Remembering Kaye

We love and miss our dear mother and grandmother and your support is very much appreciated.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mom's obituary...

Kaye Ficklin Halliday, beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 29th.
Kaye was born on July 22, 1951, in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is the oldest of five children of Freddie Ficklin Jr. and Phoebe LaRae Isaac. Kaye attended Granger High School and then Brigham Young University where she was on the International Folk-Dancers team. While at BYU, she met Michael Vere Halliday and they were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 25, 1971.
Kaye loved spending time with Michael and they were an example of Christlike marriage throughout their over 40 years together. Almost every Friday night, they went on a date as if they were still newlyweds and they held hands everywhere they went. Kaye also loved to spend as much time as she could with her six children and 11 grandchildren. She loved reading with them, teaching them, playing games and attending their activities and performances.
Kaye loved music. She loved to dance and she loved to play the piano. She even taught piano lessons for many years in her home. It’s no wonder that so many of her children and grandchildren sing, dance and play various instruments.
Kaye’s testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was her most valued possession. A true scriptorian, Kaye spent hours searching and studying the scriptures and the writings of Prophets and Apostles. Her thirst for knowledge was unquenchable and she shared all she learned with her children and grandchildren. Kaye served faithfully in many Church callings throughout her life. To Kaye, it wasn’t where you served but how and she was an example to all in that way. Kaye never broadcasted or boasted about the service she was giving. She just quietly went about doing good, ward after ward, home after home, person after person, one by one. Kaye attended the Temple faithfully and always brought the peace and comfort of the Temple into her own home.
Kaye spent countless hours working on her family history and loved sharing stories of her ancestors. She loved having family over to show charts and pictures and talk about their lives. She was also active in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers program with her mom for many years. She was always so proud of her heritage and enjoyed sharing her patriotism for this Country and land which she adored.
Kaye will always be remembered for her contagious laugh, her ability to forgive, her unconditional love for everyone she knew, her missionary spirit, her sacrifice of time and talents for good, and for her love of the Lord. All who knew Kaye will greatly miss her.
Kaye is survived by her husband Michael, her mom, Phoebe LaRae Isaac, her brothers Robert and Terry Ficklin (LeAnn), her sister Karla Wallentine (Scott), her six children, Jenifer Shearer (Rohan), Rebecca Halliday, Bob Halliday (Carin), Trent Halliday (Whitnie), Scott Halliday and Steven Halliday, and her 11 grandchildren, Maddy, Joey, Elise, Gage, Mason, Brynn, Lea, Halli, Pagelyn, Emma and Makenlie.
We can only imagine the wonderful reunion as she was welcomed home by her many loved ones including her dad Freddie and her brother Randy.
A viewing will be held at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street in Spanish Fork on Monday, February 3rd from 6-8 p.m.
Another viewing will be held at the LDS Chapel at 60 South Main Street at Salem, Utah,on Tuesday, February 4th from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and the funeral services will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m.   Burial services will be held at the Salem City Cemetery, directly after the funeral.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations are being accepted. Please visit for more information.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Talk at Mom’s Funeral Service, 2-4-14:

In this past week I've started to realize just how much my mom loved me and in turn how much I love her, and of course it’s difficult to come to grips with the things I wish I had or hadn't done, and how much I’ll miss her but I’m comforted in the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and the strength of my mother’s testimony of gospel truths.

As I reflect upon her life I’m reminded of how she truly emulated Christlike love and charity.

President Ezra Taft Benson taught how charity is learned by following the Savior’s example: “The final and crowning virtue of the Divine character is charity, or the pure love of Christ" (1986)
Moroni 7:45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
I can tell you, growing up we rarely saw our mother be anything but kind, selfless, hopeful and certainly was not easily provoked, trust me... I've been known to push my limits.

