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Obituary for L. Kaye Tapp Petty

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L. Kaye Tapp Petty

March 20, 1939 - April 12, 2015

I, Lenora Kaye Petty, journeyed home on April 12, 2015, with my loving children, two sisters, and several grandchildren at my side.  My death resulted from pancreatic cancer.

I was born on March 20, 1939, in Price, Utah, to my proud parents, Charles H. Madsen, Sr. and Lenora Roberts Kimball.  On June 1, 1956, I married William Preston Tapp in Bountiful, Utah, and soon we were blessed with three lovely children, Paula DeLynn Alderson (James), Cindy Kaye Evans (Robin), and Michael Preston Tapp.  Bill and I later divorced–twice–and remained close friends.  On November 3, 1989, I married Joe Pistoia, Sr.  He died April 11, 1993.  George Browning Petty and I were married on October 2, 1993.  He died May 28, 2003.  I received my endowment on April 30, 2009, and was sealed to my first love and father of my children, William P. Tapp.  I was an active member of the L.D.S. Malan’s Peak Ward at the time of my death.

I worked as a government employee, co-owner of the Club Royal, and Housing Manager for the Elderly at Village Square.  Bill and I were nationally honored with the HUD Howard Bishop Managers of the Year Award.  Most importantly, my colleagues and senior residents along the way were both delightful and endearing.

In life, I thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world with sisters, family, and friends.  My volunteer spirit led me to local civic events, the Ogden Veterans Home, and many exciting causes in between.

I will miss my three children, 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren dearly.  Their spirit, creativity, and zest for life deeply inspired me!

I am survived by my four brothers, Dr. Charles H. Madsen, Jr. (Diane), Dr. Clifford K. Madsen (Mary), Dr. Stanford K. Madsen (Janis), and Dr. Robert K. Madsen (Marcia), and four sisters, Millie Heaston, Charlene Horsley (Ed), Mary Chandler (Don), and Carolyn Chamberlain (Sam).  I was preceded in death by my mother, father, and four sisters.

It would be an honor if my family and friends could gather for A Celebration of my Life at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, UT. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm.


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Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

It would be an honor if my family and friends could gather for a

A Celebration of my Life.



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Born: March 20, 1939
Died: April 12, 2015

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Mike Tapp posted on 4/23/15

Mom - You gave me life 53 years ago today and I am ever grateful for all that you gave - and the multitude of 'giving' you shared with others!! Since your passing many have mentioned your kindness, wit and grace that you brought to the world. In my opinion, your greatest gift to me and your community was that of patience and wisdom. You taught me about mental illness - and how to serve others in that capacity - from the minute I arrived. The schooling and degrees that came later were necessary but nowhere comparable to the many late-night conversations and dialogue with a Mom who knew much more than the textbooks could offer. I respond as you did when I left you for the last time on the Monday after Easter - "Mom - it was a privilege to be your youngest and only son!" I will miss you lots ~ BusterBrown


Robert Bachman posted on 4/22/15

I'm so sorry to read of Kaye's passing. She was a real friend of my late Father. They enjoyed long talks and dinners together and he enjoyed her company. She was a very gracious person. I also enjoyed talking with her and enjoyed spending a Thanksgiving celebration with her at my home. I will miss her texts to me on Special Days. She gave freely of her time in volunteering efforts at the VA center, and helped many Veterans during some very rough times. Thanks Kaye, you will be missed but good memories of you will last in the hearts of the many you touched... Sincerely, Lenora and Robert Bachman, son of the late Col. Jay G. Bachman .


Cara& phillip posted on 4/19/15

My husband and I met kaye at Del Taco. She would come in every Tuesday and get her Taco fix. ☺ she was just so sweet and caring. We will miss her very much. I thank God he brought her into our lives, even for just a short period of time. I am so sorry i couldn't make it to say goodbye on Friday. I wish we could have been there. Fly with the angels kaye


Anne Datko posted on 4/17/15

Kaye was one of the first persons to welcome me when I recently moved into Skyline Towers. She also introduced me to the streamed operas showing at the Mall. I drove her to the last performance she was able to attend. It was such a pleasure to know her even for this very short time. She was spunky, interesting and interested in others. Please accept my sympathies. Anne Datko


Dennis Heaston posted on 4/17/15

Dear Family: Sorry I have to work and won't be there to support everyone today. Hope all goes well. Thanks Aunt Kaye for everything. Love, Denny


Cherie Freeman posted on 4/16/15

Thru volunteering at the Veteran's home I met Kay. Our paths didn't cross often but I could tell she was a giving person just by what she did to help the residents there. I am sorry for your family's loss. Prayers are with you


Kathy and Jan posted on 4/16/15

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our neighbor and friend, Kaye. We have learned a great deal from Kaye for which we are grateful. She was always kind and generous to us and we enjoyed her keen intelligence and wit. May she rest in peace. Kathy and Jan


Rubio Family posted on 4/15/15

I would like to express my condolences to your family, it can be hard for friends and family to find the right words to express at difficult times like these. The Bible is a great source to look into and has helped me personally when My dad passed away. Jesus Christ promised that millions now dead will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever in a peaceful beautiful paradise earth. (Isaiah 35:5,6 John 5:29) A comforting thought is at Revelation 21:3,4, where it states "...And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry be anymore the former things have past away". This scripture gives us hope for the future! You can also find comfort in Acts 24:15 - Death does not end it all. May Jehovah God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. (Ps.46:1, Ps.83:18)


Patty Stott posted on 4/15/15

Dear Carolyn and Family, Sorry to hear of Kaye's passing. It is good she didn't suffer long!! She was a beautiful Lady with a beautiful Spirit. Know I Love You!! Patty