Leah Howard Peterson Tibbitts, age 93, passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in North Salt Lake, Utah.
Leah was born on Oct. 5, 1915, in Woods Cross, Utah to Amasa Ray Howard and Robenia Ellis. She was the second of 11 children and developed an early work ethic helping care for her brothers and sisters. She married her eternal companion, and knight in shining armor, Neils Archie Peterson, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Dec. 6, 1933. They spent 34 years together building their home, raising their four children, farming, riding horses and enjoying their extended family. Arch passed away Jan. 5, 1968, at the age of 57. Leah married Orrin G. Tibbitts Feb. 7, 1987. They enjoyed traveling and temple work. Orrin passed away March 28, 2003, in Bountiful, Utah. Leah was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many calling on the stake and ward level, especially the young women's organization. She worked in the Salt Lake Temple for 28 years and enjoyed her association with her many temple friends.
Leah was an amazing woman and could do anything. She was an outstanding softball pitcher for the Utah Shamrocks and continued her love of the sport well into her 60's.
Leah was a kind and gentle soul with a smile and special word for everyone. She truly was a special lady.
She is survived by her children: Larry, Val (Judy), Joy, Marva (Ray) Yamauchi, her sister LaRae Dillingham (Delbert), sister-in-law Rody Howard, her brother-in-laws Elmo R. Christensen Earl Stanbridge, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers: Max, Glen, Rulon, Duaine, her sisters Orlean Clarkson, Beth Page, Helen Christensen, Reva Howard, Peggy Stanbridge.
Funeral services were held at 12 noon, Monday Oct. 13, 2008, at the Orchard First Ward Chapel, 3707 South 800 West, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing was held Sunday evening at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main and Monday morning at the church prior to services. Interment-Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
The family appreciates the kindness and consideration of South Davis Hospice, especially Sherrie and Karen for the tender and loving care of their mother.