Gary N. Shields, age 80, of Bridgeland, Utah, the husband of Thelma Lamb Shields, peacefully slipped out to greet others passed before him on Friday, December 11, 2020.
Gary was born on November 8, 1940, the first of a set of twins in Roosevelt, Utah, to Marvin Wanless and Ilenna Nielsen Shields. They lived in Arcadia, Utah, and later moved to Bridgeland.
He would often express fond memories of summers spent playing and working with cousins from the Nielsen and Ross families. He met the love of his life, Thelma Dawn Lamb on the school bus where he introduced himself by pulling her braids. He became very close with the Lamb family, and best friends with her many brothers. They were married on August 23, 1957, in Bridgeland, Utah on the homestead. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 27, 1960. He served as Ward Clerk in the Bridgeland Ward and served in the Scouting program. During his life, he worked in the Coal and Gilsonite Mines, Oilfield and G&L Motors Chevrolet. Later, he and Thelma purchased the family homestead where they ranched, raised cattle and built a dairy farm. He took great pride in the farm and was very particular about everything. He had a love of animals and birds, especially his little dogs whom he loved dearly.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor. His motto must have been to be humble and kind, as he lived this every moment, every day of his life. We will miss his sweet smile.
Gary is survived by his wife Thelma; daughters, Toni Rae (Jay) Bolton, Cindie Kae (Dean) Gilbert, Julie (Mervin) Glines; a son, Juan Gary (Teresa) Shields; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Chris) Floyd, Jennifer (Lance) Tree, Devan M. Fenn, Elija B. (Shaina) Gilbert, Amber D. (Jeff) Stringham, Chelsie K. Gilbert, Katelyn R. (Jared) Hinton, Jentrie D. (Preston) Willey, Wesley J. (ValaRee) Shields, Chase (Lauren) Shields, Joshua (Ariel) Settanni, Bradley D. Shields, Nathan T. (Amelia) Shields, and 19 great- grandchildren; a sister, Norma Hansen; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Carol Shields, Richard (Candace) Lamb, Karen (Howard) Horrocks, Clinton Nielsen; and a special niece, Jana Jenkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father- & mother-in-law, Glendon O. & Thelma Brinkerhoff Lamb; brothers, Wayne Shields, Gordon Shields, Joseph Shields & Jerry Shields; a great-granddaughter, Jaedynn Marie Gilbert; a foster son, Edward Glen Reed; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Adele Shields, Catherine Nielsen, Mardean Murray, Lanar & Irene Lamb, Byrell Lamb, Laynel Lamb, Curtis Lamb, Darlene & Merlin Huber, Jairus Lamb, Lynn Hansen & many special friends he spoke of often.
Due to COVID-19, the services are for immediate family only, but the funeral service will be live-streamed here. Masks are required for those attending. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 11:00 AM at the Bridgeland Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A viewing will be held from 10:00 - 10:45 AM at the church prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.