The following are obituaries that appeared in the December 23, 2015 print edition of the Star Valley Independent.
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Elaine Durrant Jenkins, born March 17, 1925 in Los Angeles, the daughter of George Elmo and Eva May Harr Durrant, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 6, 2015 in Kaysville, Utah. She was the oldest of three children. She grew up in Los Angeles where she went to high school and worked. She loved being a mother, serving others and was a talented artist. The result of a blind date and a long distance courtship she married the love of her life, her handsome cowboy, Dean Bedford Jenkins in the Saint George LDS Temple. After their marriage, Dean took Elaine back to his hometown of Freedom. To live there she gave up the luxurious city life of indoor plumbing and running water for an outhouse and carrying water for two miles in order to work and raise a family. Elaine has always been a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held many callings. She and Dean served a full-time mission at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and were ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for many years. For the past year and half she has crocheted many alter cloths for LDS Temples throughout the world. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters and her husband. She is the mother of six children: Delaine Jenkins, Lander; Melaine Eldredge (Rick) Helena, Mont.; Maridene Wiberg, (Scott) Layton, Utah; Sirena Higgs (Tom) Kaysville, Utah; Nolan Jenkins (Trudy) Lehi, Utah; Wynn Jenkins (Loretta) North Logan, Utah; grandmother of 27 grandchildren, and 39 great grandchildren. Services were held Friday, Dec. 18 in Freedom. Interment took place in the Freedom Cemetery.
Gussie W. Jaques peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 in Afton. Gussie was born April 5, 1926 in Monroe, La., to Lonnie B. and Moria Sims Wallace. She had two older brothers, LC and Con and two younger sisters Birdie Jo and Annette. Gussie served with the Navy Utah Department during WWII in Washington, D.C. and Oakland, Calif. She was transferred to Clearfield Utah where she met and married Dale Jaques in 1953. At the time of Dale’s death in 2013 they had been married 60 years. Together they raised four children: Ronald (Rhetta), Marlow (Nancy), Kristee (Ed) Coleman and Cindy. Gussie retired from civil service at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Dale and Gussie built their home on Star Valley Ranch in 1978 and moved to there in 1988. They also spent time at their home in Phoenix. Gussie enjoyed her family and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a great fan of NASCAR and enjoyed making porcelain dolls. Gussie will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Gussie is survived by all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gussie was preceded in death by her husband Dale, both brothers, and her parents.
Paul David Babel, 76, longtime resident of Star Valley Ranch, passed away in the early hours of Dec. 20, 2015 in Rock Springs at the home of his son, David, where he had been wintering. Paul had been battling long-term effects from cancer surgery in his mouth and throat. Paul was born on July 27, 1939 in Superior, Wyo., to Steven Louis Babel and Evelyn “Sue” Harnish Babel, the middle of three children. His family later moved to Rock Springs, where he graduated from high school in 1957. After serving a short time in the Army as a mechanic, Paul met and married Gladys Mae Walsh Painovich on May 17, 1962. Afterwards he moved his family to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he worked as a diesel truck mechanic for Max Kerr and Sons Lumber Company for nearly 30 years. While living in Idaho Falls, Paul was active in a bowling league and was a member of the Elks Club, and enjoyed working on cars, trucks and motorcycles, camping, hunting and fishing. In 1979 Paul took up golf, a game he once thought was silly, but soon fell in love with the sport. Paul had an affection for animals of all kinds, and had a menagerie of creatures including cows, horses, pigs, geese, ducks, sheep, guinea pigs, dogs, cats and even a monkey named JoJo. In the early 1990s he and Gladys moved to the home at Star Valley Ranch permanently where Paul semi-retired but stayed busy supervising the ranch shop working on golf carts and grounds upkeep equipment. Paul loved to work with his hands and was an amazing mechanic. He always had golf carts around his home garage that he worked on for others. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and loved being outdoors. For the past several years Paul has spent his winters in either California or Tuscon, Ariz. Paul loved his children and grandchildren and he will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Sue Babel, his grandparents, aunts and uncles, and his beloved wife Gladys who passed in August 2002. He is survived by his older brother Gary Babel and his wife Judy of Saratoga; and his sister Nancy DeBernardi and her husband Gary “Debo” of Salt Lake City; his five nieces and nephews and several cousins; his step-children Stephen K. Painovich of Pinedale and Mrs. Barbara A. Bogataj of Rock Springs; his son David Lee Babel of Rock Springs; and his daughter Mrs. Paula Dee Kimmel of Richland, Wash. He has six grandchildren: Ms. Amber Knapp of Moab, Utah; Mrs. Stephanie Jasperson of Green River; Miss Cyndi Kimmel, Joseph Kimmel and Benjamin Kimmel, all of Richland, Wash., and Dylan Babel of Rock Springs. He also has four great-grandchildren: Ashtyn, Alexis, Gavin, and Haylee. In accordance with his wishes, Paul will be cremated. A service celebrating his life will occur Monday, Jan 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Vase’s in Rock Springs.
Anna Sharee Thornton Tippetts, age 80, passed away on Dec. 13, 2015 in Afton. She was born on Aug. 8, 1935 in Afton to Wilda Mae Cazier and Frances Glen Hinck. Sharee was raised in Star Valley by her grandparents, William and Clara Cazier, along with her Uncle Dale Cazier. Her parents divorced and her mother later married Ivan Monroe Thornton. After Ivan and Willa were married, their family settled into Afton, where Sharee’s little brother, Keith, was born. They later moved to a farm in Osmond. Sharee married Charles Victor Tippetts on Nov. 19, 1951. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 2, 1954. To this union were born seven children, five daughters and two sons; Cheryl Ann, Jackie Lynn, Kim Victor, Julie Dale, Jeffrey Ivan, Lisa Sharee and Wendy Mae. Shortly after their marriage, Vic and Sharee moved to Plain City, Utah, to work at Hill Field Air Force Base. A few years later they moved, along with several brothers and sisters and their families, to Beaver Creek, near Daniel, Wyo., to work in a logging and lumber camp. They eventually returned to Star Valley to a little house on Nield String. In 1958 they finally settled on the farm in Osmond that they purchased from Sharee’s parents. They raised their family there and taught them to work hard and enjoy life. Sharee loved being a wife, a mom, a grandmother and a great grandmother. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had several church callings throughout her married life and enjoyed the friendship she had with the many sisters in the Osmond Ward. She valued honesty, true friendship and the love of family and taught her children to do the same. Sharee was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, who passed away March 4, 2005; her parents, and her grandparents; and a son-in-law. She is survived by her seven children: Cheryl Reeves (Clayne); Jackie Anderson (Richard) deceased; Kim (Leslie); Julie Turner (Steven); Jeff (Daunilyn); Lisa Suter (Curtiss); and Wendy Croshaw (Boyd); 26 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Keith (Donna) Thornton. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Osmond LDS Church. Interment took place in the Afton Cemetery.