Our family reverently rejoices over our mother’s heavenly reunion with her eternal companion and previously departed loved ones. Nancy Carol Peterson Memmott, 88, passed away peacefully in Bountiful, Utah, on October 2, 2022. Her ability to love, include, and bless others will continue as her legacy of faithfulness and good works among her fellow brothers and sisters. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Cleone Memmott and her sister, Joan Stinnett.
Nancy was born September 17, 1934, to Merrill Ausman Peterson and Josephine Rebecca Madsen in Gunnison, Utah. She was blessed with two loving sisters, Joan Stinnett and Rita Debenham. She graduated from Gunnison Valley High School, where she was Senior Class President, a member of the newspaper staff, and had the opportunity to attend Girls State. Nancy loved the Gunnison Valley and the many friends and memories she had while growing up there. In higher education, she attended Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University, where she studied business and accounting. During this time, she also received her Golden Gleaner Award. While attending BYU, Nancy worked at the Yellow Cab Company in Provo to pay for her education. After college and while living in Salt Lake City, she was fortunate to live in the Brigham Young Beehive House, where she had many great experiences, one of which was being able to see President David O. McKay coming and going from the Church Administration Building.
While living in Salt Lake City, she met her eternal companion, Melvin Cleone Memmott. They were married on June 20, 1958, in the Manti, Utah Temple. They recently celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary. She loved her husband immensely and their marriage was an example of love unfeigned and an immense devotion to one another. Nancy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She had a strong testimony of the gospel, deeply loved her Savior Jesus Christ, and willingly shared her testimony of Him with others.
Nancy loved life and tried to make magic rainbows of every holiday and birthday. With each event and party, her creative talents shined with her ability to entertain, include others, and allow everyone to feel part of the gathering.
Education was important to Nancy and something she instilled with her children. As each of her children attended and graduated from college, she would be their greatest cheerleader. Later with her grandchildren, she cheered them on also. She worked for twenty years at Miller and Viele, in real estate and mortgage loans. She then spent over twelve years as an area credit manager for Debenham Electric.
Nancy was able to travel throughout the United States and the world supporting her husband Mel, as his greatest fan, as he sang in the Tabernacle Choir for twenty-two years. During this time, she spent any spare moment she could watching and attending concerts of the Tabernacle Choir. She loved having music in her home and encouraged her children to receive musical training.
Nancy loved decorating, reading, writing poetry, and had some of her poems published. She shared her most loving thoughts and emotions when writing beautiful letters, cards, and poems. She loved organizing, visiting with friends, and spending time in her flower gardens. Professionally, she served on various boards in the Western States of Credit Managers. For her children, she served for 20 years in various councils in the PTA, serving as Vice-President and President.
After retirement, Nancy and her husband served four missions: Washington, D.C. North, Vancouver, British Colombia, and twice to Nauvoo, Illinois. In Nauvoo they served in the temple, as guides at many historical sites, in plays where they performed in the musical “Sunset on the Mississippi”, and as Directors of the Nauvoo Visitor Center.
Nancy loved her Savior dearly and willingly served wherever she was asked. She served as a Primary Teacher, Sunday School Teacher, in the Stake Primary Presidency, and as Relief Society President. She cherished the many friendships made throughout her life and brought joy to others through her service. Nancy served as a Service Missionary at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where she provided tours and shared her testimony of her pioneer ancestors.
Nancy enjoyed genealogy and would spend many hours compiling histories from both her and her husband’s families. She would assemble binders of her ancestors, including pictures and stories, and inspired family members to write their own personal histories. Nancy succeeded in overcoming life’s trials and set an example for her family of displaying courage and determination when faced with challenges. She will be remembered for her kindness, love, and example of compassion. Some of her greatest strengths were encouraging, including, and uplifting others.
Nancy is survived by her four children and their spouses: Melanie (Bill) Choules, Suzette (James) Rose, Alicia (Jim) Richardson, Jared (Mary) Memmott, their ten grandchildren: Christina, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Cami, Chelise, Charity, Caitlin, Madison, Casey, and Ashley; and 14 great-grandchildren, a sister Rita Debenham, 2 brothers-in-law, Ray Debenham and Vester Clark Stinnett, a sister-in-law, Inga Mae Shurtz, along with numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 11:00 am with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mueller Park 3rd Ward Chapel (1825 S. 800 E. Bountiful, UT). A viewing will also be held on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary (727 N. 400 E. Bountiful, UT). Interment will take place following the funeral services at the Bountiful City Cemetery. The family would like to express gratitude to Julie Arnold, Legacy House of Bountiful, Theresa Head, and to family and friends who have served her and offered prayers on the family’s behalf.
Services will be live-streamed by scrolling to the bottom of Nancy’s obituary page on the Lindquist Mortuary website. Condolence may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com