Kathleen Mecham Tanner, age 75, returned to her heavenly home on Thursday, April 25, 2019. She passed away unexpectedly at her home in Holbrook, Idaho.
She has been reunited with many loved ones that have gone before her. Among them are her father, Donald Miller Mecham, her mother, Melissa V. Montgomery Tanner, her step father, Max V. Tanner, two of her daughters, Trisha Ann Tanner and DeAnn Tanner Petersen and a sister-in-law, Linda Mecham.
So many of us are left here to mourn our loss of a beautiful wife, mother, sister, aunt, teacher and friend. She is survived by her husband, Douglas Kent Tanner; her children, Donna (Dwight) Jenkins, Amy Austin, Angie (Frank) Alvey, Toni (JR) Jones, Tami (Brogan) Kendall, Tom (Kristin) Tanner, Tallia (Dixon) Flint; her brothers, John (Norma Jean) Mecham, Richard Mecham, and Donald (Malawna) Mecham.
Kathy was born on Monday, April 3, 1944 in Brigham City, Utah to Donald Miller Mecham and Melissa V. Montgomery. After her father passed away when she was a baby, her mother eventually met and married Max V. Tanner, and together they raised Kathleen and her three brothers. She grew up in Yost, Park Valley and Grouse Creek, Utah, making friends everywhere she went, with whom she remained connected to throughout her life. She graduated from Bear River High School in 1962 and attended college at Weber State for a time.
As Kathleen always told the story, she and her two oldest daughters, Donna Kay and DeAnn, married Douglas Tanner on January 11, 1969. Then, on June 30th, 1979, the family was sealed together for time and all eternity in the Ogden, Utah temple. Kathleen was the mother of nine children, whom she loved dearly and cared for with her whole heart. Her deepest and most sincere joy came from her family.
Her talents and hobbies were put to good use through her endless desire to serve those around her--family, friends, and strangers. She quilted, sewed, cooked, canned, cleaned, gardened, and tended children and the elderly alike. She recognized the individual needs of others and always went above and beyond to assist. Through her innate compassion, she built connections to even the least likely of people, and as a result gained a countless number of eternal friendships.
She is loved and missed immensely by those of us who know her, but her influence will bless the lives of generations forever after her.
We'd like to celebrate Kathleen's life by holding a viewing at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home in Tremonton, Utah on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
There will also be a viewing at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grouse Creek, Utah on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., after which the funeral will immediately follow at Noon.
She will be laid to rest in the Grouse Creek cemetery.
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