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Harriet Rich Vance (1915 - 2013) Obituary

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Harriet Rich Vance (1915 - 2013) Obituary

Posted: 1359926646000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Vance, Rich, Bradley
The Spectrum, 02/03/13

Harriet Rich Vance, daughter of Morgan Jesse and Elizabeth Bradley Rich, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2013, at Legacy House, South Jordan, Utah. She was born on June 30, 1915, in Paris, Idaho, and was the last living grandchild of Charles C. Rich, Apostle to Brigham Young. She was proud of her family heritage and was active in the Charles C. Rich Family Association where she served as treasurer for 37 years. As a young woman she graduated from Henagar's Business College and secured a position as a secretary for 20th Century Fox in Salt Lake City. She worked for movie distribution companies in Salt Lake City for 42 years.

She married Dean Ezra Vance on September 10, 1956. They spent three years in Kanab, Utah, where they owned and operated Parry Lodge and where she managed the Pink Poodle, a clothing boutique at the lodge, before settling in Centerville, Utah. They purchased property in La Verkin, Utah, in 1969 and later retired there. Harriet organized numerous trips for senior citizens in Washington County. She saw much of the world on these tours and made numerous lasting friendships. She served faithfully in many callings in the LDS Church. Her favorites included Young Women's leader in her Centerville ward, ordinance worker for eight years in the St. George Temple, and organist for the La Verkin wards 18 years.

Harriet was universally loved by those who knew her and she had a knack for making everyone feel special, never speaking ill of anyone. She was self-taught as an organist and loved playing the organ in her home as well as in church. She will be remembered for her generous spirit and loving disposition and will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her brother, Sargent Rich and his wife Wanda, and her niece, Kristen Rich O'Neil. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many great-grandnieces and nephews, and by her brother-in-law, Byron Lowe. The family wishes to thank faithful home teachers, good friends and family members, as well as the Hospice nurses from Affinity and the attendants at Legacy House, all of whom cared for Harriet and showed her loving kindness.

A viewing will be held at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 West South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah, on Monday, February 4, 2013, from 6:00 pm through 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 11:00 am where a viewing will be held from 10:00 until 10:45 prior to the service. The funeral service may also be viewed on the Internet by going to and clicking on her obituary. Interment will be in Fairview, Utah, cemetery. Online memories and condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on February 3, 2013

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