Mom enjoyed working with others in a variety of work places. She especially enjoyed working for Hurricane High School as the secretary in the counseling office, where she has developed lasting memories and friendships with faculty and students alike. Most recently, mom, worked for the city of Virgin which she cherished for the lifelong friendships. Mom, no matter how she felt, always had a smile for all who crossed her path. Upon retirement her interest shifted to spending time with her husband and friends; four wheeling. She found great peace in the scenery and the friendships she kindled along the way.
However mom’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren, whether it was to shooting the breeze, playing Uno, or teaching them the rules of poker. Mom was so proud of them and bragged about them to everyone, whether she knew them or not. Everything she did was for her grandkids and she spent every minute she could with them. She always said that she was the luckiest grandma in the world because they were just so awesome, but her grandkids were just as fortunate to have had her as their grandma.
Mona is survived by her husband, Gary Wilcox, Hurricane, UT; children, Gary and Jodi Wilcox, LaVerkin, UT, Michele and Ron Tisdale, Hurricane, UT; grandchildren: Andee Lynn Wilcox, Jace Russell Wilcox, Austin Kyle Wilcox, Kourtnie Nichol Tisdale, Tory Jay Tisdale, Jayden Gary Tisdale, and Dylan John Tisdale; sisters, Sherrie Beaumont, Kathryn (Lloyd) Miles, Connie Roberts, Thoralyn (Kim) Eagar, Melva Gifford; brother, Melvin (LuAnn) Gifford; father-in-law, Lee Wilcox; brothers-in-law, Denise (Aldean) Wilcox, Chris (Sonja) Wilcox; and sister-in-law, Shirlene (Darwin) Hall. Mom is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mona is preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Ramona Gifford, and her mother-in-law, Anna Spendlove Wilcox.
The family would like to thank the Hurricane 4th ward, the many friends and family for their continued comfort, support, and prayers. We would also like to thank the many loving nurses on the first floor of the hospital and Hospice staff for the gentle and tender care they provide to mom as well as the confront provided to the family during this time. We would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Mel Carter for the friendship and care he has provided to mom over the years. We would also like to give a special thanks to Dr. Watson for the great care he provided. Mom considered her relationship with these two not as patient/ doctor but as a lasting friendship.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 11, 2011, at 11:00 am at the Virgin LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call Thursday, February 10, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 25 N. 2000 W., Hurricane, and also Friday, from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the Chapel. Interment will take place in the Virgin Cemetery