Winnie VaLaine Bladen, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on July 20, 2015, in St. George, Utah, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 14, 1933, in Cedar City, Utah, to Preston Prince Williams and Lillian Wakeling Williams. She was educated in Cedar City, Utah and graduated from Cedar High in 1951.
VaLaine married her high school sweetheart Boyd George Bladen, June 4, 1952, in the St. George, Utah LDS Temple for time and all eternity. She was a devoted member of the LDS church and served in many leadership and teaching capacities including young women’s for 17 years, ward organist and a relief society teacher. VaLaine and her loving companion Boyd, served as ordinance workers in the St. George temple for eight years. She was also a PTA president at Cedar High School and in 1975 she made it possible for the graduating class to travel to California for their senior trip.
In her early marriage, VaLaine worked at Hunter Cowan hardware, JC Penney, Coleman and the “old” hospital. She loved to play the piano and organ, paint, cook, quilting and sewing. Her greatest contributions were as a loving, loyal and steady wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Everyone who knew her felt they were accepted and loved unconditionally.
VaLaine is survived by her husband Boyd, and their children, Kent (Nila) Bladen of Salt Lake City; Marie (Eric) Marchant of Provo; Lesa (Randy) Griffin of St. George; Neil (Sally) Bladen of St. George. Along with 22 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren who laughed, loved and adored their grandma. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Kenneth Preston Williams.
- Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. at the Morningside Stake Center, 879 S. River Road, St. George.
- A viewing will be held Friday, July 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, and Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the stake center.
- Interment will be Saturday, 3 p.m. at the Cedar City Cemetery.
We would like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Dixie Regional Medical Center who gave loving and professional care to VaLaine.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.