Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hila Levonia Van Horn

November 25, 1917 - May 15, 2009

From Grandma's Obituary:

Hila Levonia Blakeley Van Horn, age 91, died Friday May 15, 2009 in St. George, Utah. Born November 25, 1917 in Los Angeles, California to John McClinton Blakeley and Vera Irene Cole, and had 2 brothers, all are deceased. Spent teenage years in Yucaipa, California. Married Samuel Adair Van Horn May 28, 1936 in Yucaipa. Parents of three sons: Vance (Carolyn), deceased; Bruce (Ann) Bountiful, Utah and Wayne (Kathy) Payson, Arizona. Grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 31(2 more this summer).They joined the LDS Church in 1960 and were sealed with 2 of their sons in 1962 in Los Angeles Temple. Retired to St. George in 1988 where Hila & Sam designed and built a home in Bloomington Hills. She loved all music and they drove thousands of miles in their travel trailer. Her first love was genealogy with 19,833 ancestors & family linked in her pedigree. Proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Random things I remember about Grandma:

Grandma and Great Grandma Van Horn was an amazing woman. She loved to play games - board games and card games. She loved to travel and told great stories. When Drama was born and we gave her the middle name "Irene," Grandma told me how much she loved the name. She said that she always wanted to be named Irene and on her birthday (or maybe it was Valentines day) she would go by Irene for the day! I could always tell how proud she was of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and I could tell how much they all loved her back.

Here is a picture I found from Christmas 2007:

And this one's from their anniversary party last year:

Grandma's health had gotten worse as the years passed. While we will miss her dearly, we are grateful for the relief she has been given from her physical pain on this earth. We love you Grandma Van Horn!


  1. Hi-Beautiful tribute. I didn't get any pictures from that day. Do you have them on a picasa file? Or some way for me to get them?

  2. Love it! She will be dearly missed.