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 Ruth W <I>Walker</I> Lovell

Ruth W Walker Lovell

Lindon, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 11 Jun 1981 (aged 78)
Delta, Millard County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-29-008-09
Memorial ID 86902 · View Source
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Ruth married: George Collier Lovell
June 29, 1927, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake ,Utah

After George's death in 1950,
Ruth married: Don Lyman Anderson
May 24, 1951
Manti Temple, Manti, Utah

On Sept. 30, 1902, a baby girl was born to Ezra Foutz and Annie Swenson Walker. After much deliberation from the whole family, they decided to name her Ruth.

Her childhood was spent on the farm at Lindon, Utah. Here she learned to swim in the canal, herd the cows and climb the foothills and gather wildflowers.
Ruth's schooling began in the Lindon School. Then on Oct. 1, 1910 the day after Ruth's eighth birthday, she donned her baptismimal dress and ran barefooted for a half block to the north union canal just above Fred Fage's house, there Lester G. West baptized her and on Sunday Oct. 2,1910, at fast meeting Franklin Millet confirmed her a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In the Fall of 1913 when Ruth's mother was making her a dress, she dicovered that Ruth's hip was out of place. The doctor put her to bed to stay a month with a wight on her leg to pull the leg away from her hip because the water jad dried up in her hip joint and that could have been the beginning of tuberculosis. All the doctors consulted said that it would be a long time before she would walk again, but by the power of the Priesthood and the faith of her parents, she was competely healed after one month in bed and another month on crutches.
Ruth graduated from the eighth grade May 5, 1917. On graduation day she had her hair in ringlets as usual and wore a white dress with white lace and pink ribbon to trim it. Diplomas were recieved which were two feet wide and one and one half feet long with a a big gold seal to make them valid. Impressive exercises lasted all day.
After the eighth grade she went to the Pleasant Grove high School. This is quite a task to walk three miles each way to and from school. She says. "I can still remember the smell of supper cooking in the houses along the way as I wended my way home on Locust Avenue. I was certainly ready for supper when I got home." Ruth neglect her studies but was always ready for a party or a dance, and she didn't lack for partners to go places or dance with. She sang in the high school chorus and participated in school plays and held offices in the classes to which she belonged. After taking two years of high school sewing classes Ruth was enrolled in th eSmith Hughes Summer Course. so at the age of 16, she did her own sewing and also did sewing for another members of her family.
This was th 1919 flu-raged year. School was dismissed and for a time no public meetings were held. But with tte extra time the family had to take care of their mother, it doesn't save her life, for she died Feb. 21,1920. The flu ban was lifted the day before the burial; so they had a public funeral, whihc was held in the Pleasant Grove Tabernacle. The building was filled to capacity. Ruth graduated from high school May 1921 in her first boughten dress. It was emroidered net.
The school year of 1921-22 Ruth went to the BYU. Ruth worked very hard during that year taking one year normal course so as to be able to teach the next year. In 1923-24 she tuaght school half-day in Salt Lake City Schools and went to the U. of U.. In 1924 Ruth's father went on a short term mission tot he Southern States, so Ruth moved to Provo to live and back to the BYU. She also enrolled in the school of Arts & Sciences and started to prepare to become a clothing teacher in high school with a minor in art.
That Fall she got a job teaching in Delta, Utah, that fall George Collier Lovell came home from his mission from the Western States. His home was Oak City, Utah. However, he came to Delta First Ward as a home missionary one Sunday. After giving a good sermon, he stayed and talked. He came to Delta to see Ruth several times that winter. The foloowing summer Ruth and her father lived in Pleasant Grove. George came to visit her that summer, but much of their courtship was done by mail. At Christmas when Ruth wen to visit Margaret and Parley, her engagement was offically announced by the diamond that George gave her. In 1926 Ruth was attending the BYU that winter so she went back tos chool and finished the winter quarter, and started ont he spring quarter but her health gave way and she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown so she had to stop school.
They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 29, 1927. As they had both had their endowments, they just went to the latar amd were married. Afterwards they had a wedding breakfast in the Hotel Utah, given by Amee and Aunt Eliza, who resisded there at that time. After visiting friends and relatives a few weeks they went to Oak City to live. here they lived until October; then went pm a belated honeymoon trip to os Angeles, CA. Here George attended the National Automotive School. They stayed all winter and came home to Oak City in MArch 1928. The have 2 sons and one daughter. They lived with Ruth's father in Pleasant Grove where George had employment. Ruth began again working in the Church and from 1929 to 1931 she taught the adult class in MIA in the First Ward of Pleasant Grove. She also was chorister from 1930 to 1931 and from 1931 to 1932 was president of the YWMIA First Ward, Pleasant Grove, UT. She released from the MIA January 1932 because they moved to the Lindon Ward. In Lindon, she was a counselor in the MIA, Sunday School, organist, ward organist for a total pf 10 years. She also played for the men's quartet and ladies' chorus. She was also made President of the Primary there. Her testimony was strengthemed by many incidents of the Lord coming to her aid in running this organization. She bears testimony to the divinity of God's work in that people are only instruments in carrying on God's purposes here on earth. But the people who act in His name are given power to develop themselves amd to help others.
January 21,1950 her husband diued after a week's illness. Ruth wnt to Oak City to teach school, that being her profession before her marriage. During these next two years she worked hard and besides teaching, took enough classes to make up two quarter's work and so graduated from BYU in August 1952.
On the May 24th of May 1951, Ruth was married to Don Lyman Anderson. In October 1953 Don was made Bishop of the Oak City Ward. This was a humbling yet wonderful experience to stand by her husband in this capacity. Ruth was witnessing, along with her husband, seeing the sick healed almost immediately, seeing prayer change the countenances on people's faces, seeing growth in certain people in the Church and knowing the spirit of the adversity, yet seeing that beign conquered,too. Since moving to Oak City Ruth has been organist in the Primary, Group two leader in the Desert Stake Primary, for five years, has taught the MIA adult class and sung in the ward and stake singing mothers' chours. This chorus sang at general confrences in the tabernancle at Salt Lake Oct. 1950 along with the men's group called the sentinels. This combined group gave concerts in Fillmore, Delta, and Nephi. Ruth sang in the second soprano group. Ruth has raised her children to maturity.
Died- 11 Jun 1981, Delta, Millard, UT

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  • Maintained by: SRBentz
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86902
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth W Walker Lovell (30 Sep 1902–11 Jun 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86902, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .