Funeral services for Phern May Wardell of Lovell were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the LDS Stake in Lovell. Phern, 91, died Oct. 29, at New Horizon’s Care Center in Lovell.
She and her identical twin, Phyllis, were born March 30, 1923, in Lovell, the daughters of Oliver Cromwell May and Loretta Grace Porter. Phern spent her childhood in Kane, was raised in the Gospel and had a strong testimony of the Savior. She had many responsibilities, including taking care of farm animals, helping with harvesting and carrying water with Phyllis from the train depot to their home. She continued to work hard her entire life.
Phern married Albert Jay Wardell Dec. 19, 1946, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They made their home in Lovell but traveled summers for his masonry jobs before starting their family.
Her home was a safe haven for all who entered. She was there when her children came home from school and loved family gatherings with her kids and extended family.
Phern was known for her cooking ability. Her flowerbeds were always beautiful and she had a passion for music.
After her husband’s death in May 2008, her health quickly declined. In 2010, unable to live alone after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she moved into the New Horizon Care Center.
Phern was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver Cromwell May and Loretta Grace Porter; husband, Albert Jay Wardell; son Todd Wardell; six siblings, Porter May, Venus Anderson, Virga May, Phyllis Partridge, Andrew May and Jerry May; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She is survived by four children, Cheryl Wardell, Debora Good, Brenda Walton and Brent Wardell; three siblings, Rosemary Brinkerhoff, Jay May and Priscilla Caturia; 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.