Loretta Mae (Hills) Williams


    Loretta Mae (Hills) Williams, 81, returned to her heavenly home and into the long-awaiting arms of her son, Randy, on April 26, 2014.

    She was born February 19, 1933, in Rupert, Idaho.  The only child of Ed and Florence Hills, she was affectionately known as “Honey Girl.”

    She enjoyed her childhood years in Rupert where she graduated from Rupert High School.

    She furthered her education at the University of Utah, where she earned her degree in secondary education in secretarial science.

    While attending the university, she met her lifetime sweetheart, Farrel Jay Williams.  They were married Sept. 4, 1955, in the First Christian Church of Rupert.

    Their journey began in Salt Lake City, but they eventually moved their family and established roots in Tremonton, Utah.  They were blessed with the greatest gifts of their lives, their four sons.

         Loretta was a housewife and mom who dedicated her life to raising her three rambunctious boys.  Her job skills grew to include: referee, short order cook, chauffeur, maid and nurse to daily bumps and bruises.

    When her youngest boy entered school, she made the decision to utilize her degree and found employment with Box Elder County School District.  She taught shorthand and keyboarding at Bear River High School.  She also was the cheerleader advisor and started the first chapter of the National Honor Society, where she served for 21 years.

    As beloved teacher and mentor, she greatly enriched and blessed the lives of many students.  The greatest part of her job was being able to teach right next door to her husband’s classroom.

    After close to 30 years, she entered retirement, where she found time to enjoy her many hobbies which included: knitting, reading, counted cross stitch, going to lunch with friends, collecting her teacups, gardening and following her kids and grandkids to their many events.          She could always be found cheering on her Bear River Bears.

    Her house was always filled with love and laughter, especially on Sunday afternoons, as her large family gathered for Sunday dinner.

    Loretta was preceded in death by her parents and her infant son, Randy Jay.

    She is survived by her husband Farrel Jay Williams, her children, Allen (Sheri) Williams, Jeffrey (Lori) Williams, Mark (Sandy) Williams, and her forever daughter-in-law, Tereasa Williams Stokes.

    She also leaves legacy for 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

    The family would like to thank Bear River Valley Hospital and staff, Dr. Rod Merrell, and home-care nurse, Sue Allen, for all their loving care.

    Services will be held on Thursday, May 1, at noon, at the Tremonton Stake Center, located at 660 N. 300 E., Tremonton.  A viewing will precede the services from 10-11:30 a.m.  A viewing will also be held on Wednesday, April 30, at the Tremonton Stake Center, from 6-8 p.m.  Interment will be at the Tremonton Cemetery following the funeral.

    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com

    Our mom and grandma instilled in all of us deep love and commitment to family.          Our family will carry on her traditions and keep her memory alive in our hearts.

    We will see and feel her love as we spend time at the cabin, look at the Tetons, have Sunday dinner, eat red velvet cake and celebrate the Christmas season.

    We are grateful to have gathered around her in her final days and demonstrate the love that she exemplified to us.

    We love you Honey Girl.

Gary Maurice Sorenson



Our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather,  Gary Maurice Sorenson passed away peacefully April 26, 2014, with his family by his side.  There was truly a celebration in heaven as he was reunited with his mother and father and other family members at the conclusion of a life well lead.

Gary was born March 16, 1936, to William and Wilmoth Harding Sorenson in Salina, Utah.

He married his high school sweetheart Phyllis Newton on Sept. 1, 1956. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan, LDS Temple on May 15, 1980. He often said that he could not have ever chosen a better mate to share his life with.

He grew up in Aurora, Utah, a place he dearly loved, living and working on the family farm with a close and loving family.  Gary graduated from North Sevier High School, Snow College, where he played football, and Utah State University.  He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, Utah and Idaho Sugar Co. and the Bear River Co-Op.

Although he was very successful professionally, he always said his greatest accomplishment was his family.

