Oranee Harward Abbott, age 80, passed away surrounded by her family on May 22, 2020 in Provo, Utah. Oranee was born in Payson, Utah on June 23, 1939 to Thomas Orin Harward and Alma Renee Barney Harward. Oranee was the 9th of 10 children, and she grew up in Salt Lake City where she attended East High School. When Oranee was 17 she moved to Sedro-Woolley, Washington where she met her husband, Charles Abbott. He has often said that she was the nicest girl he had ever met. They married on September 19, 1958 and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Oranee attended BYU and then the University of Washington. She worked at Southland Life Insurance Company, becoming a Vice-President at the age of 21, demonstrating her knack and skill for the workforce. Despite her own talents, she was always a great support and contributor to her husband’s business ventures. Perhaps because of the great example set for her by her wonderful mother, Oranee's primary goal in life was to be mother to a large family.

She had six children and kept busy making a home for them. She volunteered in the PTA and was involved in other community activities. No matter where she lived, she always made life-long friends and participated in many walking groups with these friends. She was artistic and enjoyed painting, sewing, and decorating. Ever patient, she enjoyed teaching her kids and grandkids these same skills, and could often be found working with grandkids on various knitting, crocheting, or gardening projects. She loved to spend time at Lake Powell with her family, play tennis, and snow ski. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and served in many callings where she gave countless hours helping others. Her greatest joy in life was her family, and “Nana” could always be found supporting her grandkids at various sporting events, plays, concerts, or any other type of activity in which they were involved. She is survived by her husband and four of her children Nelson (Kirstin) Abbott who live in Orem, and Cindi (Brad) Pearce, Lisa (Kib) Jensen, Alyson (David) Conger, all of whom live in Provo, as well as her siblings, Thomas Harward and Shirley Holt. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, two children (Patricia and Stephen) and four grandchildren.

If there was one word that best describes Oranee it is “love.” She loves her family, she loves her friends, and she loves the gospel. She has shown that love by selfless and constant service, and she will be very missed. We are grateful for the gospel that gives us the assurance that we will be together again, and we know she is glad to be reunited with her children and loved ones who passed on before her. We look forward to being reunited with her again.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to “Cure HHT” which is a charitable foundation for the illness that has taken the lives of two of Oranee’s children and two of her grandchildren. Click the link to donate in memory of Oranee Harward Abbott http://www.curehht.org/oraneeabbott_tribute

**Due to current CDC guidelines in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, funeral services and burial will be for close family, so as to help preserve the health and safety of everyone”

There will be a private vistitation and funeral service held on Wednesday May 27, 2020. Condolences may be offered to the family on www.walkersanderson.com


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May 23, 2020

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Payson, Utah, United States


Provo, Utah, United States


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The Abbott Family has been The Hirsche Family”s Best Friend Family from the moment Chuck and Oranee moved next to us on good old, Foothills Dr. Provo, Utah. Their family had just moved from Escondido, California and we arrived a short time before from Boston, Massachusetts.

I remember they open a soft yogurt store named ”Bogart’s Yogurts!” How cool and way ahead of the times was that?

My mom and Oranee loved each other from the get-go. They were always laughing and doing

Crazy things together!

I'm pretty sure that Chuck and Oranee introduced Lake Powell to our family. Our families went every summer, numerous times together.

Even after my parent's unfortunate death in 2002, Chuck and Oranee, still managed to arrange trips to Lake Powell with us kids.

I was lucky enough to be able to go last summer and spend some time reminiscing about our many lifelong family stories.

I sat next to my second mother ”Antie Oranee” and was able to hug her and tell how much I have always loved her, and how grateful we are that they have always been there for us kids and all my parent”s grandchildren.

Their family has included us and we have included them in all the greatest and most heartbreaking moments in our lifetimes!

I’m so grateful for the plan of salvation, and that Families Are Together Forever! The Abbotts are our family!

The Holy Ghost has testified to me that my mom and her best friend, Oranee are together. I know that my mom was one of the first to embrace her! (you know show her around and get her started doing Heavenly Father's work, just like they faithfully did on this side of the veil…)

We love you, FOREVER!

Leslie Serre May 26, 2020

How grateful we are to have known Oranee. We send hello to her family she loved so very much and pray you may find joy in remembering what an energetic, loving and wise woman she was. It is sad more of us who loved her must social distance at this time but we are thinking about all of you and do send our best wishes for all of you at this time.

sherry and Grit Young May 25, 2020

Oranee was a beautiful kind woman who raised a wonderful family with her fantastic husband Chuck. We are very grateful to have known her and have been blessed by her goodness. We extend our sympathies to the family.

Cameron Lusvardi , Provo, UT, US May 25, 2020