On a white winter morning, having fulfilled her life's work, our sweet mother, Meledie Lee Gregory passed away peacefully in her bed at 80 years old. She was born September 25th, 1942, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the hosts of heaven waiting to greet her on the other side of the veil was her eternal companion, Larry Adams Gregory, her parents, Kenneth Lee and Genevieve Rodeback Duncan, and her son Daniel Hansen. Oh, what a joyful reunion we know it was. She has been waiting a long time for this reunion, so much we couldn't get her to stop talking about it! She is survived by her three sons, Wade (Ranae) Hansen, Jr Cardy, Spencer (Meghan) Gregory, and three beautiful granddaughters, Allie, Zoey, Ellie, and her great granddaughter Presley.
Meledie was a cowgirl and had a love for animals. This tiny petite woman could handle and ride a horse with ease. She showed horses and barrel raced in her early 20's winning awards for her accomplishments. She married the love of her life, Larry on April 20th, 1977, and raised 4 crazy boys. She was a loving mother and was proud of her family she made. She was the wife of a Fire Chief and embraced the role and responsibilities. She was proud to be by Larry's side in any way she could.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and she served faithfully in various local and stake positions. She also served for several years as an ordinance worker at the Bountiful Temple, as a Guest Service Missionary at Temple Square and as a Family Search Support Missionary. She was among those who (quote from Wilford Woodruff) "are laboring for the salvation of the human family in the spirit world."
She had a deep love for genealogy. If you knew her at all you knew how passionate she was about it. She got excited to help anyone in the neighborhood and tried to pass that excitement onto the next generation. She worked so much with it that she would constantly say, "Ugh I've been hanging out with too many dead people today." But she always went back to it. She worked on so many names, probably within the thousands. We are sure she had quite the embrace on the other side from people she has never met.
She loved working in her immaculate gardens - no bugs, no weeds, no brown spots in her lawn. She was known for her gorgeous plants and would offer starts to anyone upgrading or newly landscaping their flower beds. She was very knowledgeable with gardening and had a library of catalogs and books.
Meledie adored and loved her grandchildren. She was a special kind of Grandma. She was the kind of grandma down on her hands and knees rolling on the floor with them. She would beg to have them sleep over or babysit. She loved taking them out on the swing set in the back yard, leading them on the horse in the field, letting them ride on the lawnmower while she did her chores, letting them feed the chickens oats or the sheep crackers (while letting her grands partake of the same food), dancing silly in the living room, or singing to them completely out of tune. As proper and quiet as she was, she had a fun spark in her that those kids brought out. We will miss her so much but know that she will always be with us in our hearts. Her and Larry together.
We want to thank Elevation Hospice for their help, but especially our own personal angels, Sue Larson and Sheila Clement. They were there helping us every day they could, and we sincerely appreciate them!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 9, 2023 at the Reading Ward Stake Center, 1461 North Main St., Centerville, Utah, where a viewing will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. A dedication of the grave will be at the Centerville Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and this obituary page.
Link for Live stream: https://www.facebook.com/100057447129518/videos/650325303768263