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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:54 pm

Shanna Nelson Goulding Waite, 90, of Hurricane and formerly of Henrieville, passed away Sept. 24, 2012, in Hurricane.

Shanna was born June 1, 1922, in Richfield, to Junius Morten and Elizabeth Newton Smith Nelson.

She married, later divorced, Robert Evans Hague, parents of Robert (Lynn) Helayna, and Shana Jane (Alan) Rizzone.

She married Nephi Wayne Goulding. They were parents to Ladora (Herbert) Baugh and Wayne J. Nephi preceded her in death in 1977.

In 2001, she met and married Jay Waite and they lived happily ever after sharing their lives with her children and his, Jay John, Roy Keith, and Shareen (John) Linton.

Shanna grew up in Cannonville and graduated from Tropic High School. As a young woman, she had a beautiful singing voice and was very athletic. She played a mean ragtime piano and had great talent in writing.

After high school, she attended BAC — now Southern Utah University — pre-nursing school and earned a registered nurse degree from Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. After graduating, she was employed at the Panguitch LDS Hospital learning valuable lifelong lessons in medicine. To avoid the shift work, she was awarded the position as Garfield County Health Nurse where she won the formidable title as The “Shot” Lady.

She returned to school and gained a bachelor’s degree in education from SUU and taught for the Garfield County School District for many years.

After retiring, she served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas San Antonio Mission, then a subsequent 12-year mission in the name extraction program in St. George. Her passion beyond her family was genealogy and learning — she was a lifelong student of the gospel. Throughout her life in various professional roles and numerous church callings she served faithfully, earning the love and respect of many.

Shanna is survived by her husband, Jay, and his children, her children, 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, sister Lael (Ralph) Chynoweth, and sister-in-law Bonnie Willes Nelson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Nephi, brothers Thomas Junior and William, two great-grandsons, Robert Dace and Deliverance Goulding.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to the attending nurses and doctors as well as the priesthood and Relief Society of the Hurricane LDS 11th ward. Also, we extend a special thanks to Wayne, JP and Sheila for their love and compassion for Shanna.

Funeral services were Sept. 29 in the Hurricane LDS 11th ward chapel, 452 North 2600 West, Hurricane.

Interment was in the Toquerville City Cemetery.

Funeral directors, Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George.

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