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Obituary: Gwendolyn Ashby Isom

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Gwendolyn Ashby Isom She Will Be Missed Grandma Isom peacefully left us on Sunday, January 28th following a brief struggle with illness. Gwen or 'Gwendy' as her dad would call her was very proud of her children and their families: Loretta (Richard) Geertsen, Terry (Janet), Carol (Larry) Loveless, Randy (Vikki), Mark (Chris), Janice (Thomas) Pruess, Bonnie (Luke) McDermott, and Gene (Nancy). She considered her children's spouses as her own. Gwen and Homer Isom are leaving, for the moment, a posterity of 40 grandchildren and their spouses, and 60 great-grandchildren. Along with her children, these are her greatest treasures. She is fondly remembered for her teaching and example of hard work, integrity, service, endurance, and commitment to family. Amidst her own struggles with adversity, she maintained an enduring commitment to helping her family and others around her as teacher, babysitter, cook, activity director, counselor, and mentor. She tended to our wounds, and nursed us through our illnesses. She could out-scrub and out-clean any of her children and had ample occasion to do so having lived in several homes and having supported her children and grandchildren as they were getting established. Gwen is a talented artist, seamstress, athlete, and teacher. She was responsible for the chartering and origination of the Cub Scouting program in Grand Junction, CO, when the LDS church first became involved with the program. While she contributed greatly as a leader in her many Stake and Ward Primary and Relief Society callings, she is more often remembered as a servant to all of her family who unquestioningly knew of her love for them. Gwen was born of pioneer heritage to Alton D Ashby and Ethel May Bowthorpe on August 10th, 1922 in Salt Lake City. She grew up on McClelland Street in Sugarhouse, and graduated from South High in 1939. She was married to Homer William Isom on Oct. 2nd, 1941, and sealed in the Provo Temple on Dec. 28, 1979. While raising her eight children she majored in Spanish, a language she loved, at Dixie College and the University of Utah. Gwen has yearned for this day to be reunited with Homer who passed away on June 22nd, 1995. She also looked forward to joining her parents and other family members who had already gone before her. She was preceded in death to her great sorrow by grandsons Garrett William Isom and Landon Christopher Loveless. She is survived by her brother A. Dwayne Ashby, and her sister Marjorie (Gordon) Larsen. Funeral services for all who knew and loved Gwen will be held Friday, February 2nd, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Estates Mountain View Cemetery and Chapel at 3115 E. 7800 S. in Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held at the same location on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. on Friday prior to services. Interment will follow the services at the Mountain View Cemetery. Gwen's family expresses love to all others who will miss her as we will and appreciation for your expressions of remembrance and gratitude.