Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Memory of LuAnn Nielsen

If any of you went to Orchard Elementary, then you may remember LuAnn Nielsen, also known as "Duty", as the one outside monitoring the kids at recess and lunch time. I was lucky enough to get to know her a little better than just "Duty". When I would meet Kristin halfway to walk to school with her, halfway was where LuAnn lived. She had a little puppy that would follow me to school every now and then. LuAnn had a love for animals and would nurse them back to health, then set them free again. With how often this puppy followed me to school and how much I loved her, LuAnn was generous enough to give her to me, yep! You guessed it, it's Chloie!! The love of my life! :-D Chloie and I would visit LuAnn often, she also got a new dog named Buster, she had me come up and teach him some tricks. LuAnn was always very sweet and hilarious. She's an amazing woman. I just wish that I was able to spend more time with her before she passed away. I haven't seen her in years since I moved and got busy. I know, no excuse, but it makes you realize how fast and unexpected someone can be gone. For me, that's been pretty often recently and has really opened my eyes. I was able to attend her funeral with Kristin's Mom, Kristin was the one who told me about it. Thanks Kris! But the funeral was amazing!! Everyone loved her and had a funny story to tell about her. She has definitely made a huge impact on a lot of people's lives. Lyn and I shared some stories with each other too. She will be sorely missed, especially by her family. She was fortunate enough to pass in her sleep, and she is no longer in pain. We love you LuAnn and will miss your smiles and laughter!!!

LuAnn Thomas Nielsen

LuAnn Thomas Nielsen 1954 ~ 2009 LuAnn Thomas Nielsen, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, silently passed from this mortal existence on March 18, 2009 at her home in North Salt Lake.LuAnn was born June 19, 1954 to Lew H. and Ladine Pehrson Thomas, in Ogden. LuAnn met the "Love of her life", Lynn Nielsen, her senior year at Weber High School. LuAnn and Lynn started out just being good friends, began dating and fell in Love. On June 28, 1974 LuAnn and Lynn were sealed in the Ogden LDS Temple for time and all eternity. LuAnn was a great mother, totally dedicated to her four children and loved them dearly. LuAnn was a wonderful wife, homemaker and help mate to her husband Lynn. After all these years they remained "Best Friends" and her Love and support will be sorely missed. LuAnn was a member of the Orchard 9th Ward LDS Church and held positions in the Young Women's and Primary organizations. The Gospel was the cornerstone of her life. LuAnn worked for 11 years at Orchard Elementary as secretary in the office and the playground "Duty". LuAnn also worked for Dr. Sherman Johnson and Delta Airlines. She touched the lives of all she met and tried to "Scatter Sunshine" all along her way. LuAnn is survived by her husband Lynn, parents Lew and Ladine, sister Barbara (Craig) Rogers, children Meridee, Chantel, Brady (Maria), Jeremy (Alisha) and sister-in-law Karen Thomas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Alexis, Braxton, Isabella, Leah and Landon who were the "Light of her life". She was preceded in death by her brother David L. Thomas. Friends may pay their respects Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Funeral Home (295 N. Main, Bountiful) and at LDS Coventry Chapel (155 Coventry Way, North Salt Lake) Monday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Bountiful Cemetery.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

In Memory of Judy Winchester

We consider Judy and Orval our Grandparents. They have been around since we were born and are extremely great friends with my Mom and Dad. They are both the most amazing and sweetest people I know. I don't think two people have ever loved each other as much as these two love each other. I have never in my life seen them fight or dispute on anything. They both have permanent smiles and are such a joy to be around. They would do anything for anyone, and they have. They are both happy caring people in love. This past week, Judy passed away. While she is now with her kids, Tony and Tina. It's still a struggle for those left behind here. Orval, and their two sons Tom and Toby. When we arrived at the funeral in Mesquite, my Mom was talking to Orval. Here's what Orval had said to her "The honeymoon is over, now it's time to work on the marriage." If only everyone could have a love as pure and strong as those two. Judy has also said in the past, "If you give it 100% you will get 110% back" I think we should all remember that. They really are people to look up to for so many reasons. I've had a bit of mixed feelings since her passing. I'm very sad about the unfortunate event while at the same time, I'm excited and happy for her. Cause there is no doubt about it, that she went straight to Heaven and is now with her two children that passed away, years ago. I really do feel for Orval, living without his one and only true love, but it will be but a minute until they see each other again. As soon as the funeral had ended. Orval went home and planted a tree for Judy. She had said that she wanted two blooming trees as well as some rose bushes. He will now be planting those for his sweetheart. Also, when he sits in his backyard, Judy will be up on the hill, watching over him. Her grave site is in their back yard on top of a hill. You'll kinda see exactly how far in a picture I'm posting on this. So that is my dedication to Judy and the true love she had for Orval and everyone around her. We will all miss her very very much.

While we were in Mesquite, we played the Keno machines. That was Judy's favorite thing to do, you'd find her at the penny slots drinking a large Diet Coke while Orval was working as a pit boss. So our family played the penny slots in remembrance of Judy. We did have a lot of fun as a family. My family is awesome and I'm so happy and glad to have each and every one of them, along with my siblings spouses, they're wonderful! We have a lot of fun when we get together and everyone is really caring even though we are EXTREMELY sarcastic with each other. That's just how we show our love :-D. But we had some fun while we were out there, we also played Bingo! That was actually pretty fun and funny cause the lady calling out the numbers sounded like a man and looked like Adam Sandler dressed up as a woman on The Best of Chris Farley. haha We also went bowling and sat in the hot tub for a bit. We all had fun and knew that Judy would want us to just be happy and be together as a family. But we still pray for Orval that he will be ok until he sees her again. I think it's a comfort for him, that she is right there in his backyard. I've posted a slideshow of all the things we did. Enjoy!

Judith Gale Winchester

(February 2, 1942 - March 7, 2009)

Judith Gale Winchester

Judy Winchester Judith (Judy) Gale Winchester, age 67, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born in Frankford, Michigan to Earl and Jo Farnsworth Hansen on February 2, 1942. Judy graduated from high school in Langlois, Oregon. After graduation she met Orval Winchester and the two of them were married on April 16, 1960 in Langlois, Oregon. Together they moved and lived in many places before moving to Beaver Dam. She enjoyed doing craft work of all kinds, especially scrap booking. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Judy was preceded in death by her 2 children, Tony Winchester and Tina Holyoak. Judy is survived by her husband Orval Winchester of Beaver Dam, AZ; two sons: Toby Winchester of Salt Lake City, UT, Thomas Winchester of Mesquite, NV. She also loved each of her family members very much, especially her 17 grandchildren. A funeral service will be held for Judy on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Beaver Dam Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2009 from 6:00 -8:00 pm at Virgin Valley Mortuary and Thursday prior to grave side service at the Littlefield LDS Church from 10:00 to 10:45 am.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Christy!

Saturday was Christy's birthday! So we got a ton of people together and went to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory and bowling at Fats Cats!! Gotta love bowling!! :) We had a lot of fun. Here are some pics!