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Obituary: Grace (Grayce) Booth Needham Stevens

Grace (Grayce) Booth Needham Stevens


1917 ~ 2007

Our dear mother Grace (Grayce) Booth Needham Stevens passed away September 30th, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1917, a daughter of Albert Barton Needham and Annie Marian Booth Needham.

She married her sweetheart, Henry Crawshaw Stevens, May 6, 1936 in the Salt Lake Temple, officiated by President David O. McKay, a neighbor and friend. She served as historian of West High School graduating two years early in 1933. She attended the University of Utah and L.D.S. Business College. As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she loved the Gospel. Her proficiency as a pianist kept her busy throughout her life as the ward organist or playing the piano at Relief Society or Sunday School. She was a guide at the Beehive House for five years. She was a member of the Tabernacle Choir for 20 years. After her retirement, she continued her love of singing by joining the Jay Welch Chorale and the Utah Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Newell Weight. She always treasured her friendship with the women who belonged to a local book review club, as well as the close relationship she had with her special Darling Girls' Club members. But her greatest joy was her six children and their spouses as well as her darling grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of whom she loved so dearly. Even as she became weakened by disease, she loved watching the little children grow and develop. She instilled in each of her children a great love of music and a love of the Gospel.

She is survived by her six children, Michael H. Stevens (Ruth Cannon), Suzanne Stevens Bowen (Paul), Jeffrey W. Stevens (Catherine Mason), Craig N. Stevens (Lois Ann Mumford), Kathleen Stevens Love (David), and Mark D. Stevens (Lisa Marie Stemler Langlitz), her 22 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren, as well as her sister-in-law, Fawn Anderson Needham. She was preceded in death by her loving spouse, Henry Crawshaw Stevens, her father and mother and one brother, Alfred Booth Needham.

The family wants to express their appreciation for the wonderful care she has received at the Wellington Assisted Living Center and the Silverado Alzheimer's Care Center. We want to express a special thank you to Rose Jenkins for her special friendship during some dark days.

A viewing will be held on Friday, October 12th from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple and also Saturday at the ward one hour prior to the services. Funeral services will be held on October 13th at 1 p.m. at the Monument Park 2nd Ward, 1005 So. 2000 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, Interment at Wasatch Lawn.