Former Deseret News reporter Moana Ballif Bennett, 60, died of cancer in her Salt Lake City home on April 12, 1988.

Mrs. Bennett's journalism career included four years as a Provo-based reporter with the Deseret News between 1941 and 1945 and four summers as a staff correspondent with the United Press in Salt Lake City.She later worked as a public relations assistant for U.S. Steel from 1949 to 1953. In 1974, she was named a special consultant to the press relations division of the Public Communications Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. Bennett earned a degree in journalism with a minor in sociology from Brigham Young University in 1949. While attending BYU, she was editor of the student newspaper and student body secretary. She was also named "Most Efficient Student."

She was on the General Board of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association for 18 years, serving much of that time as co-chairwoman of the organization's drama committee.

In 1978, Mrs. Bennett wrote and directed an LDS pageant, "Because of Elizabeth," that was performed at the dedication of the Nauvoo Monument to Women in Nauvoo, Ill.

She served on the board of the Davis County Mental Health Association and as president of the Oakridge Elementary School PTA. She represented the LDS Church on the Board of Utah Issues.

Funeral services will be at noon April 18 in the Mount Olympus North Stake Center, 4176 Adonis Drive (3930 East). Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the 260 E. South Temple and at the stake center one hour before the service.

Burial will be in the Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery. (Obituary on G-26.)