Victoria Grace Utley, age 75, passed away at her home in Ucolo, CO on Saturday, June 6, 2015. She was born on April 7, 1940 in Salt Lake City, UT to Victor and Grace (Dumbreck) Peterson.
She grew up on the family farm in Ucolo with her parents and sister, Maxine. In her early years, she attended Ucolo School and Burns School, both one-room schoolhouses, and graduated from Monticello High School in 1958.
After working for the San Juan Record and a local gas company, and a previous marriage that produced a daughter (Monica), she married William David Utley on April 24, 1963. Together, they had a son, Michael, and a daughter, Shelley.
While her husband farmed and worked in the uranium mines, Vicki spent several years as a cashier and bookkeeper at Jensen’s Food Center in Monticello. Her jovial personality made her a delight to work with and many customers considered her a good friend.
Life on the farm included gardening, cooking, sewing, reading and taking care of her three children, which she felt was her true calling in life. She taught her daughters how to cook and sew and was always present at her son’s athletic events.
Music was a passion for her, and she loved classic rock and hymns. She cherished the peace and quite of farm life, and her love of animals and nature was evident throughout her life.
She became a born-again Christian and was baptized in 1974 and was one of the founding members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Dove Creek, CO, helping lead a Bible Study group for many years. She was well-versed in Bible scripture and enjoyed sharing her faith with others.
She instilled Christian morals and values in her children and grandchildren and always sought to reflect God’s grace in her daily life.
Vicki had a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to always see the best in everyone. Her smile was ever-present and even the severe pain of her many medical issues never dimmed the light in her eyes and heart. She adored the simple pleasures of life and always enjoyed visiting with friends and family.
Vicki is survived by her husband of 52 years, David; children, Monica (Ron) Lacy, Michael, and Shelley (Steve) Pruett; six grandchildren, Bethany (Connor), Jordan, Jaztin, Kean, Park and Neeka; sister, Maxine; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Betty Jean.
Her loving nature and ever-present smile will be remembered by everyone who had the honor and pleasure of knowing her.
Family viewing was held Monday, June 15 at San Juan Mortuary in Blanding, UT. Graveside services took place Tuesday, June 16 at Monticello City Cemetery in Monticello, UT. Pastor John Williams officiated.