Rhea J. Alder, 88, passed away from natural causes on Thursday April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rhea was born February 11, 1926 in Axtell, Utah to Alonzo & Rhoda Jensen. Rhea was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ in 1934 in the Manti Temple. She married the love of her life Gail L. Alder on January 9, 1945 in Axtell, Utah. They spent 67 years happily married, setting a wonderful example to all of us about marriage and commitment.
Rhea loved her life on the farm with her family; she shared many memories of that time with us. She talked about her and her sisters singing. She loved to sing. Rhea was a wonderful homemaker & cook. She always had something wonderful prepared for family dinners. The grand kids especially looked forward to her Tapioca pudding.
Gail & Rhea loved to travel with friends Bud & Beth. With camper and boat in tow they would spend a week at Fish Lake, Lake Powell and the many other places where they played & fished. In 1996 they moved to Las Vegas. She loved the mornings with coffee, friends and conversation at their place in Las Vegas. She looked forward to spending time with and getting to know her grandchildren. She watched many baseball games and dance recitals. She loved each of them and was so proud of the amazing people they are. Rhea loved her extended family. She always had so many fond memories to share about time spent with them.
Rhea J. Alder is survived by her two children and their spouses Pauline (Clyde Kuder) of West Jordan, Utah, Barbara (Vince O’Keefe) of Las Vegas, Nevada; four Grandchildren Tami (Greg Evans), Brandon Kuder (Thamsin), Aubree O’Keefe, James O’Keefe, five Great Grandchildren Matthew Evans, Austin Evans, Zachary Evans, Aiden Evans and Sophia Kuder, her brothers Jay Jensen(Stella), Floyd Jensen(Julia) and her Sister Beth Sorensen. She is preceded in death by Spouse Gail L. Alder of 67 years, her parents Alonzo & Rhoda Jensen, her Brother Glen and Sisters Afton Cooper (Roy) & Thelma Jensen (Neldon).
A funeral will be held Saturday April 19, 2014 at 2:00pm in the afternoon, at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Manti 8th Ward at 295 South Main Street. Interment will follow at the Manti Cemetery.