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Obituary: Nora Prows Wootton

Nora Prows Wootton

1912 ~ 2007

Nora Prows Wootton, a resident of American Fork for over seven decades, passed away October 24, 2007 at the age of 95. Nora was born in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico on April 24, 1912, the fifth of eight children of prosperous merchant and farmer, John William Prows and his wife Eleanor Thurber Prows. In 1913, during the Mexican revolution, the repeated raids on the family farm by Pancho Villa and the burning of their home and granary forced the family to return to the United States. They left on the train sent by General John Pershing to bring American Colonists back to the U.S. Although she qualified for American citizenship by birth to American parents, all records were lost and she became a U. S. Citizen by Naturalization in 1964.

Nora was reared in Provo, Utah and was educated in the local schools, graduated from Provo High School and attended Brigham Young University for two years before the Great Depression caused her to leave school to work to help support the family. She moved to American Fork from Provo in 1935 following her marriage to O. DeVere Wootton. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

Nora was a devoted wife and the faithful companion of her husband, Attorney O. Devere Wootton and a distinguished first lady of the City of American Fork during his terms of mayor, entertaining congressmen, senators, governors and local leaders in her home. She greatly appreciated the help of her close friends Lois Andersen, Margaret Hansen, Thelma Overly, Lillian Nelson and Leona Noyes during these frequently impromptu fetes. Her home was an open house to all of her friends and the friends of her children and many parties for any reason to celebrate were held there.

During World War II she, her husband and children activated the family poultry farm to help supply eggs to the local US military bases. Although she never ceased to complain about the weather, either too hot and dry or too cold and wet, she loved American Fork and turned down all opportunities to leave except for short visits to family. She was a warm and gracious lady all of her life and even in her final days, never lost her wonderful sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her husband, DeVere in 1980 and a son Noall (Nancy) of American Fork in 2006. She is survived by two sons, Gareth (Barbara) Pacific Palisades, CA and Sterling (Tammy) Holladay. She leaves nine grandchildren (Lisa, Leslie, Christopher, Tony, Nick, Sarah, Emily, Sterling (Dee) and Adrienne) and 10 great grandchildren.

She was a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many active teaching positions.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 at 11am in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E 100 N, American Fork. Friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary and Tuesday from 9:45-10:45 am prior to the services. Online condolences may be sent to