Leslie Rae (Spendlove) Williams

July 19, 1944 ~ September 28, 2018 (age 74)

Leslie Rae Williams, also known as “Penny Griffith”, age 74, passed away peacefully with her family around her on Friday, September 28, 2018, at her home in West Valley City Utah at 4:50 PM.  She suffered with Parkinson’s, Dementia and Loui Body.                                                                       

Leslie was born in Bingham, Utah, on July 19th, 1944. She is the oldest child of Doctor Ray E. Spendlove and Helen Johnson Spendlove, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two brothers, Brian (Anita), Kim (Carolyn) of Vernal, Utah, and one sister, Valynne Spendlove Schaefermeyer, (Mike) also of Vernal.

Leslie was a happy child.

She always reminisced how her grandfather oversaw switching the electricity on in the town of Bingham.

She attended school in Vernal, Utah. She enjoyed most of her teachers. In High School she excelled in drama and in band. She talked about a teacher named Electa Caldwell who stood out in her mind as influencing her the most. She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from BYU.

While in college, she married John Adams and they had one child John Trevor his wife is Jacquealine .  After her divorce, she married Charles Chuck Griffith who also proceeded her in death.  They had three lovely children. Charles Kip (Maria), Greta (Jacob Lords) and Melissa (Dee Shew). She leaves behind 6 wonderful grand children.         

After Chuck died, she married DeNile Williams, a child hood sweetheart who was in band with her and grew up in the same ward.

Leslie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she served in many positions in her life time.  She was an excellent Gospel Doctrine teacher.  She was loved by everyone literally that she encountered.  Her kindness and profound wisdom will forever be missed.

Viewing with be held Wednesday evening, October 10th, from 6:o’clock to 8:00 P.M. at Marcrest 1st Ward, 6170 West Marcrest Drive WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah. A viewing will also be held the next morning, Thursday prior to the funeral from 9:30 A.M. to 10:45 in which the services will begin at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be in the Tooele City Cemetery following the services, located at 361 S 100 East, Tooele, Utah.

The family would like to thank especially Hearts for Hospice for the helping care of Leslie.  Also, everyone who has furnished food, kind thoughts and service.  Special thanks to the Marcrest Bishopric and the Relief Society for the luncheon which will be after the funeral at the same address for friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Parkinson’s Disease.

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