Kathleen Peterson Hadlock (Kathy age 69) loving wife, mother, and grandmother returned home to her Heavenly Father this Thursday afternoon July 30, 2020 in Vernal, Utah after fighting an aggressive colon cancer. Kathy was born on August 1, 1950 to Ronald and Lena Ludene Peterson in Lehi, Utah.
Kathy attended Southern Utah University and graduated with a bachelors degree in elementary education and minor in art and early childhood development. After graduation Kathy moved to Vernal, Utah. As she settled into this new town, she met the love of her life Kent Hadlock and began her teaching career. Kathy taught elementary school for the Uintah School District for 34 and a half years. Many of Kathy's students recalled her being the best teacher they ever had and still remember her as their kindergarten teacher. She loved working with little children.
Kathy was married and sealed to Kent Hadlock May 31, 1974 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. Kathy recently spoke of their honeymoon in Hawaii. She had fond memories of their time together. She loved seeing the “Orchids of Hawaii” and hearing the very special “Hawaiian Wedding Song” once by a surprise spotlight at a restaurant and the other surrounded by beautiful ferns in the “Fern Grotto”. On the island of Oahu they stayed in a rental on the beach. She said, “On the first night we stayed there I took a shower and was joined by a large cockroach that scared me to death.”
Kathy and Kent raised four sons. She always supported them by attending sports games, helping with homework, and encouraging them to explore their talents. She taught her boys how to work hard. She made sure they knew how to clean, iron their clothes, and weed. She encouraged them to pursue their dreams and be honorable men.
Kathy welcomed all of her daughters-in-law and was happy to no longer be out numbered by the boys. She was always willing to tend kids, clean house, cook meals, and offer homemade jams. Kathy remembered the grandchildren's favorite meals. She never failed to whip up pancakes for breakfast and a dessert to go with Sunday dinner. She spent countless hours in the kitchen making food for family dinners. She made an effort to learn what the daughters-in-law liked and disliked during meal times too. Kathy's service allowed her daughters-in-law to visit the temple, heal from having babies, earn extra money for their families, feel comforted during hard times, and so much more.
Kathy especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren learn and grow. She frequently gave them gifts that promoted learning. Kathy has lots of books for the grand kids to read. Kathy would patiently read books over and over for the little ones. She read them enough that you could hear their little voices reading along with hers. She played pat-a-cake with the toddlers and tossed a ball for them to chase. She loved seeing the toddlers rocking on the rocking horse and climbing into her yellow toy box with big grins on their faces. She never missed the opportunity to allow them to craft, paint, or create. Kathy always supported her grandchildren and would travel to see them perform in plays, dance recitals, or races.
Kathy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her favorite book was The Book of Mormon and you could often find her reading it in the morning. She said she related to the character Nephi in The Book of Mormon the most. Kathy served for years in the Relief Society and the Primary. She loved to do family history work and spent numerous hours searching for her ancestors and doing their temple work. Kathy regularly expressed her gratitude for eternal families, and value of the temple.
Kathy loved flowers and plants. Everyone who knew her was amazed by her green thumb. Kathy would always make sure to have someone tend to her plants when she snow birded in Saint George. Her vegetable garden was a wonder to behold and many people have received vegetables from her bountiful harvests. She canned and froze the veggies she grew and would share the surplus with her family.
Kathy was survived by her husband Kent Hadlock, children; Wyatt (Heather wife) Hadlock, Jared (Katrina wife) Hadlock, Lance Hadlock, Clint (Nicole wife) Hadlock, siblings; Ronald (Adriana wife) Peterson, Kevin (Shauna wife) Peterson, Jeff (Sheree wife) Peterson, and eleven grandchildren.
Kathy was proceeded in death by her parents and daughter in law Cindy Katie Hadlock
A special thanks to Dr. Kirk Woodward and nurse Paige for all of your gentle, kind, and loving care.
Funeral services will be held Saturday August 8, 2020 at 11:00am at Ashley Valley Funeral Home 410 North 800 West Vernal, UT 84078. A viewing will be held Friday August 7, 2020 at 6:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday August 8, 2020 at 10:00am-10:45am at Ashley Valley Funeral Home. Services will be streamed on www.AshleyValleyFuneralHome.com. Interment will be held at Vernal Memorial Park.
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