1934 ~ 2003
Patricia Bills Haymond, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend died at home Sunday evening in Macomb, Illinois, after a year-long battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Jay Melvin Haymond; their daughter, Lise Haymond Hansen; son-in-law, Mark Russell Hansen; and granddaughter, Alicia Gayle Hansen, all of Macomb. Also surviving are brothers and sisters: Richard D. (Erma Lee) Bills, Kay E (Jean) Bills, Mac Martin Bills, and Dianne Bills Wittusen (Ron), all of Mapleton, Utah; Nadine Bills Barnes (DeVere), of Orem, Utah; and one aunt, Merilyn Johnson Tuttle (Floyd), of Sandy, Utah; as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Waldo Edwin "Ted" Bills.
Pat was born October 31, 1934, in Mapleton, Utah, to Douglas Waldo and Lenore Johnson Bills. She was active throughout her youth in church and school activities. Pat loved music and played the clarinet. She excelled in taking short-hand dictation - a skill which she used throughout her life to record and transcribe special
She married Jay M. Haymond on December 9, 1955, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their daughter, Lise, was born the following year. Pat and Lise followed Jay in their small trailer house throughout the western states with Whiting & Haymond Construction Company until they built their first home in Springville, Utah. Pat worked for Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company while Jay went to college. Later she was secretary to the president of Dixie Jr. College, in St. George, Utah, while Jay was a professor of history. There they planned and built their "dream" home, only to leave it when Jay returned to graduate school at the University of Utah. After his graduation he joined the Utah State Historical Society and they moved to Yale Avenue in Salt Lake City, where they lived for 28 years. From there Pat cultivated her family, garden, and many friendships, giving much selfless service.
Pat and Lise attended the University of Utah at the same time. Pat graduated with a B.A. in home economics in 1976, the same year her future son-in-law, Mark graduated in music. Pat worked in the test kitchens of Mt. Fuel Supply Company, for the Davis and Salt Lake School Districts, and the Utah State Extension Service. She later worked for the Internal Revenue Service until her retirement.
Pat has been a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life. She has taught children, teenagers, and adult women, has conducted congregational music and participated in choirs, and has headed the Relief Society and Young Women's organizations. She and Jay served as inner-city missionaries before moving to Macomb in 1999 to be near Lise's family. She has prepared and organized countless church dinners and most recently was responsible for the food served during the VIP portions of the Nauvoo Temple Open House.
Pat's greatest joys were grand-parenting, genealogy, and gardening. She spent many happy hours exercising and making friends in the water aerobics classes at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City and at the YMCA in Macomb.
Funeral services will be held in Salt Lake City at the Yale Ward Building, 1435 Gilmer Drive, 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 27. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements will be handled by the Sargent-Worthington Mortuary, Macomb, Illinois, and Wheeler Mortuary, Springville. Interment will be in the Springville, Utah, Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wheelermortuary.com