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Deseret News, 11/09/11
Dora Thompson Mecham Imlay passed away peacefully on November 7, 2011 in Logan, UT. She
and her twin brother, Dean, were born March 12, 1923, in Bloomington, ID. She was the
tenth of fourteen children born to Hyrum and Cerissa Thompson.
After graduating from Fielding High School in Paris, ID, Dora moved to Salt Lake City to
work and attend school. While there she met and fell in love with Howard Mecham, who was
serving in the military and stationed at Dugway Proving Grounds. They were married in the
Salt Lake Temple on December 23, 1943. After Howard was discharged, they lived in the
midwest for a few years then settled in St. Charles, ID, and later moved to Fish Haven,
ID, where they owned and operated the Fish Haven General Store and post office. Howard
passed away June 16, 1975.
After her children were out of the home Dora returned to school at Weber State College in
Ogden, UT, where she earned a B.A. and was selected as the School of Arts and Humanities
outstanding graduate of 1984. Dora then attended Utah State University and earned a
masters degree in English Literature in 1986. She put her education to use by teaching at
Brigham Young University and Weber State College. She enjoyed learning and was often
reading or writing, creating her own lesson manuals when necessary.
While serving as a temple worker in the Ogden LDS Temple, Dora met and married James (Jim)
Imlay on October 12, 1996, and together they served an LDS mission to Adam-ondi-Ahman in
Missouri. Jim passed away on May 1, 2000, not long after they completed their mission.
Dora loved her family above all else. She is survived by her five children; Brent (Diane)
Mecham, La Placentia, CA; Randy (Jolene) Mecham, Pocatello, ID; Norman (Mitzi) Mecham,
Logan, UT; Marilyn (Kirt) Moser, Waynesville, OH; Mary Lou (David) Wise, Orem, UT. She is
also survived by twenty-four grand children and twenty-five great grand children, two
surviving sisters Edna Smith, Logan, UT; Gay (John) Flint, Syracuse, UT. She will be
missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon at the St. Charles, Idaho LDS Ward Chapel on
Friday, November 11, 2011. A viewing will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 a.m. immediately
preceding the funeral. Interment will be at the St. Charles Cemetery, St. Charles, ID.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenmortuaries.net
The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff of Legacy House of Logan and the
Access hospice personnel.
Published in Deseret News on November 9, 2011
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