Ute Bulletin *Fort Duchesne, Utah 84026*
Fort Duchesne, UT
Permit No. 1
Uintah & Ouray Indian Reservation P.O. Box 100
Ft. Duchesne, Utah
Vol. 46 No. 6 January 4, 2012 84026
2011 Year in Reveiw on the U&O
Year of developing changes, elections, oaths of office- two Judges, three Chair of Business Committee, retire-
ments, new employees, three ground breakingswere just some of the changes taking place.... 2012 looks to
be a year of contined growth and with all hopes continued proprosperous year.... We all look forward to sea-
son to come... photos RC/MC UB
Tr i b a l cerning a Letter of
Request to Secretary
Salazar of the
Meeting Settlement of the Ute
Indian Tribe Claims
Arising under the 1965
in Las Vegas Deferral Agreement. It
Ute Indian Tribe was a great concern
Business Committee and a request for a
met December 16, meeting with
2011 with the Secretary Salazar was
Department of Interior made by Chairwoman
Assistant Larry Echo Cuch.
Hawk and Bureau of The Tribe brought
Reclamation Assistant other issues before
Secretary Anne Castle Echo Hawk and Castle
in Las Vegas, Nevada concerning Ute Indian
to discuss issues per- Tribe Water Compact
taining to the tribe. and need for storage;
Chairwoman Irene Increase BIA Agency
Cuch, opened the Staffing to Improve
meeting introducing Oil and Gas Permitting
those in attendance and Improve
including Council Culturally Insensitive
Representatives Law Enforcement
Francis Poowegup, issues in Jurisdictional
and Philip Chimburas. Issues and
Irene gave a brief- Enforcement
ing and inquires con- Problems. RC/UB
Community numbers from 1 to 10 in
Ute. The event closed out
Christmas with MC Raffel Kanip
enlightening those in
Dinner attendance with his humor
and explanation of the
Communities gath- dance demonstrations and
ered together in a joint song provided by Red
Christmas dinner held at Spirit. RC/UB
the Ft. Duchesne gym.
Angie Lucero and
Marylee Longhair helped
organize the event bring-
ing families together from
various Ute Communities
enjoying the dinner pro-
vided, caroling, karaoke,
raffles and a visit with
Santa which brought
smiles to all the kids.
Gloria Thompson was a
delight in singing the Ute
New Year’s Resolution
Yvette Chapoose, “Mine would
be cycle more and train to do the
century 100 miler for 2012.”
Antonio Arce, “Our department
resolution is 100% Graduation Inside this
0% Drop Out. Myself, I would
like to lose weight. I am think- Issue
ing in 30 pounds less for the next
Pg. 2 Notices
Ron Wopsock, “To stay commit- Pg. 3 Uintah River HS
ted to working together to get Pg. 4 2011
things done and continue to help
Pg. 5 Year in Picts
Pg. 6 Highlights
Phillip Chimburas, “Get some of Pg. 7 2011
the things that have been around
here for 20 years moving
Pg. 8 Birthdays/
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Notices, Anderson & Wood Constructions is now hiring for
the position of Lineman (high voltage power) for a proj-
Ute Indian Tribe Job Vacancy
January 3rd to 17th 2012
Fort Duchesne Community ect in the Fort Duchesne area. This position requires a Note: Tribal Preference will be exercised)
Second Wednesday of the Month, January 11, 2012, minimum of 6 months on the job training or completion Education
is the Fort Duchesne Community Meeting at the Tribal of an electrical line worker program or equivalent. Part Time Evening Librarian
Auditorium. There are many issues that we are facing Please send cover letter and resume to Shaneen at Closing: 1-17-12
such as Community Wellness, Enrollment, situations JOM Tutor Mentor
email@example.com or fax to 208-888-4945. This is a Closing: 1-17-12
with our tribal Leaders, a building for our Community, temporary position for the duration of the project. This
our children and school issues, and many, many others. position will remain open until filled. Tribal Courts
Come to the Fort Duchesne Community meeting and Public Defender
let’s talk about these and other concerns that you may
have. If you are an Individual, Department or commu- Ute Energy
nity members at-large, and want to get on the agenda or Receptionist/Business Support Tech.
