Erma Hafen Syphus Harris

Erma Hafen Syphus Harris, age 92, passed away May 21, 2021, in Bountiful, Utah. She was born on December 5, 1928, to Arthur Knight and Orilla Woods Hafen.

She married Leo Thomas Syphus on November 24, 1948, and together they had 5 children. They were later divorced. She married Parley Emmett (Bud) Harris on June 23, 1967. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple.

Erma lived all her life in St. George, except for the last 4 years. She was the 11th of 14 children. She was very close to her siblings and loved spending time with them, visiting and telling stories. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many callings, including Relief Society President. Erma loved to play the game Rook and with her friends started a Club over 70 years ago. These ladies have remained dear friends over the years.

Erma loved her family and they loved her. She was the best mom ever. She endured trials with patience and grace and left a heritage of love and kindness with her family.

She is survived by her children Lamond (Kandi) Syphus, Karen (Jon) Cowling, Mike Syphus (Cindy Ross), Susan (Hardy) Hegewald, Diane (Brett) Foster, 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren; brothers Eldon (Maxine) Hafen, Kelton (Peggy) Hafen and sister-in-law Sharon Hafen.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bud Harris, her sisters Carma Staheli, Ada Nielsen, Ruth Squire, LeNore Hobbs, and brothers Ferrell, Herschel, Harold, Kay, Linford, Kenneth, Donald Hafen, and grandson Robert Cowling.

Many thanks to the staff at Barton Creek Assisted Living, Renew Home Health and Hospice, and Aspire Home Health and Hospice for taking good care of our mother.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 28, 2021, at the St. George East Stake Center 449 South 300 East, St. George, Utah at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the funeral. Interment will take place at the St. George City Cemetery.

Friends and family that are unable to attend are invited to view the services online by clicking on the link below:

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah 84770, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Erma’s guestbook at




9:30-10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (East Stake Center)
449 South 300 East, St. George, Utah


St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Such a sweet and valiant soul. A wonderful family and an exemplary life for all her posterity!

  2. Love my grandma with all my heart. One of the best examples of unconditional love, patience, and kindness. I love my grandma’s smile because it’s always authentic. It breaks my heart I wasn’t able to say goodbye, but I know that she has felt my admiration and affection. I love you Grandma, miss you already.

  3. The Staheli family all love aunt Erma and her children. We have many happy memories of our sweet aunt

  4. Erma always made me feel welcome and loved. I was in her home often as a child with my dear friend Susan, and I was blessed to know them both. Thank you Erma, for your life and example.

  5. The Harris family was my neighbor across the street. Diane was a great baby sitter for my two little now grown girls: Brenda and Marsha. Erma was a kind sweet lady and made the best spiced nuts I have ever had. It was a privilege to be their neighbor. Much love to the family.

  6. Diane, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great lady. My prayers are with you at this time.

  7. I have very fond memories of “Aunt” Erma as a child growing up. She was a dear friend of my mom. I remember the love and friendship see showed mom and the fun times my folks had with her and Bud.

  8. Lamond, Karen, Mike, Susan, and Diane:
    I was so sorry to hear that your mother had passed away. She was always so kind and gracious. I loved visiting you guys and “Aunt Erma” when you lived on 600 East. She always made your home a welcoming one.

    I hope you will all find comfort in the many great memories I am certain she helped you build together. She was and still is a wonderful lady.


    Michele Slack Richings (LeNore Syphus’ daughter)

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