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Colleen (Thompson) Didericksen

September 20, 1926 ~ May 25, 2018 (age 91)

Our dear Mother, Nana, sister and friend passed away peacefully on May 25, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born September 20, 1926 in Clarkston, Utah in her Great Grandparent's home. Her parents were Leila Myler and William Lee Thompson.

Colleen grew up in Garland, Utah where she would ice skate on the frozen canals and walk to school on the fences when the snow was 5 feet high. Something she always repeated to us about how easy we had it.

She attended Bear River High School. She was Queen at Beat and Wheat Days, which was a big honor back then. She won many ribbons in Track. She met her Sweetheart Darrell in High School. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 9, 1947, on Colleen’s parents Anniversary.

They were married for 55 years. They moved to Grantsville in 1950 where they made their home with their 5 children. Colleen was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in the Relief Society Presidency three times and the Primary Presidency several times. She was a favorite Primary Teacher by many Children. She was the neighborhood Mom and Grandma. Everyone was always welcome in her home. She had popsicles and candy available for all the Grandkids and neighbor kids. She was known for her smile and the kindness that she showed to everyone. She had a Christ like love for all people. She accepted and loved people unconditionally. She would make a total stranger her lifetime friend. She touched many lives throughout the years.

Colleen was known for her beautiful voice and her love of music. She sang with a Trio at the Sociable in Grantsville every year for 35 years. They also sang at Funerals and Church Programs. They were well known all over the County. One of her favorite things was reading and singing to her many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. They all loved to go to Nana’s house.

Colleen had a green thumb. She was known to grow beautiful roses and dahlias that were the size of dinner plates. She spent hours in her yard.

She could grow things that nobody else in Grantsville could grow. She has a beautiful white cut leaf weeping birch that she fussed over. It is 50 years old. There are only a handful in Tooele county.

She is survived by her 5 children: James (Val), Debbie (Steve) Dana, Jeff, Michael (Gail), Michelle (Korlin) Tanner, 13 Grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and one Great Great Grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her baby brother, her sister Karen, her brother LaRall and her Husband Darrell.

We would like to thank the Bountiful Life Care Center and the Rocky Mountain Care Center in Tooele for their kind and loving care they gave our Mother for over three years. She was the favorite Resident that brought sunshine and happiness to all that knew her there. We would like to thank the Tooele Hospital for their tender Care the last four days of her life.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday June 1st 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel on 415 West Apple Street in Grantsville. A viewing will be held from 9:30-10:30. Interment will follow at the Grantsville City Cemetery. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.

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