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Iris Despain

Iris Ann Despain (Robinson)

Thursday, October 12th, 1950 - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
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Iris Ann Despain, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, passed away on September 2, 2020 after a fight with CoVid-19.

She was born on October 12, 1950 in Payson, Utah to Jennie Lavoie Hughes and Elmer K Robinson. She was the 13th child in a loving family of 14 children.

Iris married Vernon Allen Prince Jr. and they had 4 boys. They later divorced.

Iris was married in the Provo Temple to Merrill Asay Despain on January 16, 1990. They were happy together until his death in 2008. He was the love of her life and she has missed him dearly since then.

Iris loved to make things. She made doll beds, holiday decorations and anything crafty. Her most recent project has been making hundreds of jingle boxes and felt hearts to go in survivor kits for domestic violence survivors for Hearts Knit Together. She loved to decorate her home for each holiday and dressing up for them too. She loved heart earrings in February, four leaf clovers in March, pumpkin earrings in October, and candy canes in December.

Iris loved her Savior Jesus Christ and had a wonderful relationship with him. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She wasn’t showy about her beliefs, but held them close to her heart. When her health stopped her from attending church, she loved others coming to give her the sacrament, especially when it was a son or grandson.

Iris’s greatest joy came from her family. She never missed a birthday or special occasion, whether by attending or sending cards. She loved her sons and was so pleased with their accomplishments and good decisions. Nothing upset her more than when someone spoke badly about her boys! She loved family get togethers, celebrations and barbecues. Any excuse to be with family was a good excuse.

Iris was well loved by all who knew her. All of her Facebook friends miss her cheerful Good Morning and Good Night messages. She was generous, loving, caring, compassionate and sweet. Iris had a way of finding small things to do to show her love. Whether helping fold laundry on a busy day, finding a cute pair of holiday earrings, or baking her wonderful zucchini bread for someone.

She is preceded in death by her parents, four siblings: Paul, Phillis, Roger and David, her husband, Merrill, and her granddaughter, Shyann.

She is survived by her siblings: Gerrie, Jean (Jerry), Kay, Glenda, Helen, Dennis, Alan, Robert (Wynne), and Lynda (Craig), her sons: Brian, Mike, Jay and Karl (Carrie), her stepchildren: Licia, William,Neil (Megan), Anna, Joy (Jack), and 29 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, September 8th from 6-8pm at Nelson Mortuary, 4780 N University Ave, Provo. A graveside service week be held at 10 am Wednesday, September 9th at Evergreen Cemetery, Springville.

For those who wish to attend, the family respectfully asks that they please not hug or shake hands, but reserve hugs for a later date, when CoVid-19 is better under control. If you are joining us at the graveside and wish to sit, please bring a chair. Masks are required. Thank you.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Springville Evergreen Cemetery
    1997 South 400 East
    Springville, Utah 84663
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Private Condolence

Lynda Chilton

Posted at 05:37pm
I will miss you Sis, you are my best friend. You are always in my heart. Tell everyone hello up there for me Tell me meet again. I love you

Kathy Olsen

Posted at 02:18pm
I have known Iris from many years we have been neighbors since childhood.I will miss this sweet lady.
May the lords blessings be with her family at this time.

Clara Jean

Posted at 05:46pm
Iris was such a sweet and special sister. I will miss her . She always had a smile for everyone. She is being welcomed by the ones waiting for her. What great time she will be enjoying.

Joyce (Cox) Fonseca e Silva

Posted at 01:04pm
Iris Ann was a school mate. Last time I saw her was at our 50th class reunion at the Governor's mansion. She hadn't changed, still the sweet woman I always knew. May God bless her family.

Glenda Pino

Posted at 03:10pm
I miss seeing her cheerful good morning and good night post, Iris enjoyed
Going to the PROVO rec center to excise, and have lunch, she made some
Great friends their, , love ya bunches sis, my you have a awesome reunion
With everyone up in HEAVEN, till we met again love ya bunches

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