Faye Perry Titus

A Graveside Dedication for Faye Perry Titus, 74, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, 2651 Spanish Valley Drive in Moab.

Faye, of Blythewood, S.C. died on May 23, 2014 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. She was born Oct. 11, 1939 to parents Ellis Robert and Kitty Karine Perry in Ridgeway, S.C.

Faye married Lonnie Joe Titus on June 26, 1959 and moved to Moab with his 4-year-old son and her 2-year-old son. They started a new life in what felt like a whole new world. Their love grew and they were sealed in the Manti Temple on June 28, 1960.

Though they enjoyed some peace and prosperity, their life was not without challenges. In September of 1963, their oldest child, Lonnie Joe Jr. passed away from Leukemia.

The couple and their eight children left Utah for a mining opportuniny 1972 in Butte, Mont., which provided more financial rewards, but did not give them the security that they needed. After two years, they left Montana and moved to Arizona with their growing family of nine children.

This new home and job gave them the money they needed along with assurances of longevity, before Lonnie was killed at 44 in a copper mining accident on Sept. 30, 1974 in Casa Grande, Ariz., after working only a couple of months, leaving his wife and nine children behind.

Faye was 34 when she found herself devastated, very alone and stunned by the loss of her husband and eternal companion. Because she was expecting her 10th child, she was not able to leave Arizona. Five days after the birth, she and her children moved back to her home in Ridgeway.

This move gave her the support and comfort from her family and kin that she and her children needed. As a young single mom, she purchased a home in Blythewood. Again she began to build a new life. Her children grew and enjoyed the roots she was able to put down in this home and community. In November 1983, she married Carson Conner. They had a child together and started a new chapter of her life.

Carson passed away April 19, 1987. As a single mom again, she started over. Living in one place allowed her to focus her time and energy on the thing that she loved best – her children. She raised children and grandchildren. Her life was full of family and church service. For many years, she served in church callings and volunteered in the community. She especially enjoyed her flowers, gardening and cooking at the Bishops Storehouse.

Her influence is felt by those she served. Her faithfulness and testimony has blessed her children and others around the world. She will be missed.

Faye is survived by her children: Richard (Melanie), Bronson (Laurie), Mitchell (Charnee), Adam (Yanni), Sam (Susan), John Blaze (Adrianna), Marikarine (James), Alona (Paul), Ben (Jenny) , Caroline and Ashley; sisters Grace and Vivian (Gus); as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Faye is preceded in death by son Lonnie Joe Jr.; husband Lonnie Joe, Sr.; husband Carson Conner; her parents; her brothers Ellis Robert Jr. and Ray; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Homer and Narlene Manson.

Friends and family are invited to a potluck picnic at the Rotary Park, 680 E. Mill Creek Drive in Moab on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

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