Sunday, July 29, 2007

My Aunt Jenna Lee
My Aunt Jenna Lee passed away on Wednesday. As I have tried to put my feelings into words I find it hard. My Aunt Jenna was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. She had a way of making you feel special. Even though I am only one of about 25 nieces I know that I was special to her. She is my Mom’s oldest sister and was diagnosed with Leukemia last year. She had lived four times longer than was initially expected; she had a full year of relatively good health while trying a new drug treatment for leukemia which is amazing. She leaves behind a legacy of family. I am so thankful that she instilled the importance of family in all of us. I am so thankful for a husband, parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles that I am close to and that we can share life and experiences together. I will miss so many things about my Aunt but I know that I will see her again someday.

My cousin Susan put together a beautiful slide show you can view here

Jenna Lee Gleed of Malad, Idaho passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007 from complications related to Leukemia at the Ogden Regional Medical Center in Ogden, Utah.

Jenna Lee was born July 4, 1935 in Bluewater, New Mexico the oldest daughter of M. Lee and Genevieve Hassell. She attended schools in Bluewater and Grants, New Mexico. Following high school she attended Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah where she graduated with an Associates of Arts degree in 1954. It was at Snow College that she met the love of her life Darl Gleed from Malad, Idaho. Jenna Lee and Darl were married August 6, 1954 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho LDS Temple.

Jenna Lee loved to travel and loved the people wherever she lived. Her married life included time in Pocatello, Idaho; Bluewater, New Mexico; Yreka, California; Medford, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Fairbanks, Alaska; Twin Falls, Idaho; Ogden, Utah; Kailua, Hawaii; Mesa, Arizona; and for the past seven years Malad, Idaho where she and Darl have lived following retirement. During her travels and residences she hosted and associated with presidents, governors, political and religious dignitaries, and people from all walks of life. She was an uncommonly perceptive person and touched the lives of all who knew her with her kind and intelligent approach to life and its challenges. She had a marvelous wit and personality that attracted people to her wherever she went. Her husband, her family, and music were her most cherished passions. She loved to be around her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They truly were her joy in life. She loved to play the piano and loved to sing and admired those who had those talents.

Jenna Lee was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in many teaching, leadership and music capacities. She especially loved playing the piano for the children in Primary. She was an active member of her communities and she served in many leadership and volunteer positions.

Jenna Lee was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John Hassell, a granddaughter Megan Molyneaux, and a great-granddaughter Lile Maumau. She is survived by her husband, Darl Gleed, six children Julie (Vili) Lolohea, Orem, Utah; Pamela (Dennis) Molyneaux, Kaysville, Utah; Darl Curtis (Michelle) Gleed, Kona, Hawaii; Kendall (Kelly) Gleed, Federal Way, Washington; Christopher (Michelle) Gleed, Orem, Utah; and Jason Gleed, Malad, Idaho; seven brothers and sisters, Wayne (Eva) Hassell, St Petersburg, Russia; Wendell (Sue) Hassell, Arvada, Colorado; Denny (Sandi) Hassell, Pine, Arizona; Earl (Judy) Hassell, Bluewater, New Mexico; LeJean (Randy) Goslar, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Margene (Fred) Olenik, Orem, Utah; Kelly (Cindy) Hassell, Grand Terrance, California and two foster sisters Kat (Steve) Mayne, Bluewater, New Mexico; Kathy Weddle, San Francisco, California. She had 27 grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Jenna Lee was just loved by everyone who met her. She was a perfect mom and a perfect wife. Words cannot express how deeply she will be missed.

A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, July 30, 2007 at the Malad LDS 7th Ward Chapel in Malad, Idaho located at 200 West 400 North. Family and friends may call at the Horsley Funeral Home 132 West 300 North on Sunday evening from 6-8 pm and on Monday morning from 10-11:30 am.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Let The Race Begin
Last Friday after work my sister Natasha and I drove to Price. We met her husband Cale there who had been at a golf tournament in Price that day. We picked Cale and one of his golf buddies up at the golf course and we headed to the races, the car races that is. They were so much fun. I love going to car races and especially dirt tracks. We had a really great time. It was a little windy and every time the wind would kick up dust would fly everywhere. Tasha and I just wore our sunglasses and we were fine. A huge storm passed over us but luckily it didn't rain. You can see by the clouds that it looked like a huge storm.

