She cherished time with family and friends. She formed lifelong friendships, and held a special place in her heart for children. She was deeply committed to her community, her church and those she loved – and that was many!
She never met an adventure she didn’t like. From exploring hidden canyons at Lake Powell to navigating the streets of Barcelona. From driving through Guatemala, climbing pyramids in Egypt, or walking through Old Jerusalem, she traveled the world and delighted in different cultures and people.
She was a patron of the arts and loved going to plays, operas and concerts. She loved art, literature and history. At her very core, she was a teacher and storyteller. She taught in public schools for more than 30 years, and beyond that, she constantly shared her passions, knowledge and experience with her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her heart, like her husband Don’s, was forever etched upon the red rocks, pine and cedar of San Juan County – God’s country. She loved and honored her ancestors and planned for her descendants. We honor her; we thank her for teaching us to embrace life, to be open and kind, to love. And now she journeys back to Blanding, Utah, where she will lay at rest with her beloved Don.
She is survived by three daughters (Jeanne von Zastrow, Joni Graves and Donna Franklin) and their husbands, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, many members of her extended family, and friends and loved ones around the world. Her energy, spirit, warmth, resilience, creativity, grace and unconditional love defined her.
We celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of her favorite charities: shrinershospitalforchildren.org
Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo.