Reyma Lois Horrocks slipped peacefully into the spirit world February 26, 2023. Born November 30, 1919, in Dry Fork, Utah, to John Norval Massey and Gladys Britt, she was the third oldest of ten children. Reyma experienced everything from traveling via horse and wagon, hauling water from the canal to heat for weekly baths, to cell phones and internet which she called "online". As a child she could outrun all of her schoolmates including the boys She was so strong she could also out chin them. She met her future husband at a stake dance.
She married Mervin Horrocks May 5, 1937, in Vernal, Utah and later sealed eternally in the Salt Lake Temple May 5, 1954. She gave birth to 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters, 3 of which have passed away. Her husband Mervin Horrocks passed away November 9, 1972 leaving her a widow for more than 50 years. Reyma was a strong, independent woman of pioneer stock. Her purpose was centered around taking care of her family and she did whatever it took to make sure those needs were met. She lived a life of tremendous self-sacrifice and self-reliance which she attributed to her mother. She spoke often of her mother with utmost love and respect.
Reyma miraculously survived cancer at age 92 and continued to live on her own and drive a car until 3 months shy of her 97th birthday. She loved to crochet and created beautiful doilies until her hands could no longer perform the task. Her goal was to reach 100 years of age which she accomplished plus 3 more. She was still playing balloon volleyball a week before her death. "Yippee ki yay" she would say each time she hit the balloon. She is now on the other side of the veil with her tremendous spirit of let's get it done! Our family will miss our spunky mother and grandmother.
She is survived by Gordon Horrocks Las Vegas, NV, Britt Horrocks (Shana) Hooper, UT, Gregory Horrocks (Nelly) Tucson, AZ, Gawin (Kristine) Page, AZ, Leslie Hopkins, (John) Lewisville, TX, Finley (Megan) Naples, UT, 52 grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Mervin, parents, nine siblings, and three children Gloria Jean Hoskins, Sheldon M. Horrocks, and Venissa Rose Martinez.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 12Noon at the Glines 3rd Ward Chapel (480 West 100 South). A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday from 10:45-11:45AM at the Church. Interment will be held in the Dryfork Cemetery under the direction of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.
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