Eunice Beverly Record Smallwood

South Dakota, USA
Death 13 Oct 2003 (aged 94–95)
California, USA
Burial Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 106419635 · View Source
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95; passed away quietly Monday, Oct 13, 2003 in Hospice care facility in Phoenix, Ariz. Her family had been visiting her daily since she became seriously ill from a stroke last Tuesday.

Eunice was born Aug 22, 1908, in Bowdle, South Dakota, to Warren Bruce Record and Rose Record. She lived with her parents and her brother and sister in Farmington, Minn, until age 18 when she left home to go west for a two-week visit with her uncle, Earl Stevens, in Portland, Ore, and worked in his restaurant. She liked the West, and later traveled by steamer down the coast to Santa Barbara, where her aunts Grace, Minnie and Clara lived. Eunice worked as a nurse's aide at Cottage Hospital with her Aunt Grace to earn money to go to Santa Barbara State College for four years, where she graduated in 1934 with a degree in home economics. Before graduating she met Roy M Smallwood, for whom she was accompanist at the Methodist Church, while Roy played the violin. Eunice and Roy were married in 1937. Roy graduated from the University of Southern California Phi Beta Kappa, taught music in the county schools, also tuned pianos, while Eunice taught piano privately for three years. Eunice was voted president of the Harding School PTA for a year.

Roy passed away in 1955 of a sudden heart attack, leaving Eunice with two teenagers to raise.

In 1963 Eunice joined the Mormon Church, and became organist at the LDS church for nearly 25 years. Eunice was a gifted sight reader. She could sit down to a complicated piece of music and play it. However, she liked various kinds of music, especially Dixieland, once remarking that "Irving Berlin is classical enough for me."

She moved to Phoenix in 1988 to be with her granddaughter. As she became more and more frail she moved to a nursing-care facility in Phoenix.

She leaves two sons, David, of Santa Barbara, and Stuart, of Red Hook, NY; two granddaughters, Rhonda Brown and Carol Sprague; five great grandchildren, Aaron and Tara Sprague, William Slade, Jr, Jay Unzueta, and Wayne Brown, Jr; and one great-great grandchild, Robert Unzueta.

Services will be held at the LDS Church in Phoenix, Friday, Oct 17, at 11 am. Burial services will follow at Paradise Memorial Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to the Harold Dunn/Robert Davis Memorial Music Scholarship Fund at Santa Barbara City Colleg

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