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Obituary: Frances Bennion Morgan

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Frances Bennion Morgan, age 86, passed away at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 3, 2001 of natural causes following a brief illness.

She was the eighth child of Cora Lindsay and Milton Bennion, born May 21, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Elmo Rich Morgan, to whom she was married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 19, 1937, and by a brother, Grant M. Bennion (Marjorie) of Redwood City, California. Also surviving her are sons, Kent Bennion Morgan (Lynne) of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Anthony Wayne Morgan (Mary Ann) of Salt Lake City; daughter, Nancy Morgan Leymaster of Salt Lake City; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grand-children. She was preceded in death by sisters Claire Jones, Maurine Folsom, Ruth and Margaret (infants), and brothers M. Lynn, Wayne L., Lowell L., and Vaughn L. Bennion.

Frances was raised on 7th East in the community of Forest Dale, attended LDS High School and the University of Utah, where she graduated with a degree in education and a minor in French. She taught school in Salt Lake around the time she met and married Elmo Morgan.

During the war and post-war years they made their home in Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico, a place and time she held in great affection. They returned to live in Salt Lake for a period before moving to the Bay Area of California, where they lived for 40 years.

Throughout her life Frances had a keen interest in learning. She was able to travel widely with her husband and, in addition to being active in university and community affairs, pursued her interests in cooking, weaving, political affairs and especially the French language and culture. An excellent correspondent, Frances is remembered as the link whose warm and lively letters connected the far-flung members of the Bennion and Morgan families, as well as friends all over the country.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday, July 7 in the Forest Dale Ward, 739 East Ashton Ave., where friends may call Sat. 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her name to the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah.