Judith Rae Spencer Larsen


Judith Rae Spencer Larsen passed away August 25, 2018 in her home in Cedar City, Utah, due to Mesothelioma, surrounded by her family.  She was born July 28, 1943 to Sarah McGregor and Ben Orville Spencer in Preston, Idaho. She married Ervin LeRoy Larsen August 5, 1964, in the Logan Temple.  They have four daughters: Shelley Ann Larsen, Peggy (Will) Ashworth, LaRae (Kimber) Heaton, and Sheri (Robert) Scott.  Grandchildren: Kaden and Kaitlin Ashworth, Lexie, RaKell, Spencer, and Samantha Heaton, and McKinley, Angelie, Ashley, and Alex Scott.

After Judy’s father was killed in WWII when she was 18 months old, she lived with her grandparents in Thatcher, Idaho, while her mother went back to school.  When Judy was 8, her mother married Vernon Westerberg and they moved to Mink Creek, Idaho. Judy graduated as Salutatorian from Preston High in 1961. She attended BYU 1961-1964 and USU 1964-1966 where she graduated as Valedictorian of the College of Science in Medical Technology.  While at BYU she was in AFROTC Angel Flight, a member of the Inter-Service Council, and of Alpha Lambda Delta, freshman honorary.

After graduation at USU In 1966, Judy and Ervin lived in Kanab and Fillmore, Utah, before moving to Cedar City in 1975.   Ervin worked for the Bureau of Land Management and Judy worked in the hospital labs.

Judy was an active member of the LDS Church.  She and Ervin worked in the St. George Temple for nine years, and then in the newly opened Cedar City Temple until June 2018.

Judy found joy serving others.  This included caring for her mother in her home for more than 15 years.

Judy loved music and played the piano, organ and several string instruments.  She taught music lessons for piano, organ, and violin and was a member of the Orchestra of Southern Utah and the Ukulele Ladies. She also enjoyed dancing, sewing, canning and cooking.  She served in the 4-H program and won various awards.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 31 at 2 p.m. at the Mesa Hills Ward chapel, 1925 W 320 South, Cedar City, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday, August 30 at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N 300 West, Cedar City from 6 – 8 p.m., and at the church on Friday, August 31 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.   Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery.

A complete version of the obituary can be found at sumortuary.com

 

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