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Obituary: Cecil Lionel Bibb

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1924 ~ 2004

Cecil Lionel Bibb passed away, his earthly mission completed, in Provo, Utah on January 12, 2004.

He was born October 1, 1924 in Cradock, South Africa, the eldest son and second child of Cecil Gordon Bibb and his wife, Clarissa May Jakins. He married Sheila Mary Harvey on November 7, 1947; their marriage was later sealed in the London, England Temple. She passed away in 1993, and he married Sheila Christine Walsh Poole on October 1, 1993. Their marriage was sealed in the Johannesburg, South Africa Temple.

He is survived by his wife, his sister and brother, Lorraine and George Bibb, six children, Alan (Christa), David (Melanie) Michael (Sharlene), Louise Helps (Richard), Susan Snijman (Chris) and Elaine Bibb Brummer, three step-children, Deborah (Jonathan), Douglas (Susanne) and Malcolm Atkinson, 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Lionel was a blessing to everyone he associated with throughout his life. He loved the Lord and his family and strove earnestly to serve both. He served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including as president of the Johannesburg, South Africa Temple (1987-1989) and subsequently as Patriarch of the Roodepoort, South Africa Stake and then the Kemmerer, Wyoming Stake, and as a temple worker and sealer in the Ogden, Utah Temple. He found great joy in family history and temple work, but his greatest love was teaching the gospel.

Professionally, he was an Electrical Engineer and was instrumental in developing South Africa's long-distance telecommunications system. He also served his country for five years during World War II.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2004, at 9:00 a.m., in the Provo City Cemetery, 610 South State Street, Provo. A memorial service will be held also on Saturday, at 1:00 p.m., at the Woodruff Chapel, Woodruff, Utah. Services under the direction of Berg Mortuary.

The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. James Woodmansee for his love and outstanding care.