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 Blanche Dora Bybee

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Blanche Dora Bybee

  • Birth 6 Sep 1912 Utah, USA
  • Death 14 Dec 2005
  • Burial Hooper, Weber County, Utah, USA
  • Plot 8_B-8_78
  • Memorial ID 22134087

WEST POINT - B. Dora Bybee

Blanche Dora Bybee passed gently into the loving care of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 14, 2005. She was born on September 6, 1912 in West Point, Utah on a 40 acre farm. She was the sixth in a family of eight children. Dora began school in the West Point Elementary. Her father was the principal. She was a student at the West Point school for five years and then attended South Weber Elementary School for two years, where her father had been transferred as principal.

Dora graduated from Davis High School in 1930. She attended Weber College in Ogden from 1930 to 1932 and received an Associates Degree which qualified her to teach. The next year she was hired to teach first grade at Syracuse Elementary School. She continued her education (part-time in the evenings and summer) while teaching and graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 1946.

Following one year of teaching at Syracuse, Dora was asked to transfer to West Point Elementary School. She stayed at West Point Elementary until she retired 44 years later.

Dora taught a combination of first and second grade classes from the time she began teaching at West Point Elementary School until January of 1942 when the principal, Albert Wright, resigned to enlist in the armed services a month following Pearl Harbor. Dora was appointed to take his place as a teaching-principal of West Point Elementary. She continued as a teaching-principal for 32 years until 1974 at which time Laurence Welling, Superintendent, convinced her that "two jobs were too many" and so she became a full-time principal until her retirement.

Following her retirement in 1978, she didn't slow down, but served two LDS Missions – one in Atlanta, Georgia and the second in Davao Mindanao, Philippines. Following her return to West Point, she along with several other women, organized a signing group called the Philomels. She purchased some English hand bells and over a period of 26 years the Philomels. She purchased some English hand bells and over a period of 26 years the Philoels performed for various groups from Salt Lake City on the south to the Utah border on the north. About two years prior to her death, she gave her English hand bells to the Tabernacle Choir. It gave her a great deal of satisfaction seeing the Tabernacle Choir make good use of these bells.

Dora Bybee was a very loved aunt, a respected and capable teacher and principal who always set a good example. During her teaching career, she was twice named "Outstanding Davis County Teacher of the Year."

She is survived by three nephews, six nieces, and twenty-four grandnephews and grandnieces.


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  • Maintained by: Leslie P. Fowers
  • Originally Created by: Shirley Bybee
  • Added: 12 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22134087
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Blanche Dora Bybee (6 Sep 1912–14 Dec 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22134087, citing Hooper Cemetery, Hooper, Weber County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Leslie P. Fowers (contributor 46928696) .