Vyonne Lamoreaux Hamilton, age 95, passed away on December 21, 2023 at Terrace Grove Assisted Living in Logan, Utah. She was born in the Iron County Hospital in Cedar City, Utah, the third child of Emily Walker Melling and Clarence Lamoreaux. Vyonne spent almost her entire life in Cedar City and leaves behind a legacy of faith, love, hard work, and service. \n\nDuring her childhood, Vyonne lived at the family ranch on Kolob during the summers, where her father raised sheep and cattle. Kolob held a special place in her heart, and she often reminisced about the joy of riding horses, exploring the red rocks, swimming in the creek, catching snakes and bugs, climbing trees, and making matchbox cars that she and her siblings would hitch to horny toads. Her dad helped cultivate her love for nature, which she passed to her own children.\n\nVyonne enjoyed the sciences. In high school, her favorite subjects were chemistry, biology, algebra, and geometry. She continued her education at the Branch Agriculture College (now Southern Utah University) and later at the University of Utah, where she majored in chemistry, unusual in the entirely male department. In fact, the professor overseeing the program told her that girls shouldn’t take chemistry and that she could never compete with the boys. He tried to get her to quit, but she was determined and kept with the program.\n\nIt was during her time at the University of Utah that she reconnected with Max Ford Hamilton, also from Cedar City, who would become her husband. They were married civilly on June 30, 1949, and a year later, their marriage was sealed for time and all eternity in the St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Max's military service led them to Washington State, where their first child, LaVora, was born. The family returned to Cedar City, where Karen, Calvin, and, after nearly twelve years, Randy were welcomed into the Hamilton home.\n\nVyonne was a devoted wife and mother. She was incredibly patient and loving, and always seemed to have time for her children. Little could ruffle her and it was a rare sight to see her angry. She was hard working and self-reliant, traits she and Max learned during the Great Depression. Every year, Max gardened two or sometimes three one-quarter-acre building lots, growing every sort of fruit and vegetables. Vyonne canned, froze, and dried more than enough food to feed the family throughout the year. Apart from the vegetable garden, Vyonne planted beautiful flower gardens in the yard.\n\nVyonne was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various callings, including Primary teacher; counselor in the Young Women presidency; counselor and later president in her ward Relief Society; and counselor in her stake Relief Society. Her dedication extended to genealogical work, where she spent 16 hours most weeks for well over three decades extracting and indexing names from historical records.\n\nHer culinary skills were exceptional. According to her, it was through chemistry that she learned to love the art of experimenting with cooking. Family, friends, and neighbors were frequently recipients of her freshly baked breads, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and pies.\nVyonne faced the unexpected loss of her husband, Max, in December 1993. Despite the challenges, she continued to live independently until 2020 and voluntarily stopped driving the year before at age 90. Vyonne's quiet, loving nature, as well as her faith, hard work, creativity, and service touched the lives of many.\n\nVyonne will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her sister, Elaine Calder; her four children, LaVora (Samuel) Peery, Karen (Brian) Jeffs, Calvin (Rosanna) Hamilton, and Randy (Beth) Hamilton; and 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.\n\nThe family would like to gratefully acknowledge the loving and attentive care provided to Vyonne by the staff at Terrace Grove Assisted Living and Sunshine Hospice in Logan, Utah during the last year of her life.\n\nA Viewing is scheduled for January 6, 2024 from 9:30-10:30 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 500 W 400 N, Cedar City, Utah. Following the Viewing, a Funeral Service honoring Vyonne's remarkable life will be held at 11:00 AM at the same location. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. \n\nTo view the livestream of the funeral service and share online condolences, please visit www.mortuary.org.