“The world today speaks a great deal about love, and it is sought for by many. But the pure love of Christ differs greatly from what the world thinks of love. Charity never seeks selfish gratification. The pure love of Christ seeks only the eternal growth and joy of others” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 62)


My mother had her convictions and always tried to teach truths and guide us in righteousness and she was even patient enough to let us come to that knowledge on our own.
I recall moments when I could see mild disappointment in her face if we didn’t really grasp something, wouldn’t listen or even gave her a hard time just for the fun of it, and she would just let it go and hope something sunk in. Then on occasions, I noticed when she recognized her lessons took hold and she was so happy to see that we developed that understanding.

My mom was so gentle and loving, even in discipline. I remember how, in times of   justice,    she wouldn’t shy away from spanking to get her point across… this was in the day when spanking was socially acceptable... but even then she was gentle and wouldn’t do it with anything but a plastic flyswatter that truthfully was more amusing than threatening and it quickly changed the atmosphere enough to defuse our tempers. And it was mostly comical because she would pick up both the blue and pink flyswatters and hesitate for a moment as if to consider which one was more lethal, and as I was fleeing from the scene... I would hear my brother Scott scream, “no, not the pink one!”   I feel this demonstrates just how sweet and kindhearted she truly was… even in her moments of rage. And I believe that though our heavenly father’s judgments are just, he too is gentle and kindhearted in this way as he demonstrated by sending his son as a sacrifice and offers continuous revelation through modern-day prophets.
“The pure love of Christ seeks only the eternal growth and joy of others” (1986)
I’ve always known my mom to be a cheerful and happy person and even with all the heartache in the world she could easily put on a smile, and I recall times in the temple when her joy and smile seemed angelic… which clearly stemmed from her love and passion for the Lord’s work, genealogy, and a connection with her ancestors.
My mom has always strived to instill that joy in her children and others. I never really noticed how much until the other night when I was looking for solace through some memorabilia she passed on to my wife and it included my pedigree starting with my grandparents, and several generations prior. She clearly wanted me to find joy knowing my heritage and feel that connection she has always cherished.

1 Nephi 11:23  christlike love is “joyous to the soul”
Also included in those documents were some postcards that I have no recollection of in childhood.  Evidently when I was 5yrs old she was on vacation with my grandparents in Hawaii for a few weeks and she wrote me multiple times just to let me know she loved me and wants me to be happy. When I read these... for the first time... shortly after hearing of her passing, I sensed she was reaching out to me to bare that message again.  And it was touching to know, much like my 5yr old self feeling alone or abandoned, that the message of eternal love, from eternal families through heavenly fathers plan offers that sense of comfort and peace we all desire during life’s hardships and I look forward to that day we’ll be reunited.
Moroni 7:47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.  or her.

I testify this is true, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fear Not - from Kaye

"What motivates you? I would rather be motivated by hope than fear. Hope in my future. Hope in better days to come. Hope in a better self. And better days in the life of others. But fear comes from not planning or not making goals or not changing what needs to be changed. We all have something that is holding us back. If we are trying to be better every day then we have hope. If we are not trying to change than we are procrastinating the great fear that tomorrow is no different than today." - Kaye 

- We found a small handwritten note in the back of mom's dresser drawer. The only handwritten note. Not addressed to any one person. Dad felt it needed to be shared and remembered as it brought tears to our eyes ...he said this message took Mom great personal effort to live and share. - Rebecca

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Kaye's Paintings

Mom loved to create and express her emotions through various art forms. She loved dance, music, poetry, theater and even managed to learn and create canvas paintings while raising six children. Here are some of her paintings displayed in Dad's house. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Memories of Kaye

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Funeral Services for Kaye

Services for Kaye Ficklin Halliday 


Date:  Monday Feb 3rd 2014
Time:  6-8pm
Location:  Walker Mortuary, 187 S. Main St, Spanish Fork, UT


Date:  Tuesday Feb 4th 2014
Time:  11am
Location: LDS Church 60 S. Main St., Salem, UT
Viewing: 9:45 to 10:45