Dec. 26, 1903-March 21, 2005

Word has been received of the death of former Pendleton resident, Mal Berg Oveson, 101, on Monday, March 21, 2005.

The funeral was March 28 in Provo, Utah., with interment at the Castle Dale City Cemetery.

The fifth of seven children, Mrs. Oveson was born Dec. 26, 1903, at Castle Dale, Utah, to Carl Rasmus and Martha Amalia Ungerman Berg.

She grew up in Castle Dale, a small Utah farming community. She graduated from Emery Stake Academy and worked for a year for the telephone company in Salt Lake City. She attended Brigham Young University where she obtained her teaching certificate and taught elementary school in Emery County for three years before marrying Merrill M. Oveson on Sept. 7, 1927. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple and left the next day by train for Oregon where Mr. Oveson entered graduate school at Oregon State College. They lived in Oregon for 39 years and raised their childen there.

Mrs. Oveson was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as president of the Primary and the Relief Society in Pendleton, and as Stake Relief Society president in the Union Stake for five years.

After her husband's retirement, they served a mission together in the Southern states, and she accompanied her husband to Jordan and Turkey where he directed wheat research projects. Mr. Oveson died in 1981.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Richard and Alix Oveson, Martha and Dan Talbot, Stephen and Dixie Oveson and Mary and Ted Stoddard; 16 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Uwin VanBuren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill, by a grandson, Jason Oveson, by her brother, Arnold Berg, and by her sisters, Atlanta Zwahlen, Vera Duzett, Leona Campbell and Cora Berg.

Berg Mortuary of Provoi is in charge of arrangements.


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