May 29, 1926 ~ February 23, 2017
Allene Wood Whitesides, a gorgeous, loving, kind, vivacious spirit departed from this world on February 23, 2017. Her infectious humor affected all who knew and loved her; she knew how to make people smile. She was born on May 29, 1926, in Ogden, Utah, the second of six daughters to Melvin G. and LaVora Wood. She married her high school sweetheart, Reed B. Whitesides, 74 years ago on January 20, 1943.
Allene traveled the world with Reed while he served in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 23 years. They served a two-year LDS mission to Nauvoo, Illinois, during the building, open house, and dedication of the beautiful Nauvoo Temple. Allene was a missionary wherever she went and shared the gospel freely with everyone she met. Allene served in many church callings, including Stake and Ward Relief Society president and Young Women's president. She was an early morning seminary teacher for six years.
Allene established a school for children with disabilities in Layton, Utah. She was also a substitute teacher for Davis County Schools for many years. She was also a dental assistant. They raised their family of seven children in Layton and Ogden, Utah, then moved from Ogden to Burke, Virginia, where Reed worked at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and Allene worked at the Better Business Bureau. They lived in Virginia for 27 years. During their time in Virginia, both Reed and Allene served as temple workers in the Washington D.C. Temple.
Allene enjoyed the association of many wonderful people including family, friends, neighbors and work associates. She had a strong testimony of Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, and His atoning sacrifice; matched by her undying love for her eternal companion.
Allene is survived by her siblings: Mary Ellen Wood Smoot and Ruth Ann Wood Christensen; her husband; her seven children: Tamera (James Oneil) Miner, Judy (Edward, deceased) Bennett, Barry Reed (Roxanne, deceased) Whitesides, Cindy Ann Ballou, Roland (Christine) Whitesides, Wendi (Greg) Keilwert, Jason (Melanie) Whitesides; 21 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 300 E. 10600 S., Sandy, Utah, on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. Prior to the funeral, a viewing will take place at the Sandy Stake Center on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at the Kaysville Cemetery (500 Crestwood Road, Kaysville, Utah), following the funeral.
The family expresses heartfelt thanks to the outstanding caregivers at Legacy Village and Utah Home Health Hospice, and to Heavenly Father for sending us such a wonderful spirit.
In lieu of flowers, and for the benefit of others, Allene has asked that funds be directed to the Missionary and Humanitarian funds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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