Una Moser Heap, beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully September 27, 2018. She was born February 25, 1922 to Lucy Walton Moser and John Ulrich Moser in Freedom, Wyoming.
Una spent her childhood on the family farm with brothers Ralph and Glenn. She learned to cook at an early age, and excelled in the kitchen. Some of her specialties included fried chicken, trout, bread pudding, fudge, taffy, chili sauce, chokecherry jelly, homemade bread and noodles.
She had a lifelong love of learning. Starting first grade at age four, she skipped third grade and graduated Star Valley High School at age 16.
She married Darwin Heap on August 5, 1938. They had three children; Sharon Kay, Darwin Jeffrey and Teresa Lee.
Una worked in her parent’s general store as a clerk and bookkeeper. She also served as postal clerk. Later she was appointed Postmaster of the town of Thayne and was also responsible for satellite post offices in Bedford, Etna, and Alpine.
After many years of civil service, Una retired in 1979. She was then able to join her husband racing horses in Saskatoon and Regina Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wheeling West Virginia, Billings and Great Falls Montana among other places.
After leaving the racetrack, Una and Darwin spent time up Greys River with their motorhome. Una loved the outdoors and enjoyed feeding the squirrels and hummingbirds. Here they had time to visit with old friends and newly acquired ones, and drink in the beauty of the mountains that she loved.
Una was quite the athlete. She loved basketball, volleyball and maybe especially softball. She was a skilled pitcher and played until a knee injury forced her to give up the game. She enjoyed bowling and won trophies on the Afton lanes. She was a natural competitor and excelled at whatever sport she played.
She enjoyed quilting, and made quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also skilled at crocheting and made countless afghans for family and friends.
Una was a member of the Thayne Variety Club. These ladies took turns hosting meetings at their homes exploring a wide range of topics from lectures by book authors to the latest cooking techniques. These ladies were well known for their shenanigans on Halloween. Cars were stolen and left on neighbors’ property for example. She knew how to let go and have fun.
Family has always been important to Una. In later years, she chose to go through the temple being sealed to her husband and parents with the promise of spending eternity with them.
Una is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Lucy Moser; her husband Darwin; and her brothers Ralph and Glenn. She is survived by her children Sharon Tolman, Littleton, Colorado; Jeff Heap (Jennifer), Afton, Wyoming; and Teresa Dunlap, Ocala, Florida. Una has eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as numerous great-great grandchildren.
Una was ahead of her time. She juggled a career, marriage and family before it was fashionable. She possessed a curious intelligence and interest in her world. All who knew her enjoyed her sharp wit and ability to see humor in even the darkest of times.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 2 at 11:00 am at the Thayne Ward Chapel with a viewing 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the services.