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1934 Jeanette 2024

Eva Jeanette Ivie Coons

August 12, 1934 — April 7, 2024

St. George


Eva Jeanette Ivie Coons, Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend peacefully
graduated from this life on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at the age of 89, surrounded by her loving
family. We have prayed for years for our sweet Mom to be well and free from her physical pains.
We find peace and comfort knowing she is free now and in the loving arms of her sweet heart.
We miss her but will always cherish our memories with her.

She was born to Quay and Drucilla Harward Ivie August 12, 1934. She loved growing up on her
family farm in Aurora, Utah with her black spaniel named “Coon” and little lamb called “Lambie
Pie”. One of her earliest memories was the year her Primary did a float for the 4th of July
parade. She was selected to ride the Swan. It was made of crepe paper and built on a small
wagon. Wearing a white frilly dress and matching white hat, her natural curly hair hanging in
ringlets, made her feel like a princess at just two years old.

Jeanette loved her family. The youngest of three, she loved and looked up to both her siblings,
her brother, Calvin Quay Ivie, and sister, Bernitta Joyce Ivie Mecham. Her father lovingly
nicknamed her Dolly. She also had loving memories of her mother gently rocking her in a
rocking chair while singing lullabies, instilling in her a deep love for music. Her father died when
she was just 7 years old. Then also losing her mother when she was a sophomore in high
school was especially hard.

After losing both her parents, she spent time with extended families that helped to love and
provide for her. Her aunts, uncles and cousins (the Harwards’ and Axtells') made time to care
for her, which helped her develop loving relationships with them throughout her life. She also
maintained close relationships with her brother and sister and their families throughout her life.
She looked forward to time spent with Bernitta’s family as their young families grew up and later
in life during their many visits.

Her life long love of music, developed at her mother’s knee, was used to bless many. When she
was 10 years old she made a guitar out of a cigar box, a stick, and some elastic bands. She
could sing well, but the guitar must have driven everyone nuts because her Uncle Ed gave her a
real guitar soon after and made her promise to learn to play it right. So she did. She also
learned to play the piano at an early age by listening to her Mom play the piano. Her mother
was an excellent piano player and though Jeanette was encouraged to take lessons, she never
did. Music came naturally and she learned many songs just playing by ear. This skill also helped
her when learning to play chords on the guitar. She didn’t always know the names of the chords,
but they sounded good. Jeanette continued playing and singing throughout her life. She shared
her talents in song while playing her guitar and encouraged others to join in so she could
harmonize. Her love and gift of music has been passed down to many of her children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will miss sitting around the campfire listening to her
sing and play.

At the age of sixteen, after bearing her testimony in church, a young man knocked on her door
and introduced himself as Kent Coons, thus beginning their courtship. For one of their dates he
offered to buy her a hamburger if she had any money. Thinking he was joking, she agreed. After
they finished their burgers Kent walked out to the car. Turns out he was not joking and had left
Jeanette to pay for the food. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Manti Utah
Temple on September 14, 1950 and he continued to lovingly tease her until he passed away in
February 2019.
Kent and Jeanette were blessed with 7 children. Some of her greatest joys came from raising
her family. A tradition began from Jeanette’s love of seeing the cute sayings on the Burma
Shave signs posted along the side of the road, usually six signs in a row. Jeanette started
posting signs all over her home when her children were growing up. The signs were meant to be
“reminders” but mostly they were cute ways of posting chores, on large poster boards, that
couldn’t be missed.

Jeanette lived a life of service and love. She will long be remembered for her ministering to
everyone she met. She could often be found giving service to others and quickly became friends
with everyone in her neighborhood. Some of her most cherished friendships were with her
childhood friends the “Shmoos” and the “Breakfast Ladies.” She was forever grateful for their
support and strength. These friends etched a sense of belonging and caring for each other for
many years.

She magnified many callings as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
One of her favorite callings was as a stake camp director, which she held for many years,
creating countless friendships and memories along the way. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ,
and shared the Savior’s love with everyone she met. With this great love and a witty sense of
humor people were drawn to her. She made each person feel like they were her favorite.
Through her incredible gift of love, kind smile and helping hands, everyone she met felt included
and adored.

Jeanette was a great teacher and loved passing on her knowledge. She taught her children and
grandchildren music, first aid, sports, card games, camping, cooking outdoors, how to run a
power drill, how to fix and repair anything and when not to listen to grandpa.
Jeanette’s greatest love was her family. You could find pictures of all her family constantly
decorating her walls. She knew about all their lives because when you talked, she truly listened
and wanted to hear all you had to say and find a way to help if she could. She celebrated them
in their highs and mourned with them during their lows. She loved her family fiercely. Before her
death she wrote, “(her) prayer for her posterity is to have health, happiness, love and humility.
Love one another. Always do the best you can and be the best at whatever you are. Put all else
aside and let your love shine through.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kent Coons, sons; Cpt. Michael Kent Coons and
Charles Ronald Coons, her parents and siblings.
She is survived by her children Marie (Jerry) Eldredge, RaeJean (Marty) Vuyk, Jolie (Lee)
Tanner, Kalleen (Roger) Campbell, Nanette (Steve) Wood. As well as her many grandchildren,
great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 12, 2024, at 1:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints meetinghouse at 912 S 1740 E St. Saint George, Utah with a viewing held
beforehand from 11:30 - 12:30 pm. Interment to follow at Tonaquint Cemetery 1777 S Dixie Dr,
Saint George Utah.

“I love you all so very much—-May God Bless You Always"


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