March 4, 1922 - December 10, 2018
Hazel Joy Evans Criddle, 96, of Provo, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on December 10, 2018. Joy was born on March 4, 1922, the fifth of six children to Robert James Evans and Alice Hazel Stallings. Joy spent her early years in Logan, Ogden, and Lehi, UT. In 1944, she graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. She was swept off her feet by an impressive blind date, named Dean William Criddle. They were married in Chicago, and sealed in the Logan temple on May 4, 1945. While Dean served in the navy, Joy joined the workforce, using her dietetics skills in Chicago. Following his military discharge, Joy and Dean continued their studies at the University of California Berkeley. In a remarkable achievement for her time, Joy completed a master’s degree in Human Nutrition, while Dean received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. In 1950, Joy and Dean moved to Pleasant Hill, California, where they raised their family. They were blessed with eight children, each of whom they dearly loved: Marilyn Palkki (Dennis), Mary Ann Clawson (Larry, deceased), Dean (Nancy), Linda Wilson (Keith), Kathleen, Robert (Dorena), Julianne White (Mark), and Lisa Dietsch (Tom). Other members of Joy’s earthly fan club include her younger brother Paul, 45 grandchildren, and 109 great-grandchildren. Joy loved Jesus Christ and highly valued serving Him. She was a faithful and proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving on both ward and stake levels, and in the Oakland and Provo temples. Joy was a great support to Dean in his church callings, especially during his terms as bishop and patriarch. Joy loved people and enjoyed serving them. She treasured her children, adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed her friends. She served in the community, and diligently cared for Dean during the 18 years he suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Following Dean’s death in 1998, Joy moved to Utah and continued serving those she loved. Grandmother Joy will indeed be remembered with much joy. (Service Address Change) Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Edgemont Chapel, 555 East 3230 North, Provo, Utah. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the humanitarian fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Condolences may be expressed at www.bergmortuary.com.
Hazel Joy Evans Criddle, 96, of Provo, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on December 10, 2018. Joy was born on March 4, 1922, the fifth of six children to Robert James Evans and Alice Hazel Stallings. Joy spent her early... View Obituary & Service Information
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