Thursday, September 27, 2018

Til We Meet Again, Gayle Morawetz

Our dear Sister Gayle Morawetz - wife, mother, grandmother, great, sister, school teacher, real estate agent, college professor, board chair, missionary and world traveler - passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at her home in West Valley City surrounded by those she loved most in the world.  
Born 85 years ago in Rock Springs, WY, Gayle was the youngest of 9 children. She later moved to Salt Lake City where she graduated from Cyprus High School then attended Utah State University attaining a degree in education, and eventually a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University. While attending USU she met and married the love of her life, Francis E Morawetz.  Gayle and Fritz were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple.
She taught at Cyprus Jr. High in Granger, UT for 5 years while also learning the real estate business, but traded time with her students and her studies for her children after the birth of her daughter Kristin and two years later twins – daughter Kim and son Kirk. She loved being a mother, grandmother to 12 grands and now 21 greats. 
After 5 years at home with her young family, Gayle returned to the classroom, beginning a 22-year career at Salt Lake Community College. She attained full professorship, a status very unusual for a woman in those times. She served in many capacities in the LDS church and after retirement served a mission on Temple Square with Fritz. Gayle also served as a valued member in many medical specialty boards and enjoyed serving as board chairperson at Pioneer Valley Hospital for many years. Gayle enjoyed traveling and was privileged to travel the world with Fritz and their many good friends and family members.
In 2002, Gayle and Fritz decided to relocate to beautiful St. George where they made many friends who mean so much to them. Gayle will be missed by all who knew and loved her. But, we know she was warmly welcomed as she passed through the veil into the arms of those who went before her.
She has been laid to rest next to her grandmother in the small, old-fashioned cemetery located in Richmond, UT.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Young Women of Excellence 2018

B7 Ward’s amazing young women celebrated an Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.  This very special night featured a display of each young woman’s interests and hobbies with a theme of “Take Flight in the Light.”  

Speakers included Sage Wilkes who shared the importance of writing thank you notes to those who have done good things on her behalf.  

Melissa Larson talked about the lessons she learned in completing her 10-hour project.  Part of her assignment was to interview someone about their career.  Her choice among all those she could have chosen? Her mother Rebecca. 

Nathalie Bradbury shared her love for the Book of Mormon testifying it is part of God’s plan to bring His children to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

YW President Annie Green gave high praise to the girls who came up with the theme and the decorations on their own.  “They inspire me and are the future of the Church,” she said, as she shared a quote from President Spencer W. Kimball who said, “Much of the major growth coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.”

Brother Mike Foley expressed his love and admiration for “these beautiful young people who are making right choices, developing their talents including all the things you are doing to let your light take flight.”  He shared an experience of finding a bird which had flown into their sliding glass door and reminded the girls, “in life, you’re going to run into glass doors occasionally and when that happens, please allow others to help you through your pain … your parents, teachers and Church leaders are ready and willing to help you!”

Several of the young women - Grace Christensen, Olivia Kerr, Melissa Larson, Traci Clem, Makissa Peterson, Martha Bown, with Sister Katie Christensen conducting – performed a musical number.  Andrea Brown prepared the program in the form of an origami dove.  Delicious refreshments created by Sally and Meg Frazier were served following the program.

It was a beautiful evening for our beautiful Young Women.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome Home, Jorgensens

Nick and Kim Jorgensen returned home to St. George on July 7, 2018 and have since jumped back into the life they left behind the day they entered the Provo MTC on their way to the New Hampshire Manchester Mission.  Since they reported to the Southgate Stake High Council and spoke in B7 Ward Sacrament meeting a few days after they stepped off the airplane, he is once again enjoying golfing, hiking, flying and photography and in his spare time he is serving as the ward clerk, as a Southgate Stake auditor … and has recently taken up indexing.  Kim says she is enjoying “our new grand baby, our new dog, caring for my aged parents and adjusting to my new calling as secretary to the President of the St. George Temple.”

Of their time spent caring for the grounds at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site, she notes, “It was a lot of hard work, but I wouldn’t change a minute of it!”

In the words of Sister Jorgensen: “Elder Jorgensen and I were one of six couples charged with doing any task required to keep the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site beautiful and functioning for the public to visit.  Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, 'No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before'."

“And like Elder Uchtdorf said, this mission allowed us to create many things that did not exist before, ie:  gardens, Christmas lights, roads, and buildings.  I never imagined that in our sixties and seventies, that we would be able to perform the tasks that were asked of us during this past year.  We tried to follow President Hinckley's advice when he said, "Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks."

“Except for parenthood, this mission turned out to be the hardest but most wonderful journey Nick and I have taken together. Not only did we find people we never would have met or loved, but we found a confidence in ourselves which will continue.  We learned you don't have to do great or perfect things in order for God to use us.