place a comment because you can not get to the meet- Closing: 1-17-12
Field Safety Supervisor
ing, visit our facebook page, “Fort Duchesne Closing: 1-17-12
Community Board/News. That’s “Fort Duchesne Pumpers
Community Board/News. In a recent meeting with Closing: 1-17-12
Tribal Executive Director, Michelle Sabori, she Closing: 1-17-12
described Fort Duchesne Community as encompasses Business Support Tech.
the Hilltop, La Mesa, Little Chicago, and Sunshine Closing: 1-17-12
Acres, and Fort Duchesne Housing Low-Rent and Soical Services
Foothills Area. But your involvement is needed. See the Social Worker (5) Positions
facebook page for an agenda. Closing: 1-17-12
We would like to see the representative from the BIA Office of Justice Service
Housing Tenant Committee participate in the communi- Police Dept.
ty meeting and be a part of community discussion or if School Resource Officer
you invite us, we would like to attend your meetings. Closing: 1-17-12
We would like to put out there that a “Joint-Community Head Start
Presidents Meeting” be held. If you are a Community Director
President and/or part of your community committee, Closing: 1-17-12
call Joy Grant at 725-0002, for a place and time. Water Rights Commission
If you are unaware, the Fort Duchesne Community Director
Presidency is, Joy Grant, President, Debra Jones, Vice- Closing: 1-17-12
President, Elaine Willie, Secretary/Treasurer. We want
Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement
to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and much blessing Dispatcher
to everyone. Closing: 1-17-12
Grants Finance Officer
Male House Manager
Warehouse man/ Labor I
Warehouse man/ Labor I
Bid Work Opportunity Closing: 1-17-12
Project: RBU 11-24E Pipeline
XTO Energy Inc. will be scheduling a bid walk to construct Warehouse man/ Labor I
approximately 4,540’ of 10” diameter, surface, steel pipeline. Closing: 1-17-12
Companies interested in participating should contact Damien
Jones (Damien_jones@xtoenergy.com) and Terry Scholes Social Service
(firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than 5:00 on November Assistant Social Worker
30, 2011 to be placed on the email distribution list to receive addi- Closing: 1-17-12
tional information concerning this project. Attourney
Requirements: Closing: 1-17-12
* API 1104 welding test and specifications apply. -
* Additional requirements to be described at bid walk. APPLICATIONS FOR POSITIONS WITH
CLOSING DATES MUST BE
RECEIVED IN OUR
NOTICE: OFFICE BY 4:30 p.m. ON THE CLOSING DATE
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All tribal businesses we will feature “Tribal Owned Businesses proof of past driving record for the last
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November 23, 2011. Include your company’s name, logo, and Department of Motor Vehicle.
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Tournament is going to be held
January 6th & 7th, 2012.
Women’s and Co-ed,
Entry fee: $250.00
Upper, and lower bracket for
both women’s and co-ed.
Awards will be given
for both divisions.
URHS Students of the
For more information please month of December
contact: Doylene @ 724-5988, Kaylan Arrive,
Jessica @ 725-4913,
or Kara @ 401-8068. 12 Grade
Favorite Subject: Lunch Time
Favorite teacher: They are all
NEW YEAR’S ROUND A l c o h o l Anthony introduced William
Feather guest speaker who gave a
in black-white categories. Other
categories included Over- my favorites.
Favorite TV show: Chowder
The Annual New Year’s Round
Substance prayer, and presented a feather to
Anthony for his friendship. William
Generalization, Mental Filter,
Disqualifying the Positive, Favorite movie: Resident Evil
Dance will be held on January A b u s e who was one of the guest speakers
talked of his struggle with abuse of
Jumping to Conclusions (Mind
reading and The fortune teller
Favorite quote or book: Saphire
Flute by Karen E. Hoover
6 & 7, 2012, at the Red Barn in
Ballard, Utah. Starts nightly at Prevention drugs, alcohol and personal rela-
tionships with those he loved.
