Utahna S. Richins
08/27/2021

Hurricane, Utah – Utahna S. Richins, age 92, passed away of natural causes on August 27, 2021. She was born April 6, 1929, in Hurricane, Utah to Rodney and Iva (Workman) Stanworth.

Mom was proud to be a lifelong resident of Hurricane with a childhood filled with hard work and play. She worked for her parents in the house, the farm and herding sheep on Cedar Mountain. She enjoyed working for local fruit growers throughout her childhood.  She graduated from Hurricane High School as the first female Student Body President, suggesting that she was a natural leader. Her cohort of friends called themselves the dirty dozen and they stayed close throughout their lives. She attended Dixie College and met the love of her life, Lloyd Richins, when she was getting off the bus. Dad offered her a ride home on a scooter he was fixing and their future was born.  Grandpa Stanworth asked, “Who was that bird?” and it became a favorite story for her to tell. Our parents were married in the St. George Temple on November 6, 1948 and survived a torturous shivaree that was customary at the time.  They raised their family of 4 boys and 1 girl in Hurricane and were always there to support us in our challenges.  She touched many lives through her employment at Hurricane Elementary School where she worked as a Lunch Lady, Title I Aide, then retiring in her favorite position of Media Specialist.  She managed the library and staged story hours with props, costumes and treats. Many students still remember her as Mrs. Witchins! Mom and Dad developed a love for travel as they made multiple cross-country trips bringing back school busses for Dad’s job, always routing through Branson. Throughout her life she kept a beautiful and comfortable home that welcomed family, friends and strangers- usually with homemade treats.  It must be mentioned, however, mom’s personality was consistent with her red hair.  She was feisty until the end and it endeared her to all who knew her.

Mom was a faithful member of the LDS Church and held many Ward and Stake callings; above all, always a kind and caring Visiting Teacher! She loved serving with Dad in the St. George Temple for many years where they met many lifelong friends.  They enjoyed traveling to historical sites and Blue Grass Festivals with their friends.  Mom lived a life of service and stayed true to the value throughout her life.  In retirement, she helped create and lead the Buenas Amigas service club chapter and spent many hours serving her beloved community of Hurricane.  After 65 years of marriage, her heart was broken by the loss of her sweetheart, Lloyd. Her family was her greatest pride and priority and she enjoyed spending time with them in annual holiday traditions and random visits and phone calls. She will be greatly missed but her legacy will live on through her posterity.

She is survived by her children; Gary (Eva) Richins, Ken (Teresa) Richins, Robert (Kim) Richins, of Hurricane and Rea Gubler, of Cedar City. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and spouses and 60 great grandchildren; her sister; Susie (Conrad) Sabaitis of Washington, Utah, sisters-in-law; Arlene Stanworth of Hurricane and Anne Stanworth of Cedar City. She is preceded in death by her parents, eternal sweetheart, Lloyd, son and daughter-in-law Rodney and Joyce Richins, daughter-in-law Phyllis Richins, son-in-law Kendall Gubler, siblings Dell and Keith Stanworth and sister Avonell Isom.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 2nd at the Hurricane West Stake Center at 11:00 am. Friends may call from 9:00 -10:30 prior to service at 272 S. 700 W, in Hurricane.  Interment will take place in Hurricane City Cemetery.

* The family extends our appreciation to the caregivers and friends at Beehive Homes of Washington County and all of the many friends and family who checked on her frequently.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.

https://zoom.us/j/96214841842 

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St.

George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign Utahna’s guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

Services

Visitation

9:00 – 10:30 am
09/02/2021

Second Visitation

Services

11:00 am
09/02/2021

Address

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Hurricane West Stake Center
272 S 700 W
Hurricane, Utah

Cemetery

12:00 pm
09/02/2021
Hurricane City Cemetery

Guest Book

19 Responses

  1. We’ll miss you our dear Utahna!!! You were such a blessing here at the Beehive Homes! Thank you for being a part of our lives!!!

  2. I love you my feisty and lovely grandma. It was a honored to be one of the lucky ones to care for you. Knowing you is really loving you. May you rest in peace and love.

  3. Utahna was a lovely vibrant person. She and my mother, Dolores Isom Olds, we’re born just three weeks apart in Hurricane. I used to love to sit in the background and listen to her and my mom, also a member of the notorious dirty dozen, reminisce about their adventures together over the years, and they had some crazy adventures! They never truly outgrew their mischievous youth. Whenever we were in town , we’d stay at a hotel, but mom would always have a “sleepover” with Utahna. She was one of her dearest friends and her loss is sorely felt.

  4. She was all way a delightful sight to see every week in the Beauty shop. Her smile and laughter, story’s every week was so much fun.
    We have missed her not being able to come to the shop for many years.
    It was so good to see her on Monday.
    Lorrilee and I had a beautiful afternoon with her.
    Thank you for letting us serve her Beauty needs.
    She was a very special lady.

  5. PENNY and I send our love and support to you as a family so happy for your parents for the wonderful reunion that we all know they were are having your dad was one of the best bosses we both ever had they both touch the lives of everybody that knew them

  6. Utahna was always so kind and welcoming when I was at Tigerette meetings with Rea. What a great team she and Lloyd made. Brad and I wish all the family peace and comfort in the days ahead as you honor a life well lived.

  7. I loved Lloyd and Utahna we were all in the North ward at one time and they were and still are such a good family. Utahna always had a smile on her face for everyone and it was a pleasure to be around her, she was in the same Bee Hive home as my step mother and it was a joy to see her there.

  8. Milo and family we are saddened to hear of the passing of your grandma. From reading her loving obituary she sounds like such an awesome, spirited example for her family. I am sure you will miss her but allow her spirit and example to live on in each of you.

  9. I loved Lloyd and Utahna we were all in the North ward at one time and they were and still are such a good family. Utahna always had a smile on her face for everyone and it was a pleasure to be around her, she was in the same Bee Hive home as my step mother and it was a joy to see her there.

  10. So sorry for the loss of this dear lady in your lives. I worked with Robert for a while. Wonderful family!

  11. Utahna shared a room in the dorm at Dixie Jr. College with my sister Laurette and I, in our first year. She was a great person and we both loved her. I am sure she is glad to be with Lloyd now. She is one of my favorite people. I’m mourning with you.

  12. Sorry for your loss your mother was a sweet lady. I wonder if your dad and mom are up in heaven planning their next school bus trip. Love Kitty Hirschi

  13. I love Utahna! She is such a sweetheart! I had the blessings of being in their living home several times. Lloyd and their large family are great fully blessed blessed because of her sweet love. May you always love and cherish her and your blessed memories of her. Because of the significance of April 6th, her birthday was always so easy to remember, and it was the day after my friend, Lloyd’s.

  14. I love Utahna! She is such a sweetheart! I had the blessings of being in their living home several times. Lloyd and their large family are great fully blessed blessed because of her sweet love. May you always love and cherish her and your blessed memories of her. Because of the significance of April 6th, her birthday was always so easy to remember, and it was the day after my friend, Lloyd’s.

  15. Utahna and Lloyd were the very best of neighbors. My parents loved them as well as us kids. The very best home teacher we had and always kindness from Utahna. I know my parents are glad to be reunited with such a wonderful lady.

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