Obituaries/Funerals

Vera Patton
1905 - 2001
Funeral services for Vera Dahlgren Patton, 96, of Paynesville, were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Robert Knight officiated. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Clarksville.
Patton died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home at Bowling Green.
She was born Aug. 11, 1905, at Altoona, Ill., to Victor and Hilda Dahlgren. She married Frank W. Patton Aug. 10, 1927, at Carthage, and he preceded her in death July 5, 1969.
She is survived by four daughters, Dorothy Ann Williams of Jefferson City, Frances Chisholm of Craig, Sally Mayo and Betty Derby both of Colorado Springs; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, Mamie Garner.
She graduated from the Boonville High School in 1922. After graduating from high school she taught elementary school at Enon for one year. She attended college at the Warrensburg Teachers College and at Culver Stockton at Canton. She later taught school at the Ramsey school near Paynesville from 1923 to 1927.
Mrs. Patton was a member of the Paynesville Christian Church and served as treasurer for many years. She was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship, member of the Paynesville Literary Club, AARP and served on the Pike County Nurses Scholarship Board.
Pallbearers were Greg Burnett, Chris Chisholm, Dennis Williams, Gary Burnett, Duane Schreimann, Ben Hall and Kenneth Mayo.
Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

Helen May Gurske
1946 - 2001
Helen May Gurske of Hayden died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. She was 55 years old. She was born July 6, 1946, the daughter of Chester and Jonell Backes of Milner. She married Robert Gurske of Gresham, Ore., April 25, 1970, in Steamboat Springs.
She is preceded in death by her sister Barbara Stine. She is survived by her loving husband Robert Gurske of Hayden, their two daughters, Kathy Squires of Colbran and Heather Carson of Craig; five grandchildren: Robert and Ashley Squires, Kaylee and Cory Carson, and Caleb Herndon; her parents Chet and Jonell Backes; her sister Sue Lewis and brothers Larry, Joe, and Ralph Backes; 15 nieces and nephews.
Services were held at First Baptist Church in Hayden Thursday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. Interment followed at the Hayden Cemetery. Peterson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lurean Stevens Harding
1915-2001
Lurean Stevens Harding, age 86, died Dec. 19, 2001, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Harding was born June 10, 1915, in Ferron, Utah to Jahn Eleazer Stevens and Annie Caroline Swenson. She married Edward Bailey Harding June 6, 1940, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He passed away June 2, 1979. She was a graduate of Carbon County High School.
Harding was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various callings: Young Women's President, Primary President, Counselor and President of Relief Society, primary teacher (a calling she especially loved), spiritual living teacher and Relief Society visiting teacher. Lurean and Ed lived in Craig from 1942 to 1988. They spent 14 winters in Mesa, Ariz. Lurean moved to Salt Lake in 1988 to the cottonwood Condominiums in Holladay. She was a great homemaker, always baking and sewing for her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family and friends will miss her.
She is survived by her children, John Edward Harding (Frances), Richard George Harding (Barbara), Jean Harding Cook (Scott), Marianne Harding Burgoyne (Dr. Robert H. Burgoyne); nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, Neata Christensen, Arvel Stevens, Clay Stevens, Nona Smith, Floyd Stevens and Annie Wilde.
Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at the Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake Center, 1750 E. Spring Lane. A viewing was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Wasatch Laen Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Dr., and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment at Provo City Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Primary Children's Medical Center.

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