On the morning of Thursday, November 2, 2023, Nedra Whitaker Cardall peacefully passed away at Maple Springs in North Logan.
Nedra was born October 6, 1928, at home in Farmington, Utah to proud parents Edmond and Elizabeth Ann Wood Whitaker. She was welcomed into her family by three older brothers and four older sisters. Born prematurely, she was not expected to survive, but she fought hard and defied the odds. She proudly told her grandchildren how her parents used their oven as a makeshift incubator to care for her and how thankful we should all be for modern medicine.
She grew up in Farmington surrounded by family. She loved having two special nieces her same age that were like sisters. She worked hard on the family farm. She met her sweetheart Gordon Edward Cardall at Davis High School where she graduated in 1946.
After his return from the army, she married Gordon on August 19, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of three children-Connie (Max) Gilbert, J. Alan (Nancy) Cardall and Julie (Dave) Summers.
Nedra taught her family the value of hard work. She was an excellent secretary because of great shorthand and typing skills. She worked for the State Road Commission. She was responsible for the annual school census for 15 years. She worked for the State of Utah Criminal Justice Administration, Youth Corrections and Adult Probation and Corrections Department. Each weekday, after a full day of work with the State, she worked evenings at the Youth Counseling Center in Bountiful. She retired from the state in 1987.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as Ward and Stake Librarian and Jr. Sunday School Coordinator, Young Women Leader and Relief Society President. She was a devoted visiting teacher and was always looking for opportunities to serve.
She was determined, tough, stubborn, and brutally honest. While she could be a tough critic, she would also be the first to step in to help. She loved tacos and cheese enchiladas. She loved to play cards, dominoes and rummikub. She was an avid reader and loved puzzles. She faithfully solved the daily crossword puzzle and was known to call family to discuss her answers. She loved the puzzles so much, she even had a vanity license plate that read ’xword” displaying her love of crosswords.
Even losing her sight did not deter her. She was determined and resourceful. She kept up with technology to help her overcome what time was taking away from her. She could navigate SIRI on her watch, audio books on Alexa and face time on her phone.
She loved her family. She was a beloved friend, wife, mother and grandmother. She was very lucky to have dear friends at Logan Towne Villa. She was constantly checking on everyone and filled any need she found. If she couldn’t fill the need herself, she found someone who could. She remained very close to her extended family members.
She lived a long and beautiful life. She lived every day to its fullest. She loved to travel. She especially loved Disneyland, Capistrano Beach and ZCMI. She was a fantastic cook, homemaker and lemon-grower on her indoor lemon tree. She was a bright light and will be greatly missed. The love she gave to her family and friends will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
She is survived by her two children, 14 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Gordon Edward Cardall, daughter Julie Summers and grandson Richard Alan Summers. Her parents and brothers and sisters-Allen Whitaker, Geneva Hess, Keith Whitaker, Olene Whitaker, Lauana Foote, Blanche Thorup and Elizabeth Tolman.
The family would like to thank Becky (Hospice) and the staff at Maple Springs for their devoted care and compassion.
Funeral services will be held Friday November 10, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Farmington Rock Chapel, 272 N. Main Street, Farmington, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday prior to services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment- Farmington City Cemetery
Services will be live-streamed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Nedra's obituary page.
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