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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Beginnings Welcomes New Girls

New Beginnings on the evening of Sunday, February 11 was a beautiful program with our amazing young women welcoming 4 girls turning twelve in the next few months and transitioning from Primary into Young Women's.

To begin, New YW President Annie Green spoke on peace and the importance of finding peace in Christ.

From there, the program was almost all girl-powered with Olivia Kerr delivering the Young Womens theme, before inviting all to stand and recite it together.  Then Grace Christensen shared thoughts on the motto. 

Traci Clem, a member of the Beehive class; Sally Fraser, a Mia Maid; and Cara Bair, a Laurel, explained the symbols of each class.

Those who introduced the values of the Personal Progress program included Ivie Adams (Faith), Sage Wilkes (Divine Nature), Melissa Larson (Individual Worth and Good Works), Martha Bown (Knowledge), Alanis Taylor (Choice and Accountability), Alyssa Brown (Integrity) and Andrea Brown (Virtue).

Wrapping up this beautiful program, Laura Brown, who earned her Young Womanhood Recognition Award at an early age spoke on What My Honor Bee Means and Tavia Clem, who will soon be receiving her Young Womanhood Recognition spoke on why she decided to work toward this important achievement.

The future of the Church and the world was gathered in the YWs room.  What an outstanding group of Young Women.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Returnere med ære, Sister Aspen Honey Bair

Sister Aspen Honey Bair, 3rd of Bishop Mike and Lori Bair's 4 children - and their 2nd missionary - entered the Provo MTC on Wednesday, February 14 for the first 6 weeks of her 18 months of service in the Norway Oslo Mission.  This is also where she will begin to learn the language of her mission.  

Norwegian is a Germanic language but is closely related to Danish and Swedish. Written Norwegian is virtually identical to Danish. Swedes, Norwegians and the Danish understand each other easily. Norwegian is also related to Icelandic, German, Dutch, and English and is considered the easiest of the Scandinavian languages to learn.

Sister Bair states she requested a foreign mission when she submitted her missionary application, but was shocked to discover her assigned mission field when she opened her call letter just before Thanksgiving.  “I didn’t even know where Norway is,” she notes with a smile, “but those who have been there tell me 'it is beautiful, although the winters take some getting used to'.” 

The Book of Mormon was translated into Danish in 1850 - the first language other than English and only 20 years after the Church was organized – which was used in early proselytizing in Norway. The first missionaries came to Norway in 1851 and the first two congregations were organized in July 1852. By 1930 there were over 8,000 members. But, large numbers of Norwegian members emigrated to the United States beginning in the late 1800's although this out-migration virtually stopped after World War II.  This "seeking their Zion" limited expansion of the Church in Norway.  Post-war, Norway became in increasingly secular country.  Despite this secularization, there are now more than a few 2nd and 3rd generation faithful members and strong Church leadership in Norway.  Current membership in Norway's only mission is 4,633.

The members of the B7 Ward look forward to reading about your adventures and seeing the growth of your testimony.  May God be with you ... 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Activity Days Girls Use the Alphabet for Service

The Activity Day Girls had lots of fun doing a service project for Switchpoint.  They did an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt for canned goods relating to each letter they were assigned (i.e., B for beans, P for peanut butter, T for tuna fish).  They had 25 minutes to find their canned goods at the homes of neighbors and ward members, and while they didn’t get all of them, they did pretty darned good in collecting food items for local residents in need.  These girls are awesome!  Thanks to all those who helped them out.

Activity Days is a Primary program which meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month with Sisters Elaine Christensen, Tami Sevier, Anita Sterner and Donna Ortiz called to serve as Activity Day leaders.