Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ann Richards Welcomed back to Heaven

Ann Richards

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Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Ann Mickelsen Richards, 69, returned to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 after a decade of frustration and confusion at the hands of Alzheimer's Disease, yet smiling and usually happy all the way. She was born September 22, 1942 in Caliente, Nevada to Alva McKay and Hazel Chapin Mickelsen. She married Frank Kay Richards on September 18, 1964 in the St. George Temple in a ceremony officiated by Rudger C. Atkin, temple president.
Ann was a graduate of Panguitch High School, and the Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Imperial Valley Hospital in El Centro, California, and LDS Hospital, and Alta View Hospital in Salt Lake City, retiring in 2000. The final several years at Alta View she was one of the nursing supervisors.
Ann was a talented musician, playing the clarinet, and baritone saxophone in the high school marching band, as well as performing on the piano in various community and church activities.She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served as Primary President of the Garden Park and the Butler 18th Wards. She also served twice as the Relief Society President of the 18th Ward.
Ann enjoyed camping, hunting, hiking, and fishing. Twice with her family she spent a week at the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. She received The District Award of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America.
Ann is survived by her husband and their seven children and spouses; 10 grandsons and 10 granddaughters: Jeff and Penny Richards, Moab; and their daughters Brooklyn, River, London, Indiana, and Geneva. Robert and Nikki Richards, Gilbert, AZ and their son Jacob. Leslie and Gerry Trelease, Cottonwood Heights, and their son Larsen and daughter Morgan. Audrey and Christopher Fish, Woods Cross and their sons Austin and Tyler. Paul and Jen Richards, Riverton, and their children Dallin, Kaitlin, Preston, Parker, and Brynne. David and Shawna Richards, North Salt Lake, and their sons: Logan, Makay, and Hunter, and baby girl expected in April. Stephen and Angela Richards, West Jordan and their two daughters Olivia and Jacey. She is also survived by her three sisters and two brothers: Mary Hall, Christian Mickelsen, Marlene Goodrich, Joyce Tolley, and Mark Mickelsen.
She was a friend to all and her countenance beamed warmth and friendship to everyone she met. Complete strangers would feel like they've known her for years. A talented homemaker and mother, she excelled in all areas of cooking, baking, sewing, etc.
Funeral services will be Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12:00 Noon in the Butler 18th Ward, 6600 Greenfield Way, Salt Lake City where friends may call Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Panguitch City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook
Her family thanks everyone at Neighborhood House on Vine Street, and the staff at Care Source Hospice for their kind and delicate compassionate service to this very special person.

She was an amazing person and raised an amazing family, I am so lucky to have known her and to be sealed to her and the rest of the family forever. We will miss her tender spirit, but know that we will see her again. We love you Ann!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Makay's 4!!!!

Even though his birthday is only 3 days after Christmas we still think it's important for him to be able to celebrate it. So this year we did a P.J. breakfast party, it was a lot of fun.

We played a animal freeze dance type of game, the kids acted like the animal that was called out when the music was on and when the music stopped they had to freeze. It was a great game for young kids.

Not sure what animal they are being right now, but does it really matter.

Present time

Makay loves puzzles, so he was happy to get some more for his birthday.

I made this cake, it is supposed to look like a monkey

That night after Dave got home from work we went bowling, this has kind of come a tradition on birthdays for us.

Hunter got in on the action too and really liked it.

I can't believe my little Makay is already 4 years old, it seems like just last year he was my little baby. We love you Makay and it's a pleasure to have you in our family.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas 2011

Every year we go to dinner with Dave's parents and then Grandpa comes back to our house to read the boys the night before Christmas. It is a great tradition that we really enjoy.

Once Grandma and grandpa left the boys were so excited to open their two presents that night they immediately started wrestling.

Hunter climbing on Logan

Typical Hunter attacking Makay

Every Christmas Eve the boys open P.J.'s (pretty typical) and an ornament for something that they did or really liked that year. The kids really like seeing their ornaments on the tree.

Makay got a puzzle ornament because he LOVES and will spend hours putting them together.

Logan got a swimming ornament becuase he took swimming lessons and he can do cannonballs all on his own now.

Hunter got a ladder for his ornament because he climbs on everything!!!

The picture is blurry because Hunter was running out to the living room, I could barely get in front of him to take the picture.

We like to have the kids walk out youngest to oldest, it was so cute how excited they were

Logan got more transformers

Makay got a remote control bulldozer from Santa

Hunter had fun tearing open his presents, everyone else's and wondering around

The mess after the opening

Hunter showing off his stocking

My mom made this quilt for dave with all his old "hoop-it-up" t-shirts, it looks awesome and it was a huge surprise to him.

Dave finally got his t.v. on the day after Thanksgiving and we got a new camera so we kept things pretty low key for each other.

This was the best picture we could get of the boys after church, Hunter is not into to stopping to take pictures these days.

Other then the boys being so excited they could hardly stand it on Christmas Eve it was a great two days! The kids are at a really fun age of being happy with what they get and not having too expensive of wish list. We are going to enjoy that while it last. It was also really fun to see how excited Hunter was even though he really didn't know what was going on. Merry Christmas!!!