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Charyl A. Siddoway

April 15, 1944 — December 8, 2015

Charyl A. Siddoway

Charyl Anita Siddoway finished her time in mortality Tuesday, December 8, 2015. She left peacefully from leukemia and several related complications. She was born in Vernal, Utah to Ralph and Marsale Siddoway on April 15, 1944. She joined two brothers, Bill (15 years older) and Lynn (10 years older). She was born several weeks early and weighed only 31/2 pounds. Her early arrival and small size resulted in her first crib being very unusual - - a shoe box lined with medical cotton which sat inside a home-made incubator kept warm by a light globe. Two sets of grandparents, William and Emily Siddoway and Irvin and Mary Eaton thought she was wonderful, and throughout her life she proved them right. Highlights of her early years were the summers spent living with her family at their cabin at Iron Springs. Sheep and dogs and horses were her friends and playmates. Her favorite was APinto@ her sure-footed and very smart little mare. These two buddies spent many happy hours together enjoying the beauty of the mountains. During Charyl=s youth in Vernal she enjoyed volleyball, playing saxophone in the Uintah High School Band and excelled at fast-pitch softball. She was a fearsome pitch with a terrific fast ball. Her senior year of high school was interrupted to have a very unique surgery (unique at this early stage of knee surgery). Both of her knees were replaced with artificial joints. She attended Brigham Young University for two years and then took time off for a full-time LDS mission serving among the Native American people whom she loved dearly. She worked in several communities in South Dakota and Montana. When she returned to BYU she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with additional certifications in genealogical research. Her first professional job was back home in Vernal at the newly opened Jr. High School where she was appointed Director of Community Recreation. She soon moved to teaching where she taught first graders for over 30 years. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many assignments and callings including service in the Vernal Temple. Serving as the Stake Primary President was her most satisfying, even though it was an especially taxing assignment because of the long distances to some of the wards, but she served for nearly 12 years. Many developments took place under her leadership. She was a proud third-generation member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers where she was an active member and officer. She served at a Pink Lady at the Ashley Regional Medical Center for over 20 years. She developed the grounds around her Vernal home into a neighborhood park where neighbors and families had many happy occasions. This act is symbolic of her thoughtful and giving attitude of her generosity with everyone. She is survived by her brother Bill Siddoway, nieces - - Jolyn Robbins, Michelle Ison, Paige Womack; nephews- - Dave Siddoway, Rob Siddoway, Brett Siddoway, Ryan Siddoway; ; 26 grandnieces and grandnephews; and 7 great- grandnieces and great grandnephews. The family extends gratitude to Sam and Bonnie Snyder, Kathy Merkeley and Jason Tolbert long-time friends who have been specially helpful to Charyl. Funeral services will be at the Ashley Stake Center/First Ward Building 475 West 100 South in Vernal at 11:00 am Monday December 14th with a viewing at 9:30 am. A viewing will be held Sunday December 13th at 6:00 pm at the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park. As a substitute for flowers donations may be made to any of Charyl=s favorite charities.
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