Barbara Budd Groves, age 65, beloved wife of Richard A. Groves, Sr. St. George, Utah, passed away on Monday, May 4, at home surrounded by family and friends after a valiant battle with cancer.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 16, 1932 to Nelson Stewart Budd and Elizabeth Renski Kohlas. She married Francis Paul Jensen in the Salt Lake Temple on December 23, 1950. They had a son, Jeffery Paul Jensen. They later divorced. Barbara married Richard A. Groves on October 8, 1971 in Salt Lake City. They were later sealed in the Seattle Temple.Barbara served in the medical field as a Medical Staff Secretary to Cottonwood Hospital, Salt Lake City. She was Office Manager to a Urological Practice in Bellevue, Washington for 13 years. She moved with her husband to St. George, Utah when he retired in 1986. She worked for Dr. Don Bliss M.D., Dr. Blaine Johnson M.D., Dr. Michael Green M.D. and Dr. Scott Smith M.D. before retiring for medical reasons in August of 1997. Barbara enjoyed and was highly skilled at lace making, cross stitch, knitting, tole painting and quilting.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, of St. George; her sons, Jeffery Paul Jensen (Deborah), of Ephrata, Washington; and Richard A. Groves, Jr. (Roxanne); daughters, Virginia Lee Ellis (Randy); Jacquelyn Ann Spencer (Mark); Sandra Kay Hallman (Jayson); and Deborah Jene Eberhart (Gary); 26 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and sister.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 7, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Spilsbury and Beard's Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, Utah. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 7-9 and Thursday morning one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the St. George Cemetery under the direction of Spilsbury and Beard Mortuary, St. George, Utah. 673-2454.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Charles Bowers and staff, Dr. Ray Richards and staff, and Dixie Medical Center Infusion Center Staff for their loving care and treatment.
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