(Catastrophizing) or Minimization,
Favorite place you have trav-
7:00 pm. with a potluck dinner eled: Florida
served at 6:00 pm. All singers, P r o g r a m Taking it “One Day at a time” is
how William dealt with this social
Emotional Reasoning, Should
Statements, Labeling and First thing that you ever wanted to be: Veterinarian
backup singers and dancers are Favorite sports team: The URHS Warriors
welcome. Come have a good Training issue afflicting Indian communi-
ties. William Feather is Little Lake
Mislabeling, Personalization, and
Blaming (Pointing at someone else Pets: Mixed Terrier “Lucky”
time. We need donations of Anthony Guzman, Director Pomo/Maidu/Konkow/Yankton when it is your fault and not theirs). Hobbies: Bowling
water, a potluck ASAP, Beau Washington, Psy, D. Lakota. Beau has been to the Ute Extracurricular activities: Basketball & Bowling
dish and drinks. Cognitive Therapist & Researcher, Lunch was provided by the by Reservation several times to speak What do you expect to be doing in ten years: Veterinarian or Chef
and William Feather. the program Alcohol Substance on Learning to Kick Depression. Advice that you would give your fellow students: Just do your
If you have any questions call:
Alcohol Substance Abuse Abuse Prevention program. He is a Licensed Professional
Angie Lucero @ 722-7957 work.
Prevention Program held a training Closing out the Training Seminar Counselor and graduate of the
for Human Service providers and Beau Washington, Psy, D. University of Northern Colorado.
Describe one memorable experience at URHS: When we met
interested Tribal Employees Cognitive Therapist & Researcher He is a Cognitive therapist, mood refugees from the New Comers Academy.
PLANS ARE UNDERWAY Thursday, December 8, 2011 at spoke to group about Cognitive disorder researcher and healer. Savannah Chapoose, 11th Grade
FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL Spring Hill Suites in Vernal, Utah. Distortions concerning thoughts Anthony closed out the gathering Favorite subject: Art
VALENTINE’S Anthony Guzman Program director that are plausible but not correct or requesting all those in attendance to
Favorite teacher: They are all my
HANDGAME welcomed all those in attendance. accurate. He stressed, “Rumination fill out the survey included in their
He congratulated all those who appears to be the foundation of packet and thanked all those for
TOURNAMENT: Favorite TV Show: Blank
received awards held during a grad- depression.” Beau spoke about “All attending the training. RC/UB
Schedule for February 17-19, Favorite movie: Definitely not
uation held the night before. or Nothing Thinking” seeing things
2012, held at the Fort
Duchesne Gym. A 3-man
High School Highlights...... Twilight – The Mummy
Favorite quote or book: The
Scramble on Friday, Vampire Academy Series
2-5 Man Tourney on Saturday, Favorite place you have traveled:
with $5,000., Washington State
1st place prize & First thing that you ever wanted to
Jackets. 3-man on Sunday. be: Artist
A sweetheart singing contest: Favorite sport: Soccer
Raffle, Food and Open games Pets: Herman my cat
all weekend long. Hobbies: Drawing and anything to do with art.
For more please call: Angie Extracurricular activities: Blank
Lucero @ 722-7957, What do you expect to be doing in ten years: Painting & traveling
Lionel Tahreep 401-8272. the world
Advice that you would give your fellow students: Don’t torment
the teachers & get good grades.
LUCKY LADY BINGO: Describe one memorable experience at URHS: The fishing trip to
Will be held on January 4,
Uintah River High School held a breakfast for parents and students December
13, 2011. Prior to the breakfast principle Brian Richardson introduced the guest Big Springs.
2012, at the Uintah River High
School. Doors open at 5:30 speaker Chris Sekakuku, Forrest Manager who talked about what motivated
pm. Blanket Specials, Raffle him coming to URHS this morning saying, “It was the breakfast being provided
and Food will be sold. Last by the school and his presentation.” He asked students what motivated them and
chance blackout is always
one student said basketball. Chris talked about his career and job and what he
had to do to achieve his goal. He told the students to continue their high school
education and complete it
with a college degree in
what you would like to do.
I wake up each day looking
forward going to work. He
encouraged all the students
to have goals and be moti-
vated in all that you do. A
breakfast was provided by
Uintah Indian Irrigation Project Operation
and Maintenance Company
Invitation To Bid
Notice is hereby given that the Uintah Indian Irrigation Project,
Operation and Maintenance Company is seeking the service of
Ditch Riders to ride the following canal systems:
• Myton Town site Canal
• US Dry Gulch Canal
• Ouray School Canal
• Leland Bench Canal
• Bench Canal Harmes/Alpha Ditches
• US Farmcreek Canal
• US Whiterocks Canal
Must have experience with operation equipment along with good people skills.