He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in many positions including two bishoprics, young men’s sport director, scouting and serving as dance director with his wife.  He and Phyllis served a work mission at the Bishops Store House.

He also was a former member of the Tremonton Kiwanis and was a BR Valley Hospital Volunteer. Gary loved golfing, fishing and hunting trips with his family, snowmobiling and traveling with Phyllis.

Nothing gave him more pleasure than supporting his children and grandchildren in all of their endeavor’s from piano recitals, dance recitals and many sporting events.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis; four children, Kathy Wettstein, Logan; Brent David (April) Sorenson, Smithfield; Karen (Sammy) Steinmark, Golden, CO; Susan (Darwin) Bee, Tremonton. His brother Kendall (Virginia) Sorenson, brother in laws, Roger Sorensen and Leon Mason, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Cecil and sisters Dawn, Shirley and Kay.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 2, at the Tremonton Stake Center (660 N. 300 E., Tremonton) at noon.  Viewings will be held Thursda, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., at Rogers & Taylor Mortuary (111 N. 100 E., Tremonton) and Friday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Stake Center.  Interment will be in the Tremonton Riverview Cemetery, Tremonton.
Online condolences may be shared at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


Charles (Charlie) Ralph Taylor


Charles (Charlie) Ralph Taylor passed into the arms of his daughter Nancy, on his way to the big party in heaven, on Friday, April 25th, 2014. Charlie, also known as Otis, was born November 13, 1923 to Ethyl and Ralph Taylor in Williamsville, Illinois.  No one can deny that he lived a full, fruitful and dynamic life, touching the hearts and minds of many.

He was a World War II Naval Veteran of the Pacific and was incredibly proud to serve his country. Following the war, at 21, he invented the weather cap and this was the beginning of many creative endeavors. After many years of farming in Kansas, the Taylor family moved to Tremonton, Utah in 1955; Charlie and his father Ralph saw what no one else did in the Curlew Valley: irrigated farming.   He was the first to drill big, deep wells on the flat and with this he and his family developed thousands of acres, creating a truly groundbreaking, sustainable farming and ranching operation.  Also in his spare time, Charlie opened and ran the local John Deere dealership for 24 years, helping many family farms across northern Utah and bringing donuts to the masses during John Deere Days. He had a knack for innovation; a self-made man with the determination to succeed.

His parents, his sister Mary and her husband, Lynn Nelson, daughter Nancy Taylor, son-in-law Daniel Franks, and grandson Charles Joseph Franks, made it to the party before Charlie did, but it’s all good because they saved him a seat at one of the better tables. He leaves behind the love of his life, Susan Sheaffer Taylor; his daughters: Harriet (Chip) Ritter, Lydia (Dennis) Poulsen, son-in-law Mark (Nancy) Lesko and Martha Franks; his grandchildren: Taylor (Ben) Beard, Sabrina (Ches) Burmester, Samantha Ritter, Danielle (engaged to Koshal Thirumalai) Franks, Seth (Emily) Poulsen, Riston Taylor, Ryan Poulsen and Lori (Jerry) Maxwell; his great-grandchildren: Bentley Burmester, Otis Beard, Micheala, Jared and Zachary Maxwell, and Camden, Masen and Jaydee Burmester.

There will be a visitation with the family held Monday, April 28th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home, located at 111 North 100 East, Tremonton, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tremonton Stake Center, located at 660 North 300 East, Tremonton, Utah.

The family would like to thank Intermountain Home Health and Hospice; specifically Dr. Todd Miller, Mavis, Andrea and Lance, along with the many others that cared for Charlie these last eighteen months.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Intermountain Home Health and Hospice, The Wounded Warrior Project or The Snowville Ambulance.

Contact Information:
Foundation for Homecare & Hospice www.intermountainhealthcare.org/services/homecare/foundation/Pages/donate-now-ssl.aspx
or call (801) 887-6208

The Wounded Warrior Project
www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx  or call 1-877-832-6997

The Snowville Ambulance

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


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