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Dantzel Kay Baker-Gonzales, 73, of Brigham City Utah, passed away on 12/5/2022 after experiencing heart and multiple organ failure.
Dantzel was born in Logan, Utah on 1/1/1949 to Melvin Walker Baker and Velma Stephens Baker Vigil. Dantzel was married at a young age to a Marine veteran by the name of Robert Tom Gonzales and graduated from Weber High School.
She went on to study to become a Certified Nurse’s Aide at the Area Vocation Center (AVC, now the OWATC) and worked in the head director’s office compiling all the course summaries, typing, doing clerical work, working with copiers, which was advanced stuff at the time and had the privilege of compiling history books at Hill Air Force Base from 1993-94.
Dantzel and Robert went on to have four children, Robert Kent, Jerry David, Thomas Arnold, and John Stephens Gonzales. She later divorced and remarried an Army Veteran by the name of James Henry McNeil and went on to have an additional child, Ben Aaron, totaling 5 beautiful healthy boys.
She was a devout and active member of the LDS Church and remained close to God and shared her testimony with everyone she could. Life wasn’t easy for Dantzel, and even through the hardest of times, including mental & physical martial abuse, she would remain strong, positive, prayerful and encourage her children to do the same. She was a feisty fighter and always did her best to survive, providing for her children and enduring to the end.
Dantzel suffered as a passenger from a near fatal car accident, which impaired her ability to work, forcing her to become a permanent homemaker, where she would focus the rest of her remaining years on raising her children and watching them grow into hardworking and productive members of society.
When someone would ask her what her greatest accomplishment was in life, she would quickly reply “My Sons, all I ever wanted was to become a mother and a grandma. I just love my grandkids!” She loved to work with her hands and was very talented at ceramics and crochet, as those were her favorite hobbies.
She was a fanatical admirer of the performing arts, including all forms of drama, and was quite the cinephile, as there wasn’t a film she hasn’t seen. She could even recall the correct actors & actresses if quizzed on the filmography, as well as citing many catch phrases, and lines from various pop-culture films.
Her favorite color was lavender blue, and her favorite songs were anything by Patsy Cline, and Elvis Presley. She was also fond of the songs Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers, and Heaven is a Place on Earth, by Belinda Carlisle
Dantzel was predeceased by Melvin Walker Baker, Velma Stephens Baker, Robert Tom Gonzales, James Henry McNeil, and recently son Jerry David Gonzales.
She is survived by her sons Robert, Thomas, Ben and John who are still alive.
Services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah 84403, on 12/17/2022 at 2pm MST.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
2:00 - 3:00pm (Mountain time)
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