Ada Loraine Searle

Our Wife, Mother, Grandma and Great Grandmother, Ada Loraine Cook Searle passed away from natural causes on April 18, 2020. She was 88.

She was born Sept 23, 1931 in Huntington, Utah to William Gus Cook and Velma D Jones Cook. She moved with her parents and older brother, Preston, to Provo, Utah when she was 4 years old. She attended school in Provo, graduating from Provo High in 1949. Many of her high school and childhood friends live in St. George, and they have had lunch together for years. She valued those life long friends. She met her husband, Paul Robert Searle when she was in 9th grade, when his family moved in across the street. They have been sweethearts ever since. She waited for Paul while he served a mission, getting married August 29, 1952, 68 years this year. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple by Harold B. Lee. She has five children.

Paul’s 40 years of employment with Church Education took them to Salina, Utah, San Jose, California, Provo, Utah, Ontario, Oregon, and they finally settle in St. George, Utah. They have lived in St. George for the last 49 years.

Her work history included, St. George Garment Distribution Store, Dixie Middle School for many years, where she received the Superintendents Award of Excellence. She and Paul served a 3 year mission to BYU Hawaii, which began a love of the island. Paul taught and she worked in BYU Placement office.

She lived a life of service, including Stake and Ward Relief Society Presidents and counselor, Young Women’s President, Primary Presidencies and a friend to all.

She loved to travel (except the plane ride) and visited Israel, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Switzerland, England, Mexico, and all over the United States.

Her family recently celebrated Paul’s 90th birthday and most of them were gathered together. With the current turn of events and the inability to have a funeral, we cherish that event. It was a celebration of Paul and Loraine both. Though we will not be having a funeral, we are very thankful for the time this pandemic has allowed us to care for our mother. It has been a privilege and a blessing. Due to Covid 19, Mom will get her wish to not have a viewing.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, of St. George, children, Kathy Gardner (Dave)., St. George, Ron Searle (Peggy) Arivaca, Arizona, LeAnne Hoopes (Dan) St. George, Scott Searle (Jennifer) Cottonwood Heights, Steve Searle (Tonie) Washington, Utah. Paul and Loraine have 28 grandchildren, and 57 great grandchildren.

She will be interred in the St. George City Cemetery. A private family graveside service will be held on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at 12 noon in the St. George City Cemetery.



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  1. Kathy, and family….we are so very sorry for the loss of your mom. Hold tight to every sweet memory….

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother! So many of our wonderful friends and neighbors of the old 9th Ward have left us that it feels like they must be having a wonderful party on the other side of the veil that we are missing out on. I miss seeing all of you and hope you are all well, otherwise. May the Lord bless you and heal your broken hearts.


    Kathleen Bentley Baber

  3. Know that Angels and Ancestors will be in attendance at the graveside service, welcoming their sister home.
    Blessing from above!

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