Must understand the operation and maintenance of irrigations systems, along with
the delivery of irrigation water to water users. The position is for 7 months, the
duration of the irrigation season (April-October) each year. The Board of Directors
reserve the right to refuse any all applicants. Application deadline is March 1st,
2012. For specs, requirements and protocol call company secretary, Beckey @
435-646-336, or Project Manager Steve @ 435-823-5830.
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V i t a l with a theme of Christmas.
They were all on display New Year’s Resolution NEWS FROM THE
JOURNEY INTO WELLNESS:
Statistics for all to enjoy at the trib-
al headquarters. CHR pro-
“MY New Year’s Resolutions
is to be more aware of my sur-
8:00 a.m. TO 7:00 p.m. - Monday thru Thursday.
1st place gram decorated there tree
with pictures from old Ute
roundings. Watch my weighing
and eating habits, try to go on a
8:00 a.m. thru 5:30 p.m. - Fridays.
diet or excrise Participant in 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. – Monday thru Fridays.
winners Bulletin. Departments
who participated were more activities
Please call for more information
on scheduling appointments.
Quit eating candy.” Here at the Journey Into Wellness/CVD program
Vital Stats won this given awards. Nicole Duchesne, “My resolu- are here to educate you on managing
year’s Christmas tree con- April Santio, Lynn tion: Finish school!” diabetes and information on prevention.
test sponsored by tribal Appawora, Yvette Christmas Tree Contest There are gluco meters still available come in and
administration. Tribal Chapoose, and Alana Mariah Cuch, “Get a sign up exchange your old meter out.
on our Ute Bulletin Office KEEP AN EYE OPEN-
departments who partici- Hernandez, CHR staff SKIING Glenwood Springs CO-
pated decorated there trees standing by there original Jan 14 leave Plaza 6am return late that evening
with variety of ornaments, winning Christmas Tree.
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Polar Bear Dive.... Head Start Full Day Singing …
Brave Polar Bear Jump participants gather togeth-
er keeping warm after jumping in to Bottle Hollow
lake December 9, 2011. This year was the 2nd year
for the Annual Polar Bear Jump.
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2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 UTE TRIBE SENIOR PROGRAM:
January 11, 2012, Caregiver Meeting & Program
at center lunch will be served.
January 16, 2012, Center will be closed.
January 18, 2012, Celebrating Elder Birthdays for the month of January.
This is a reminder: to all Tribal Elders to keep your water running during the night to
prevent frozen pipes, stay safe and warm.
If there is an Emergency contact: BIA Police Department. They will contact the
Senior Work Crew, Tribal Maintenance, Water Systems after hours, or any of the
other departments to help assist you.
All Tribal Elders 55yrs and over are Welcomed and encouraged to attend the center,
visit, have lunch. If there are any questions, or comments to contact the Ute Senior
Center @ 435-722-0403.
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Christmas Community Dinner
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Lydia Oarum Watts, age 86, of Richardson Subdivision, passed
away December 18, 2011 at her home.
Lydia was born June 29, 1925 in Whiterocks to Clark and Lula
Myore Redcap Oarum. She married Spencer Nephi, later divorced,
married William Wyasket, later divorced, then married Ben Watts,
Sr., he died February 28, 1999. She lived in Ignacio, Colorado for
several years then moved to Ft. Duchesne.
Lydia was a talented lady who was capable of many things, she
excelled at cooking, sewing, crocheting, beadwork, making cradle
boards, doing moccasins, needlepoint work, and beautiful quilts.
I want everyone to know I'm Lydia was a outspoken person, who said what she meant. She was
doing ok and is heathly up a little lady with a big presence. She enjoyed going to the casino’s,
here in Montana. participating at the Sun Dance, Bear Dance and Pow Wow’s, driv-
We want to wish the ing to the mountains and traveling. She was a wonderful mother,
Cesspooch Family and and grandmother who knew how to get things done. She loved hav-
everyone else a ing her family around and delighted in her grandchildren. She was very organized, and clean, and made
Merry Christmas and a sure there was a place for everything.
