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Dana Gay Redfield

Born: 1/30/1944, Covina, CA
Death: 4/14/2007, Moab, UT
Service: 04/17/2007, Graveside
Interment: 04/17/2007, , Grand Valley Cemetery

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” — Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Dana Redfield (Morse) shed her earthly garment and “skyed up,” as her brothers would say, on April 14, 2007. She died surrounded by loved ones, here, and on the other side to receive her. An aggressive form of kidney cancer was the agent of death. Dana was very grateful for the excellent care she received from doctors, nurses, physical therapists, hospice workers and other caregivers in Moab, and in Grand Junction, Colo., and the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. She knew it was all a gift, the kindness and the caring, nothing she’d earned, like life itself is a gift. Special thanks to Dr. Jonas Munger and the hospice workers, Anita, Connie, Nancy, Doug, Beth, and Chris. Also, Thank you, Dr. Rouzer, Dr. Kempa, Dr. Douglas Rock (at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction), Dr. Chris Dechet, Huntsman Cancer Institite and Dr. Meic Schmitt, University of Utah, and thanks to all of the nurses and other personnel of all of these doctors, who were so kind, patient and compassionate. Dana also wanted to say thanks to the people at the Utah Workforce Services for their kindness, compassion and efficiency in processing the complicated paperwork of SSI and Medicaid. Bless the citizens of Utah for making provisions for those who are unable to afford insurance for medical care. Dana was born January 30, 1944 in Covina, Calif. She had a good, full life. She played some music, made some art, wrote some books, gave her heart. Dana is survived by the family she dearly loved, father, Nolan R. Morse; mother, Yvonne (Sorensen) Morse; daughter, Michelle Yvonne Tomburello; brothers Paul Morse, Tim Morse and Phillip Morse, all of Moab; Mike Morse, of Edmond, Okla.; Steve Morse, of Luther, Okla.; and sister, Susan Baldwin (Keith) Taylor, of Arizona. Special thanks to the “friends of Bill” everywhere, and thank you Jerri Lillibridge for your extraordinary friendship through bright and hard times. Thanks to Dan Star who drove her most days of the week, five days a week, for eight weeks, to Grand Junction, Colo., for radiation treatments. Dana was also very grateful for her friends around the globe: Jane and Moshe Melklor and Mary Rodwell, Perth, Australia; Martin Law, West Cork, Ireland; in the USA, Frank DeMarco, Bob Friedman, Nancy Dorman, Eliahu Edelson, Jill Roe Bennett, Roman Vodacek, Carla Rueckert McCarty, Jim McCarty, Ila See Swanburg, Donna Levy, Jim Veitl, Richard Frager. Locally, Dana was especially grateful for the good Samaritan acts of John Andrews, and neighbors Lisa Church and Kelly Thornton. It is these kinds of unexpected, and uncalled-for gifts and help that strengthened her faith in the divine nature of human beings. More thanks and much love to old friends, Annie Dekker, John and Kate Douglas, Larry Schmitt and Suze Laramie. Over the years there were many special friends, too many to name here, who enriched Dana’s life. Jesus said: “And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” — Luke 11:9

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