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SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2004)

We Will Remember


LeGrande Spilsbury, ’31, passed away May 14, 2003 at his home in Hurricane, UT. He was born on April 24, 1913 in Toquerville, UT. LeGrande lived in Toquerville until he was ten years old, and then moved to Cedar City with his family. He married Bette Lue Seegmiller in 1940. He graduated from Cedar City High school and BAC. He attended and graduated from Brigham Young University and the California College of Mortuary Science. He truly loved his chosen profession and always went the extra mile to serve families in their most tender moments.

Mildred Agnes Olds Maxwell, ’31, passed away August 5, 2003 at the home of her son in St. George, Ut. Millie was born July 27, 1913 at a saw mill on Cedar Mountain. She married Louis Clow Maxwell October 3, 1933 in Milford, Ut. They purchased a farm in Enoch and that is where they raised their family. She spent many years working with the youth in 4-H. Her greatest love is her family.

George R. Manning, ’35, passed away May 25, 2003 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice-East in Las Vegas, NV. He was born June 20, 1917 in Ogden, UT. He married Lone Smith Manning in 1937. George graduated from Cedar City high school and attended two years at the college of BAC. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, being a 1st Sergeant in the infantry. George worked for the US Post Office as a rural letter carrier and he retired in 1977 after 30 years.

Fern Folster Wright, ’40, passed away on August 4, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 28, 1922 in Richfield, Ut. She married William Max Wright August, 12, 1947. Fern had a special talent for making and keeping friends for a lifetime. She has greatly enjoyed her friends from all areas of the country and loved to keep in touch with them.

Mary Louise Ewing Anker, ’42, passed away June 6, 2003 at her home long after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born October 13, 1922 in Dillon, Montana. She married Raymond E. Anker in 1946. She graduated from BAC in 1942 and from CSU in 1959. Mary taught in the Iron County School District for 28 years, 9 years in the third grade and the remainder in resources at the East Elementary. She has volunteered at the Utah Shakespearean Festival for 42 years as well as many other community programs.

Alvin Leroy Tidlund, ’47, passed away September 3, 2003. He was born September 28, 1921 in Kennebec, SD. Alvin married Lorene Isabelle Nickle August 21, 1943. He served in WWII as captain in the U.S.Army Air Corp and later in the U.S. Air Force. He taught high school at Fair Grove High. He practiced law for over 35 years.

Marian B. Munson, ’50, passed away May 15, 2003 at Kindred hospital in Ontario, Ca. She was born March 3, 1930 in Cedar City, UT. She married Floyd Munson. She loved music, sewing and having her family around her.

Walter Haden Church ’61, passed away on September 30 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 20, 1920 in St. George, UT. He married Muriel Stratton in 1940. During WWII he served in the Navy as Seaman 1st Class in the Pacific. He graduated from Dixie College and later received a degree in elementary education from the College of Southern Utah. He was school teacher for 24 years.

Anna Barbara Tobler Jones, ’64, passed away June 11, 2003 at the Heritage Bennion Care Center. She was born April 21, 1922 in Overton, NV. She married Acil Clarence Jones in 1940. After the death of her husband on March 25, 1957, she raised four children on her own. She went on to graduate from SUSC with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She taught third grade in Grantsville, UT for 16 years.

John Amasa Lee, Jr., ’66, passed away April 24, 2003 at his home in Mesquite, NV. He was born on June 22, 1942 in Overton, NV. He married Katie Dean Pulsipher. John graduated from the CSU and later received his Masters degree in administration from UNLV. Fro the past 28 years, he worked as an environmental control technician with Nevada Power.

Ramona Anderson Chamberlain, ’68, passed away July 8, 2003 at her home in Orem, Utah. She was born July, 20, 1915 in Echo Farm, Washington County, Utah. She married Wilford Hugh Chamberlain in 1933. Ramona attended Dixie College and SUU where she graduated with a bachelor degree in Library Science and Secondary Education. Ramona had a great love for her country.

Kenneth B. Lee, ’70, passed away September 19, 2003 in St. George, Ut. He was born October 21, 1941 in St. George, Ut. He graduated from Dixie High School and then received his BA in Education at Southern Utah University. Kenneth served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He enjoyed reading and writing poetry.

Paul J. Iverson, ’71, passed away on May 8, 2003 in Reno, Nevada due to leukemia. He was born June 3, 1947 in Cedar City, Utah. Paul married Vickie Kunz in1967 and they were later divorced. He was then married to Ginger Larsen in 1999. After graduating from SUSC, Paul received his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from UNLV. He taught in the Clark County School District from 1970-1975, and served as the district’s Science Curriculum Coordinator from 1975-1980. He was later appointed by the Governor to be the Director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Paul also served in the Battery B 222nd Filed Artillery National Guard St. George unit.

