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Lajuana Warthen

December 16, 1939 — May 31, 2022

Lajuana Warthen

Jac LaJuana Warthen completed her mortal journey on May 31, 2022 at the age of 82, in Nephi, Utah. She was born to William Paul and Zola Mary Taylor Warthen on December 16, 1939. LaJuana was born premature at three-and-a-half pounds with a fighting spirit that carried her through many difficult times. LaJuana often said that she had experienced many miracles in the preservation of her life.

LaJuana grew up in Benjamin, Utah on the family farm where she learned the value of hard work while driving a tractor and feeding the animals. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School and earned a BA degree in English from Brigham Young University. Her working years were spent in secretarial work in California and Washington, DC, teaching elementary school in Utah, Texas, and California, and legal/medical transcription in California.

LaJuana was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was endowed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1978. One of the best experiences of her life was serving as a ward missionary. She loved to go out with the sister missionaries to teach the gospel or meet the Elders in the park to teach. She loved the missionaries and enjoyed chauffeuring them around. She also enjoyed the sweet girls in her Primary activity day group.

LaJuana was a people person. She delighted in getting to know others and could strike up a conversation with just about anyone. She will be missed by friends far and wide. She loved the English language and her cards and letters were always poetic and heartfelt. LaJuana had a great sense of humor.

Family was very important to LaJuana and she loved to serve them. She enjoyed family history, and with her incredible memory, she could recount stories of family members in more detail than they themselves could. She loved and was loved by the little children in her family.

LaJuana was preceded in death by her parents; twin brother; sister, Carma Warthen; and brother, Ronald Mac Warthen. She is survived by her sisters: Gayle Heninger, of Thousand Oaks, California; Dixie Newell of Washington, Utah; Patsy Harmon of Nephi, Utah; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Nephi Stake Center, 351 North 100 West, Nephi, Utah on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior to the services.

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