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Obituary: George Vance Halliday

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George Vance Halliday Devoted to Family George Vance Halliday, a man devoted to church, family and work, passed away August 29, 2006 and joined his sweetheart, wife and companion of 54 years who preceded him in death two months earlier. George, the son of George Edmund Halliday and Jennie Walker, was born October 1, 1927 in Murray, Utah. He was the oldest of four children. At age of nine, his father passed away; he assisted his widowed mother and was ever mindful of other family members by working jobs to help support the family. George was a graduate of Murray High School where he participated in sports, drama and music and continued his love for music throughout his life. He loved to play the harmonica and sang in the All-Male Olympus Choir in his later years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army from September 1946 to August 1948, receiving two medals of distinguished service; World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal, Japan. George met his sweetheart, Lelia Hulse, at the "Old" Coconut Grove Dance Hall in Salt Lake City and married February 1, 1952. They later solemnized their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple, June 18, 1957. He worked for Kennecott Copper and after 36 years he retired. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings, including a worker in the Jordan River Temple. He served a local Stake Mission and two missions with his wife, one in South Africa and one in the Inner City Salt Lake Mission. George was a builder and enjoyed building his homes and helping others build theirs. He loved the earth and the pleasures that came from growing and harvesting the food. His hats are his trademark, and you rarely saw him without one. In his later years, George was plagued with a debilitating disease (Alzheimer's) which he battled with for the past 10 years, maintaining his integrity and gentle self to the end. He is survived by eight children, Esther, Joan, Lee Ann Wilkins, Connie West, George (Cynthia), Nathan, Paul (Cynthia), Sarah Jacobson; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 2, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray 1st Ward Chapel, 363 E. Vine Street. Family and friends may share their condolences Friday, September 1, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street, and one hour prior to the services at the church. A military interment will be at the Murray City Cemetery. The family would like to thank Neighborhood House and Garden Terrace for their help and assistance. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com