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The Daily Herald, 12/14/04
Lela Christensen Dunford, age 96, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away
December 11, 2004. She has long desired to join her dear husband who died in 1956. Lela
will always be remembered for her kindness, cheerfulness and hospitality. Her many friends
could always count on food and friendship whenever they called.
Lela was born June 22, 1908, in Bloomington, Idaho. She was the youngest of thirteen
children, married Isaac Dunford September 11, 1929 in the Salt Lake Temple, and is
survived by her five boys, Harold (Brenda), Kent (Carolyn), Fred (Collene), John (LeeAnn),
and Scott (Bonnie), twenty-one grandchildren and fifty-two great-grandchildren. Despite
living alone for most of the fifty years since her husband's death, she has managed to
live a full and productive life - helping raise two grandchildren, serving faithfully in
the organizations of the LDS Church (including many years as a temple worker), traveling
extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and working as an
employee of the Utah Valley Hospital. She was skilled in knitting, quilting and
embroidery. All the family has treasured gifts of her artistic work. Lela's greatest
joy was being with family on trips, reunions, dinners and holidays. She has been an
inspiration to all who have known her. O!
ur lives have been enriched by association with her sweet and positive personality.
Thanks Mom, Grandma, Sweetheart, for the beautiful memories. Funeral services will be held
Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rivergrove Ward Chapel located on the
corner of eighth north and seventh west in Provo. Friends may call at the chapel to pay
respects from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., prior to the funeral services. Interment will be in the
Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Berg Mortuary of Provo. The family wishes to
thank Harmony Hospice for their excellent care during the final weeks of Lela's life,
especially to Rose and Shannon. Condolences may be sent to www.BergMortuary.com
Published in the Daily Herald on 12/14/2004.