1956 ~ 2013|
Whitney Glenn Wallace was born on October 7, 1956 in Salt Lake City to Katherine Manning Wallace and John McChrystal Wallace. Following a courageous battle with respiratory and kidney failure, with family at her side, she slipped away on Sunday June 9th, 2013. She loved children, her dogs and family and she adored the Wasatch Mountains, living in Park City, good humor, and beautiful things. She was an artist, philanthropist, teacher, gardener, volunteer, breast cancer survivor and a kind, loving and giving person.
Whitney graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1975. As a young woman, Whitney loved exploring exotic and primitive places in Central and South America, Europe and the American southwest. She worked as a travel agent while attending Westminster College where she graduated with a BA Anthropology/Behavioral Sciences. She also attended Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland where she studied art, Italian, and history. In her life and in teaching children, she was often sharing her knowledge, photography, and wonderful samples of the arts and cultures of other peoples.
Whitney was a Board Member, art teacher and fundraiser for the Arts Kids program in Park City. In 2005, Whitney was recognized on Utah Philanthropist's Day and awarded the Hearts and Hands Award for her volunteer work and dedication to Arts Kids. As a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, she helped many children with their struggle with cancer. She was a member at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Park City and served on the vestry. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Park City and of the Park City Ambassadors in the first years of the Sundance Film Festival.
In the 1970's, Whitney worked at Snowbird on the ski lift crew. In the 1980's, she owned and operated art galleries in Albuquerque, NM and in Park City, Utah and she worked as a sculpture artist for decades. From her various art studios, she went on to create many beautiful sculptures, paintings and works of art including works in plaster, in stone cut with pneumatic and hand tools, in oil and watercolor paints and in mixed media. She even studied stone carving and sculpture with Zimbabwean artisans and painting at workshops in California.
Whitney has always loved animals and especially her many dogs over the years who brought much joy and comfort to her life. She was very passionate about supporting and volunteering at the Friends of Animals Utah that has provided care and homes to many animals and pets.
Whitney is survived by her mother Katherine M. Wallace, brothers John W. Wallace (Valerie) and Andrew M. Wallace (Jane), nephew Morgan M. Wallace, Whitney's partner Josef Brozyna, cousins David E. Quinney (Shar) and Roger M. Sykes (Kaye), uncle M. Walker Wallace (Sue), cousins Anne Wallace (Brad) and Matthew H. Wallace (Christi), Richard Jensen ex husband. She is preceded in death by her father John M. Wallace Jr. and cousin Lucius "Lu" Quinney.
To the staff, Nurses, Doctors, social workers and caregivers of the University Medical Center MICU, the family will always be appreciative of your care and gentle treatment you gave to Whitney. Thank you so very much.
There will be a memorial service June 29th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Drive, Park City, Utah. (Snyderville).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fiends of Animals Utah in Park City (foautah.org), Ronald McDonald House (rmhslc.org), Girl Scouts of Utah (gsutah.org) or to a
Published in Deseret News from June 15 to June 16, 2013