It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nona Iva Lee Hall Mower Monday, June 7, 2021, at the age of 92.
She was born December 13, 1928 in Waycross, as the oldest daughter of William Henry and Addie Mozelle Griffis Hall. She lost the love of her life, Roland Deloy “RD” July 8, 2019 after 70 years of marriage. They were married in Folkston, December 23, 1948. They were later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake temple June 10, 1966.
She was raised by her parents who worked as sharecroppers raising tobacco and corn. One of her main farm tasks was to plow the fields behind the mule. This taught her to work hard and to always do her best. Because of her work ethic, many people watched her plow beautiful straight furrows and she was offered everything from chocolate candy to a job working in the post office one summer. She excelled in school and completed both the fifth and sixth grades in the same year. She was proud of her accomplishment of being the very first person in her family to graduate from high school. She graduated from Patterson High School in 1945. Following high school, she wanted to better herself and went to Jacksonville, FL and was hired as a Southern Bell shift supervisor/telephone operator. It was her supervisor’s husband that introduced her to a handsome sailor. They were engaged only nine days after they were introduced and were married four months later after RD was discharged from the Navy. She moved from Georgia and as she always liked to say, “moved to the wild, wild west”. She never stopped missing Georgia and loved to go back and visit. She was extremely proud of her Georgia heritage.
During the early years of marriage, she worked as a telephone operator in Florida, Utah, then Chicago, IL and again in Utah to help support their family while RD earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah and concurrently attended ROTC training and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. She excelled in all the places they lived. Each time they moved to a new place, she would stand at the door of the chapel to introduce herself to her new ward members. Even though they moved approximately every two years, she taught her children to make the best of every new situation and home. She told her family that there is good and bad about each new place and you must look for the good. Their family lived in Salt Lake City, UT, Moultrie, Enid, OK, Waco, TX, San Antonio, TX Air Force Academy, CO, a second time in Salt Lake City, UT, Topeka KS, Dayton, OH, Grand Forks, ND, Bogota, Colombia, Chino Valley, AZ, Mt. Pleasant, UT and finally, the Bennion Veterans Home in Payson, UT.
She remained active as a member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions with the children, youth and women in the Relief Society. The calling she talked about most was being the nursery “grandma”. Even before she was a member, she was a visiting teacher and a primary teacher. She believed in serving others, by working in the temple and helping everyone in need. In her spare time, she excelled in sewing, cooking, gardening, flower arranging and crafts. She canned everything and had the most beautiful food storage room. What an example!
She leaves behind daughters Carol L. Clawson, South Jordan, UT and Christi L Edwards (Brad), Chino Valley, AZ; sons Roland C. Mower (Charlotte), Pagosa Springs, CO; Richard H. Mower (Tina), Bismarck, ND and Minh Dang (Anh), Garden City, CA; brother William H. Hall (Waunell), Mershon; sister-in-law Emily Lillie, St. George, UT; a legacy of 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and nine Foreign Exchange students: Maria, Connie, Kathy, Marta, Angelita, Rafico, Jose Fernando, Mauro and Danilo who lived with Nona Iva Lee and RD at various times and many nieces and nephews around the United States.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Connie L. Mower; brother, Alvin L. Hall; sisters and brothers-in-law, Miley “Toot” Moody (Cleon), Louise Capp (Horace “Lightning”), Nola Mae (Aaron) Robinson and Lena Navira (Joseph) Davis; mother/father-in-Law Viola E and Roland G Mower; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynne Jensen (Merrill D) and Sheryl Muir (Dale) and Ralph Lillie.
A celebration of her life, final earthly goodbyes, and viewing will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North 100 West, Mt Pleasant, UT.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19, from the Mt. Pleasant LDS Chape, 295 South State, Mt, Pleasant, UT.
A viewing will be held 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral.
Interment will be at the Fairview City Cemetery.
Special thanks to the Bennions Veteran Home and staff for the excellent care, compassion and friendship they gave to her. Online condolences and live Zoom link is available at rasmussenmortuary.com
KSL Life Story is available at https://www.thememories.com/obituary/nona-mower/27279.
Rasmussen Mortuary of Mt. Pleasant, UT, is in charge of arrangements.