While I was enjoying myself at the races. Jim and his friend Todd were about 40 miles South of us hiking San Rafael Swell. They hiked Friday, spent the night and then hiked the rest of the way Saturday. He had a really good time. Other than running out of water about 3 hours away from the end, they enjoyed their trip. Saturday morning I decided to drive back down with Tasha and Cale and hang out with Tasha for the afternoon while Cale golfed in the tournament. She and I had such a great time, we went to the Dinosaur Museum, D.I., and this really cool train and mining museum in Helper called Western Mining and Railroad Museum. If you are ever in the Price/Helper area I would suggest visiting this museum. It was so incredible and housed so much history and old artifacts. By far a hidden treasure of Utah history. The best part of my trip was since Jim had to drive through Price to get home he stopped and picked me up on his way home. It was fun to ride home together and catch up on the weekend. Although it really scared me when he told me about running out of water and how hot it had gotten. But Jim is a big boy, and I think he took his big boy pants with him--so they did ok. They did have a water filter but the water around them was slow moving, warm, and in his words, "stagnant." Apparently that's not good, so they didn't use their filter. He did say the San Rafael River area was one of the most beautiful places he had ever hiked. If you want to know exactly where he was you will have to ask him because I am not really sure. We decided that I need to know more details when he goes hiking. Like where exactly he will be and when he will return. I thought that if anything had happened to him I wasn't quite sure where he was. He had cell phone service that would come and go out, but that isn't a reliable method. I will do better and he is going to make sure I know before he goes. Apparently, coyotes were fighting all night around his tent and owls were hooting in the distance. He was in "Jimmy heaven," but I'm glad I wasn't around for that part.
This weekend I am staying home, my Grandma is in town and I am excited to spend some time with her and Jim doing a whole lot of relaxing. Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 09, 2007

This That and Some Other
4th of July we drove to Lodgepole campground to visit Jim's Mom and Grandma who were camping up there for the week. We ate lunch with them and then Jim wanted to take me on a hike up there he had done with the Scouts the week before. It was a really pretty hike we did the Foreman Trail which is a 4 mile loop. I was only scared once when I heard something in the bushes. Those who know me know that I am deathly afraid of bears. I have been trying really hard lately to face my fear because I love the mountains and the outdoors so much. Anyway, with my big strong husband with me I am not as he carries a really big knife :)
After our hike we drove home, showered, ate dinner at our favorite spot JCW's and then drove to Salt Lake City to attend the ReAL Salt Lake game. We had a blast unfortunatelyI forgot to take any pictures because I was too busy watching the game.

Baby it's HOT out here
June 28-July 1 My sister and I took our two younger brothers on our annualy St.George/Las Vegas vacation. We had such a good time other than it being so dang HOT! Seriously, it was 109 the day we went to Lake Mead. We stayed in St. George for 3 nights and then Las Vegas for 1 night. The first two days we just layed by the pool and played. We went to Fiesta Fun and rode the go-carts and miniature golfed. We also went to the movies and saw RATATOUILLE. Seriously such a good movie we all really enjoyed it. We went to the Dinosaur Museum in St. George. Saturday we headed in to Las Vegas but made a stop at Lake Mead. There was a running race going on at 2pm in the afternoon. It is called Running with the Devil Marathon, 1/2, & 50 mile ultra. This race starts at 12pm and they run in the heat of the day. CRAZY!!!! anyway we stopped and let the boys play in the water before we drove into Las Vegas. That night we walked the strip and rode the New York, New York roller coaster. It was B & C first time riding it, they both LOVED IT!!!! We stopped at our favorite place to go on the strip Margaritaville, as in Jimmy Buffett's. It is a really fun shop and we love the music! We didn't get back to our hotel until almost 2:00am which was rough since we had to get up at 5:00am to put B & C on a plane to Oakland where they were flying to meet my parents. All in all we had a great time. While I was laying out by the pool and playing Jim was at Scout Camp which to him is vacation.....I love to go on Vacation!!!!
Other places we visited In-n-out burger, Bass Pro Shops, and TJ Maxx and More
Here are some pictures from our weekend.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July