Theda Bezzant Evans, 80, of Provo passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Saturday, June 26, 1999.
She was born June 2, 1919, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, to Albert and Ruth Adams Bezzant. She married Jaren H. Parduhn on July 5, 1938, in Farmington. They were later divorced. She married Fay Leon Evans on February 21, 1966, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He passed away April 6, 1994.Theda grew up in Pleasant Grove and graduated from high school in 1937. After graduation she attended BYU. She worked for 10 years as secretary to the superintendent at the Utah State Training School and later moved to Layton where she and Fay owned and operated the Garden Home Training Center in Clearfield for the mentally disabled. She also did volunteer work at Primary Children's Hospital.
She was an active member of the LDS Church having served two missions: San Diego in the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center and the Billings, Montana Mission, serving in Cody, Wyoming. In addition she worked at the Provo LDS Temple for 15 years. Theda will always be remembered for her hospitality and culinary skills.
She is survived by two daughters and one son:Sharlene (Ken) Bentley, Potomac, MD; J. H. "Pete" (Jan) Parduhn, Page, AZ; Linda (Dennis) Stoker, Highland; step-children: Daniel C. (Connie) Evans, Eugene, OR; Kay (Larry) Sorenson, Pleasant Grove; Jane (John) Hadfield, Lehi; Jeffrey S. (Janeen) Evans, Kaysville; 37 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include two sisters and two brothers: Evelyn Schoonover and Dean Bezzant of Pleasant Grove; Ranae Lewis, Lehi; and Harold Bezzant, Salt Lake. She was preceded in death by two great grandchildren, a brother Mark Bezzant, and sister Leah Bullock.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 11 a.m. in the Oak Hills Sixth Ward Chapel, 1900 North 1500 East, Provo. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove and at the church on Wednesday, one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Lehi City Cemetery.