Logan Herald Journal, 05/09/13
PRESTON — Odetta Jennie Porter Monson, 87, passed away May 7, 2013, at the Heritage Home in Preston, Idaho. She was born April 14, 1926, in Mapleton, Idaho, the daughter of Frederick Earl and Jennie May Gilbert Porter.
She married Axel Elvoid Monson on Dec. 15, 1944, in the Logan LDS Temple. He preceded her in death May 26, 1992. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served as a secretary in the Sunday School and as ward librarian for over 30 years. She worked many years as a custodian for the LDS Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, quilting and traveling. She loved going for car rides.
She is survived by son-in-law Don R. Bartlome of Preston; two grandsons, Don-Mikel (Amber) Bartlome and Nickolas Bartlome of Preston; two brothers and four sisters, Dorin (Lucy) Porter of Mapleton, Idaho, Luana Esplin of Preston, Onda (Keith) Taylor of Thomas, Idaho, Larry (Madge) Porter of Inkom, Idaho, Donna (Jim) Anderson of Tremonton, Utah, and Maxine (Bernard) Lund of Moreland, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Wanda Monson and RaNae Bartlome; son Eldon Monson; and brother Woodrow Porter.
Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, May 11, 2013, in the Whitney 2nd Ward chapel, 1444 S. 1600 East in Preston, Idaho, with Bishop Jim Summers conducting. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 East in Preston, Idaho, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com . lum and instruction design from the University of Phoenix. Two months after this, she was diagnosed with bi-phenotypic acute leukemia. Mel was devastated to have to give up her teaching career. She continued to find ways to teach the children around her. She was a teacher at heart.
Mel miraculously and courageously fought leukemia for 3½ years. Her family and Kaden were by her side through the ups and downs of treatment. She fought with a positive outlook and touched the lives of all the nurses and doctors who cared for her. She fought for Kaden.
The family would like to thank everyone at the bone marrow unit (East 8) at LDS Hospital for the care and support they gave Mel and our entire family. They were Mel’s home away from home and will always be an extension of our family.
Mel is survived by her son Kaden; parents LeRoy and Peggy Balls; siblings Kim Balls (Joanie), Cami Bodrero (Eric), Angela Hammond (Stephen), Greg Balls (Charise) and Mike Balls (Stephanie); grandmother Ruth Hill; grandmother Glenna Lamb; and grandfather Doral Perkes (Kathy). She leaves behind 10 nieces and nephews, who adore her. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Camille Thurston Perkes, grandfather Dale Balls, grandmother Emma Jeanette Perkes, grandfather Harold Hill and uncle Kevin Ray Perkes.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Hyde Park Stake Center, 535 E. 200 South in Hyde Park, Utah. A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Allen Mortuary, 420 E. 1800 North in North Logan, Utah, and 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Graveside services will be at Hyde Park Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.allen