Olive B. Bair

COLLEGE WARD, Utah ÿ Olive B. Bair, 76, died Nov. 26, 2000. She was born March 23, 1924, in Mountain Home, Utah, and was the last survivor of 12 children of Joseph Smith Biggs and Minerva Olive Biggs. She married John Randolph Bair on Sept. 30, 1942. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1980. She later married Stanley E. Lundgreen on Sept. 30, 1989. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1996.

She is survived by five children, Margo (Mervin) Stepp, Everett, Wash., Alan (Mary) Bair, Byron, Wyo., LaVar (Shannon) Bair, Lewiston, Utah, Robert (Carol) Bair, Logan, Utah, and Glenn (Bonnie) Bair, College Ward, Utah. Family services were held on Nov. 29, 2000. Interment was in the Richmond Cemetery.

Gladys Florence Berger Anderson

PROVIDENCE, Utah ÿ Gladys Florence Berger Anderson, 81, of Providence, returned to the loving arms of her Father in Heaven on Monday, Nov. 27, 2000.

She was born of goodly parents Emil and Florence Berger in Benson, Utah, on Nov. 15, 1919. She attended Cache Valley schools and graduated from North Cache High as Valedictorian. She loved learning and teaching others to catch the vision of reading and expanding their comprehension of things both worldly and spiritually.

Clifford Roy Anderson courted her and took her to the Logan Temple to be married on July 2, 1941. The marriage that was without quarrel was just shy of 60 earthly years but will be carried on for eternity.

Mom loves the gospel of Jesus Christ and put her talents to use by serving in almost every organization. She was a member of the Cherie Octa Club and The Women's Literary Club. She taught many of her great homemaking skills, such as warm rolls, beautiful handwork, and prize winning quilts were shared by her warm and generous nature. Praise was given to her beautiful and precise handwriting. Attending the temple to do temple work has always been a highlight of her week. Mom loved to travel and see the majesty of the God's creations.

Mom would say she was blessed with five children and their spouses, Larry and Pat Anderson of Farmington, Blaine and Lonna Anderson of West Bountiful, Howard and Jeanette Christenson of Merritt Island, Fla., Kevin and Carol Jensen of Providence, and David and Jodie Anderson of Paradise. She was survived by her husband, her children, 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also survived by three sisters, Iva Lou Balls of Hyde Park, Wanda Anderson of Salt Lake City and Beth Skelton of Rexburg, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Ella Mae Wursten.

A viewing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Allen-Hall Mortuary. Another viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Providence 2nd Ward, 325 S. Main St., Providence, Utah, with funeral services to follow at noon. Interment will be in the Providence Cemetery.

Bertha Clark Purser Byington

LOGAN, Utah ÿ Bertha Byington, 90, resident of Logan, Utah, died Nov. 25, 2000. She was born Dec. 28, 1909, in Moreles, Mexico, to Arthur Benjamin and Ethel Shirley Clark. She spent her early years in Hyde Park, Utah, and Preston, Idaho. She then moved with her family to Logan, Utah, to continue her schooling in high school and college. She was an active member of the LDS church. On Feb. 12, 1930, she married Joseph Purser in the Logan temple. They were parents of three daughters.

Bertha was a well-known musician in Logan and throughout the valley, teaching organ and piano. She played in concerts, for weddings, and graduations, and other programs. She continued to play the piano at Sunshine Terrace up to her death. She was Cache Stake Tabernacle organist for many years and played the organ in the Logan temple. She was a member of the Golden Grain Camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Idaho, and the Zina D.H. Young Camp in Logan.

For several years, Bertha worked in the Court House in Logan as Deputy County Recorder and later as Deputy County Clerk. Also, for 11 years she was secretary librarian at the Logan Institute of Religion.

Bertha's husband died June 7, 1968, and she later married Bert Byington in the Logan temple. She moved with him to Ririe, Idaho. In a short time she was working with the church music as she had been doing while living in Logan. She also played the organ at the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls. Her husband passed away on May 29, 1992.

In 1993, Bertha returned to Logan to live. She has been a member of the Logan 9th Ward, serving as Assistant Ward Organist. She loved to share her music wherever and whenever she could. Last year, she was presented the Senior Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding service in Cache County in 1999.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jolene (Joseph K.) Gilgen of North Logan, Mrs. Lois Rae (Paul) Burt of Perry, Utah, and LuAnn Purser of Logan; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Rodney (Vonda) Byington, of Ririe, Idaho, Spencer (Billie Jo) Byington of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Connie (James) Ritter of West Richland, Wash., Everet (Jean) Byington of Logan, Utah, Mrs. Lorane (Moe) Burnside, and Mrs. Roma (Don) Christensen of Ririe, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at the Logan 9th Ward chapel, 125 E. 500 North, with Bishop Larry Smart conducting. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Allen-Hall Mortuary and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Logan 9th Ward. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery.

