The Nay Family in Utah and the West – Revision Coming

June 2nd, 2014

Exciting announcement about the Nay book: Since 2002 more information has come forward about the Nay family. The revised book will be a version available on Amazon for Kindle readers (Kindle can be downloaded on computers and Android devices). Look for the new revision this summer.

Lorraine Whitney Nelson

May 10th, 2014

Lorraine Whitney Nelson funeral program

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Lorraine Whitney Nelson

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Contributed By Aaron R. Bradshaw ·2013-07-11 13:55:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)· 0 Comments

Lorraine Whitney Nelson (December 29, 1927 ~ December 22, 2011) Lorraine Whitney Nelson, 83, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, joined her eternal sweetheart Clay, on December 2, 2011. She was born December 29, 1927 to Ralph E Whitney and Doris E Nay Whitney in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended area schools and graduated from Las Vegas High School. She married Claybourn E Nelson Jr. on September 14, 1946. Their marriage was solemnized in the St George LDS Temple on November 11, 1954. Together they raised three children, Lynn, Susan and Cindy She lived most of her life in Las Vegas, where she retired from First Interstate Bank. She enjoyed working in her rock garden and the many trips to Mt Charleston with her husband Clay, gathering firewood and pine nuts. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She loved the Gospel and temple work. She looked forward to the day that she would be reunited with her eternal sweetheart. She is survived by her children, Lynn G Nelson (Tami) of St George UT, Susan Lancaster (Bernell ) of Orem UT, Cindy Christensen (Kevin) of LaVerkin, UT, 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren. Her twin sister, Laverne McClendon of AZ, her sister Elsie Banks (Dan) of TX and her brother Keith Whitney (Vie) of Santa Clara, UT. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clay, her parents Ralph and Doris Whitney, her brothers Calvin Whitney, Bert Whitney (Ann), Howard Whitney (Ellice). Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, December 30, 2011 at the Sunset 2nd ward Chapel, 82 N Dixie Dr. St George, UT. There will be a viewing prior to the service from 12:30 until 1:30. Burial will be immediately following, in the St George City Cemetery.

Vira Henrie Whitney

May 10th, 2014

Vira Henrie Whitney
(April 4, 1917 – April 12, 2014)

Vira Henrie Whitney

Santa Clara, Utah - Vira Henrie Whitney, 97, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, author and columnist, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2014 at her home in Santa Clara Utah with her loving husband Keith Whitney by her side. She was born the middle daughter of nine, on April 4, 1917 in Panguitch Utah to Jeddie and Hilda Henrie.

Vira lived a full and interesting life. She is well known for giving advice and hints in her column, It Makes Cents, for over two decades, appearing weekly in The Spectrum, and other local newspapers throughout Utah and Idaho. She was also regional correspondent for the Deseret News.

Throughout her life Vira was an active and devoted member of the LDS Church, and served in many capacities.

She is survived by her husband, Keith Whitney; daughter, Eileen; sons: Eldredge (Deanna), Jed (Pamela) and Daniel (Jani); and 20 grandchildren.

We will all miss her great warmth, and caring way, with everyone who was fortunate enough to know and love her.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing at 10:00 a.m., at the Vineyard LDS Chapel, 630 Riesling Avenue, Santa Clara, Utah. Interment will be in the Santa Clara City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.

Funeral Services in memory of Vira Henrie Whitney held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am, Santa Clara, Utah

Funeral Services in memory of Vira Henrie Whitney held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am, Santa Clara, Utah

Vira Henrie Whitney Funeral program, page 2

Vira Henrie Whitney Funeral program, page 2


Laverne Whitney McClendon passed away 12 May 2013

May 29th, 2013

Laverne’s photos, her obituary and her story have been entered on LDS Family Tree.  Anyone can register for an account to join Family Tree, LDS member or not. Laverne’s photos can be found here. Click here for Laverne’s information.

