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Patricia Reeves Cannell, our beloved mom, grandma, and great-grandma, returned to her Heavenly Father on August 18, 2023. She was born May 10, 1938, to Leon W. Reeves and Maxine Hodson. She grew up in Centerville, UT, and was the oldest of four children. Born the same year Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was in theaters, she dreamed of being an artist for Disney. Pat began drawing and painting at a young age, and her oil paintings are in the homes of friends and family around the globe. Mrs. Thompson, her first-grade teacher, invited Pat's parents and grandparents to see her drawing of a mother and baby giraffe. She said, "Isn't this good? Someday Patsy will be a great artist." Pat said, "To this day, when I see giraffes, I somehow know and believe that I can do anything. All I have to do is try." She is known for instilling the same belief within her children and grandchildren. Pat was the marble champion on the playground more than once in elementary school. Some of her favorite childhood memories were of her mother hanging laundry on the clothesline and spending time with her Grandpa Clarence Reeves. She always said he made every holiday special. She worked really hard to make Christmas "magical" for her family and others each year. She attended schools in the Davis County School District and graduated from Davis High School in 1956.
Pat worked in Yellowstone for three summers after graduating high school and was there during the earthquake of 1959. Yellowstone provided many memories for her that she shared with the family on vacations to the park through the years. She was introduced to her husband, Darwin, by a coworker from Yellowstone Park, and on February 17, 1961, she married Darwin J. Cannell in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised six children in their home on the family farm. Pat was one-of-a-kind, a true light, and a force for good in this world. She was constantly helping and looking to serve others in any way she could. She was a master at showing genuine love and compassion for others. You could feel her love the moment you met her. She opened her home to many over the years. Everyone loved her, and there are people all over the world who call her "Mom" or "Mom Pat." Pat was always looking for an adventure, whether it was a dirt road, a street she had never been on, or the opportunity to travel. Some of her favorite memories were traveling to Africa as a guest of honor at a wedding and to Europe to see the sites and visit former exchange students. She loved taking pictures and making lifetime friends wherever she went. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, her family, and her friends. She loved the Disney classics, Hallmark, scrapbooking, family history, taking pictures, painting, ice skating, chocolate, licorice, mints, salt, donuts (a.k.a. "fatters"), ice cream, and Pepsi. She absolutely loved everything about Christmas and our Savior. Pat stated often what a blessed life she had been given, and if she was bored, it was her own fault.
Pat is survived by her six children, Jill (Claude) Speth, Syracuse, UT; Cheryl (Alma) Burgess, Smithfield, UT; Michael (Joye) Cannell, Nephi, UT; Douglas (Chelsea) Cannell, North Logan, UT; Brent (Melissa) Cannell, Nixa, MO; and Ryan (Jennifer) Cannell, North Logan, UT. She also leaves behind 25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, along with her siblings, Sharon West, Kaysville, UT; Ralph (Kathryn) Reeves, Farmington, UT; Bruce (Louis) Reeves, Red Lake Falls, MN; and sister-in-law Nora Cannell, Burley, ID. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leon W. Reeves and Maxine Hodson; her husband, Darwin J. Cannell; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence G. Cannell. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at Logan Regional Hospital and Intermountain Hospice for the loving care of our mother.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Smithfield 9th Ward Chapel, 660 West 200 North, Smithfield, UT. Due to her love of Christmas, Pat has requested a Christmas theme for her services. A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and prior to the funeral on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The interment will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery. Services will be streamed live and may be watched on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11 a.m. (MST) by clicking on the following link:
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