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Obituary: WATSON, ALEDA

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30 2014 1:55 p.m. MDT

Aleda Mae Duncan Weston Watson 1916 ~ 2011

Our lovely mother, Aleda Mae Duncan Weston Watson, age 95, passed away May 11, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born April 22, 1916, the second of nine children, to Jessie Ann Barkdull and James Alonzo Duncan in Meadow, Millard County, Utah. Married Alfred Kenneth Weston April 14, 1937 in Milford, Utah. Ken died Dec. 24, 1949. Married Henry James (Jay) Watson Mar. 11, 1960 in Reno, Nevada. Their marriage was solemnized in the Bountiful Utah Temple on Sept. 11, 1999. Jay died Mar. 16, 1989. Mother is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a Visiting Teaching Supervisor at the time of her passing. She was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Princeton Camp and found great pleasure learning about the early pioneer history. In 1942, she was employed by the historic Hotel Utah. She made many friends at the 10th floor Sky Room, which offered dining and dancing and then, as Coordinator of Room Service. She received special recognition for her many years with the hotel. The hotel was leased for a time by the Westin Hotel chain. Shortly after mother retired, she was called back to work as the Coordinator of Room Service for the Westin Company, until the hotel closed in 1987. This grand building was built in 1911. It is 100 years old this year, and is now known as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Mother has enjoyed many lovely occasions with her family there. Mother enjoyed sharing her lovely home and beautiful yard with family and friends. Her front porch and back yard were favorite gathering places for visits and parties with family and wonderful friends. Mother had many talents and was gifted at tailoring, needlepoint, crocheting and embroidery, which added beauty to her home as well as those of family and friends. Her children and grandchildren are recipients of beautiful, handmade quilts. She found great joy in creating beautiful flower gardens, as well as wonderful vegetable gardens from which she lovingly shared bouquets and delicious vegetables with family and friends. She also enjoyed antiques and had an eye for lovely pieces. Our mother's greatest joy was found in being with her family. Her 24th of July picnics were favorite events for all of us. She has blessed our lives in so many special ways. We look forward to being with her again. Survived by children Gary A. Weston (Mary), Murray, Ut., K. Alan Weston, West Valley, Ut., Gayle Ann Freeman (Jan S.), Bountiful, Ut. Also survived by one brother, Gail B. Duncan, Cedar City, Ut.; sisters Stella Mathews, SLC, Ut., and Blanche Robinson, Orem, Ut.; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Also, many special nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a brother, Orega A. Duncan and wife, Elaine, sister-in-law, Audrey Duncan (Gail), brother-in-law, Wilbur Mathews (Stella), a brother, Farren J. Duncan and wife, Roween, a brother, J. Owen and wife Margene, brother-in-law, Eli M. Robinson (Blanche), and twin brothers, Don A. Duncan and Dean J. Duncan. We wish to extend our appreciation to special friends, Pres. Robert and Suzanne Hennefer, Carol Clift, Laurie Goodsell, Tammy Oliver and Donald Tetzloff, for their service and dear friendship to our mother. We are so grateful to all of her dear friends. The family wishes to express special appreciation to Rocky Mtn. Hospice of SLC (Maurine, Blanca, Rebecca, Jessica, Lindsey, Todd, Mike, Dr. Bretton Newman and Dr. Jan Freeman). Also, to Home Instead Senior Care (Samantha, Joya, Kisha, Rosalinda and Raelene) for their most wonderful care. You are all dear friends! The family suggests donations the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund in the name of Aleda Mae Watson. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Salt Lake Thirty-first Ward chapel, 1078 South McClelland, where friends and family may call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment, Meadow City Cemetery, Meadow, Utah at 3:00 p.m.