Verdeen Rhea Bradley Jacobson passed away surrounded by her children on Monday, September 20, 2021in Nephi, Utah. She was born July 24,1934 in Moroni, Utah to Clifford Henry Bradley and Hattie Rhea Ames Bradley. She married and was sealed to her sweetheart, Allen Peter Jacobson, on July 18,1952 in the Manti Utah Temple and together they raised seven children and two foster children.
Verdeen was the third of four children. Her three brothers are Raymond Clifford Bradley (deceased), Joseph Otis Bradley (deceased) and Ronald J. Bradley. She was always positive, selfless and welcoming. Verdeen was beautiful, inside and out. The sparkle of her personality, along with her quick, easy wit caught the eye and heart of her future husband. Shortly after she graduated from Moroni High School they were married. She loved people and her Christ-like demeanor and nurturing personality drew everyone toward her especially her grandchildren. She always had a song, a story or a game from her childhood to share with them. Verdeen’s nature was one of happiness. She enjoyed church hymns and was often humming or singing as she worked.
Verdeen’s sense of humor was well-developed. Her annual April Fool’s jokes on her husband, Peter, were legendary and she was unapologetic. She also had a gift for pulling loose teeth and making the experience bearable.
Verdeen’s focus on life was her family, and she considered her role as wife and mother to be the most sacred and worthwhile purpose. She found fulfillment and contentment as she consistently offered support to her growing family. She lovingly encouraged excellence in her children in all areas and often the driving force behind their achievements, lovingly encouraging at times but sweetly unrelenting if necessary. Verdeen, in her own humble way, lifted others and found joy in their success. Like her mother, she was very gracious and forever a lady with a hankie in hand. She was a faithful wife, very much in love with her sweetheart, and never far from his side.
Verdeen had a great love for the Savior and her Father In Heaven. She read the scriptures daily. Her life was defined by her love to serve. She held numerous church callings throughout her life, sharing her talents and love unconditionally. She and her husband found great joy in teaching their children the gospel of Jesus Christ. She devoted her life in service in various capacities including supporting her husband in his callings. She especially enjoyed the time she and her husband served as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple.
Verdeen will be greatly missed but her impact continues on in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Allen Peter Jacobson, parents Clifford Henry Bradley and Hattie Rhea Ames Bradley, brother Raymond Clifford Bradley and Sheleth Ranae Larson Bradley, and their two children, her infant brother Joseph Otis Bradley. Also preceded in death by son-in-law Terry Lynn Carlson, son-in-law Jed Stokes, three great-grandsons Troy D. Gabriel, Benjamin D. Imlay and Rooks S. Daley. She is survived by her children Wendell Allen (Melba Brady) Jacobson, Gene Peter (Laraine Reynolds) Jacobson, Paul Clifford (Jill Taylor) Jacobson, Sue Stokes, Diane (James) Nielsen, Evan Kay (Hally Miner) Jacobson, Ellen (Scott) Daley, 39 grandchildren, 105 great-grandchildren and foster children she considers her own Nelda Yazzie and Ray Andy (Sarah Begay) Loy.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the Fountain Green LDS Chapel 151 North 200 West, Fountain Green, UT. Viewing prior to the services Friday from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Fountain Green City Cemetery.