Oranee Abbott

Oranee Abbott (Harward)

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Oranee Harward Abbott, age 80, passed away surrounded by her family on May 22, 2020 in Provo, Utah. Oranee was born in Payson, Utah on June 23, 1939 to Thomas Orin Harward and Alma Renee Barney Harward. Oranee was the 9th of 10 children, and she grew up in Salt Lake City where she attended East High School. When Oranee was 17 she moved to Sedro-Woolley, Washington where she met her husband, Charles Abbott. He has often said that she was the nicest girl he had ever met. They married on September 19, 1958 and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Oranee attended BYU and then the University of Washington. She worked at Southland Life Insurance Company, becoming a Vice-President at the age of 21, demonstrating her knack and skill for the workforce. Despite her own talents, she was always a great support and contributor to her husband’s business ventures. Perhaps because of the great example set for her by her wonderful mother, Oranee's primary goal in life was to be mother to a large family.

She had six children and kept busy making a home for them. She volunteered in the PTA and was involved in other community activities. No matter where she lived, she always made life-long friends and participated in many walking groups with these friends. She was artistic and enjoyed painting, sewing, and decorating. Ever patient, she enjoyed teaching her kids and grandkids these same skills, and could often be found working with grandkids on various knitting, crocheting, or gardening projects. She loved to spend time at Lake Powell with her family, play tennis, and snow ski. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and served in many callings where she gave countless hours helping others. Her greatest joy in life was her family, and “Nana” could always be found supporting her grandkids at various sporting events, plays, concerts, or any other type of activity in which they were involved. She is survived by her husband and four of her children Nelson (Kirstin) Abbott who live in Orem, and Cindi (Brad) Pearce, Lisa (Kib) Jensen, Alyson (David) Conger, all of whom live in Provo, as well as her siblings, Thomas Harward and Shirley Holt. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, two children (Patricia and Stephen) and four grandchildren.

If there was one word that best describes Oranee it is “love.” She loves her family, she loves her friends, and she loves the gospel. She has shown that love by selfless and constant service, and she will be very missed. We are grateful for the gospel that gives us the assurance that we will be together again, and we know she is glad to be reunited with her children and loved ones who passed on before her. We look forward to being reunited with her again.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to “Cure HHT” which is a charitable foundation for the illness that has taken the lives of two of Oranee’s children and two of her grandchildren. Visit the following website to donate in memory of Oranee Harward Abbott -

**Due to current CDC guidelines in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, funeral services and burial will be for close family, so as to help preserve the health and safety of everyone”

There will be a private visitation and funeral service held on Wednesday May 27, 2020. Condolences may be offered to the family on

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Pat Griffin

Posted at 01:16pm
Oranee was my friend. My husband Brent & I remember trips on their boat, cruises & just being neighbors. She was a dear & fun to be around. We had a few shopping trips together with other friends, buying clothes & laughing & daring each other to try this on & that. I know she is in a good place now without any of the hardships of life she experiences. She was a true Christian, always serving others. She will be missed. Pat Griffin

Robin Olsen

Posted at 05:02pm
Very sorry to hear of Oranee’s passing. My most favorite memory of her was at Christmas time one year when we lived on Devonshire Dr. Danny and I were newly married with a couple very young children. Orenee and your family did the twelve days of Christmas to us. She went all out!! Everyday was something incredible and on the 12th day we received a complete roasted chicken dinner
on a beautiful platter! Her effort and the fun, amazing things she did every day always brought me to tears to think that someone as busy as she, would make the effort to give us a lifelong memory. Such a good woman! I’m sure you will all miss her love and fun personality. ❤️

Stan Miller

Posted at 12:46pm
Sharon and I send our best to Chuck and all the family. Oranee was a dear friend and a good person. She leaves a legacy of love and service to all of us. --Stan Miller

Jon Anderson

Posted at 11:34am
Cindy/Bad, Lisa/Kib: So sorry to see your mother had passed away. She was always such a likable positive person and I'm sure will be missed greatly. Best to you in coping with her loss. The beauty and hope of being reunited in the future is the good news of the gospel. My sympathies and love to you and your families.

Jon Anderson

Tammy Murray

Posted at 06:00pm
Oranee has been a bright light of inspiration to me since moving to Provo 27 years ago. She has inspired me by her ability to devote countless hours to serving her children and grandchildren with no thought for herself. Her and Chuck opened their beautiful home to many baptism, missionary and pool parties as well as just a place for the teenagers to be. The amazing thing about Oranee was her ability to still be interested in Taz and my life and the lives and well being of our children even though she had so many demands being the mother and grandmother of a large family. Oranee's heart was boundless in her genuine concern for others. She has raised outstanding children that have been my close friends and I see her amazing qualities in them. She lives on in their lives as well as her amazing grandchildren that are so gracious and kind like her. She will be missed and has influenced and brightened Taz and my life in so many ways! Much love and sympathy at this time to Chuck and the Abott family.
Taz and Tammy Murray

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