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Obituary: Opal “J” Chew Behunin Davis

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Opal "J" Chew Behunin Davis 1916 ~ 2006 Opal Davis passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at East Meadow Care Center in Mapleton, Utah at age 90. She was born October 2, 1916 to Harry Chew and Lynnie Rasmussen Chew in Jensen, UT. She married Newel Behunin July 5, 1935 in Vernal, UT. She later divorced and married Curly Cheves in April of 1960. He passed away in 1961. Opal then married LeRoy "Butch" Davis in Dec. of 1961. They later divorced. From a young age Opal loved the outdoor life. She spent many happy times with her grandparents, John and Ester Rasmussen and Harry Chew at their ranches in Northeastern Utah; fishing, hunting, helping with the round up, ranch chores and just having a great time riding horses. During World War II she was a Civilian Mounted Military Police woman at Ogden Defense Depot guarding P.O.W.'s. Traveling was a passion for Opal and she traveled throughout the U.S. In her later years, she went on many senior citizen tours not only in the U.S. but also in Canada. Other favorite pastimes and activities included sewing, quilting, gardening and rock hounding. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Primary for many years, the Nursery being her favorite. She dearly loved the children. Opal served a full time teaching mission to the Chicago area when she was 72 years old. Upon returning from her mission, Opal served in the Provo Temple until completion of the Vernal Temple at which time she began her service as an ordinance worker in the Vernal Temple where she served until May 2001. Survivors include her children: Deon Shiflett of Lacey, WA; Nola (Dean) Durall of Mapleton, UT; and Kehl Behunin of Taylorsville, UT; 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grand-children and seven great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Smith Coats; and brothers, Hoyle "Dick" Chew, Vern Smith, Earl Smith, Johnny "Jack" Smith; son-in-law William Shiflett; one grandson Roy Shiflett; and one great-grandchildren, Justin Murray. She was dearly loved and her beautiful spirit will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Funeral services under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Springville/Mapleton will be held Monday, November 6, 2006 at 12 noon in the Vernal 6th Ward Chapel at 850 W. 100 N. in Vernal, Utah. There will be a viewing held at the Blackburn-Thomson Funeral Home, 15 E. 100 N. in Vernal, Utah on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at www.wheelermortuary.com