Gaye (Meacham) DeSpain

February 4, 1932 ~ January 24, 2021 (age 88)


Gaye DeSpain
Monroe, Utah

Our beloved mother, wife, daughter, grandmother, Gaye Meacham DeSpain,  passed away  in Monroe, Utah on January 24, 2021. She was born February 4, 1932 to Samuel L. and Edna Talbot Meacham in Richfield, Utah. She married James Rulon DeSpain December 11, 1953. The marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2013. 

Gaye was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings including president of the Relief Society, Young Women, Primary and 21 years in scouting.  She and her husband worked at the Manti Temple which they really enjoyed. Our mother was a blessing to this world for her service to others.  Even in her last days she was asking how she could help. She also worked in schools and served as an inspector for voting.  

Her family was her priority and had a fierce love for them that had no limits, Gaye had a great sense of humor and loved telling stories of her and  her faithful steed “Old Mag” and their adventures all over Monroe mountain. She will be missed by many. 

She is survived by her children: Debra (Pat) Cleer, Kevin (Lisa) DeSpain, Michele (Tom) Petty and Michael (Julianne) DeSpain, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Larna Soderquist and Karen Drager.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; and her brothers, Golden, Levar, Layne, Devern and Jack.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Venice Cemetery. Visitation will be limited to immediate family members at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield.  Due to COVID-19, all attendees are required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Online guestbook can be found at under Gaye’s obituary.  Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. 

The family would like to thank Monroe Canyon Assisted Living and Zion’s Way Hospice for their excellent service and care for our mother. 

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Graveside Service
January 28, 2021

1:00 PM
Venice Cemetery
East on 100 South
Venice, Utah 84701

Immediate Family Visitation
January 28, 2021

Magleby Mortuary/Richfield
50 South 100 West
Richfield, Utah 84701

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