Barbara Mary Nelson Fowles, age 73, passed away on September 1, 2006, in Orem, Utah, following recent surgery. She was surrounded by her family.
She was born on July 13, 1933, in Lehi, Utah, to Alfred Nephi Nelson and Estella Hannah Webb. She was the oldest of five children.
She married Don Mitchell Fowles on September 8, 1948, in Pleasant Grove, Utah. They were sealed for time and eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple on March 21, 1990.
She was raised in Lehi and Pleasant Grove and lived in Pleasant Grove after her marriage. She lived full time in Yuma, Arizona, for five years, during Don's illness.
Barbara was an active member of the LDS Church and held many different positions, including seven years as Relief Society President; and, most recently, as Compassionate Service Leader. She was involved in various acts of service, including Pink Lady and temple worker. She will be greatly missed as a long-time employee of Allred's Ace Hardware in Pleasant Grove. She was well known for her humility, kindness, and selfless devotion to all who needed her.
She is survived by her children: Marilyn Fowles, American Fork; Vicki Smith, Pleasant Grove; Randall Don (Kathy) Fowles, Pleasant Grove; and Cheryl (Rick) Storrs, American Fork; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; sisters: Beverly (Bill) Millring, West Valley City; Carol Ehlers, Payson; and Kathleen Casper, Pocatello, ID; as well as many close and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; her brother, Eugene; and great-great-granddaughter, Lexi.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 6, at 11 a.m., in the Timpanogos Stake Center Chapel, 800 North 100 West Pleasant Grove. Friends may call at a viewing Tuesday, September 5, 2006, from 6-8 p.m. at the Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East Pleasant Grove; and, one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.
We are mourning the passing of my aunt who was one of the kindest women I have ever known. She truly was the living example of charity. Her life was spent selflessly caring for all those she came into contact with.
Unfortunately, in her desire not to have others worry over her, she decided not to tell anyone but her children that she was sick. We had no idea and thus, had no time to prepare ourselves for her loss. It was quite sudden and unexpected. I am currently living less than ten minutes from her and never went to see her. I'm so sad that she is gone.
In the face of unfortunate circumstances, I was able to spend time with my little family. My wife and children came to visit for several days for the funeral. Luckily, I was in a situation to take some time off work so I was able to spend four days with my family.
For those who are following the saga, our house still hasn't sold. It has now been two months on the market. We have had a lot of people come look at it but no one has made an offer yet. I just heard that the mortgage rates went down a little so we're hoping that may spur some sort of movement - I don't know. But I am getting quite frustrated with the whole situation. I don't know how to pray any harder or show any more faith than I have been. We're just resolving ourselves to believing that this is our little test in patience and family strength. Hopefully it will end soon though!
All is well.
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