I was born a Yankee Doodle Sweetheart on July 4, 1940, in Ogden, Utah. I am the fifth of seven children born to Robert Rigby and Grace Evelyn Bailey Hull. I attended Ogden city schools including Weber College. I graduated from Utah State Agricultural College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962. I married Ronald Vern Sparrow, and we were blessed with two beautiful daughters in those early years. I taught Business at local schools in Ogden. We moved to Elko, Nevada, in 1966 where I gave birth to our wonderful son a few years later. I began teaching Business at Elko High School in 1970. Tragedy struck our family when Ron died in 1975. I moved my little family to Alamo, Nevada, in 1978 where I taught Business and English at Pahranagat Valley High School for the next twenty-two years. I earned a Master’s degree in computers before retiring in 2000. I met and married Thomas Lloyd Gooch of Helena, Montana, in 2002. Tom and I traveled extensively, especially attending all our families’ functions. We were thrilled to serve a Family History Mission in the Tahiti Papeete Mission in 2004. We enjoyed being Temple workers in both the Las Vegas and Billings Montana temples. I love the gospel and was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life, serving in many different callings. Thank you so much to all my wonderful caregivers: Doctors Akerly and Jensen and their staffs, Hunstman Cancer Institute, and Judy, Tracie, and Donna of Comfort Hospice.
I am survived by my loving children; DeAnn (Jeff) Peterson, North Ogden, UT, Jill (Jeff) Miller, Idaho Falls, ID, Michael (Tracy) Sparrow, Hiko, NV, Randall (Tanya) Gooch, Idaho Falls, ID, Heather Todd, Helena, MT, Hayley (Deaver) Probst, Honesvale, PA, Sean Gooch, Helena, MT, Shea Gooch, Reno, NV, twenty-three grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Also, I am survived by two sisters and two brothers; Maxine Poulsen, Alamo, NV, Nila (Chuck) Padelsky, So. Ogden, UT, Kenneth (RaMona) Hull, Tremonton, UT, Melvin (Judy) Hull, Hooper, UT.
I was preceded in death by my parents, husband Ron, sister, Kate Evelyn Wright, brother Bill Hull and Tom’s infant children; Thomas, Paul, Shauna and Mary Kay Gooch.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in the Alamo Ward Chapel. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with the funeral at 11:00 a.m. Another service will be held Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in the Hooper Second Ward Chapel, 5000 S 5900 W Hooper, UT. Visitation from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. with a Celebration of Life at 10:30 a.m. Interment in the Hooper City Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guestbook at www.moapavalleymortuary.com
Gerald Dennis Witlicki
Gerald Dennis Witlicki, age 76, passed away on Oct. 17, 2015 at his home in Pioche, Nevada. He was born on Sept. 1, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio to John Joseph and Josephine Ozekowski Witlicki. He was married to his sweetheart Maria Magdalene Fernandez.
Gerald was a good husband and brother who loved fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Gerald is survived by his wife Maria and his brother John Witlicki.
A memorial was held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at the Overland Hotel and Casino at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Southern Nevada Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.snmortuary.com