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Obituary: Carolyn Ann Spurrier

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Our beautiful and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and friend, unwillingly passed away in the early morning hours of Oct. 3, 2004 due to respiratory complications following major cancer surgery. Ann kept a smile on her face throughout four hard months of struggling to return to the life she loved so deeply. The void will be impossible to fill.

Ann was born on July 5, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Harold Eugene Wallace and Lottie Lourhean Hill and attended East High school and the University of Utah, graduating with a B.S. in Home economics which she put to immediate use by teaching junior high school and high school in the State of Maryland.

Ann married Howard S. (Stan) Spurrier on September 2, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple and the two of them enjoyed a truly celestial marriage. Devoted to each other in every facet of life they anticipated each day for the mere fact of being together. In 51 years of marriage they had no serious disagreements because Ann was always right.

Stan and Ann journeyed to Maryland in 1954 where she happily worked to help Stan gain his D.D.S. degree from the University of Maryland. Later they enjoyed an internship at the U.S. Marine Hospital in San Francisco, and then a second year rotation to Browing, Montana where Stan was the Dentist for the Blackfeet Indian tribe. There they both enjoyed the culture and beauty of nearby Glacier Park and fulfilling multiple callings in the small L.D.S. Branch. Following this tour of duty, Stan was admitted to Boston University where he specialized in Orthodontics and Ann was able to finally return home to Salt Lake where Ann and Stan have lived in the same Holladay home since 1963.

Ann proudly wrote for the Institutional Development Committee of the L.D.S. Church for many years contributing her thoughts and ideas to help develop the faith of the youth of the Church. She untiringly visited her long list of "shut ins" and devoted hours to the aid and care of this special group of "older" adopted friends.

Ann was a gifted teacher and used that skill in her many callings in the Church. Many young women gained a realistic and spiritual insight into life from her guiding hand. She also loved the calling of Relief Society president and her light shone brightly there. Actually she never stopped acting in this calling although formally released. She continued her compassionate service unceasingly throughout her life though her energy was limited she summoned the strength to leave cards and send messages of love even up to the day before her death. What a spirit.

Ann and Stan have four devoted children, Richard Stanton (LouAnn), Steven Wallace (Lori), Matthew Scott (Lisa) and Christina Lynn Gardner (Nelson). The perfect mom, she raised her sons and daughter with a velvet glove lined with stainless steel. Always there for them, always teaching with love and understanding, always for the underdog, always smiling, always guiding toward the spiritual, always supportive. Ann has 14 grandchildren who will miss her example of unwavering love, unwavering faith, and a constant happy countenance.

She often said "My life is a life of sunrises" this love of life showed in her selection of books, beautiful art, her flowers, her collection of antique Salters, her love of people and her refusal to ever be negative. Those of us left behind will be praying to feel her influence yet unseen and will be eagerly awaiting the day when we can hold her in our arms again.

Though as beautiful in death as she was in life, Ann requested a closed casket service. However, friends wishing to pay their respects to this unique and wonderful women many do so from 6-8 p.m. at the Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive on Thursday, October 7, 2004. There will be a visitation hour from 10:30- 11:45 a.m. on October 8, 2004 at the Holladay 8th Ward at 5450 Holladay Blvd where her services will be held Friday at 12:00 Noon.