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Lola Ann Gygi Timmins
March 4, 1935 ~ September 6, 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah-Lola Ann Gygi Timmins passed away peacefully on September 6, 2018. Lola was born in Holladay, Utah on March 4, 1935, to Orson Henry and Zina Vance Gygi. As a child she grew up in East Millcreek and Holladay. She was a graduate of Granite High School and completed one year at BYU.
Lola was called to serve in the Brazilian Mission in 1958, serving for 26 months. She cherished the experiences she had there and maintained close relationships with many of the other missionaries. After her mission, she worked in the office of President David O. McKay for almost seven years. During this time, she also sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
In 1968 she moved to New York City and then to Philadelphia. She married Kenneth Eugene Scutt, a flutist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. They were later divorced.
In 1977, she was hired to work in the administrative office of Chief Justice Warren Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. During this time, she met David Brighton Timmins and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in December 1978. David was assigned as a member of the Board of Examiners of the U.S. Department of State, and Lola accompanied him to Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Hawaii. David was then assigned to the American Embassy in Guatemala as the Economic Counselor. Lola passed the Civil Service exam and was hired as a Foreign Service secretary in Guatemala, later becoming an Information Management Specialist.
Lola's next assignments were at the American Embassy/US Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris France, the American Consulate in Hermosillo, Mexico, the American Embassy in Beijing, China, the American Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, and the US Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.
Lola retired from the State Department in 2000, and she and David returned to Salt Lake City. She subsequently worked in the Olympic Security Office of the 2000 Winter Olympics.
Lola has been active in the LDS Church all her life and has held many positions, including ward music chairman, ward organist, early morning seminary teacher, stake Young Women president, Special Interest Chairman, Relief Society president, stake Primary president, Primary teacher, and Primary chorister.
Since returning to Utah, she has served in many different capacities including ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple and Church service missionary to the Relief Society General presidency.
She has remained active in many organizations including the Ensign Club and the Foreign Service retiree group. She has also served on the board of directors of the family business, the Orson Gygi Company, and has remained active in responsibilities there.
Lola was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, three brothers Wayne V. (and Kaye) Gygi, O. Paul (and Ilene) Gygi, and Wallace Neil Gygi, brothers-in-law William M. Timmins and James S. Timmins (and Devin), by sisters-in-law Margaret Timmins Bailey (and Robert B. Bailey) and Verna Timmins Smith (and Paul Smith), and by a grandson Stephen H. Brown.
Lola is survived by her sister Marjeanne (Ross) McDonald, a brother Perry L. (Ann) Gygi, many nieces and nephews, her step-children Mark D. Timmins (Spanish Fork), Robert W. (Karen) Timmins (Anchorage, Alaska), Karen (Blaine) Brown (Provo), and Catherine (Patrick) McGreevy (Folsom, California) and 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13th at the Ensign Peak Ward 155 North Sandrun Road Salt Lake City, Utah. A Viewing will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 - 8 pm at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City. Interment will follow at Holladay Memorial Cemetery
Published in Deseret News from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, 2018
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