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AnnaBeth Gillman


1920 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
AnnaBeth Gillman Obituary
1920 ~ 2017
AnnaBeth Larson Gillman, 97, of Hyde Park, Utah passed away peacefully on 11 November 2017. Mother was born on 27 March 1920 in Pleasant Grove, Utah to Louis Leonard and Leah Margaret Thornton Larson. She was the second of six children.
Mother attended Granite High School in Salt Lake City. She played the piano for the Boy's Glee Club and was a member of the Girl's Pep Club. When she was in seventh grade she met her eternal sweetheart, Wendell Walker Gillman, who was in the eighth grade. They were married 12 January 1946 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with three children, Louis Wendell, Christine, and Kevin James.
Mother started working in her grandfather Thornton's Drug Store in Pleasant Grove, Utah at age ten. She was given various duties to do, some being stocking the shelves and her favorite, driving her Dad's car to deliver prescriptions to the elderly customers. She also worked for S. H. Kress & Company and the Federal Reserve Bank in Salt Lake City. Mother received the World War II Honoree, Civilian on the Home Front award when she worked at the Remington Arms Plant in Salt Lake City making .30 and .50 caliber bullets for the military. Being an accomplished pianist, she took great joy in teaching hundreds of children to play the piano. Mother also taught music at Franklin School, a school for mentally challenged children in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Her husband, Wendell, served his country by serving thirty years in the U.S. Army, retiring a hero as a Command Sergeant Major at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. As a result, Mother presided over all NCO wives. She was in charge of planning numerous parties and events which many military dignitaries attended and she was adored as the 1st Lady of all NCO wives.
Mother loved the church and serving people. She served in the Primary, Young Women's Presidency, as a Stake/Ward Relief Society President, and her favorite calling, Stake/Ward organist.
Mother's greatest joy was her family. She loved attending sporting events, musical concerts, and church activities that her grandchildren and great grandchildren participated in throughout her life. She was a member of the Allegro Chorus in Salt Lake City. She enjoyed clogging and tap dancing and was a member of the Golden Heart Tappers that performed on many occasions in Fairbanks, Alaska. When Mother was sixty-five years old she found a love for art and became an accomplished artist with oils. She also loved to create beautiful ceramics.
Mother is survived by: son, Louis (Nancy) Gillman; daughter, Christine (Darrell) Murphy; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; sister, Leah Gene Rostomily.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Max, Stanley, and Leonard; sister, Kathleen; husband, Wendell Walker Gillman; son, Kevin James Gillman; and twin great grandsons, Carter Callis and Bennett Darrell Murphy.
Our family would like to express our gratitude and love to the following: Gabby, Pam, Kelly, Shannon, and Chaplin Dan at IHC Hospice Care; the CNA staff, especially the two Maddie's at Maple Springs Light House Memory Care for their tender and loving care of Mother.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, 18 November 2017, from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM at the Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home, 495 South State Street, Orem, Utah . Funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 PM at Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home. Interment will be at the OremCity Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. Condolences may be sent to them family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Nov. 15, 2017
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