Verlyn Westwood, 1936 ~ 2009

Verlyn Westwood, age 73, passed away on Sept. 10, 2009 in the comfort of her home with loved ones around her. She was the heart of her family and will be sorely missed.

Verlyn was born Aug. 17, 1936 in Moab to Vere and Evelyn (Rutledge) Westwood. She grew up and went to school in Moab and Orem. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Orem, Utah, and earned an Associate of Arts degree in business from the Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.

On May 8, 1954, Verlyn married Craig B. Bentley; they were later divorced. Verlyn traveled widely and lived in Maryland, Germany, Montana, Arizona and American Samoa before returning to Moab with her children in 1973.

Verlyn operated the Bentwood Mobile Home Sales and later the Westwood Guest House. After retirement, she was active at the senior center, at the Museum of Moab, and in the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild.

Over the years she had enjoyed several hobbies: candle making, photography, writing, and family history. In the early 1980s, after most of the children were gone from home, Verlyn began to make quilts and it became the passion of her life, which coincided with her other passion, her grandchildren. In addition to all the quilts she made for her children and grandchildren, she undertook, along with the senior citizen group, to make quilts for children of the town who were in crisis, making or helping to make hundreds of small comforters out of donated material.

She is survived by a sister, Ardis Jean (Rod Ourada) Westwood, of Denver; four sons, Jeffery (Ana Gonzalez) Bentley of Cochabamba, Bolivia, Scott (Leticia) Bentley and Brett Bentley, both of Moab, and Daniel (Jed Moss) Bentley, of Salt Lake City; 2 daughters Heather (Charles) Joseph of Covington, WA, and Darcy (Chris Demiris) Bentley of Sandy; 12 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­her parents, and two grandchildren.

A viewing was held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Grand Valley Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Grand Center.

At Verlyn’s request, a memorial service will also be held at Warner Lake in the La Sal National Forest, one of her favorite places. She used to say that Warner was where she went to renew her spirit. Friends and family are invited to come celebrate her life and share a potluck luncheon at Warner on Friday, Sept 18, at noon.

The family would like to thank the Grand County Hospice staff and volunteers for their kind help and support in caring for Verlyn. The family would also like to thank all the quilters that gave their time to help Verlyn finish her last quilt and lift her spirits.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.