Reah Farnsworth Mower Wilcken 1917 ~ 2011Comment on this story
ST. GEORGE UTAH - Reah Farnsworth Mower Wilcken passed away peacefully February 23, 2011 at the age of 93.She was born October 22, 1917 in Enterprise, Utah to Lillie P. Holt and Bartlett Canfield Farnsworth. She was the middle child of a family of five, and was reared in a happy home surrounded by love. Reah attended school in Enterprise and graduated Valedictorian of her class from Enterprise High in 1935, with a scholarship to study nursing at Dixie College. While working in Modena that summer, she met Roy Lewis Mower and instead of college, she and Roy were married in Nephi, Utah October 22, 1935. They settled in Cedar Valley and then moved to Salt Lake just before the birth of their first son. They moved into a house on Lincoln Street where their other three children were born and Mom lived for 60 years until she moved to St. George in 1998. She left behind many wonderful friends in Salt Lake, but made many more treasured friends in St. George. Roy passed away October 28, 1957 and for the next nine years Reah's whole life was her children and providing for them, which she did admirably. Then William R. (Bill) Wilcken came into her life. They were married August 8, 1966 in Salt Lake. This marriage brought four lovely step-daughters, many loving grandchildren and much happiness into her life. Bill passed away January 14, 1979. Alone again, she found happiness in her family, her many friends and her church work. Reah was a faithful and active member of LDS Church for her entire life, serving in many positions, including Relief Society President, Primary President, Chorister, Organist and Ordinance Worker in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Mom touched the lives and hearts of many with her compassion, pure love and sense of humor. She was a wonderful cook and no one ever left her home hungry. She loved to play Skippo and was a fierce competitor. Mom always had a garden and fresh veggies were distributed lovingly to all around her. Reah is survived by her son, Lewis L. (Janet) Mower of Salt Lake City; daughters: Bonnie J. Mower of St. George; and Susan M. (Harold) Vordos of Onalaska, WA; daughter-in-law, Kaye Mower of St. George; step-daughters: Delores (Steve) Scott of Mesa, AZ; and Loraine (Mike) Denney of Salt Lake City; sister-in-laws: Donna Farnsworth and Maurine F. Farnsworth, both of St. George; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grand-children and nieces and nephews who all loved and adored her. She was a red headed angel on earth and we were blessed to be a part of her life. Those welcoming her at the heavenly reunion are her parents; both of her spouses; her sister, LeOra (Bobbie) Wadsworth; brothers: Clayton and Raymond Farnsworth; her son, Michael R. Mower; two step- daughters: Connie Vlamis and Marolyn Cox; granddaughters: Melissa Mower, Sherese D. Jessee and Janice Trask; and grandsons: Lee Trask and Shane Chapman. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Visitations will be held Sunday, February 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah and on Monday from 1:00 p.m to 1:45 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, prior to services. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. Please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com for funeral listings, full obituary, and condolences. The family wishes to thank Holly and the other kind people from Zion's Way Hospice and her "other family" at the Memory Care unit at Cliff View Assisted Living for all the kind and loving care they gave Mom. We are forever grateful.