Essie Laraine Gines Lefler Jones Manwaring, age 86, returned to her Heavenly Father July 5, 1998 after fighting a valiant battle against cancer for over 1 1/2 years.

Born September 13, 1911 in Woodland, Utah to Jacob and Esther Amelia Wilgus Gines and was the final survivor of their children and the last of a rare breed. She spent her early years in Tabiona where all her children were born, moving to Salt Lake City about 1945 where she resided thereafter.She was a fun person to be with, had a quick wit and spoke her mind. She cared about the less fortunate and her family and friends loved listening to poetry she recited from memory. She was an avid Jazz fan! Her hobbies were bowling and fishing and she did both very well. She loved camping, traveling and animals, especially horses and was an experienced rider. Also was a good cook and made delicious chocolates at Christmas time for her family.

She was proud of and loved her family and these are her survivors who return those same feelings: Children, Flora (Tom) Fabrizio, Sandy; Ralph (Kathie) Lefler, South Jordan, Billie (Ken) Peck, South Jordan, Yvonne Isaacson, West Valley City; Tett (Tony) Hadlock, Layton; stepdaughter, Sammie Settle, Whiteville, North Carolina; 47 grandchildren; 117 great grandchildren; 44 great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her three husbands, Levere J. Lefler, Ferris F. Jones and Charles M. Manwaring; son, Mart L. Lefler.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Columbia St. Mark's Radiology team and Hospice Vista Care for the compassionate care given to Essie.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, 12:00 noon at the Cannon 1st Ward, 934 West Freemont Avenue (1120 South). Friends may call Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and Thursday at the church one hour prior to services. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Primary Children's Medical Center.

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