Harriett Ann Reese Chivers


Harriett Ann Reese Chivers went to be with her family and friends in heaven on March 3, 2018.

Harriett was born May 27, 1915, in Butte, Montana to Thomas and Margaret Mort Reese.

She moved to Malad with her family in 1924 at the age of 9.

She attended grade school then Malad High School where she was among the original 5 cheerleaders and graduated in 1933.

She married Derrald Jones Chivers, a Malad native, on November 23, 1938. They had four sons; Jimmy, Alfred, Donnie and Larry. Derrald passed away January 1, 1969.

Harriett was a homemaker but also worked various places in Malad including the Chat and Chew Cafe, Jones’ Candy Confectionary and the Malad Senior Citizen Center from which she retired in 1986.

Well known for her caring and compassionate nature, Harriett worked as a home caretaker and helped take care of the elderly and disabled. In later years, she also volunteered at the Malad Elementary as a special education aide. She served in the LDS Church in both the Primary and Relief Society organizations.

Harriett remarried in 1997 to Varsel Christophersen, a lifelong friend, until his death in 1998.

Harriett always loved music. She loved to sing, play the organ and dance. Her remarkable gift for music allowed her to play the piano and organ by ear as if she had taken lessons for years.

For many years, Harriett was a Pink Lady at the Oneida County Hospital (now Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital) and Long Term Care Center where for hours on end she played the keyboard for residents. She also entertained at the Senior Citizen Center as well as at other social occasions throughout the Valley.

In 2003, Harriett was recognized by Northern Title Company for the Good Deeds Done Daily Award. Chosen as Malad’s Honored Pioneer in 2006 by the Malad Area Chamber of Commerce, Harriett was honored at that time to ride in the July 4 parade.

Harriett always looked forward to attending the Annual Fireman’s Ball in Malad with her dear friends Ruth and Sally.

The last few years of her life, when walking became difficult, she’d ride around town on her red scooter, “Harriett’s Chariot”.

Harriett was truly one of a kind and loved by everyone who knew her. She loved spending time with her family and her many, many friends. We hope the reunion she joined in Heaven was amazing because she will surely be missed here.

She is survived by her 2 sons; Don Chivers of Malad, Idaho, Larry Chivers of Boise, Idaho, and daughter in-law Sharon Chivers of Ogden, Utah. 4 grandchildren: Jaymie (Clint “Buck”) Johnson, Liberty, Utah, Stacee Chivers, Ogden, Utah, Chase (Katya) Chivers, London, England and Clay Chivers, Portland, Oregon. 4 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, her son Alfred David Chivers, husband Derrald Jones Chivers and son Derrald James “Jim” Chivers.

Friends may call at Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N. in Malad, Idaho Thursday evening March 8th, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday morning March 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to funeral services.

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