Monday, June 16, 2014

Francine Dunkley Oliverson
Smithfield - Francine Dunkley Oliverson, 88, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving children on June 12, 2014. She was born in Whitney, Idaho April 15, 1926, the youngest child of Lester LeRoy and Rosella Lowe Dunkley. She married Glen Harold Oliverson August 14, 1946 in the Salt lake Temple.
She was born in the old rock family home in Whitney. She loved her childhood days of working on the farm next to her father and siblings. After a day of labor she and her siblings would often hike to Little Mountain with a picnic to collect arrowheads and explore the caves. She considered herself a tomboy and loved riding horses and climbing trees. However, the cultural side of Francine became evident when her parents purchased her a piano. She began taking lessons and excelled. She became a very accomplished pianist leading to many years of service accompanying many individuals and groups. She studied with teachers in Salt Lake and Provo and performed as a concert pianist.
She was a devoted and beloved wife of Glen who passed away just this past January. Their time apart was very short.
Glen and Francine made their home in Preston, Idaho after graduation from BYU. There they raised five children. Francine loved being a wife and mother, and her home was a peaceful place filled with love. She was a beautiful homemaker and was busy morning to night keeping the home fires burning.
The family moved to Smithfield, Utah in 1963 as Glen took a job with North Cache High. Mom loved people, and her social graces and sense of humor gave her the ability to make many dear friends in Smithfield and Preston.
She loved her Savior and spent many hours in His service. She served as Relief Society President and in other callings which involved her musical talent. Together mom and dad served faithfully in the Adelaide Australian and Independence Missouri missions.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings: Mack (Katie) Dunkley, Zelda Taylor, Eunice (Dee Ralph) Perry, Blaine (Beth) Dunkley and grandson Smith Nyman.
She is survived by her children Micheal (Kris) Oliverson, Marcene (Ron) Karren, Kim (Nancy) Oliverson, Nancy (Curtis) Brough, David (Kate) Oliverson, brother-in-law Ross Jay Taylor. She is the grandmother of 23 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at Legacy House in Logan and also the Sunshine Hospice staff for their caring and concern.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 16, at the Smithfield 18th Ward chapel, 625 E. 600 South, Smithfield. A viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 15 at the Nelson Funeral Home 85 S. Main Smithfield, and at the church prior to the service on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Smithfield City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
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