Anna Rogers Mecham

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah ÿ Anna Rogers Mecham, 87, reunited with her husband, daughter, and other family members on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, in South Jordan. She was born Oct. 21, 1913, in Lewiston, Utah, to Nephi Noah Rogers and Charlotte Amelia VanOrden Rogers. She graduated from North Cache High School and served an LDS mission in the Western States.

She married Iral F. Mecham on Jan. 2, 1940, in the Logan LDS Temple. Iral also served in the Western States Mission. She was the mother of eight children. Anna loved the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings during her life. After her husband's retirement, they served an LDS Mission to Rochester, New York. Other missions included Family History, Extractions and Member Locator.

Mom was the epitome of faith and humility, known by all for her meekness.

She is survived by her children, Evelyn Mecham Howard, Roger Leo Mecham (MaryAnn B.), Betty Staley (James), Dee Ray Mecham (Ruby), Rex Iral Mecham (Ilene), Lois Jacobs (Robert Henry Sr.), both deceased, Jeneal Boberg (Mark), Peggy Frost (Lemar); her sister, Mabel Rogers Rawlins; 27 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, four brothers, and one sister.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, in the South Jordan 1st Ward chapel, 2450 W. 10400 South, South Jordan. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State St., Midvale, Utah, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Hospice and Beehive Homes, South Jordan.

Louise Waite Lauriski

LOGAN, Utah ÿ Louise Waite Lauriski, 83, returned to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Monday, Nov. 27, 2000.

Louise was

born Feb. 12, 1917 in Hyde Park, Utah, to Wallace and Lillie Waite. She married Joseph Ned Danford and together they had two daughters, Valene and Dixie. She then married Earnest Lauriski and together they raised the two girls and their son, Robert.

Louise touched many lives by inspiring, promoting, and teaching dance. In 1991 she was awarded a Life-Time Achievement Award by Daniel J. Hoctor's Dance Caravan Professional Dance Teacher's Association in recognition of exemplary devotion and dedication to the training, guidance and inspiration of aspiring young dancers.

Her legacy lives on through Tueller School of Dance, Logan; Coggins Dance Company, Ogden; Tracy's Dance Academy, Salt Lake City; Dana Smith Dance Studio, Pocatello, Idaho, and her many granddaughters and great-granddaughters who love dance.

An article that appeared in a newspaper summed it up best, "The ballet number was nothing short of an extravaganza. I marvel at Mrs. Lauriski's ability to make every child a featured performer, if but for a little while. When better things are done, she will do them."

Athletics also became an important part of her life through her only son, Robert, who enjoyed a successful basketball career at Logan High, Utah State University and professionally for 11 years in Italy.

She was a member of the Logan LDS 7th Ward and she had wonderful friends and neighbors who she loved very much.

A special thanks to Dr. Michael Stones for his unconditional care and love.

She is survived by her three children, Valene D. and Rodney Tueller, Logan, Dixie Lee and Jerry Coggins, Ogden, Robert Louis Lauriski, Logan; 11 grandchildren, Tina and Larry Comadena, Dana and Kim Smith, Lisa and Scott Harries, Joni and Keith Nelson, Juli and Aaron Hadlock, Tann and Nancy Tueller, Deven and Paula Coggins, Justin Coggins, Dane Coggins, Cristi Coggins, Cacede Coggins; 26 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Euarda Zollinger, Valate Sutterfield, Eva Dean Booth, Virginia Booth, Elaine Zollinger, Sonja Miller, Bobbie Butterfield; brother, Wally Waite and several nieces and nephews and grand-dog, Lilly.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Earnest Lauriski, and her brother, Victor Waite.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday in the Allen-Hall Mortuary with Rodney Tueller conducting. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery.

Nolan K. Yonk

The family of Nolan K. Yonk wish to express our appreciation and gratitude to all those who have been so kind and helpful bringing food, flowers, cards and caring words. It touched our hearts deeply. A special thank you to Dr. Redd and to Cache Valley Hospice for the gentle and kind care given. We will always remember and be grateful. Thank you.


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