Lela Abbie Preece Batty, age 95, died March 13, 1998 at her son's home in Vernal.

She was born February 20, 1903 to Nephi and Sara Ellingson Preece in Vernal, UT. She married A. Don Batty December 27, 1926 in Vernal. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held numerous positions, and enjoyed serving as a stake missionary.She did beautiful hand work and really loved tatting. She enjoyed gardening, both vegetable and flowers. She was a beautiful example to all who knew her. She particularly loved her family and will be missed by all.

She had four sons, Garth Preece (Marita), Wayne D. (Karen), Don Linford (Norlene), and Mark Lee (Shara Dawn). She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Wayne D. Batty; and two grandchildren; brothers, Carl Preece, Ronald Preece, Ivan Preece; and sister, Mable Stagg. She is survived by a brother, Earland Preece.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Glines 2nd and 4th Ward Chapel, 1500 West Highway 40. Friends may call on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home and on Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the chapel. Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under direction of the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home.

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