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Elaine Talbot Hepworth

October 29, 1930 — January 5, 2023

Genevie Elaine Talbot Hepworth was born October 29, 1930, the firstborn and only daughter of Lyle Wendell Talbot and Genevie Faye Dilley in Magna, Utah. Four brothers followed: Elwin (Sam), Leon, Dannie, and Jerry.

She married Lester Orlando Hepworth on April 8, 1952 in the Manti Utah Temple. Elaine and Lester welcomed five children into their family: Julie, Richard (Rick), Connie, Stephen (Steve), and Kevin. These and their spouses have blessed her with great posterity, too numerous to count. And more blessings are on their way.

Elaine had a fairly typical childhood for that era, growing up in the Depression and through World War II. She and her family of brothers had many no-cost adventures climbing trees, fishing, camping, hunting, working with animals, gardening, canning, making do. She did plenty of “boy things” with her brothers, but they wouldn't play “house” with her!

Elaine was outgoing and fun-loving. She loved to be the center of attention, and she loved to talk. In school she was involved in pep rallies and other performances, especially comedy. Every Talbot or Hepworth family gathering is a big joke fest. Humor can be an effective stress reducer and emotional outlet, and they use it liberally!

Elaine had many interests. She learned to speak a little Spanish, and took every opportunity to practice with anyone she could. She learned to yodel, and could belt it out even in her 80s. She did a little tap dancing, and danced with the Tolleson Islanders, a Polynesian dance troupe. She was an excellent seamstress, and sewed many clothes, quilts; she knitted hats. She took up photography and had her own dark room to develop film. She was completely into all kinds of crafts, and even invented and marketed a board game, “The Craft Fair Game.” She was frequently in demand as a party organizer and later gathered many of her games into her book, “125 Party Games.” Her pizza parties were legend.

Elaine loved little children. She did daycare for several years, had a private kindergarten, and could never pass by a child anywhere without giving some kind of personal attention.

Both Lester and Elaine have given lifelong service to Jesus Christ by serving mankind in and out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through many callings and serving missions to the Deseret Industries and the Logan Temple.

Elaine was a lifelong collector. She had many collections, some starting in childhood, and her house was full to the brim. Of all the things she gathered, her most cherished was her elephants. She had roughly 1000 of them, sitting in cabinets, shelves, just about every flat place you could find. But as much as she loved her elephants, she made it clear that her family came first. None of her posterity can doubt that she loves them.

She will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, a shared photo and/or written remembrance of Elaine would be delightful!

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 10 am in the Hyrum Stake Center. There will be a viewing held Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm at the Allen-Hall Mortuary in Logan and at the church from 9 - 9:45 am.

Funeral services will be livestreamed and can be viewed via the link below (password: Hepworth)
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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Starts at 6:00 pm (Mountain time)

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595 S 200 E, Hyrum, UT 84319

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