Next George Burton Whitney Reunion

November 14th, 2011

Uncle Burt’s family graciously turned the next reunion over to Ralph Whitney’s family for the 2013 reunion. We are excited about going back to Pine Valley, as close to the traditional Labor Day date as we can. Watch for further news on this.

In preparation, Beth Breinholt has asked us to submit memories of the old Pine Valley Days for publication at the 2013 reunion.

George Burton Whitney Reunion

November 14th, 2011

Aunt Mabel Whitney Macfarlane was known for her delicious cooking. She even ran restaurants in Las Vegas. Then when her 5 girls (her help) all got married in 1937, she sold the Overland Cafe to Ralph and Doris Whitney.

Since Mabel’s family was in charge of the reunion, they decided to honor her by making the food plentiful and good. It certainly was a wonderful meal. Dana displayed family photos on each table and a short history and photo handout was provided to each person who wanted one.

We also had a short program led by Tim Cory. The words to a song Pete Peterson used to sing at the reunion, “Sleepin’ at the Foot of the Bed” were handed out and Tim led us in that song and then played his guitar for several other songs.

David Whitney (Jr)

November 28th, 2010

Last Sunday night several of my sisters and I attended the memorial service for David Wayne Whitney, Howard and Ellice’s grandson. His father, also David Whitney, spoke briefly, sharing some personal memories and spiritual experiences. David’s bishop also spoke, giving us a short doctrinal discourse about death. Harp music served as prelude and postlude and a piano solo was the musical number. The chapel was packed with people back into the cultural hall, most of them young people. The spirit was so sweet that after the closing prayer, no one moved until the bishop rose and dismissed us. Still, though we stood, most of us just stood in place. We were reluctant to leave this place. Many surged to the front to pay respects to family members. Some of us had done that before the service. David’s life was short, but it was significant and carried great impact. Several stories about his accident have been published in local papers including this one.

Fun in Veyo

June 17th, 2010

I had a great time at our Ralph Whitney reunion at the Veyo resort in southern Utah. It was marvelous to visit with my cousins. There is a bond with them that reaches across many years for me. Our times of singing around the campfire and then visiting in the shade by the river were highlights for me. I was sorry that Lucile and her daughter could not attend as they had planned because their plane reservations were out of sync with the available reservations at Veyo. Next time!

What a treat to have Uncle Keith and Aunt Vi and our Aunts Laverne, Lorraine, and Ellice there! We did some reminiscing, some good eating and a little bit or organizational stuff together. There were 65 people in attendance! Thanks so much Kim. You did a fantastic job this year!

Our next reunion is scheduled for 2012 and Adam Whitney is in charge. He said he would be glad for any help from other members of the family. As family representatives, Beth (Whitney) Breinholt, Mark Hansen and Cindy (Nelson) Christensen all said they would help. Elyse (Whitney) Joseph was also enlisted as she walked by.

Hopefully we will get some reunion photos posted to the site to spark our memories and to encourage anyone else who would like to join us to come in 2012. I was inspired by the reunion deadline to finally scan some of the treasures that have been entrusted to me. I gave a set of 5 DVDs to each branch of the family. Contact me if you want some of your own. Grant Whitney, Joel’s son, also is in the process of scanning some of photographs that were in Uncle Howard’s possession. He is willing to share those as well.

Other miscellaneous tidbits: Aunt Laverne would like the recipe to the “cocoanut cookies” that were served. Aloe vera  works pretty well on sunburn.  The road home is longer than the road to the reunion. And I have addresses in my “autograph book” for some of the cousins if you want to contact them.

Thanks and much love to everyone,


George Burton Whitney Family Reunion

September 22nd, 2009

Reunion Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Time: 11:00 am
Place 550 East 700 South St. George, Utah
We will be honoring Mary Maudeen Whitney (Burgess)

Howard G. Whitney Funeral Luncheon

August 23rd, 2009
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