Ireta Nova Stewart Gunnell, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, ended her earthly experience and returned to her Father-in-Heaven on June 12, 1999. She passed away suddenly with her two sisters and close friends nearby.
She was born on May 21, 1930, in Benjamin, Utah, to Luther Kimble, Jr., and Nova Belle McKenzie Stewart. Her childhood was filled with many happy memories with Mama and Poppa and all her sisters and brother. There was a close relationship between Ireta and her sisters and brother, especially after the early deaths of their parents.Ireta graduated from Spanish Fork High, the class of '48 and still enjoyed friendships from school that lasted until her passing. She attended LDS Business College where she enjoyed living at the Beehive House. While going to school there, she met and married Ray P. Gunnell on February 2, 1951, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had six children.
She was always active in church service, having many callings in Primary, MIA, Cub Scouts, ward librarian, and Relief Society. Although motherhood was her greatest calling, she had also worked as a secretary. Ireta served an LDS mission to the Chicago Temple 1996-97, which was a beautiful experience, and was currently serving in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
She loved golf, travel, square dancing, genealogy, but loved her time with her children and grandchildren most of all.
Survivors include three sisters and a brother: Kate Hickman of Benjamin, Cleo Birch of Lehi, Theone Blain of Lindon, Luther Stewart of Colorado; three sons and three daughters, Joel of Magna, Paul of Salt Lake City, Robert of Sandy, Suzanne Welling and Karen Bell, both of Orem, Debbie Sheehan of West Valley City; and 16 wonderful grandchildren.
Services will be Wednesday, June 16, 1999, 12 noon, in the Valley View Fifth LDS Ward Chapel, 2245 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., or at the church Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Benjamin, Utah Cemetery.