Leslie C. Seely, Jr., ’74, passed away June 16, 2003 in the Dixie Regional Medical Center due to cancer. He was born on December 19, 1923 in Salina, Ut. He married Flora Worthen in 1946. Leslie graduated from SUSC on the high honor roll. He taught Industrial Arts for 15 years at Cedar Middle School and loved every student.

Sherwin Lell Perry attended CSU after high school graduation, passed away June 26, 2003 after a long, courageous battle with multiple myeloma, surrounded by family at his home in Santa Clara, UT. He was born July 25, 1946 in Cedar City, UT. He married Barbara Roberts in 1989. At a very young age, Sherwin and his brothers worked in the family business, Parry Sand & Gravel. At age 19, Sherwin took over the family business.

Hilma Swapp Dennis attended BAC after high school graduation, passed away June 26, 2003 from complications following surgery at LDS hospital in Salt Lake City, Ut. She was born April1, 1917 in Kanab, Ut. She married Robert Dennis in 1937. One of her enjoyments in life was playing Bridge. A skilled bridge player, she competed in the Huntsman Senior World Games in St. George, Ut for three years, bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals.

M. Vee Foy attended the Branch Agriculture College. He passed away August 2, 2003 in the Garfield Memorial Hospital. He was born November 12, 1913 in Panguitch, Ut. He married Mary Myers on August 23, 1939. As a young man he worked at Bryce Canyon National Park. Vee and his wife were involved in operating a number of businesses in Panguitch and for the past 45 years The County Corner Café. He truly loved the city of Panguitch and the people there.

Merrill Dan Randall attended Southern Utah University. He passed away May 31, 2003 at Valley Regional Hospital in Provo of complications following a mild heart attack. He was born December 2, 1934 in Enterprise, Ut. He married Cleo Evelyn Defond in 1957 and was later divorced. He then married Esther Peel Blackham January 30, 1976. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1959 with a BA in accounting. He bought YLI Corporation and developed into a family-run internationally respected business.

Brett Wallace Thorpe was a junior at SUU majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He passed away May 29, 2003 in Kabul, Afghanistan while performing his duty as bodyguard to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. He was born October 19, 1958 in San Diego, Ca. He married Jeannie Mickow on July 1, 1983. Brett was an employee of DynCorp. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism.

Jack Fotheringham attended Branch Agriculture College. He passed November 15, 2003 at his home. Jack was born June 27, 1912 in Mammoth, Utah. He married Hannah Amelia Gale June 1, 1945. He worked throughout Utah for Arden Dairy and at Anderson Dairy in Las Vegas. He later purchased Hardy’s Market and ran the store for nine years. He served in WWII aboard the USS Berry and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Vanda Adams Dennett attended CSU. She passed away at her home on October 30, 2003 in Cedar City, UT. She was born September 11, 1938 in Bingham, UT. Vanda married Clark Dennett on July 27, 1957. She was employed with the Utah State Tax Commission. Vanda was a member of Ladies of Elks.

Phyllis Marshall Truman, attended the BAC. She passed away October 8, 2003 at the LDS hospital. She was born October 12, 1917 in Minersville, UT. Phyllis married Karl Truman January 28, 1943 in Salt Lake City. She taught elementary school for several years and then her and her husband started a business that ran for 52 years. Phyllis served two terms as the mayor of Minersville. She was also a 4-H leader for many years.

Charnelle Manson, attended Southern Utah State College. She passed away October 20, 2003 in Santa Clara, UT due to cancer. She was born August 6, 1938 in Kanab, UT. Charnelle married George William Manson, Jr. December 21, 1957. She was a piano teacher in Price and Santa Clara, UT for over 25 years.

Rema Truman Leavitt, attended Southern Utah University. She passed away November 26, 2003 in St. George, UT. She was born August 21, 1914 in Enterprise, UT. Rema married LaMar Truman September 19, 1934 and he passed away. She later married Woodruff Leavitt June 26, 1976. Rema taught at West elementary school in St. George from 1964-1976. She loved music and was an accomplished pianist at age 14.


Kay Killpack Alger, ’87, passed away May 14, 2003 from complications due to kidney failure. She was born on July 5, 1941 in Provo, Utah. She was married to Terry D. Alger in 1961. She was highly creative and enjoyed working in interior design. She added her education so that she could share her knowledge in the classroom and teach Interior Design at SUU for 12 years. She was a natural teacher. She served her family and friends unconditionally and attracted all who came in contact with her.

Photo: Coralie Ogden RawlinsonCoralie Ogden Rawlinson, ’78, passed away November 14, 2003 in Cedar City, UT after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 27, 1940 in Logan, UT. Coralie married Ralph S. Rawlinson on September 24, 1960. Coralie worked at SUU as Associate Professor where she taught business education classes for 20 years. Coralie and her husband were faithful members of the Hey Cedar Square Dance Club for 28 years.

If you are aware of an SUU alum, or a former staff or faculty member who has passed away, please contact SUU’s Office of Alumni Relations. Let us know by mail at 351 W. Center Street, Cedar City, Utah, 82720. Or call 888-586-1997.

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