Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rest In Peace, Dear Sister Pat Callister

Frances (“Pat”) Callister passed into eternity on Sunday, 13 January 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a brief illness. She was born in Logan on 18 June 1923, the second of five daughters of Seth Langton and Orita Smith Barber. She spent her young years and was educated in Lewiston, Utah. She had a very happy family life with a mother who taught her homemaking skills, and a father who taught principles of thrift, honesty, integrity and performing one’s civic and patriotic duties. 

The Barber girls were expected to save for their college education and each graduated from Utah State University - Pat with a degree in journalism. Pat belonged to Kappa Delta sorority, and served as student body secretary her senior year. During WWII she worked as a secretary at Bushnell Military Hospital in Brigham City, and after the war worked in the Dean’s office at University of Utah Medical School where she met medical student John William (Jack) Callister, and they married on 29 May 1947 (later sealed in the Oakland LDS Temple). Upon completion of Jack’s medical training the family relocated to Reno, Nevada, where they raised their four children. Pat was involved in Relief Society, PTA, Nevada Opera Guild, and many other civic and church activities. She was a champion bridge player and enjoyed the game immensely throughout her life. The family cabin at Alpine Meadows, California, was the family retreat for holidays, honeymoons and vacations, and was the place where so many wonderful memories were made. With all the children married and Jack retired from his medical practice, the cabin became the couple’s summer residence and sunny St. George their winter home for the next 33 years. 

Pat is survived by her husband, Jack; sisters, Ann Louise (Fletcher), and Carolyn (Mathis); daughter Ann Croft (Ken), sons John (Suzanna), Michael (Ronda) and Robert (Michelle); 14 grandchildren, and 37 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Janet (Ferguson) and Elizabeth (Bateman). 

Francis and John were best known to the B7 Ward as Pat and Jack. They were “the best” and have been missed since they left St. George to return to Salt Lake to be closer to family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his family.


Til We Meet Again, Br. Garth Larsen

Br. Garth D Larsen, 96, had a long-awaited reunion with his loving wife Cleo and his Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Born June 18, 1922 in Emery, Utah to Lewis Oliver and Florence Elizabeth Mortensen Larsen, he married Cleo Alena Rich on January 2, 1943 in San Francisco, California.  They celebrated the evening sharing a hot dog on Market Street before he left to serve in World War II. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple on June 24, 2000.
He was raised in Emery, attended Emery High School where he participated in track, tennis, and played the trumpet in a local dance band. He also attended Weber State University, then served in the U.S. Navy in 4 different war regions during WWII.  After an honorable discharge, he and his sweetheart made their home in Price, Utah, where Garth worked at the local bank starting as a teller and working his way up to regional manager for Zions Bank.  He enjoyed the relationships he built helping the local people of Price for 43 years.  He enjoyed golfing with his friends at the Carbon Country Club and later after retirement to St. George in 1987 continued his love of golf at the Bloomington County Club.  His family was his top priority and any chance he got to spend time with them camping, fishing, or on vacation is what made him most happy.
He is survived by his children Debi (Bert) Leeflang; Todd (Sherry) Larsen of St. George, Utah; Freddie Larsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart Cleo, son Richard,  his parents and 2 brothers.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18, 2019 at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah at 11 am. Visitation will be held Friday morning from 9:30-10:30 prior to services.  Interment will be held in the St. George City Cemetery.  The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, UT for their loving care provided over the last 6 months.
Rest in peace, Br. Larsen. You will be missed.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Farewell, Sister Ruby Briggs

Ruby Margaret Briggs, age 93, passed away peacefully at the Bloomington home of her daughter Karen and son-in-law Pat Robinson on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - just one month after Pat's mother Ruby Robinson passed away.  Sister Briggs has now returned to Salt Lake City where she was born to John and Aagot (Haakensen) Henriksen in the fall of 1925. She graduated from South High School in 1943 and married her sweetheart, Calvin Briggs for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple in the fall of 1949. Together they raised 4 children. Ruby and Cal had celebrated 59 years together just prior to his death in 2009. 

She loved teaching her friends and family about her Norwegian heritage, especially the food. She had many wonderful talents including sewing, quilting, and crocheting. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and magnified her many callings throughout the years. Ruby was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and lived to welcome her first great, great-grandchild into the world. Family was everything to her. 

