Sep 112013

LaPreal Rogers Hoyt Houser passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at her daughter Pamela Proulx’s home in Waukesha, Wis. Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Arcadia Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 4225 N. 56th St. in Phoenix. Her internment will be at 3 o’clock that afternoon at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale.
LaPreal was born Aug. 24, 1919, in Snowflake to Rueben Davis Rogers and Wealthy Ballard, the eighth of 10 children.
She graduated from Snowflake High School at the top of her class, having served as senior class vice president and editor of the yearbook. She subsequently graduated from Gila Junior College with honors in 1939.
Throughout high school, she and Israel Ard Hoyt dated. He came home from school for Christmas in 1939, and they were married at the Main Street Chapel in Snowflake. He returned to college in Washington, D.C. and she soon joined him. Sometime later they moved to Salt Lake City. In 1946 they moved to Phoenix for him to join his brother and brother-in-law in building homes. The first subdivision they built was named LaPreal Manor. Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley were all home to them as they raised their family. In 1963, their family was sealed in the Mesa Temple. Her dearest Ard passed away in 1970.
In 1975 she married Wayne Houser Sr. He passed away in 1997, after which LaPreal moved back to Snowflake, where she lived until 2008 in her home on Third West with the beautiful white gazebo. Health issues necessitated her moving back to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. In 2010 she went to live with her daughter Pamela in Wisconsin. She remained there under the constant and loving care of this precious daughter, granddaughter Lindsay Ellis and great-granddaughter Maya Ellis.
LaPreal was active in the LDS church where she sang in numerous choirs. She and Ard were stake dance directors in Phoenix for many years, and she served as a special secretary to several bishops there. She always faithfully served as a visiting teacher. Any recipient of LaPreal’s compassionate service, in the form of food, received a magnificent meal!
She was preceded by her parents, and siblings Cora Rogers Rogers, Lawrence Davis Rogers, Minnie Rogers Barrett, Lynn Charles Rogers, Annie Rogers Smith, Harlon Rogers, Marlon Isaac Rogers, Herbert Melvin Rogers and Fenla Rogers Hatch.
She is survived by her children, Timothy Ard Hoyt (Deborah) of Ohio, Shirlyn Hoyt Allen (James) of Phoenix, Coleman Davis Hoyt (Nikki) of Snowflake, Pamela Hoyt Proulx (Douglas) of Waukesha and LaPreal (Penny) Hoyt Ellis (Daniel) of Heber City, Utah. These, along with her 29 grandchildren and 93 great-grandchildren, will miss her every day.LaPreal Hoyt Houser (woman only)