Happy New Year!! She is survived by her adopted son, Sterling Taveapont, special daughter, Hazel Blackhair, both of Ft.
Ray Cesspooch and Duchesne; grandchildren, Alana Taveapont (Carlos) Hernandez, Jessica Taveapont (Orin) Shuck, Jenifer
I would like to wish my Aneedra Buffalo Taveapont, Patrick (Cassidy) Taveapont, Sidney (Anesha Wopsock) Atwine, great grandchildren, Logan Serawop,
I like to wish my Grandson Hunny Hernandez, Raspberry Shuck, Cianna Myore, Kaisen Taveapont, Kastor Taveapont, and numerous nieces,
grandma Ina Nephi,
Nolan B. Reed HAPPY BELATED nephews, aunts and uncles.
Mother & father
5 years old
BIRTHDAY QUE She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben, Sr., parents, Clark and Lula, children, Matilda Nephi, Lorita
A Big Happy Birthday
Joline & Richard Here’s a shot out to my big Marie Nephi, Gloria Wyasket, Zoe Ann Wyasket, brothers and sisters, Alice Oarum, Isabell Oarum, Adelaide
you be richly blessed Poowegup sista girl Checora, Cloyd Oarum, Sr., and Jr., Michael Oarum, Franklin Checora, Walter Oraum, Angelia Checora, and
remember to always rejoice and my beloved family a Quanah Poowegup. Funeral services held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ft. Duchesne Gym. She will go
to the name of the Lord Merry Christmas and have a May the good creator watch home on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. to her home. Burial in the John Harmes Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.
you are always in god hand
very safe New Years. Oh and over you always and may you
Philippains 4:13 I can do all things
through Christ Jesus, Who give me
Merry Christmas also to my walk in beauty forever. FLORENCE MILLS
the strength. Grandson I Love you hand game family you all Love ya girl. Florence Ankerpont Mills, age 70, of Randlett, passed away
& miss you. Love & hugs, know who you are. Just me; December 22, 2011 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center surrounded
Grandma Rosita Sibellio Reed Much Love & Respect: Carlo Poowegup by her family.
Carlo Poowegup Florence was born March 31, 1941 in Ouray to Roy J
Ankerpont, Sr. and Salina Myore Ankerpont. She married Wilbert
Mills on December 10, 1973 in Cortez, Colorado.
Florence was humble, generous, kind-hearted, sweet, funny,
patient, loving and she never said a mean thing about anyone.
Florence did various jobs through the years, working in the
Tribal Courts both in Towaoc and Ft. Duchesne, she also worked for
the police department, and as a counselor.
She enjoyed casinos, horror movies, classic country – which she
called, "the oldies"– doing puzzles, word searches, attending Pow Wows,
Sundances and Bear Dances. She loved to travel, work in her flower gar-
den, tell stories about her mother, and knit in her younger years. Her great-
est joy was her family and she loved spending time with them, especially for family dinners. She delighted in her
grand and great grandchildren and loved her dogs very much.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbert, Randlett; daughter, Francie Brave, Ft. Duchesne; 3 granddaughters
and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Roy (Linda) Ankerpont, Jr., Randlett; Margie
(Delbert) Tavashutz, Indian Bench; Geneva Ankerpont, Roosevelt; aunts, Eva Myore (Milton) Arrats, Yellowstone
Subdivision; and Rosella (Myore) Conetah, Myton; sisters, Gertrude Tahguv, Indian Bench; Shirletta
Laframboise, Randlett; and Joliet Ignacio, Ft. Duchesne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Sr. and Salina; infant daughter Thedise Mills, siblings, Gene
Ankerpont, Elliott Ankerpont, Raquel Ice, and twin infant siblings, Colby and Cody.
