Obituary Shirley Weight Roper

Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 17, 1998

Deceased Name: Death: Shirley Weight Roper

Shirley Weight Roper passed away May 15, 1998.

She was born October 22, 1916 in St. Anthony, Idaho to Leon M. and Ferol Roylance Weight. She attended public schools in Provo and attended one year at B.Y.U. She worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1972 after 33 years of service. She married Oather Ross Roper September 7, 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple.

LDS Church service included a mission to East Central States from 1939-40, a mission with her husband to Hawaii from 1946-48, and to Nauvoo, Illinois from 1978-79. She was an officer or teacher in all church auxiliaries for many years, and a Provo Temple worker for about 18 years.

Survivors include her husband; her daughter, Mrs. Renae (Milton) DeLeeuw; four granddaughters, Mrs. Dayna Lee (David) Harper, Mrs. Kristine (Mark) Ward, Mrs. Cheryl (Aldo) Lomeli, and Mrs. Melissa (Darin) Balls; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Obituary: Oather Ross Roper

Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) – August 31, 1998

Deceased Name: Death: Oather Ross Roper

Oather Ross Roper, 86, formerly of Provo, died Saturday, August 29, 1998, at the home of his daughter.

He was born February 28, 1912, in Vernal, Utah. He was the oldest of 10 children born to Edwin Ross and Lacy Jones Roper. He married Shirley Weight on September 7, 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple. She preceded him in death on May 15, 1998.

He attended school in Maeser, Utah, and took special education classes at BYU. He is a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. as a mechanic and flight engineer from 1942-1946.

He worked in the construction of Geneva Steel. He also worked for Provo City and Standard Oil, retiring from Provo School District in 1977.

His church service includes Sunday school superintendent, stake Young Men’s Board, member of bishopric, high councilman for 25 years, and temple worker in both Provo and Timpanogos temples. He served a mission with his wife and daughter in Hawaii from 1946-1948 and a mission with his wife to Nauvoo from 1978-1979.

He served as president of Utah Lake Lions Club and was a member of Timpanogos Knife and Fork Club. Oather loved to garden and would give his fresh produce to friends and family. He worked extensively in genealogy.

Survivors include a daughter, Renae R. DeLeeuw (Milton); four granddaughters, Dayna Lee Harper (David), Kristine Ward (Mark), Cheryl Lyn Lomeli (Aldo), Melissa Ann Balls (Darren); and seven great grandchildren; one sister, Amy Cook; three brothers, Bernard “Bernie” Roper, Marvel Roper, and Darson Roper.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 2, 1998, at the Lindon 3rd Ward chapel located at 30 North Main, Lindon, at 12 noon. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 2nd at the Lindon chapel. Interment in the Provo City Cemetery, 610 South State Street.

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Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT)

Date: August 31, 1998
Edition: Metro
Page: B5
Record Number: 9808310139
Copyright (c) 1998 Deseret News Publishing Company

University of Utah – Thorne Studio Collection (Vernal Utah)

Deved Collection Alphabetical Listing PO272

This is an alphabetical listing of the collection we received from the Thorne studio in Vernal Utah. When the collection was received, it contained an index to most of the photographs in the collection. However, due to the size of the collection and the number of people involved with it, the spelling of names and places may not be entirely correct. Because the index was handwritten, there was quite a broad margin for error. This listing is as complete and correct as was possible, given the circumstances and time involved.

This would be a good collection to investigate in the future. Silva Arbutus Roper was my dad’s cousin. I wonder if she is the same as the Arbutus below?
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