Jeannette Farthing Mikesell of St. George, Utah, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, at the age of 83. Jeannette was born September 29, 1939, in Lander, Wyoming, the fourth of the six daughters of Harold Edward Farthing and Artie Welling. She married Jerald Louis Mikesell of Soda Springs, Idaho, on March 7, 1958, in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Jeannette excelled at being a wife and mother to four children while also serving faithfully in her numerous callings at church. She enjoyed making everything nice including meals, homes, clothes and just about whatever else she touched. Jeannette loved to make holidays and birthdays special and memorable for her family. She was accomplished at the piano, sewing and many needle arts. She had many opportunities to make their houses into homes as she supported Jerald in the military, through school, and in his various career moves across 5 states, moving approximately 30 times in their 64 years of marriage. Despite their many moves, Jeannette had a gift of making lifelong friends and was great at remembering names and places. Their home was always open to anyone needing a meal or a place to stay.
Jerald and Jeannette served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mission office of the Kentucky-Louisville mission. She loved attending the temple and served as an ordinance worker in the Louisville-Kentucky, Bountiful-Utah, and Spokane-Washinton temples.
Jeannette is survived by Jerald, her husband of 64 years, her four children: Harold/Jean Mikesell of Juneau, Alaska, Gordon/Debbie Mikesell of Kelowna, BC Canada, Melita/Myron Welling of Juneau, Alaska and Janine/David Mika of Clifton Park, New York. She is also survived by 3 sisters: Lucille Mortensen, Paula Anderson, and Penny Race. She and Jerald have 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jeannette is preceded in death by her parents and 2 older sisters: Alice Adams and Donna Gard.
Funeral services for Jeannette will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023, at 11:00 am, at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah. A viewing will be held from 10:00 - 10:45 am, prior to services.
Interment will be at the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Family and friends that are unable to attend the services in person are welcome to view them virtually by clicking on the link below:
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to encourage donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jeannette’s family would like to thank the outstanding nurses and doctors of Dixie Regional Medical Center for their knowledgeable, kind, and generous care of Jeannette in the last few days of her life.
Funeral arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St. St. George, Utah. (435)673-2454
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