Intellectual Nourishment

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Jessie Waite Hunt

Gunlock, UT - Our mom, Jessie Waite Hunt, 94, the last living member of 13 siblings, joined them August 3, 2011 in Gunlock, Utah. There to greet her were her wonderful husband, Ivan Holt Hunt, her parents, Jesse and Madora Leavitt Waite and her grandchildren: Thomas Blane Palmer, Daniel Tobe Anderson and Amber Tammie Hunt, her brothers and sisters: Jesse LeRoy, LaPrele, William Noble, Hazel, Iris, Guy, Glenn, Nelda, Flossie Iola, Donna, Roena, and Margaret. Mom was born January 12, 1917 in the little town of Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada. She grew up in this little village of Bunkerville where the village raised the children. Every one were “Aunt” or “Uncle”. Mom was as at home at Uncle Herb and Aunt Mame’s as she was at her own home. She participated in all the school activities receiving the Music Pin for outstanding music ability and she didn’t even play a musical instrument. She won first place at a baton twirling contest in Salt Lake City for her High School marching band. Mom made her spending money picking grapes at her father’s vineyard. Dad came to Bunkerville from Gunlock to go to school. Dad was a good dancer and Mom loved to dance. Mom and Dad were married June 19, 1935 in the St. George Temple. Dad moved mom to Gunlock, another little village that helped raise their nine children: Douglas Ivan (Dianne Johnson), Darleen (Jerry) Anderson, Mary Ellen (Roy) Strong, Dianna (John) Hafen, Mona Gai (Richard) Moon, Vicki Lynn (Wendell) Palmer, Debra Sue (Ethan) Bundy, Chloe (Kelvin) Lee, Jesse Kay (Pam Emett). Mom’s life was a life of service. She was a Bishop’s wife, a Relief Society President, and Counselor to five Relief Society Presidents. She and Dad served for 38 years as Temple Ordinance Workers in the St. George Temple as well as serving an 18 month mission in Rapid City, South Dakota where the highlight was to see the power of the Priesthood bless a little Indian girl who was deaf and dumb receive her hearing. Mom loved flowers and she always kept her yards as a show place. She loved the people of Gunlock, especially the little children who were so kind to her and to Dad. She is survived by her nine children, 41 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and her brother-in-law Cleve (Margaret) Cooper. We Love You Mom, We Honor You! Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gunlock LDS Chapel, 733 North Main Street, Gunlock, Utah. Visitations will be held on Friday, August 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, UT and on Saturday, from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to services at the Chapel in Gunlock. Interment will be in the Gunlock Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.

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