“We have a testimony of Jesus Christ as the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God who stands today on the right hand of His Father.  He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world.  His way is the path leading to times of great joy in this life and eternal joy in our life to come.  We thank God for the matchless gift of his Divine Son and his gift of his mortal son, Joseph Smith.  We look forward to the day when the love of power in this world, will be replaced by the power of love through our beloved Savior.”

Welcome home, Nick and Kim Jorgensen.  We missed you!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Farewell, Brother Sid Atkin

It’s hard to adequately summarize a life lived to its fullest, but Sid Atkin, a longtime seasonal member of the B7 Ward who passed quietly into eternity on August 10, 2018 at the age of 84, left his mark in many ways on his hometown of “Dixie”, as well as the State of Utah and the world! 

Sid grew up at 67 N. 300 East in St. George where, in the red dirt of his hometown he played endless games of basketball and – as the enterprising businessman he would become – opened and operated his own shoeshine stand and, on weekends and during the summer months, worked at the Atkin ranch on the Arizona Strip.  

He went to the only elementary school in town and graduated from Woodward Jr. High School (the red sandstone school building behind the Tabernacle). He attended Dixie College when it was on the corner of Main Street and 100 South and where he developed lifelong friendships with a group calling themselves The Bunch. 

He served a mission in Great Britain, then returned to Dixie College, graduating in 1958. Immediately after graduation, he, his dad Rudger and brother Clayton sign the paperwork to become the owners of the Sugar Loaf Café where he worked as the manager.  Later he built a new café and the Rodeway Inn across St. George Blvd. and with his brother Bruce, built a Sugar Loaf Café and Rodeway Inn in Cedar City,

Sid, his dad, brothers Lee and Clayton joined his brother Ralph (with nephew Jerry – a former member of the B7 Ward - as the manager) in establishing SkyWest Airlines as a major success.

An avid golfer, Sid – when he was President of the SG Chamber of Commerce – was influential in the development of Red Hills Golf Course, the first course in a community where friends and neighbors questioned his intelligence in bringing this simple game to Dixie.  He loved the game and played frequently, getting his first and only hole-in-one on the 6thhole as an early member of the Bloomington Country Club.  In the past few years, he played regularly at Red Hills with a close group of friends until dementia robbed him of his ability.   

He served 8 years in the Utah House of Representatives, including as Majority Whip; was on the Dixie College board of governors, the board of directors at Dixie Regional Medical Center, State Parks board and the Washington County Library Board.  He was also an active and devoted member of his church, called to serve as a bishop at the tender age of 28.  

He and Mary Ann Hunt Atkin, his wife of 61 years, loved to travel and according to his obituary, “Africa was the only continent he missed and the only states he missed were North Dakota and Alabama.”

He leaves behind his wife, eight children, 33 “grands” and 20 in-law grandchildren, 26 “greats”, one sister and one brother, numerous in-laws, other family members and a beautiful home in Pine Valley where he and Mary Ann loved to spend the summer months.  

You are missed, Brother Atkin … in the ward and in your Dixie hometown.  Til we meet again!

Monday, July 9, 2018

MJ is the B7 Ward's Newest Member

Michael Joseph Anderson, youngest son of Michael and Kristin Anderson, was baptized and confirmed by his father on Sunday evening, July 8, 2018 to become the newest member of the Bloomington 7thWard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Eight-year-old MJ, who will soon be in 3rdgrade at Bloomington Elementary School where he is in the Chinese dual immersion program, came prepared with a special piano performance of “Gethsemane” during the short program.  According to his mom, MJ is happiest playing with friends and cousins and being a super awesome kid, so particularly enjoyed being surrounded members of his family from around St. George as well as from Cedar City, Ivins, Northern Utah … even South Dakota, on this happiest of occasions. 

In the words of Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "we do not know everything from the beginning or even along the way.  Our conversion comes step-by-step, line-upon-line.  We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lord's answer will be, "You don't know everything, but you know enough - enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right." 

Congratulations, MJ on taking this important first step on your journey back to your Heavenly Father.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Welcome Home, Bronco Hollowell

Bronco Hollowell, son of former B7 Ward members Bob and Carol Hollowell, returned home with honor from 2 years of service to the Lord and His children in the Spain Malaga Mission.  Bronco, the 4thHollowell missionary, is excited to be home, but wishes he could have brought some of those he learned to love in Spain, home with him.

His future plans include attending Southern Utah University in Cedar City toward a goal – “waaaaay down the road” – of becoming a doctor, and more specifically a nephrologist, medical and pediatric specialist in the study of normal kidney function and kidney problems, the preservation of kidney health, and the treatment of kidney problems, from diet and medication to renal replacement therapy (dialysis and kidney transplantation).

