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Gladys Wride Hiatt

1916 ~ 2008

In an atmosphere of great joy and profound sadness, Gladys WrideHiatt, of Payson, passed from this earthly existence into the eternities on June 11, 2008. The joy was felt by family and friends who recognized Gladys's successful completion of her Second Estate--certainly a life well-lived. The sadness comes from the recognition that earth life will be diminished without her here to remind her loved ones of her motto -- "no matter what challenges we face, it could be so much worse. I am so blessed".

At the top of her list of enumerated blessings was her "great family."

Gladys was born October 12, 1916 in Benjamin, Utah County, Utah, to Denzil and Florence Beck Wride. She lived in Benjamin and graduated from Spanish Fork High School. On May 5, 1935, she married her beloved Ferron E. Hiatt of Payson. Their vows were solemnized in March, 1936 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Gladys devoted her finest efforts and first allegiance to her husband and children. She was mother, teacher, exemplar, friend and confidant to her children: Gordon F. (Sharilyn), Salt Lake City; Duane (Sharon), Provo; Adella Diane (Elton) Jensen, Emporia, Kansas; Lu Jean

(Richard) Pierson, Little Rock, Arkansas; J. Richard (deceased); Roger (Merrilee), Santaquin. She continued to shower her unconditional love and joy on her 47 grandchildren, 95 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Her greatest earthly joy was to be with her family. She enjoyed the associations of her sister, Leora and brothers, Leon, Rex, and Max, all of whom preceded her in death. Her surviving brother, Marion (Pat) of Benjamin, Utah was also a dear friend.

Her association with her Savior intensified as the years progressed. Though her eyesight diminished and physical energy waned, she found great comfort and strength through reading the scriptures and sharing her joy with others. She served for many years in the Payson First and Fifth Wards, as a ward Relief Society President, Young Women's President, Counselor, Teacher, and Adviser, blessing countless lives. In 1981, she and her companion, Ferron, were called as missionaries to the Columbia, South Carolina mission. They spent their 18 months strengthening a small branch of the church in Sylvania, Georgia, and were loved and trusted by the people in the south-central Georgia town. Friendships they developed there continued to be life-long. Following their return to Utah, Ferron and Gladys were workers in the Provo, Utah Temple for many years. Ferron passed away on December 3, 1999.

The value of a righteous woman has been described as being "far above rubies". The richness of the influence of Gladys Wride Hiatt cannot be calculated by earthly measures. Those who were blessed to have close associations with her received a gift that will influence the eternities.

The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for her, including the staffs of Hospice Alliance and the Walker Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Payson 1st-5th Ward chapel, 225 S. 400 E., Payson Utah. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West Payson, Sunday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the church Monday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerfamilymortuary.com