May 20, 1956 – May 26, 2021 (age 65)

This is beautiful. This is strength. This is love. This is our Mother. Our mother is the most beautiful woman in the world, with the best heart and soul. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She loved to help anyone in need and would not hesitate to do so. She had a passion for donating to charity, and she was proud to hang up those certificates and address stamps she received in return. She was loved by so many people, she touched hearts and lives in many ways. Her smile and laughter touched all of us and her legacy will live on in her children and grandchildren whom she loved more than words. She was a beautiful person inside and out. We will miss her.

Elise passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Brigham City, Utah from natural causes. She was born on May 20, 1956 in Brigham City, Utah, a daughter of Lon Byron and Diane Morgan Stallings.

She graduated from Box Elder High School in 1974 and attended Utah State University and graduated from University of Phoenix.  She married Mike Hendricks in Idaho and they were later divorced. Elise married Alan Checketts on April 1, 1978 in Brigham City. They were later divorced but remained best of friends.

She retired from L3 Communications in 2018, where she was a buyer for them. Before she worked for ATK as a buyer and eventually became head of Space Flight Awareness and loved working there and making many friends. Elise loved painting, drawing, singing, bowling league, reading, crochet and knitting.

Surviving are her three children, Cameron (Tonya) Hendricks; Elisha Ward; Jordan Checketts; eight grandchildren, Traven, Hunter, Shaden, Cooper, Presley, Briston, Daxton, and Kaiden; her mother, Diane Larsen; four siblings, Annette Whatley; Debbie Anderson; Nalani (Gary) Reevs; Layne (Alisa) Larsen.

She was preceded by her father, Lon, and stepfather, Jordan Larsen and her beloved dogs, Peanut and Cici.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mission @ Maple Springs for their attentive care they gave to our mother.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E 200 S., Brigham City, Utah.

The family will greet friends on Wednesday prior to the services from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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