Gladys Judene Dalebout Wixom – St George News


August 19, 1938 – July 5, 2021

Gladys Judene Dalebout Wixom passed away peacefully on July 5, 2021 at the age of 82. She was born on August 19, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Alma H. ​​and Gladys Tripp Dalebout.

Aside from a brief period in Seattle, Washington, she spent her childhood living on Dearborn Street in Sugarhouse, south of Salt Lake City. She graduated from South High School and was quickly introduced by her cousin to Hartt P. Wixom.

She attended Brigham Young University and joined Hartt on the staff of the student newspaper, The Daily Universe. They married in 1958, raised five daughters and two sons, and fostered a student from the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Judene was passionate, loyal and enthusiastic in everything she did. She loved family history, sewing, crochet, and was a talented artist and writer. She painted hundreds of ceramic figurines in remembrance of her posterity. She was a devoted wife to Hartt and looked forward to returning with him after his death in 2017.

His seven children, 28 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren were his pride and joy. She has been active throughout her life in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had many dear friends in Salt Lake City, Holladay, Provo, and Ivins, Utah, as well as Cokeville, Wyoming. She served a mission with Hartt at church headquarters in Salt Lake City.

She co-wrote the book The Cokeville Miracle with Hartt, an inspirational story about the 1986 elementary school bombing in Cokeville, Wyoming. When this story became a popular movie in 2015, she was overjoyed to learn that it had strengthened many people.

Judene spent several years volunteering in the emergency room at Cottonwood Hospital, then worked for BYUSA, the student organization at Brigham Young University. During her stay, she received the “Brigham Award” for her many years of service.

Judene is survived by her sister Nancy Pierson Irvine (Holladay, Utah); brother, Dennis Dalebout (Salt Lake City, Utah & Florida); children, Wendi Taylor (Las Vegas, Nevada), Julie Del Vechio (San Diego, CA), Wade Wixom (Hurricane, Utah), Peggy Proffit (Ivins, Utah), Cindy Dixon (Twin Falls, Idaho), Jenny Slack (West Haven, Utah) and Kamron Wixom (Saratoga Springs, Utah).

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the Center Street LDS Chapel in Ivins, Utah. The family will be available for visits from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30 at the same location.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, 435-986-2085. Friends and family are welcome to sign their online guest book at

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