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Obituary: Gwendolyn Finch Epperson

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Gwendolyn Bartlett Finch Epperson, 84, was called home to her Heavenly Father January 29, 2002, in Provo after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Gwenn was born December 16, 1917 in Washington, D.C. to Edmund Lewis Finch and Regina Toulson Bartlett. She attended Washington public schools. In 1937, she married her sweetheart, Lawrence Epperson of Provo, and the couple made their homes in various locations throughout the world, including Germany, Burma, and Japan; and in Utah, Ogden, Bountiful and Provo. Gwenn's life was full of service as a mother, hospital volunteer and avid genealogist. She was author to the book, New Netherland Roots and wrote many articles for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Magazine. Gwenn was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in various positions. In their later years, Lawrence and Gwenn served two genealogical missions, one in Germany, and another in New York City.

Gwenn is survived by her loving husband, Lawrence L. Epperson, Provo; her daughters, Carol Nuttall, American Fork; Cheryl Twitchell, Salt Lake City, Vesta Metzger, Thatcher, Arizona; and Velma Vandemeide, West Valley City; her cousin Doris Deuber, Norton, OH; fifteen grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Regina Bartlett Finch.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 2, at 11 a.m. in the Edgemont 9th Ward on 4300 N. Canyon Road, Provo. There will be a viewing Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E. 100 N., American Fork and at the church Saturday from 10 to 10:45

a.m. prior to the services. Burial, American Fork Cemetery.