Jocelyn Leishman Allan Bitters, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Providence, Cache, Utah on November 3, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on July 31, 1931, in Wellsville, Cache, Utah, to Norman Lamont Maughan and Ida Perkins Leishman Allan.
Jocelyn spent her growing up years in Wellsville, attending Floradell School, Wellsville Junior High, and South Cache High School in Hyrum.
She enjoyed her friendships with her cousins and their many experiences as they grew up together, chasing and rounding up the cows, riding the horse, and many other carefree childhood adventures that she never forgot.
During her younger years, she began to babysit for her sister, Rosella, in Brigham City, and would take the train or the bus from Wellsville to Brigham every weekend and in the summer. She did this for many years. As a teen, Jocelyn had an active social life. She enjoyed dating and spent many weekends at dances.
In May 1949, Jocelyn met the young man who would become the love of her life, Frank Myral Bitters. They were married on September 15, 1949, in the Logan LDS Temple, and enjoyed 68 ½ years together before Myral passed away in 2018.
Their children, Denise Mendelkow, Providence, UT, Merrie Chase of Providence, UT, Debra (Jay) Macchio of Las Vegas, NV, Nolan (Sandra) of Paradise, UT, Ellen Rae (Larry) Scoffield of Kaysville, UT, and Lynette (Bruce) Andrew of San Antonio TX, will greatly miss Mom’s German chocolate cake, her fried chicken, her famous Sunday roast and gravy, and her chocolate sheet cake, but mostly her warm smile and the wonderful way she had of making sure everyone had everything they needed.
Her posterity that she took great joy in also includes 18 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Jocelyn spent many years working alongside her husband in their grocery store, the Royal Food Store and IGA Foodliner, and later began to work at Wurlitzer’s piano factory where she worked for 10 years. She made many life-long friendships there, including her dear friend, Joan Hansen. She then went on to work at the Logan LDS Temple as a Supervisor in the Clothing and Laundry. She retired from the temple after 14 years.
Jocelyn was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life. She was awarded the Golden Gleaner award as a leader in the Young Women’s MIA in the Providence 2nd Ward. She served in many callings in the church, including as a faithful Visiting Teacher, a Cub Scout leader, Young Women’s President, Relief Society President, and as an Ordinance Worker in the Logan LDS Temple. She was on the committee of many annual Providence 2nd Ward Turkey Sauerkraut dinners that became famous throughout Cache Valley. But of the many callings that she had in her life, her greatest calling and the one she loved the most was that of wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was the center and joy of her life.
Jocelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Myral, her granddaughters, Mandi Call Timoteo and Shelby Gould Andrew, her parents, her sister, Rosella, and her brothers Glen, Clayton, and Lamont.
Our family would like to thank Intermountain Homecare and Hospice, especially Christy Tippetts, for their kindness and gentle care of our mother.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 11:00 am at the "Old" Providence 2nd Ward, 309 S Main St, Providence. Family and friends are invited to visit with family prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:30 am at church, and on Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at White Pine Funeral Services, 753 S 100 E Logan. Interment at Providence City Cemetery.
Those who would like to attend the funeral virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88009908208