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Omalea Gwen McCormick

Thursday, January 16, 2003

CLINTON, Utah -- Omalea Gwen McCormick, 72, died Sunday (Jan. 12, 2003) at her home.

She was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Hayes County, to Delbert L. and Ilah M. Fornoff. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse to eighth grade, then moved into town to complete her high school. She received her teaching certificate at McCook Junior College. She worked as a DJ for a McCook radio station for a short time. She taught school in several one-room schoolhouses for the Hayes County School District No. 25 for three years.

On Dec. 8, 1949, she married Jack Leigh Boyd in McCook. They were later divorced. She was the Society Editor for the Farmington, N.M. Times Daily, The Moab Gazette in Moab, Utah, and The Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She then worked as a secretary for the Argon Nuclear Reservation outside of Idaho Falls.

On April 12, 1972, she married Terrel D. McCormick. Soon after marrying, he received orders to go to Panama. While stationed in Panama, she worked for The Department of Customs on the Canal. They lived in Panama for seven years. They were transferred to Hill Air Force Base in 1978, where she was a Logistics Specialist.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Terrel in 1986; one son, Terry L. Boyd; and her companion, Deloy Lafe Ward.

Survivors include her children, Dan Boyd, Jim and wife, Liz Boyd, Connie Henthorn, Lewis D'Amico, Charles Henthorn, Connie Robertson and Steven Ward; sisters, Fauneil and husband, Verl Glee, Jerri and husband, Chris, Joycelyn Bowman Besser, and Anna Sterling Hart; one brother, Phillip Fornoff and wife, Marylyn; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Graveside services will be Sunday, 3:30 p.m., at the Hayes Center Cemetery with the Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.