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Obituary: DeVonna Heaps Tolman

DeVonna Heaps Tolman

1931 ~ 2007

DeVonna Heaps Tolman was born August 4, 1931 in Smithfield, Utah, the oldest child of Orrie and Fern Heaps. She passed away following a short, but courageous battle against brain cancer September 29, 2007 in Brigham City, Utah, surrounded by her family.The oldest of six children, DeVonna spent her early years mostly helping on the family farm in Smithfield, and watching over her younger brothers and sisters. She attended local schools, and graduated from North Cache in 1949. During these years she spent time working at the local drive-in, drug store and bank.

DeVonna was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 1956 she was called to serve a mission in New Zealand. While serving in the mission office she met her future husband, Lyman Kay Tolman, from Burbank, California. Shortly after returning home from her mission, the couple was married in the Logan Temple June 6, 1958, and then headed down to Provo to begin schooling at Brigham Young University. They graduated in 1965 and relocated to Southern California where Lyman took a job teaching elementary school Industrial Arts. In 1971 the family moved to Ephraim, Utah, where Lyman was employed at Snow College as an instructor of Engineering Graphics and Drafting. During these years DeVonna worked as a cook in the Student Union Building at Snow College, and at the Bank of Ephraim.

Following Lyman's death in 1996, DeVonna moved back to Smithfield to be closer to her family and to help care for her mother. She was one of the first people to move into the Spring Meadow retirement development in Smithfield, and enjoyed the many close friends and associations living there provided.

Early in June she began to experience symptoms of the disease that would complete her mission in this life. Through it all DeVonna remained valiant in her faith, testimony, and an example of Christlike love and concern for all she came in contact with. She was an active member of the Smithfield 10th Ward.

Lyman and DeVonna were the parents of two children, Dennis (Vivian), Brigham City Utah, and Cheryl (Charley) Langley, Vernal Utah.

She is survived by her children; two brothers, Lloyd (Janel), and David (Rea) Heaps; three sisters, Joycelyn (Robert) Wood, Helen (Glen) Fairbourn, and Jean (Doug) Wood; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call Tuesday evening, 6-8 p.m. October 2nd at Nelson Funeral Home, 85 South Main, Smithfield. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 3rd in the Smithfield Utah Stake Center, 600 East 120 South, under the direction of Bishop Peter Krusi. Friends may call Wednesday at the church from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Internment will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery. Online family condolences may be sent via

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Smithfield 10th Ward, her many friends from Spring Meadow, Dr. Gary Harris, and to Dr.'s Blake Welling, Leslie Ingersol, and Harold Johnson at the McKay-Dee Cancer Center for the loving care and concern shown to our mother during these last months.