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Sarah Jean Nyberg

December 23, 1931 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Sarah Jean Nyberg Obituary

Sarah Jean Rowley Nyberg was born in Mt. Home, Utah on Dec. 23, 1931 as the second child and the oldest daughter of Howard Thompson Rowley and Evelyn Hitchcock Rowley. She was born into a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who lived close by. Mt. Home was a farming community in the Great Uinta Basin and Jean's family all lived right next to the Ute Indian Reservation. Theirs was the last farm on the road before the reservation and Mom had many interesting stories to tell about the encounters her family had with the Indians as she grew up.

As Jean grew, more children came to Howard and Evelyn's family until Jean had 3 brothers, Dean, Johnny, and Stanley, and 1 sister, Maureen. As a farming family during the Great Depression and World War II, life was not easy for the Rowley Family. Everyone worked on the farm and Jean shared many stories in her later years of some of the trials the Rowleys went through to feed their family as well as care for extended family members.

Jean's early school years were spent in the Mt. Home School which was a one-room schoolhouse where she excelled in reading and was often called on by the teacher, Don Nyberg, to help teach the younger kids learn how to read. Eventually she would attend Altamont High School and graduated in May 1950 in a class of 16 students.

She married Blaine Nyberg on March 31, 1950 at the end of her Senior year in the Salt Lake Temple. They were high school sweethearts, although Blaine swears he loved her long before high school. Blaine also happened to be the son of her old teacher, Don Nyberg.

After they were married, Blaine and Jean moved to Rangely Colorado, a small oil town on the Utah/Colorado border. They eventually welcomed 4 daughters, Linda, Peggy, Ruth, and Alyce while living in Colorado.

They were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints serving in many busy callings. In his spare time, Blaine built houses including one for his own family and worked full-time for Moon Lake Electric and the California Oil Company. They also managed a bowling alley in Craig Colorado for two years when Blaine was also serving in the Stake Presidency.

In 1966, Blaine and Jean decided that Blaine needed more education in order to move ahead, so they sold everything and moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Blaine was accepted to Oregon State University. Jean worked several different jobs besides being a homemaker and fulltime mom to help Blaine get through school. She worked for the Agriculture Department of OSU counting blades of grass in 1-foot square sections of turf, she drove a school bus, she worked in a fabric store, on a mink farm and the entire family worked as custodians for the Institute of Religion Building.

The biggest blessing to our family while in Corvallis was the addition of a son, Michael Blaine Nyberg on Feb. 12th, 1968. He was much loved and doted on by his 4 older sisters.

Blaine graduated in 1970 from OSU with a degree in Engineering and the family embarked on a kind of nomadic life that saw the family making frequent moves around the US as Blaine's career expanded and his responsibilities changed. They lived in Ontario, Oregon, Columbus Ohio, Milesburg Pennsylvania, Colorado Springs and Elk Grove California. As they moved, they began leaving their daughters behind as they grew up and married, usually staying behind while Blaine, Jean and Mike moved on.

Finally in 1981, they became the automatic favorite grandparents when they purchased a Baskin-Robbins store in Longview Washington and worked together for the next 12 years scooping ice cream until they finally retired and moved to the beach.

They both continued to serve faithfully in the church, mom in Welfare Services and Dad as Bishop and both as Temple Workers in the Seattle Temple. They also served a full-time Family History Mission in Salt Lake City and loved being able to serve full time.

Eventually due to Blaine's health problems, they moved to Spanish Fork Utah, and he passed away in 2005. Following Blaine's death, Jean moved to Pocatello and has continued serving in the church and the temple. She became expert in name extraction and genealogy research and is responsible for 1000's of names being done mainly in the Provo, Idaho Falls and Pocatello Temples.

Jean's determination to live her life to the fullest took her on numerous adventures after Dad's death. She tried jet skis at 82 and then caused her daughters great anxiety when she went on a zip-line that crossed a lake numerous times at age 83. She loved snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park but her big regret was she never got to try sky diving.

After many years of being alone, Jean married Bill Workman, an old and dear friend she and Blaine had known since the Rangely days. Bill and Jean were able to find a lot of joy and companionship, traveling around Idaho and Utah, visiting family, and playing Mexican Train every evening for 3 years until Bill's death in 2020. Bill is buried next to his first wife, Yvonne, Mom's good friend in Vernal, Utah.

Mom loved sewing, quilting, gardening, and her grandchildren but mostly she loved being in the temple. Her last day to serve was Feb. 2 in the Pocatello Temple as she completed the 2042nd ordinance since the temple opened, when she told Ruth "I believe I'm worn out."

She is preceded in death by her parents, Howard Thompson Rowley and Evelyn Hitchcock Rowley, two of her brothers, Johnny and Dean and 3 stillborn sons.

She is survived by her 5 children: Linda (Doug) Taylor of Longview Washington, Peggy Nyberg of Rainier Oregon, Ruth (Tom) Sutton of Pocatello Idaho, Alyce (Ken) Armstrong of Cotachochi Ecuador, and Mike Nyberg of Idaho Falls Idaho, 22 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 5th at 11 AM in the LDS Ward 8200 W. Portneuf Rd., Pocatello. A viewing will be held one hour prior to services. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 6th at 1 PM in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery, 420 S 400 E, Spanish Fork, Utah.

There will be recording of the Tuesday services on the Cornelison Funeral Home Facebook page. The live-stream will begin around 11 AM and be available indefinitely.

In lieu of flowers, she has asked that donations be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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Services

Viewing
Tuesday
March 5, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
LDS Ward 8200 W. Portneuf Rd.
8200 W. Portneuf Rd.
Pocatello, ID 83204

Funeral
Tuesday
March 5, 2024

11:00 AM
LDS Ward 8200 W. Portneuf Rd.
8200 W. Portneuf Rd.
Pocatello, ID 83204

Video is available for this event


Graveside
Wednesday
March 6, 2024

1:00 PM
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 S 400 E
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

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