Jil Smith Shumway

Jil Smith Shumway, 74 passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 in the care of her loving husband Dale Shumway at their home in St. George, Utah.  She was born June 21, 1946 in Spanish Fork, Utah, the daughter of Wallace Smith and Alice Harper. She grew up in Ogden, UT and later moved to Orem, UT.  She graduated from Orem High School in 1964 where she met the love of her life, Dale A. Shumway. They were married May 13, 1966. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo Temple. Jil and Dale first lived in the Orem area and then moved to Highland where they raised their family. In 1999 they moved to St. George, UT.

Jil was a Radiologic Technologist (Rad Tech) which she enjoyed for 40 years. Jil had a lifelong love of horses. Jil and Dale owned and rode horses through-out their married life. Jil loved all outdoor activities like camping, boating and especially running.  She participated in many half marathons and 5/10K races and usually took first place in her age bracket.

She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings and enjoyed them all. One of her favorite calling was a temple worker in the St.George Temple.

Jil was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Scott Smith (Carma Taylor) from Erda, UT, and her son, Micah Shumway, St. George, UT.  She is survived by: her husband Dale, sister Diane Willie (Glen) from Plain City, UT; her children Skylar (Art) Hatfield of Salt Lake City, UT; Sunny Sparkman from Salt Lake City, UT; and Max Wadley (grandson) of St. George, UT who was adopted by Jil and Dale when he was young.  Jil will be greatly missed by her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services is on Saturday, October 10, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Winchester Hill Ward, 5338 Winchester Dr. St.George, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to services from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, UT.

The Shumway Family would like to express their thanks and love to all those who have helped with Jil’s care including Dixie Hospice of  St. George, UT.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Str. St. George, UT. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com



9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Second Visitation


11:00 a.m.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Winchester Hill Ward)
5338 Winchester Dr. St.George, Utah


12:00 noon
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

8 Responses

  1. Dear Dale,

    I am so sorry for your loss, Jil was such a great lady and I loved working with her. You and your family are in my prayers, wishing you all well.


  2. Dear Shumway Family,
    I am Jil’s cousin and I always remember her beautiful smile and spirited zest for life. She was a thoroughly beautiful lady inside and out her entire life. I pray for comfort and peace for all her family and may all your wonderful memories help to mend your broken hearts.
    Love, Andrea Lewis Tempfer

  3. Dear Dale,
    My heart is with you and your family. I know how hard this is for you. Be strong!

    Judy Argyle

  4. Dale and family, I was saddened to hear of Jil’s passing. Although we were not in contact recently, I have fond memories of her and the cousins at family reunions and visiting Alice and Wally’s. Memories are forever, she will always be with you. Love Chuck & Rise Argyle

  5. Dear Shumway Family: I was a visiting teaching companion with Jill many years ago when you lived in Orem in the little house on Carterville Rd. I have many fond memories spent with Jill. I pray that your family will have the Holy Ghost to comfort you at this time. Sherry Liston

  6. Jill always spoke of Dale in a loving and respectful. And that is a memory I have of her from many years ago.

  7. Dear Dale, (Action, as Jill called you)
    sorry to hear about your loss. Jill was a lovely lady and what a worker. I could not have asked for a better technician or harder worker, or someone who cared so much about our patients. I remember fondly all the long hours we spent in the clinic. She never complained and always had such a pleasant attitude that raised everybody. she was just a real, beautiful person. Our prayers and love are with you in this hard time.

  8. Dear Dale and family, Jill was the greatest cousin anyone could ever have! She had a gift of making anything and everything fun…Her smile and laugh were contagious. Cousin Joyce and I were blessed to make many treasured memories together, Truly, our loss is Heaven’s gain. You will all be in our prayers.

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