Funeral service held on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary. Friends may
call 1 hour prior to the service. Cremation will follow the services. Condolences may be shared at
Jeanette Duncan "Jean" Phelps, age 66, of Indian Bench,
passed away December 23, 2011, at the University of Utah
She was born April 15, 1945, in Roosevelt, to Ivan and Clara
A. Chegup Duncan. She married Michael Bruce Phelps, and they
Jean worked as a dental assistant at the Indian Health Services
for many years before retirement. She was known for her exception-
al beadwork – many of her Episcopal Shields are being worn by
reverends around the world. She enjoyed traveling with family
members, reading, and listening to music. She had a great sense of
humor and was always laughing which helped her survive cancer
and a kidney transplant. She was very caring always helping others
in need and raising her nephews, nieces, and grandchildren. She
was very involved in her traditional culture. She also had the privi-
lege of participating in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
She was survived by her daughter, Judy (Bruce) Pargeets; grandchildren, Ivana Nephi (Kyle Manning),
Chandler Pargeets, Sundae Pargeets, great-grandson, Ryu Bush; brothers and sisters, Clifford Duncan, Madeleine
Duncan, both of Neola; Luke Duncan, Whiterocks; Aldora Duncan, Ft. Duchesne; Delia Duncan, Whiterocks;
Judy Lynn Peterson, Salt Lake City; adopted brother, Boye Ladd, Sr., Albuquerque; and numerous aunts, uncles,
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters, Rudolph Nephi, Alvina Duncan, Clinton
Duncan, Lillian Duncan Reed, Delilah Duncan-Reyos, Nettie Duncan Harris, and Sally Duncan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 26, 2011, at the St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal
Church in Whiterocks. She will be taken to her home on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in the John Harmes-
Whiterocks Cemetery under direction of the Hullinger Mortuary. Condolences may be shared at www.hullinger-
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Cecelia Vivian
Cornpeach Cuch, age 71, of Ft. Duchesne, was welcomed into our
Heavenly Fathers arm on December 25, 2011, surrounded by her
daughters Pearleen and Jasanna.
She was born on January 31, 1940 to Cecil Cornpeach and Ruth
Quinn Nephi in Whiterocks.
She married Benjamin Ridley they later divorced. She married
Jason Cuch, he passed away in February of 2005.
She attended schools in Ignacio, Colorado and Phoenix, AZ, she
also took some clerical classes. She attended numerous youth
camps, her favorite was in New York City.
She was a very outgoing lady whom liked to laugh and visit,
she was a real people person. She had supporting words for all
whom she encountered and told it like it was.
She had worked for the BIA Roads Department, the Ute Tribe Head Start, numerous years in the Ute tribe
realty department and finally retired from the BIA realty department to which she had great knowledge of all trib-
She was a strong supporter of her religious beliefs through her church the Holy Spirit and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal
Church, also her traditional beliefs of the Whiteriver people. She liked attending ceremonies here on the U & O
and in South Dakota.
She participated in numerous Pow Wows as part of the senior women’s dance category. She loved dancing
with her friends, especially with her golden girl and grandaughter. The highlight of her dancing career was the
2002 Winter Olympics in the opening ceremony in Salt Lake City beside her daughter Pearleen as she said the
whole world was watching the Utes.
She was a true world traveler, traveling to Japan to the South Sea Island of Samoa to parts of Canada and England,
but in the last two years of her life she traveled by herself to Jerusalem, Italy, Greece and Turkey. She was plan-
ning a trip to China, before her illness took hold.
She liked all things CNN, Don Williams, George Strait, shopping, and watching movies. She was the biggest
fan of the world champion, Greenbay Packers, "a true cheese head." On a church trip to Wisconsin she was excit-
ed to tour the house of the Packers, she brought back t-shirts for her family and made sure they wore them.
Above everything she did in her life she had great love and cherished her children and grandchildren, her
hope was that the lesson they learned was to live life to the fullest.
She is survived by her children, Sonja Kirkstead, Tennessee; Pam Drye, Sunshine subdivision; Pearleen
Ridley, Roosevelt; Jasanna Cuch, Sunshine subdivision, Kelcey Cuch, Ft. Duchesne; adopted daughter, Celina
Copperfield, Ft. Duchesne; 18 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, siblings, Stanford Cornpeach, Whiterocks;
Marion Serawop, Ft. Duchesne; and Dolly Cuch, Whiterocks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jason, siblings, Colleen Redfoot, Janet Cuch and Kathy Cuch.
Funeral services held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ft. Duchesne Cemetery. She will go
home on Wednesday at 4 p.m.. Burial in the Ft. Duchesne Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at