Ruby is survived by her children Mike (Paula) Briggs, Judy (Duane) Nebeker, Karen (Pat) Robinson; daughter-in-law Carol Briggs, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great, great- grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Calvin Briggs, son John Briggs, granddaughters MaryAnn and Jennifer Briggs, and 2 brothers John and LeRoy Henriksen. 

Sister Briggs, you were only in our ward for a brief time, but we are grateful for the example you set for all of us in faithfully enduring to the end.  Condolences to Karen and Pat Robinson and other members of the Briggs family.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

'Til We Meet Again, Dear Sister Ruby Robinson

Our dear Ruby Robinson passed away peacefully, at age 90, at her Bloomington home on Thursday, December 6, 2018 surrounded by those she loved most in the world.  While she must be very happy to see her eternal companion Ray again, she leaves behind her family of nine children, 26 grands, 82 greats and 7 3/4 great-great grandchildren, all who consider her a model of what a successful life should look like. 

In school, Ruby became known as "Lucile Ball #2" because of her antics on stage in numerous plays and programs.  Ruby was “enormously talented” with her hands.  She could sew like a professional, knit, crochet, embroider, and stitch amazing needle point creations.  She kept books for Ray's business and others from her home and in between the needs of her children.  She loved to cook and travel with Ray for business or pleasure.  She served in numerous callings in whatever ward they lived, including Primary teacher, Young Women’s advisor, Relief Society president, and any other assignment she was given … the last as a Sacrament meeting greeter, with Ray.  

When she and Ray married in the 1960’s, together they set a goal to make all 9 children in their blended family “feel loved, wanted and accepted.”  Every family activity involved the kids.  If the kids were there, so was Ruby … from football to baseball, drama to band, camping, fishing or snow skiing.  

She was also a great supporter of Rotary.  Ray was the member of St. George Rotary Club with a perfect record of attendance for 19 years, while Ruby was Mom to more than a dozen Rotary exchange students over as many years.  They came from Peru, Germany, Brazil, Japan and other countries around the world … and Ruby welcomed and loved each of them as her own!  

Ray and Ruby later became Grandpa and Grandma Robinson to Primary children, as well as "bus stop grands" near their home on Bloomington Drive, where on their morning walk, they would wait for the school bus with neighborhood children, making sure each was safely on their way before continuing around the block.

Ruby loved to serve others, loved her family and friends, and was “a lady” in every sense of the word.

She was preceded in death by husband Ray; an infant son, Carl; a son, Kelly and a daughter, Linda.  She is survived by her children: Glenda (Jack) Fuller, Bonnie Peterson, Laurie (Bob) Garf, Mike (Janet) Robinson, TJ (Jennifer) Robinson, Ray (Tammy) Robinson, and Pat (Karen) Robinson and their families.  

Until we meet again, dear Sister Robinson, you are missed in our ward, our neighborhood and our hearts.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mele Kalikimaka, B7 Ward Members and Friends

 On Saturday, December 8, members and friends of the B7 Ward said “mele Kalikimaka” with pupu chicken over rice, green and macaroni salad and a delightful assortment of desserts for about 200 attendees.  There was lots of happy chatter among neighbors catching up … and  Christmas carols performed by the Primary before Santa made his appearance. It was a noisy, fun evening with lots of good food and good friends celebrating together.

B7 Relief Society Celebrates Christmas

Nobody throws a party like the B7 Ward Relief Society!  This year’s Christmas party, on Thursday, December 6, featured beautifully decorated tables – each designed and laid out with exactness and detail in the spirit of Christmas  - by B7 Ward sisters.  The food was delectable beginning with ham and turkey but completed with traditional holiday side dishes provided by generous Relief Society sisters.   

Entertainment began with a vocal solo from Briette Peterson accompanied by Scott Ford.  Jill Fraser shared her grandmother’s hand-illustrated Christmas story.  Julie Welch shared her musical talent with a rocking Christmas carol on the piano, then the sisters played Christmas Carol Charades, which included gales of laughter.  The Brown-Van Wagoner family’s holiday favorite cinnamon rolls were dessert while Sister Aubrey read her family’s favorite Christmas story “Santa Calls”  The evening was topped off  with the hymn,“Will You Come to the Manger,” featured in the First Presidency Devotional and concluded with the gift of a necklace featuring the First Family.   

