HEBER CITY - <! > Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Susie Loretta Halladay Giles, was finally reunited with her husband, Elvin C. Giles, on Monday, September 1, 2003, after being without him for seven years.
She was born on July 14, 1912, in Circleville, Utah, to Wilford Albert Halladay and Elsie Meeks. Susie was the seventh of eight children. She attended Snow College where she met her husband, Elvin C. Giles, of Heber City, Utah. He was a returned missionary. They were married in the Manti LDS Temple on July 28, 1933. She was a wonderful wife and mother to her family. She will be missed by all but not forgotten.
Susie also attended BYU and received her teaching credentials. After her two sons were in school, she began teaching elementary school and taught in Wallsburg, Charleston, Kamas, and at the North and Central Elementary Schools in Heber City. She and Elvin will long be remembered by many in Heber Valley for their 70-plus years of public school service. They also rented rooms in their home to college students doing their student teaching as well as teachers who taught in the schools in Heber. They befriended many this way.
Elvin and Susie went on a mission together to Arkansas for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in Batesville and Huntsville. They took their trailer and Chevy Suburban on their mission. Their main work in the mission field was to find inactive and part member families and encourage them to come back to church. They were specialists at this and served faithfully in their mission. They came home from their mission even more dedicated to the Lord.
Elvin and Susie shared many years of service in their church. Susie served in all the auxiliaries and as a stake board member in the Relief Society and as the ward Relief Society President when she was in her late sixties.
A hallmark of her life was her ability to remember people and their names. She memorized the names of her 20-30 students each year by the end of the first day of school. She remembered people she associated with, knew about their families, and where they were from. She was always telling about people she met and all the information she had gleaned about them. Susie loved to meet people and made friends with them immediately. She and Elvin enjoyed the friendships they made and retained during their winter years in St. George as 'snow birds' there.
She leaves behind her sons, Glade E. (Marilyn) Giles of Orem, and Gary N. (Vera Jean) Giles of Cedar City. She has 11 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren with three more on the way in September, October and January. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin, an unnamed sister who was stillborn, and by her brothers and sisters, Loren, Elsie Revoe who died at six weeks of age, Thelda, Meeks, Arrol, and James.
Our sincerest appreciation goes to the staff of Hospice and the staff of Orem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their caring and professional assistance given to Susie during these last few weeks of her life.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 5, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Heber LDS 4th Ward Church, 176 West 500 South, Heber City. Friends may call on Thursday from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main Street, Heber City, and on Friday from 9:30 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the LDS Church. Interment will be in the Heber City Cemetery.
We LOVE you, Mom.