Barbara Jefferies

Barbara Jean Ellis Jefferies passed away early Christmas morning, December 25, 2013, surrounded by her children, in Grantsville, Utah. She was born on January 21, 1931 in Norwalk, California, to Leroy McFarland and Evelyn Farley Ellis. She spent her childhood in Bothwell, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming, moving to Grantsville, Utah in 1943, where she fell in love with the small town and its people. She participated in most extra-curricular activities at Grantsville High and deeply valued her high school friendships that continued through her lifetime. Barbara married Clyde C. Jefferies, the love of her life, on June 3, 1949, in Grantsville. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of David (Carol), Scott and Debra (Kevin) Hall, all of Grantsville. She leaves behind 8 grandchildren, who she loves without condition: Aaron, Ryan, Cameron, and Collin Jefferies, Jeanell Mouritsen, Rachel Mouritsen, Dustin and Josh Hall; and 23 great grandchildren. Barbara provided exceptional devotion to her church and family. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she served faithfully for many years as a ward organist, chorister, Primary and Relief Society board member, Stake Relief Society President and temple worker in the Salt Lake Temple. She cared tirelessly for her parents, husband and children, and has been an example of service, love and charity throughout her lifetime. She worked at the Jr. Mart and Soelberg’s Market, where she formed many cherished friendships.Her parents, husband, sisters Evelyn Louise Bolinder and Shirley Ellis, brothers Udell and George Reid Ellis, and a beloved granddaughter, Haylee Hall, preceded her in death. In addition to her children and grandchildren, brother, Jack Ellis, sisters in law Jeanine Johnson and Barbara Hutchins of Grantsville, and many nieces and nephews, survive her. Her family is especially grateful for niece Shirlee Shields’ visits and assistance over the past few months as Barbara’s health declined; they also thank Charles (Chick) Stromberg for being her friend and confidant for many years. A viewing will be held at the Grantsville West Stake Center, 115 E. Cherry Street, Sunday evening, December 29, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the same location, Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12 noon, with a viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Grantsville City Cemetery immediately following the services. A special thank you to Diamond Jane’s Assisted Living and Pine Mountain Home Health & Hospice staff for the expert and sensitive care they provided Barbara the last weeks of her life. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.

Bernice Bleazard Castagno

Bernice Bleazard Castagno, age 92, passed away Dec. 5, 2013. Bernice was the daughter of George H. and Blanche Miles Bleazard. She was born Nov. 10, 1921 in Duchesne, Utah. She was the fifth of ten children. She lived most of her youth in Lakepoint and attended school in Grantsville where she met her beloved Albert John Castagno. She and "Ab" were married June 9, 1941. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. When Bernice and Ab were first married, they lived in a sheep camp. They were blessed with four children, William B., Patricia (Chatwin), Robert J., and Carolee (Renberg). At age 14, Bernice started driving her siblings and mother everywhere and at age 91, she still loved to drive. She was an active member of the LDS Church and held many callings. Two of her favorite callings were mutual president and a counselor in the Relief Society presidency. She worked many years in the Salt Lake Temple. Bernice loved to crochet and bake. She was a great cook! One of her greatest joys in life has been delivering her home-baked "goodies" and homemade items to friends and family. Bernice was a hard worker. She worked at the BlueBird in Grantsville for Sterl Halladay. She also assisted Lynn Strickland at his beauty salon. She loved to work in her yard. She is survived by three of her four children, Bill (Carolyn), Pat (Alan) Chatwin, and Bob (Phyllis). She is also survived by two sisters, LaVon Ison of Bloomington, Indiana and Sandra Outzen of Tooele, Utah. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Albert and her daughter Carolee Renberg. She was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren. She had one great-grandchildren. A bright and shining light is no longer in our lives. There will be a viewing Monday Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grantsville Stake Center, 550 East Durfee. There will also be a viewing prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 10 followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m. This will also be at 550 East Durfee. Interment will be at the Grantsville City Cemetery following the funeral. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.