|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1928|
San Juan County
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 2009|
Salt Lake County
Our dear Elsie Mae Rhodes Blood Evans Wright, 80, passed away on September 18, 2009 at Legacy House Assisted Living Center of South Jordan after a challenging but fulfilling life.
She was born October 18, 1928 to Roseanna Miller and William Arthur Rhodes at her grandmother's home outside of Monticello, Utah and was raised in Ferron, Utah.
On February 11, 1946, she married Adren Wayne Blood, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
Elsie Mae and Wayne were called by President George Albert Smith and served together as missionaries in the Northern States Mission (Iowa and Illinois) between 1951-1953.
Upon returning home, they were blessed to adopt two wonderful children, Wendy and David. After Wayne's untimely death, Elsie Mae married Arthur John Jr. (Jack) Evans, the father of four children on November 29, 1973. Elsie Mae cared dearly for Jack who later passed away from cancer.
She continued her genealogy and service in the Jordan River Temple, where she later met and married Gordon Wright, the father of 12 children, on May 10, 1986. Shortly after their marriage, Elsie Mae and Gordon fulfilled a mission to the Manila, Philippine Temple where Gordon served in the Temple Presidency. After returning home, Elsie Mae and Gordon served in the Jordan River Temple until he passed away on April 10, 2003.
Elsie Mae was beloved by many and overcame many challenges in her life, including the loss of loved ones and the dehabilitating effects of two strokes. Elsie Mae was a beloved daughter of God and an elect lady. She was called to many church callings and faithfully served with all her heart, might, mind, and strength.
She possessed the gift of friendship and loved the many people she met over her lifetime. She cared for the lonely, the sick and the grieving. She was a teacher of truth with faith in and a firm testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Elsie Mae fought the good fight and finished her work upon the earth.
Elsie Mae is survived by her daughter Wendy Peterson (Neil) and her son David (Rickiekay) and their children and grandchildren, and her brother Jack L. Rhodes (Angie). She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Margie and Betty. Elsie Mae is loved by her other family of step children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley Mortuary, 1007 West South Jordan Parkway (10600 South), South Jordan, UT, where a viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment: Draper City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on September 20, 2009.
Draper City Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Sep 20, 2009
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