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Verla Knecht Epperson

December 6, 1930 — February 15, 2024

Verla Knecht Epperson passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024.

Verla was born on December 6th, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Henry Arnold Knecht and Edith Elizabeth Decker. She grew up in Salt Lake City and attended East High School. Her siblings were Dorothy Bohn, Arthur Knecht, Emilie Rigby, and James Knecht. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. She is survived by her three (3) children, ten (10) grandchildren and twenty-three (23) great grandchildren.

Children: Douglas Lamont Epperson (Amy Phenix), Brent K Epperson (Buffy) and Jana Lee Epperson Quigley (Don) 

Grandchildren: Alyssa Epperson (Gallagher), Hannah Epperson (Jeffery Brock), Amy Epperson (Aaron Oakeson), Brandon Epperson (Britiny Albright), Holly Epperson (Jared Olson), Kellie Epperson (Joseph Redman), Sarah Epperson (Seamus Connor), Janae Quigley (Thomas Price), Ross Quigley (Gina Blake), and Clayson Quigley (Erica Davis).

Great grandchildren: Lillian Gallagher, Hugo Brock; Hailey, Trevor and Avery Oakeson; Brooklyn, Braden, Brogan and Bryan Epperson; Elizabeth, Anna, Ben and Sam Olson; Yvette, Alex and Calvin Redman; Hunter and Brody Barnard; Ashlynn, Quinn and Nolan Quigley; Henry and Theo Quigley

Verla married Lamont T. Epperson on October 8th, 1948. They raised three children in the Sugarhouse area. While raising three children she was a fulltime wife and mother as well as holding various part time jobs outside the house as her children grew. She worked for the Primary Children’s Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, The Granite Education Association, Utah Recovery services and as a secretary at the Utah Attorney General’s office. She enjoyed her time at the AG office and Primary Children’s Hospital particularly.

While raising her children on Hannibal St., she was also a friend and surrogate parent to many children in the neighborhood. She was a regular at the Sugarhouse Little League games in the old ball field at the east end of what is now Sugarhouse Park, where both of her boys played baseball.

Verla accompanied her family on many automobile vacation trips, including one with just her and her children driving to Denver. There were many trips to California and also Southern Utah and Arizona. Her children remember them well.

She worked in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and she enjoyed her time there.

She lived alone in her house on Hannibal St. for the last 30 years of her life. She loved her house and her yard and especially loved her flowers. 

She was always very proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be missed by all of us, and more.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 19, at the Parley’s Stake Center, 1870 East Parleys Canyon Blvd. in Salt Lake City. Viewing will be at 10:00 – 10:45 AM. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be on Tuesday Morning, 10 AM at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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