Reta May Sill McGonigle, 89, passed away at her home in Layton, August 8, 1998 of causes incident to age.
She was born July 3, 1909 in Layton, Utah, a daughter of Charles and Mary Ettie Nalder Sill. She graduated from Davis High School, Weber College and the University of Utah, earning a BS degree in elementary education. On June 28, 1939, she married Donald McGonigle. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, December 5, 1951. Don passed away April 16, 1984. Reta started teaching first grade at Farmington Elementary School in Davis County in 1929. After seven years, she transferred to Layton Elementary, where she taught first grade until her retirement in 1974. Reta created a magic bond of love and trust between all children and herself. She especially cared for those who needed special attention.An active member of the LDS Church, her life was an example of church service and service to those in need. Her first church calling was Sunday School secretary at the age of 16. Her last church assignment was Relief Society visiting teacher at the age of 85. During those years, she served as president of all the women's auxiliaries, as special secretary to the bishop (financial clerk responsibilities), as ward and stake junior Sunday School coordinator and as a teacher in Sunday School and Primary.
She was a member of Camp 30, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She served as a volunteer docent at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers museum in Salt Lake from the time of her retirement until she was 86.
Reta loved the farm atmosphere. She worked hard hoeing the vegetable gardent so it would produce the best tomatoes, melons, corn, and other crops. She talked often about happy childhood memories working with her father, hired men and her brothers in the hay fields, and with her mother and sisters preparing food for the hired men and thrashers, along with the other home and farm chores. Reta loved her family and served them well. She treated her nieces and nephews as if they were here own children.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Doneta M. and Ralph S. Gatherum, Layton; two grandchildren, RaDon G. (Mont) Andersen, Salt Lake; Daron M. (Jennifer) Gatherum, Duchesne, Utah; a foster grandson, Michael J. Balliet, Salt Lake; three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Alexander, and Brendan; two brothers, Golden C. Sill and Eldon E. Sill, both of Layton; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters, Leona N. Sill and Vera S. Holmes.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 12, 1998 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 No. Main. Friends and family may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson LDS Ward, 1883 So. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, and at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. also one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the mortuary. Interment Kaysville City Cemetery.
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