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Obituary: Johanna Smith Siebers

1907 ~ 2003

Johanna (Ann) Smith Siebers, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, died quietly in her sleep Thursday, September 18, 2003 in Tooele, Utah.

Ann was born October 27, 1907 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Robert Heggie and Janet McLeod Smith. The family emigrated to the United States in 1911 first to Soda Springs, Idaho and then to Erda, Tooele County, Utah. She lived the remainder of her life in Tooele County. She married Lawrence Henry Siebers in Salt Lake City on June 8, 1931. The marriage was later solemnized in the LDS Temple January 28, 1978. Her husband preceded her in death.

She is survived by their three children, Larry (Ruth), Sandy, Utah; Jo Ann Rice (John), Cincinnati, Ohio; and Bob (Carol) Blackfoot, Idaho; two brothers Alex (Carla), Tooele, David (Betty Rose) of Provo, sister-in-law Naoma Smith, Tooele, and brother-in-law J. Brent Malin, Salt Lake City; 15 grandchildren, thirty-nine great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her greatest pride was her family.

She practiced nursing for 30 years, and was the vice president and an organizer of the Utah State Practical Nurses Association as well as serving as Director of the Tooele Red Cross Nursing Service for ten years. Active in the community, she was a member of the Tooele Women's Club, the Business and Professional Women's Club, serving both organizations in many capacities including president. She was a delegate to the Woman's State Legislative Council, member of the Utah State Retired Employees Association, Chairwoman of the Tooele County Council on aging and was appointed to a five member State Board of Aging by Gov. Matheson in 1977, and was also on the Governor's Task Force to study alternatives to nursing homes. As a result of her many endeavors to obtain better living conditions and services for senior citizens, she was given the State of Utah Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 1978. She was well known in the Tooele community for her work in genealogy and study of the history of the county. She was made an honorary member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers because of her interest in Utah history, which included her efforts in compiling a history of the medical services in the county, it was published in the History of Tooele County Volume 2.

Funeral services will be held at the Tooele North Stake Center, 583 No. 270 E. on Monday Sept 22nd at 1:00 p.m. There will be a visitation on Sunday evening at the Tate Mortuary, 110 So Main St. in Tooele from 6-8 p.m. and again on Monday from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Stake Center. The family requests that donations, if so desired, be sent to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund.