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Grace Adams Tanner
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1906
Parowan
Iron County
Utah, USA
Death: Apr. 7, 2005

Daughter of Thomas Davenport Adams and Mariah Luella Redd

Married Obert Clark Tanner, 5 Aug 1931, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Obituary - Philanthropist Grace Adams Tanner, wife of O.C. Tanner founder Obert Tanner, died April 8 in her Salt Lake City home. She was 98.

Grace Tanner was the sixth of 11 children born to Thomas and Luella Redd Adams in Parowan. In her 1988 memoir, Days of Grace, she wrote of summers spent with her brothers and sisters in the mountains riding horses, herding cows, hiking to "the gorgeous Cedar Breaks" and taking picnics in the woods.

She married Obert Tanner in 1931, raised their six children and helped her husband with the business that originated from a basement and grew into a worldwide corporation making corporate recognition items such as awards and medals. He died in 1993.

The Tanners were philanthropists and instrumental in starting up the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theatre in Cedar City, named in honor of Grace's parents. The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center and the Gift of Music at the University of Utah, among other things, are named after the couple. Grace Tanner received the Person of Vision Award in 1985 from the Utah chapter of the National Society to Prevent Blindness.

Tanner is survived by her children, Joan Adele Tanner Reddish, Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, and David Obert Tanner; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Carol Adams Wright.

Edited from articles in The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret Morning News 4/9/2005. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Davenport Adams (1870 - 1938)
  Luella Mariah Redd Adams (1875 - 1963)
 
 Spouse:
  Obert Clark Tanner (1904 - 1993)
 
 Children:
  Dean Obert Tanner (1933 - 1943)*
  Gordon Adams Tanner (1938 - 1943)*
  Stephen Clark Tanner (1943 - 1949)*
 
 Siblings:
  Miriam Adams (1897 - 1898)*
  Adelle Adams Matheson (1899 - 1961)*
  Thomas Marion Adams (1900 - 1980)*
  Ray Hardison Adams (1902 - 1969)*
  Alice Adams Ballinger (1904 - 1999)*
  Grace Adams Tanner (1906 - 2005)
  Carol Adams Wright (1908 - 2009)*
  Beatrice Adams Johnson (1910 - 2000)*
  Lowell Redd Adams (1913 - 1985)*
  Hillman Redd Adams (1915 - 1991)*
  Charles Redd Adams (1918 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Farmington City Cemetery
Farmington
Davis County
Utah, USA
 
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Joan M. Smith
Record added: Nov 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22846420
Grace <i>Adams</i> Tanner
Added by: Joan M. Smith
 
Grace <i>Adams</i> Tanner
Added by: SMSmith
 
Grace <i>Adams</i> Tanner
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