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Verda Hales Seal

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Verda Hales Seal passed away Monday, July, 1, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Eureka.

She was born Nov. 19, 1912, in Preston, Idaho, to Franklin and Emma Hales,  the third of five children.

She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in Primary and Relief Society.

She graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and married LaVel G. Seal March 26, 1932, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of two sons and a daughter. She helped support and care for their children and their home by doing specialty sewing projects for friends and neighbors while her husband served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. She later worked for 18 years at the newspaper agency in Salt Lake City. In her later years she worked at her daughter’s store in Salt Lake for several years.

Verda loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She spent her life serving others. She was an expert seamstress, sewing many of her children’s and grandchildren’s clothes. She once sewed 94 dresses for some Head Start girls who had never had a brand new dress to call their own. She spent countless hours knitting beautiful sweaters and sewing blankets – most of which were donated to Humanitarian Services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be sent to deprived countries throughout the world.

She is survived by her daughter Ann and Cloyd Peterson; loving daughter-in-law Faith Seal, Emerald Hills, Calif.;  grandchildren Rick and Lisa Peterson, Eureka; Randy and Jodi Peterson, Sandy, Utah; Suzanne and Patrick Barlow, Salt Lake City, Utah; Shannon and Paul Clawson, Sandy, Utah; Jason and Kim Seal, Pasadena, Calif., and Morgan Seal, New York, N.Y.; 16 great children and one great, great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, her husband, two sons and one grandchild.

We would like to express deep appreciation to the staff at Mountain View Manor for the loving care she received on several occasions she was there, as well as Linda Owen, her Hospice nurse, and to the staff of Johnson Gloschat and Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.

A family graveside service and burial will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary in Salt Lake City, Utah.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humanitarian Services, c/o Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-1014.

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