Selma Hanson Hepworth of Salt Lake City passed away on October 18, 1997 at the age 93 at her son's home in Centerville.
She was preceded in death in February by her beloved husband, Ezra James. She is survived by four sons and a daughter: Donald James Hepworth of Centerville, Dean H. Hepworth of Phoenix, Keith H. Hepworth, Cloyd H. Hepworth and Carol Gill, all of Salt Lake City.Selma was born August 30, 1904, in Freedom, Star Valley, Wyoming, to Gustaf Emil Hanson and Martha Heap. She attended high school in Afton, Wyoming, and attended college at the BYC in Logan and at the University of Wyoming. After their marriage in 1926, she and Ezra lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where four sons were born to them. In 1946, the family moved to Utah where Carol was born.
Selma was an accomplished musician, with a marvelous contralto voice, much in demand for church and funeral services. She played the piano and organ, and was a chorister or organist most of her life. She and Ezra served a mission to New Zealand after she retired from the IRS after many years of service. When her heart condition kept her homebound, she and Ezra served as missionaries in the royalty division of the extraction program. They turned in several thousand family group sheets from information gleaned from many books written on the lineage of the British peerage.
She will be greatly missed by her loved ones left behind, but is having a glorious reunion with her beloved husband, her parents and many brothers and sisters who have been anxiously awaiting her arrival.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 22, 1997, at 12 noon at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. A viewing will be held Wednesday, one hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Primary Children's Hospital. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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