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Obituary: Nell Leavitt Granger

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Our devoted and loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully January 5, 2002, while surrounded by her family.

Born October 13, 1912, in Mesquite, NV to Christopher Lister and Annie Marie Barnum Leavitt, the 8th of 15 children, with five brothers and two sisters older, and five brothers and two sisters younger. She married Walter Granger October 1, 1930. They were divorced after 24 years of marriage. Active member of the LDS Church, serving in various callings throughout her lifetime.

Nell had a positive zest for life, and touched the lives of all who knew her with her unconditional love and unselfishness. "To know her was to love her." She was loving and uncomplaining to the very end. She had a love for music and touched many lives through song with her beautiful voice. She started her seven daughters singing at a young age, and the "Granger Girls and Mom" provided music for many occasions over the years. Her family and the church were foremost in her life and she was dedicated to both.

She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and served as President of the South Salt Lake Senior Citizens Center for 10 years.

Survived by her children: Mrs.

Robert E. (Vesta L.) Anthony, Salt Lake; Ivan Walter 'Ike' Granger, Medford, OR; Jeri Granger, St. George, UT; Georgia A. Chorn, LaNita 'Pete' Brown, Mrs. Jack (Mert) Gertino, all of Salt Lake; Claire J. Shepherd, Anaheim, CA; Mrs. Nick (Judy) Loulias, Midvale, UT; and special daughter, Ann Granger, Phoenix, OR; 36 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by five brothers and sisters: Barnum Leavitt, Ila Mae Gustin, Stella Pingel, and Gene R. Leavitt, all of Las Vegas, NV; and Gilbert James Leavitt, Salt Lake.

She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Lynn Bender, great-grandson, Dallin Zeiger, seven brothers and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank sister Claire for her 24-hour a day vigil with mom the last two weeks, and the caring staff at Willow Wood Care Center.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 12, 2002, at the Eldredge Ward, 3219 South 3rd East, Salt Lake City, Utah at 11 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to services. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, (600 So.) Bountiful, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lister and Annie Leavitt Family Building Fund at Salt Lake City Credit Union, 1380 South Main, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. Acct. #21208.