A special thanks to those 75 wonderful sisters who shared their delicious family favorites and came out on a chilly late fall evening to celebrate the glorious holiday season; and, to committee members Shar Simkins, Stephanie Bradbury and Aubrey Brown-Van Wagoner who created, yet another, memorable event for the B7 Ward Relief Society.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Elder Jake Stokes Called to Idaho

Elder Jacob Stokes, oldest of John and Kris Stokes three children, entered the Provo MTC on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in final preparation for 2-years of full-time service to the Lord and His children in the Idaho Nampa Mission.  

In 1855, Church President Brigham Young asked 26 early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to settle among the Native Americans living along the Salmon River. They established Fort Lemhi in June 1855, but left three years later after problems with the natives. Latter-day Saint settlers came to the Franklin area in 1860 where they dug canals in the winter snows to be ready for summer irrigation. Franklin is Idaho's oldest permanent settlement. Other members colonized in Bear Lake Valley and in south central Idaho. Construction of the Utah Northern Railroad line brought settlement in the upper Snake River Valley in 1879. Church members taught agriculture, preached the gospel, and shared supplies with the Native Americans. A prominent chief, Shoshone Chief Washakie, was baptized during the early colonization efforts. 

When Idaho was given statehood in 1890, Latter-day Saints comprised about one-fifth of the state's population. Church Presidents Harold B. Lee, Ezra Taft Benson, and Howard W. Hunter were native sons of Idaho. Ricks Academy, founded in 1888, later became a junior college and was renamed Ricks College. In 2001 the school became a four-year university and was once again renamed, to become Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Today, Idaho church members number 450,347 with 5 temples and 4 missions in the Gem State.

We look forward to Elder Stokes' enthusiastic reports from the mission field and wish him godspeed and safe keeping in his work.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Harvest Ball 2018

So, who says “Mormons can’t dance?” If you missed Saturday, November 17th’s Harvest Ball, you missed … well, a ball!  Beautiful decorations, delicious refreshments and lots of happy dancers, game players, dessert eaters and music from several generations for several generations, including littles, tweens, teens, young adults, parents and empty nesters.  It was a fun evening!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

May the Lord Be With You, Sister Grace Bown

Grace Bown, 4th beautiful daughter and 5thmissionary to serve from the family of Southgate Stake President James and Paula Bown’s family, entered the MTC on Wednesday, November  7, 2018 in final preparation for her 18-months of fulltime service to the Lord and His children in the Canada Winnipeg Mission, the only mission in the province of Manitoba.  

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Souris, Manitoba, petitioned the president of the Canadian Mission to send missionaries to Manitoba in 1897. The missionaries proselyted new church members there, although many of the converts emigrated to Alberta.
In 1910 the Winnipeg Sunday School was organized with 37 members. Church membership in the district grew to 197 by 1930, including those in the Winnipeg and Bergland, Ontario branches.
The Canada Winnipeg Mission was created in 1976 with about 4,200 members in four districts, including Saskatchewan and western Ontario. The Winnipeg Manitoba Stake was created in 1978.
Currently 4,639 members worship together in 13 congregations throughout Manitoba.
We pray Heavenly Father’s blessings upon this beautiful sister missionary and look forward to hearing of her experiences as one of the Lord’s army of men and women carrying the gospel to those prepared to hear His message.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Naomi is Baptized

Naomi Wood, oldest of Chris and Marcia Wood’s two little girls, was baptized and confirmed by her father on Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Before loved ones from Northern Utah, Nevada and Arizona, Naomi and her little sister Fiona, joined their voices to sing “He Lives and He Loves Me” as part of the program. 

This charmingly happy child, a 2nd grader at Bloomington Elementary School, loves arts and crafts – including gluing, cutting and glitter – piano, clogging, and learning about Heavenly Father in Primary.  

Through her baptism and confirmation, this beautiful 8-year-old - as all members of the Church do – has now received the Gift of the Holy Ghost and has covenanted to abide by the laws and principles of the new and everlasting covenant.  She has “come into the fold of God” to become one of the newest members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and promises to “serve God and keep His commandments” throughout her lifetime.