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Emma Gean Ahlstrom

July 2, 1931 — January 15, 2021

Emma Ahlstrom
Panguitch, Utah

Emma Gean Hatch Ahlstrom, 89, died in Panguitch, Utah on January 15, 2021.  She was born July 2, 1931 in Panguitch to Houston “Hout” and Lois Mae Tebbs Hatch. She was the fourth of five children. Emma spent her childhood summers at the ranch with her family.  This time was filled with riding horses, feeding doggy lambs, milking cows, herding sheep and being with her family.

Emma attended Panguitch schools, graduating from Panguitch High School in May 1949.  After high school she attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1953 with her BS Degree and teaching certificate.   While attending Brigham Young University she met and married Merrill Duard Hardy.  Four children were born in this union: son David W and three daughters: Lois, Barbara, and Joann.  They were later divorced.

Emma married Kenneth Theron Ahlstrom on  February 10, 1982 in Las Vegas, NV.  The marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles California Temple on February 10, 1984. He preceded her in death on August 4, 2008.

Emma was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She was always very active and held many positions:  Relief Society president, president and counselor in the Young Women, counselor in the Primary, stake Relief Society board member, a teacher in Relief Society, Young Women, Primary and Sunday School.  She was a faithful visiting teacher.
Emma taught school for 25 years in Los Angeles, California and surrounding areas.

Emma's pride and joy came through her children and grandchildren.

In 1984 she and Kenneth returned home to Panguitch, where she completed her earthly life.

Emma is survived by children: David W. Hardy, Panguitch; Lois (Garett) Babcock, Provo; Barbara (Stan) Duitsman, Paradise, CA; son-in-law, Kevin Gunderson, Kent, WA; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; step sons: Dana Lynn (Jody) Ahlstrom, West Valley City;  Merton (Cathy) Ahlstrom, Chico, CA; and Steven (Sandi) Ahlstrom, Littleton, CA; brother, Rulon Wayne (Kathy) Hatch, Bloomfield, NM.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Joanne Gunderson; brothers: George Houston (Leola) Hatch, Ira William "Bill" (Hazel) Hatch; sister, Ila Mae (Keith) Crabb.

Dedication of the Grave will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:00 Noon in the Panguitch City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel from 10 - 11:00 a.m. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at under Emma’s obituary.  Due to COVID-19, all attendees are required to wear mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, January 23, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel

200 N 400 E St, Panguitch, UT 84759

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Dedication of the Grave

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Starts at 4:00 pm (Mountain time)

Panguitch City Cemetery

1100 US-89, Panguitch, UT 84759

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