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Obituary: Verla H. Gunnarson

1920 ~2003


- Verla Hale Gunnarson was born to Varian Hale and Cedenia Bingham Hale in Riverside, Idaho on July 5, 1920 and her family moved to Ogden, Utah in 1924.

She was one of six sisters, and was educated in the Ogden City Schools and attended Weber State and Brigham Young University.

She taught fourth grade in Tooele during the war, and went on to teach second and third grades in Ogden for many years.

She married George Richard Gunnarson in 1948. They had two daughters, Gail and Janene.

While her children were young, she taught piano lessons and volunteered in the organizations of her church.

The great loves of her life were music, children, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, and she was never too busy to give herself to any of these. Even through her declining years, she retained much of her ability to create music and was an inspiration to those who knew her. Hers was a truly gentle spirit. She passed away of natural causes on March 2, 2003 at The Stratford in Draper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George R. Gunnarson, her parents, her twin sister Verda Hale Clement, and her sister Cleone Hale Parker.

She is survived by her daughter Gail Gunnarson Schimmelpfennig, son-in-law Scott Alan Schimmelpfennig, granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Schimmelpfennig, and great-granddaughter Autumn Leslie Schimmelpfennig, all of Sandy, Utah; daughter Janene Gunnarson Jolley, son-in-law Allen Ross Jolley, grandchildren Spencer Michael Jolley, Scott Allen Ryan Jolley, and Miranda Lindsay Jolley, all of Lacey, Washington; and granddaughter Christine Michelle Jolley, of London, England.

Also surviving are her sisters Ilene Hale King of Aberdeen, Idaho; Melba Hale Buckner of Ogden, Utah; and Phyllis Hale Hurst of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 1 p.m. at the Jackson Ward Chapel, located at 1029 - 26th Street in Ogden.

Viewing will be held at the same location beginning at Noon.

Interment will be in the Ogden City Cemetery, beside her beloved husband.

Funeral directors, Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary.

To honor Mom's love of music in the lives of children, the family requests donations in her name in lieu of flowers sent to: Ogden School Foundation, 1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, Utah 84401.

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