Congratulations, Bronco on a successful mission ... and welcome home!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Farewell, Brother Bob Knowlton

Robert Wells Knowlton, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 2, 2018 in St George, Utah.  He was born on July 4, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Donna Bennett and Robert Knowlton.  Until he was five, he thought all Independence Day celebrations were in his honor! His family moved to San Diego, CA when he was a small child and where he later graduated from Point Loma High School.  Growing up in Southern California, Bob spent the majority of his time golfing or surfing at the beach.  

Bob and Anita DeRoss were married on June 18, 1977 in Sacramento, CA.  They were later sealed for time and eternity in the Los Angeles Temple.  Together they moved to Southern California where Bob began his career at the Teledyne Corporation.  Bob graduated from Athens State College with degrees in both Business and Accounting. He retired from Telefyne Stillman-Larrs as their Chief Financial Officer then began a career as an independent consultant focusing on strategic planning.  He spent most of his time consulting in Las Vegas and the Bay Area. 

Bob was active in the LDS Church serving faithfully in numerous callings but had an especially deep love for temple service.  Bob also had a great love for his family and others.  During his life, he earned a reputation as a man with impeccable character and a brilliant mind combined with a special willingness and ability to help others. His life focus was driven by this love, ability, and compassion to give to others.  He had a positive impact on hundreds of individuals who he was asked to serve and help.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Thomas Knowlton.  He is survived by his wife, Anita and their three sons, Christopher (Leslie), Robert, III (Lisa), Jeffrey (Rachel), and nine grandchildren.  He was loved by his family and will be missed by all who knew him.  A private service will be held at Mt. Shasta Memorial Park in Mt. Shasta, CA.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Til We Meet Again, Sister Cardwell

Sister Kaye Cardwell passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 23, 2018 after many years of suffering since her diagnosis in 1993 of scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, a chronic connective tissue disease. She leaves behind her husband Mike Cardwell, her two daughters, a son, 14 grandchildren and 2 "greats" but her family always said her favorite family members were her two pugs - Thelma and Louise. 
A visitation is scheduled at the Vintage Clubhouse on Tuesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – noon followed by the dedication of the grave at Tonaquint cemetery.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Adieu, Sister Ruth Anderson

Our beautiful and ever-stylish Sister Ruth Bodon Anderson, 91, passed from this life on Monday evening, May 21 at The Meadows where she has been living for the past several months. 

She was born February 14, 1927 to Henry and Rosina Bodon in Stuttgart, Germany. She went on to become was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She married to Erwin Dussling in January 1947, and they had one daughter, Renata.

She was widowed in 1951 and in 1953 left her home country and traveled to Salt Lake City with her daughter, because her parents and siblings had moved there previously and she wanted to be close to her family. She and her daughter lived for three years with her sister, Charlotte Schneider and family. During this time, Ruth learned to speak English and became a U.S. citizen, studied data entry and was employed for more than 30 years at Kennecott Copper.

In 1956, she met and married Bill Anderson. They shared their love of music and singing. Ruth and Bill both had beautiful voices. They both sang in choirs and many family and social functions. In 2004, Ruth and Bill moved to St. George, Utah to be close to their daughter.

Ruth was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding several positions and making many lifelong friends.  Until her health slowed her down, Ruth enjoyed music, reading, traveling and adored spending time with family and friends. She was always a compassionate and generous person, giving love and service to all those around her. 

Ruth will be missed by those who knew and loved her but will always be remembered for her famous Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake, amazing soprano singing voice, her fashion sense and sweet smile. There was no funeral in St. George but a memorial service was held in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 4. Condolences may be sent to Renata and Ken Young, 833 W. 3100 South, St. George, UT 84790.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

B7 Relief Society Celebrates 176 Years

The sisters of the B7 Ward celebrated the 176th birthday of Relief Society on Thursday, March 22 with an abundANT dinner, a pleasANT program, some jubilANT music by Janet Labrum on her guitar as well as happy ANTics and an informANTive lesson on ANTS by Cheryl Terry.

Thanks to all who were not hesitANT to come out on a cool and cloudy spring evening.  Special thanks to those who gave their ever constANT support, talents and time including the food committee (Kathy Tobler as chair, Anita Sterner, Bonnie Sorenson and Elaine Christensen); Melissa and Sarah Larson and Martha Bown who cared for babies and toddlers so Moms' could attend the party; and Cheryl Terry who was responsible for the delightful program as well as the decorations.

It was a very fun evening and another triumphANT B7 event.