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Obituary: Letha E. Holyoak McPhee

Letha E. Holyoak McPhee

1923 ~ 2007

Our kind and gracious mother and grandmother, Letha Elizabeth Holyoak McPhee, age 74, passed away peacefully at home on October 25, 2007, due to congestive heart failure. Letha was born April 17, 1933 in Moab, UT to Richard LeRoy and Sarah Schofield Holyoak. She grew up working on the farm with her six sisters and one brother. After attending a year of college at BYU, she returned to Moab where she met and married Theodore N. McPhee on July 29, 1955 in the Manti LDS Temple. They lived in Moab for several more years before moving to Twin Falls, ID. In 1969 the family moved to Elko, NV where Letha lived until 2003, when she moved to Salt Lake City to live with her daughter Marilyn. She was a small town girl who didn't like the big city. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions including ward and stake Relief Society president. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, gardening and taking care of her family. She loved being home and spending time with her husband and children. She was a wonderful mom who was always there for her kids. She had eight major surgeries in her life including five open heart surgeries to repair or replace heart valves damaged by rheumatic fever. Through all the surgeries she worked hard to recover so she could resume her duties as a wife and mother. She was a wonderful example of an obedient, faithful, loving, courageous woman. We love her and will miss her.

Letha was preceded in death by her husband, Ted and daughter Jennifer McPhee Taylor. She is survived by her children Rebecca (DeLyle) Danner of Puyallup, WA; Michael (Marcy) McPhee of Salt Lake City, UT; Greg (Elizabeth) McPhee of Alpharetta, GA; Paul (Gloria) McPhee of Henderson, NV; Marilyn (Doug) Christensen of Salt Lake City, UT; and son-in-law John Taylor of Orem, UT; and by her sisters Louie (Glade) Greenhalgh, Helen (Lynn) Langston and Vilate (Doug) Farnsworth and sister-in-law Tharla Holyoak, 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at noon at the Grandview LDS Chapel located at 2930 S. 2000 E. A viewing will be held at the chapel prior to the services from 10:30- 11:45 a.m.

The family wishes to thank all of the many doctors and nurses who cared for Mom throughout her life. Special thanks to Dr. Romney and his staff at the Memorial Clinic and to Care Source Hospice.