Yula Sue Whipple Hunting

On October 7th 2021 Yula Sue (Whipple) Hunting hung up her sombrero and crossed the great divide.

Reunited with her Sweetheart, 2 sons, a grandson and 3 great grands who all had previously died.


Her sweet mama Annie Emma Rean (Iverson) Whipple did excitedly await

When Yula finally made her appearance on Sept. 17th 1928


A dainty little lady for mom to properly train with poise and grace

But, Daddy Clement Leroy Whipple thought a cowgirl was more his pace


The Arizona strip where she was raised and taught the value of hard work

No running water, chopping wood and wrangling wild horses that went beserk


November 2nd 1946 a marriage to her sweetheart Rulon Burl Hunting after he returned from war

She loved God and Country through and through but loved her family even more


Nine children they were blessed with as they traveled far and wide

The kids learned quick to work hard too, to value land and how to ride


Her family was always on her mind, they were her pride and joy

9 Kids, Grandkids, and great grandkids, OH BOY!


She loved the constitution and served her fellow man

She also fought for freedom and injustice would not stand!


She traveled all over to share her beloved cowboy poetry and sometimes song

She was a strong and faithful woman who’s list of attributes would be 10 pages long


A Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she truly believed

She loved her Savior and cherished his words, unwavering faith achieved

She loved her callings of teaching youth through scouting and primary

She led by example, and another’s burden she would carry


Cedar Health & Rehabilitation was her home in final days

She Loved the staff and residence for their time and tender care displayed


Her last appeal before she passed, delivered through joyful song

Was: “Put your shoulder to the wheel push along….”


She peacefully passed in the early hours and there isn’t any doubt

It was her time to go; to head em’ up and move em’ out


Yula was preceded in death by her husband Rulon Burl Hunting, sons Matthew Wade Hunting and Duston Loy Hunting, grandson Clinton Ferrol Hunting and great grandchildren, Cheyenne Danielle Anderson, Liam Robert Briggs, and Drew Emmerson Briggs.

She is survived by Clinton Hunting (Bobbi Masters, Tressa (Hunting) Beckstead, Venna (Hunting) Briggs, (Jeff), Lance Hunting (Sherri Ross), (Leigh White Hunting), James Ferrol Hunting, Shawnee (Hunting) Rollins (Justin).  Naomi Le Hunting, 40 grandchildren, 106 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.


There will be a viewing on October 14, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

A second viewing will be held on October 15, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New Castle Ward, 55 N Main, New Castle, Utah, 84756.

The funeral service will be on October 15, 2021, 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New Castle Ward, 55 N Main, New Castle, Utah 84756.

Interment will be on October 15, 2021, at John McGarry Memorial Cemetery, New Castle, Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Yula’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



5:00pm – 7:00pm

Second Visitation


11:00 am


Second Visitation:
9:00am – 10:30am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
New Castle Ward
55 N. Main St.
New Castle, Utah

Funeral Service
11:00 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
New Castle Ward
55 N. Main St.
New Castle, Utah


12:00 pm
John McGarry Memorial Cemetery

Guest Book

14 Responses

  1. I remember your mom so well. She was the same age as my mother and they went to school together. They both came from ranching families and could ride a horse exceptionally well. They were the best cowboy help their fathers had. I am sorry for your loss. Keep her memory treasured in your hearts and know that she will always be with you. I’m sorry.

  2. This is our kind of lady we didn’t get to be around her very much or get real well acquainted well acquainted but she was one of the family hes 1 of the family and we enjoyed her at the reunions when we had a chance. Dennis and Jerry Iverson

  3. One of my most favorite people . This lady showed everyone around her so much love . Such a beautiful soul.

  4. I’ve missed my dear friend, I didn’t see her very often after she moved to Cedar City care center. And then the darn Covid-19’
    thing. I was privileged to visit often in her home in Beryl.
    She always welcome me and never wanted me to leave. Yula
    never dwell on her problems but was always positive and upbeat. It was a time to reminisce about our families and to
    Remember the good old days. She always asked about”my Kevie my Debbie “ etc. it was always “MY” when she spoke of any of the kids hers or mine . I loved it .
    Yula loved for the Scouting program and the boys she taught.
    And they loved her dearly. She taught by example to love country,God and family.
    Heaven has gained one of the best., I can’t help but believe
    That she’s up there stirring up a little excitement , maybe in charge of a few wild bronco. Or entertainment a few old cowboy with a poem or two.
    There will never be another like this great woman.
    May your memories of your mother bring comfort and joy..
    The Woods

  5. Dear Tressa and family,
    Your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother sounds like a very special, talented lady. May the wonderful memories of her sustain and comfort you. God bless you all.
    Ann Jordan

  6. Yula will be truly missed at Cedar Health and Rehab, she was our singing ray of sunshine. Just speaking with Yula could brighten your day, and if you were lucky she would sing you a song or recite one of her many poems.Yula would always make it a point to thank me for the work I did as a CNA for her and the others, she was always so appreciative and kind. I will miss your happy spirit. Thank you for allowing me to help ” AN OLD COWGIRL LIKE YOU” as you would say, it was an honor and a privilege.

  7. Prayers of comfort to All the family , she will be truly missed
    Loved her & all of you , so thankful for good memories 💕💕🥰

  8. I had the honor and privilege of growing up in New Castle and being around your mother and all the other hard working people of her generation. She was so honest and genuine, and had a work ethic like no other. She was so proud of her heritage, her family, and had a love for everything and everyone around her. I will never forget when my father died, she brought the most beautiful and touching old cowboy boot filled with grasses and weeds from the fields in it. I will never forget that beautiful gesture and it was so my dad- it still brings me to tears remembering that. May god bless your family during this trying time – but what memories and joy you have remembering your special and incredible mother
    Becky Christensen

  9. Yula was one of the sweetest people that God ever put on the earth. I know that there are a lot of people that will miss her beautiful sagebrush funeral arrangements. She didn’t think that they were all that pretty but they really were. She always had a hug and a big smile for everyone. My family will miss her.

  10. Your mother will always hold fond memories in my heart. A favorite: I hit a pheasant on the highway between the “crossroads” and Enterprise. I was still a teen and somewhat mortified. Your mother was behind me, pulled over and put the poor thing out of its misery. She asked if I wanted to take it home to eat, but I was so rattled I insisted she take it. Anyway, I always lived her practicality, concern, and goodness to all. God bless and comfort you at this

  11. Oh wow! All the feelings when I saw Yula had passed. What an amazing person, and she had a heart of gold. She was always a favorite of mine and of my parents, and she is sorely missed. She’ll be sitting around a campfire with my mom and dad, and sharing her poems, I have no doubt. My deepest sympathies to your family. May the treasures of her life and words always be with you.

  12. To Tressa and the family,
    My deepest sympathy on your loss. I’ll miss her on the spot cowboy poetry. Blessings to all of you and comfort from the Lord above in the days and years ahead.

  13. My prayers and condolences to the family. How My Mom, Lanelle Potter loved her and treasured every letter and visit with her.

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