1927–2016

Barbara Jean Rasmussen Jex, aged 89 (less 1 month) passed away May 5, 2016 at her home in Payson, Utah.

She was born in Vernal, Utah in the big yellow house on June 17, 1927 to Clarence Arthur Rasmussen and Alice ‘J’ Henrichsen. She was in the middle of 9 children. Her father was a salesman so they moved quite a bit — Provo, Vernal, Provo, Cedar City, Provo again, and then to Pleasant Grove where they lived on a 7 ½ acre farm where she worked hard, picking berries and fruit. Barbara graduated from Pleasant Grove High in 1945. In the fall she attended BYU where she met Melvin Dean Jex who had returned from serving 5 yrs in WWII. They were married Aug 7, 1946 in the Logan LDS temple. They were married 67 yrs. They were the parents of 8 children. Barbara has always been active in the LDS church serving as Relief Society President, Primary President, MIA President, Singing Mother, Ward Choir Director, Organist, and Ordinance worker in the Provo Temple for 15 yrs.

She said, “As a family we have enjoyed being active in the LDS Church and have loved the wards in which we have lived. The Church has always been a guide for us and helped us with solving our problems. The Lord does not test us beyond our ability to overcome and we receive many more blessings than we deserve.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her parents, her siblings — Max Alfred, Donna, Clarence Wesley, Ida Mae (Malcolm) Christianson, Eldon Earl, Eva Alene (Bruce) Fugal, Thoral Leon (Theo), Mary (Blaine) Nielson; two children, Jennifer Jex and Christine Johnson; and 5 grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Jacqueline (Lawrence) Thompson, Larry (Hugette) Jex, James (Kellie) Jex, Ruth (Eddy) Corbridge, Alice (Curtis) Heslop, and Alan (Dianne) Jex; 43 grandchildren and 78 great-grandchildren. Surviving in-laws Blaine Nielson and Carol Rasmussen.

Graveside service will be held at the Spanish Fork Cemetery, 420 South 400 East, at 10:00am on Saturday, May 7, 2016 under the direction of Walker Mortuary in Payson.