Apr. 25, 2010 Tremonton Box Elder County Utah, USA
Gepkie Faris White Hatch died April 25, 2010 in Tremonton, Utah.
Born May 10, 1923 to Henry White and Emily Jakeman in Lyman, Utah, the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Bicknell, Utah and on a nearby ranch.
Married Keith Hatch on July 10, 1943 in Salt Lake City; solemnized in Manti Temple on July 30, 1948.
Survived by seven children: LaDean Rupp (Larry), Tremonton; Douglas Hatch (Patti), Glendora, California; Nola Harston (Dennis), Cottonwood Heights; Paul Hatch (Lynette), West Jordan; Marvin Hatch (Elizabeth), South Jordan; Jeffery Hatch, South Jordan; Ronda Aramaki (Craig), Alpine; one brother Deward White; thirty-nine grandchildren; and sixty-four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Keith in 1999; parents; one brother and six sisters: Eva, Henry, LaVell, Marjorie, Hannah, Colleen, and Barbara; daughter-in-law: Wendy Hatch; and two great-grandchildren.
The teachings and praise from her father Henry White had a lasting influence on Faris although he died when Faris was thirteen years old. Her parents taught her to live the gospel. She learned to work hard which was a way of life in Wayne County.
Faris' children learned from her to work even if they sometimes didn't feel like it. She taught her kids to be clean and tidy. She canned and preserved food and always had a big garden. Faris loved music and as a child she learned to dance from her father as she would stand on his feet. She has been dancing ever since. Faris and Keith lived in Loa for a few years then moved to the Salt Lake area in 1953, where they raised their family.
She served in many church callings and gave selfless service to many including foster children. In 1985, she went with her husband on a mission to the Johannesburg, South Africa Temple. Following their mission, they continued doing temple work in the Jordan River Temple.
She was never idle but always on the go accomplishing something good, for example: sewing dresses for her granddaughters, painting and keeping up her house, cooking meals, giving food to all who visited her home, quilting, and going out and having fun with her sisters and family.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010 in the LDS Church, 7380 South 1300 West, West Jordan, Utah, with a viewing the same day from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Church. A viewing will also be held at the Church on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park, West Valley City. Published in the Deseret News from April 28 to April 29, 2010.