Mar. 14, 1921 Christianburg Sanpete County Utah, USA
Dec. 31, 2010 Davis County Utah, USA
Momma was a pistol. She married five men and outlived four of them. On Tuesday she slipped, fell, and broke her hip. And then, she slipped away from us all early Friday morning, December 31, 2010.
Ethel LaRue Yardley was born March 14, 1921 to Russell Samuel and Ethel May Gill Yardley in Christianburg, UT. She was the middle child, with four brothers and two sisters. She loved every minute of growing up on the farm and much preferred being in the field and on the horses with her Dad and three older brothers. Grandpa reminded her daily to spend time in the house helping her mother.
LaRue attended George Washington Elementary School, Gunnison Valley junior and senior high schools. She graduated in May 1939 and moved to Salt Lake City where she worked as a companion for two elderly women. During the early war years she was a driver for the military.
LaRue is preceded in death by husbands : Frank Powers, divorced, 1945; Don Stevenson, married November 1948, died in an automobile accident, June 1952; Gene Anderson, married June 1953, died in a farming accident August 1956; Arlo Z. Kump, married September 1964, died December 31, 1994 from complications of heart surgery. Also preceded in death by children: Kathy Burcham, Kerry Kump, David Kump, and grandchildren: Nicoy Anderson, and Donnie Kump. LaRue married John E. Hone in November, 1995.
As a single parent, Mom worked hard to provide a comfortable life for her children. She was not perfect—stubborn to a fault for one thing. She taught us many truths: It is not what others think, but what you know to be true that matters; You may as well be happy as sad, because at least you will feel better; If the gossips are talking about you, then at least they are giving someone else a rest. Momma could earn money, plant a lawn, grow a garden (remember the tomatoes), can fruits and vegetables, kill a chicken, and shoot a buck. She was a fabulous home-style cook—Sunday dinners were unforgettable. She taught us how to eat a proper steak: medium rare, thank you.
The love between Arlo Kump and LaRue allowed the creation of our large and wonderful family. Their children include: Kathy, deceased (Richard) Burcham, Silver City, NM; Russell C Stevenson, Ogden; Kerry, deceased (Nancy) Kump, Bluffdale; David (Sharon) Stevenson, Mayfield; Penni (Theldon) Myrup, Gunnison; Dawn Stevenson, Salt Lake City; Debra Marshall, Bountiful; Rick (Julie) Kump, Taylorsville; Scott (Julie) Kump, West Valley; Nick (Roylene) Anderson, Meridian, ID; and David, deceased (Diane) Kump, San Diego, CA. They have 28 grandchildren and plenty of great grandchildren. From her marriage to John Hone, LaRue has three step-children Ted (Marsha) Hone, Sandy; Mike (Stacy) Hone, Payson; Kevin (Tracy) Thurston, and all of their children and grandchildren. .
Mom became active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints later in life—appropriate, hey? She loved her callings as Stake Relief Society Secretary, Relief Society teacher and temple worker at the Manti Temple.
She is survived by siblings: Mary Yardley, Ephraim; Ruth Althea Yardley, Chandler, AZ; Beth Shurtleff, Manti; Gill (Marlene) Yardley, Manti; Lee (JoAnn) Anderson, Gunnison; and the wonderful family of John Hone. She is also preceded in death by brothers, Thomas R. (Loa) Yardley; Birdell (LeOra) Yardley; Howard Yardley; brother-in-law, Oras (Barbara) Anderson.
Mom and John moved to Apple Tree Assisted Living Center in Kaysville, in January, 2007. They always wished they were still in Sanpete County, but grew to appreciate the necessity of being where we could care for them. The staff of Apple Tree loved and took wonderful care of our mother. And we love them all for their kindness and service to Mom and John. Thanks also to Hospice of Utah, especially Lisa Lassiter, Stephanie Draper, Lisa Harrison, Kevin the Chaplain, and Heather the Social Worker. We also express our gratitude to Dr. James Stewart and Dr. Kristie Oberg at Davis Hospital and Medical Center for their kindness and wisdom during these last days, and to the staff at Avalon Care Center in Bountiful.
We think Momma went off dancing tonight. We hope you do the same.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Mayfield LDS Chapel where friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm and Tuesday morning 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Manti City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuay.com