Cumorah Holdaway

Cumorah Holdaway (Gordon)

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Cumorah Gordon Holdaway left this earth on August 10, 2020 at 4:53 AM. She turned 91 years old this year. She was born January 9, 1929 in Orem, Utah, to Curtis E Gordon and Minnie Elizabeth Crandall. She was the seventh child of seven girls and one boy. She and her sisters and brother lived on a fruit farm working shoulder to shoulder alongside their parents. Their dad made the early morning picking fruit fun by singing all the time. She loved playing softball. She played her best game at age 60, when in one inning she made all three outs.

Cumorah attended school in Orem at Spencer Elementary and then Sharon Elementary then to Lincoln High School. She met Robert Eugene Holdaway the first day of seventh grade. They knew each other and were friends and did things together in their boy/girl groups, but did not officially date until the football banquet in the 11th grade. She was involved in musical programs and singing in a sextet all through High School. She and Robert graduated together at Lincoln High School seminary and High School. They both attended BYU, Cumorah for only one year. She worked for Dr. Richins as the receptionist and bookkeeper until she and Robert were married and sealed on August 17, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple.

They lived in Vineyard all of their lives and loved being there. Cumorah loved being on the farm with Robert and his dad, driving the truck and harvesting crops. She loved gardening. She served in the PTA and served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in many callings. She was Stake Young Women’s President for nine years.

She enjoyed singing, especially with two of her sisters, Jenny and Libby, known as the Gordon sisters. She accompanied her father on the piano when he sang for funerals, weddings, building dedications, etc. She always enjoyed being involved in music.

She loved all her friends and good people in the Farm Bureau organization. She and Robert loved to travel with her friends to conventions and took extended trips to many countries.

She dearly loves her siblings Alta, Susie, Maxine, Jenny, her only brother Dee, Libby, and her sister Dixie. Dixie is the only one alive still. Cumorah and Robert have 5 children and their spouses, Karen Stewart, Brent (deceased) and Reta Holdaway, Keith and Joni Holdaway, Sherrie-Kaye and David Miller, and JaNae and Nate Riley. Cumorah has 32 grandchildren and 75 great grandchildren. She dearly loves each and every one of them.

Cumorah loves America. She is one of the best flag-waving Americans you will ever meet.

Cumorah Gordon Holdaway has an incredible testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loves our Savior.

A visitation for both will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater, 600 South 400 East, Orem, Utah. Masks are encouraged along with Social Distancing. Interment will be in Provo City Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be offered to the family at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks are encouraged along with Social Distancing.
  • Service

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 10:00am
    SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater
    600 South 400 East
    Orem, Utah 84058
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks are encouraged along with Social Distancing.

    Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery


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Karl Clegg

Posted at 07:11pm
What an amazing LOVE story and to think they were able to complete earthly missions together and return to a heavenly home together....what a blessing!! As a young boy scout, one of my first merit badges I earned was Animal Science and the merit badge counselor was Brother Robert Holdaway! When I say earned, I mean earned as this good man was very thorough and made sure I completed ALL the requirements. I remember to this day how much time he spent with me to make sure that I had done my part to earn that merit badge on a subject he was very passionate about. I remember many times seeing Robert and Cumorah together at church events, sporting events, community events, etc. I remember well hearing Cumorah get after referees when bad calls were made at the Marriott Center and I was grateful she was helping the COUGS!! All the best to a wonderful Holdaway Family at this difficult certainly had WONDERFUL parents that lived life the right way!!! With Love, Karl Clegg

Danielle Taylor

Posted at 08:39pm
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Cumorah's passing. Then pleased to hear that she and Robert went together. What a sweet tender mercy.
Cumorah was one of my favorite people. She was always so kind and accepting and loving to me as I grew up in Vineyard. She was one of my favorite YW leaders. She always expressed interest in me and what I was doing. She always encouraged me to sing. It was fun to have her stop in at the garden center now and again when I worked there before we closed the business. Fun to see such a happy, positive person. I will miss her but remember her great example of love and service in the Kingdom.
Danielle Holdaway Taylor

Nora Bishop

Posted at 11:55am
Dear Holdaway Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing of your dear parents. As you know, your dad was my dad's cousin and we have always felt a strong connection to your family. Wherever we bumped into them in the community we were warmly greeted and enjoyed catching up on the news of your wonderful family. Their example of kindness, service, family and community should be an inspiration to all. They will truly be missed.
With love and respect,
Nora (Holdaway) and Clark Bishop

Pauline Pinnock

Posted at 08:46pm
My sincerely sympathy to the Holdaway family on the passing of your sweet parents. They were some of the nicest people on this earth. When we moved into Vineyard Ward in 1970 they took us into the ward family as though we had been born there and even 50 years later and a few Stake and Ward boundry changes later Vineyard still feels like home because of good people like them. May you feel the peace and comfort that comes from knowing you will see them again . Pauline and the late Tex Pinnock and family

Laura Reimschiissel

Posted at 06:53pm
Dear Holdaway Family,
This is Laura Madsen Reimschiissel, Kay & Maurines daughter. So many memories wonderful memories. . The best one is, Pam and I went to visit Cumorah, while at grandma Madsen’s house. We loved her laugh and her voice. She was busy canning in the pressure cooker. She needed to go grab something from grandma and asked us to watch the pot, she explained to us before leaving to keep the needle at a certain point by turning the heat down just a little at a time, if it gets to the red mark it could explode. Pam and I never took our eyes off that gauge. In reality she was gone maybe 15 min max but it felt like hours. We were so relived when she walked through the door. We went back to grandmas house.
We Love your family, our heart hurts for your loss. But what a beautiful story to have parents go together. It’s the perfect fairytale ending.
Please know how much I wish I could have been there. But this COVID stuff is to risky for my husbands business. I know you get it, I adored your parents/family You all are so wonderful.
Prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Laura M. Reimschiissel😘

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