Evelyn Vilate Abraham Shields (Val) was born at home on 7/7/22 in Kanosh, UT, the middle of 7 children, to Leonard and Anna Florence Bond Abraham. She passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on 2/21/15 at the Charleston Assisted Living Center in Cedar Hills, UT.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in Chicago in 1943-1944. Over the years, she had many church callings, including President and Counselor in the Primary, and teacher, Compassionate Service Leader and Counselor in the Relief Society. She was also a temple worker in the Oakland California Temple.
She married Ray Searle Shields on 3/15/46 in the Manti Temple. They lived in Oakland, CA, Salt Lake City and Orem, UT, San Diego, CA, Yuma, AZ and Joplin, MO. Her beloved husband of 49 years passed away on 7/11/95 in Joplin, MO. They had 3 children: Dr. Stephen Ray Shields of Yuma, AZ, Judith Shields Tillman (Mrs. David Tillman) of American Fork, UT and Rebecca Shields Greene (Mrs. Frank Greene) of San Diego, CA. They had 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Val taught us that Disneyland actually IS magical. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress. She shared with her family many skills, including tying quilts and making amazing chocolate turtles. These skills live on with her grandchildren and with her great grandchildren.
Val is survived by her sisters Carol Chidester of Lindon, UT and Mary Gae Walker of Seattle, WA, her brother Hal Abraham of Richland, WA and her daughters Judy Tillman of American Fork, UT & Becky Greene of San Diego, CA.
She has anxiously awaited her reunion with Ray (husband), Steve (son), Tami (granddaughter) and the rest of her beloved family. She endured to the very end, waiting patiently to “graduate”.
The funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28th, at the LDS Chapel at 1136 W. 700 S. in Pleasant Grove, UT. There will be a viewing from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the funeral under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at The Charleston Assisted Living Center and Envision Hospice, particularly Shelley, for their loving care. Val will be interred in Joplin, MO next to her husband, Ray.
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