Grace Spendlove Iverson – St George News

August 28, 1928 – April 8, 2022

Grace Spendlove Iverson, 93 — Mother – slipped peacefully into dad’s waiting arms, April 8, 2022, in Washington, Utah. She was born on August 28 1928, to St George at his grandfather Sullivan’s, which was later donated by the family to the church north of the temple. His parents were Ianthus and Blanche (McAllister Sullivan) Spendlove.

She married Grant W. Iverson on May 13, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they were later sealed in St. George’s Temple on March 25, 1952, a beautiful love affair of over 70 years together.

Mother served as president of the primary, and during the construction of the new Washington Chapel, she helped raise money for the monument by doing bake sales, selling quilts, and more. Primary, which she loved, was one of many positions she held. In the church.

Our house always smelled of fresh bread, cinnamon rolls and freshly baked cookies. She was a wonderful cook. She bottled peaches, apricots, grapes, beets, corn – whatever she grew in the garden. When it comes to fudge, nut rolls, and divinity, no one could ever make candy as good as her. She was also an excellent seamstress. Mom made all of our clothes from when we were little kids to the late sixties. She loved quilting; quilt frames were still set up in the living room. She made all of us and most of her grandchildren baby quilts and gave them as wedding gifts.

She was also good at crocheting. Beautiful doilies were in abundance at her home. Mother’s mother had taught him well even the old remedies of horrible mustard plasters and enemas if we were sick. There was always music in our house, clean clothes and that fresh baked bread when we came home from school. Mom even made baloney sandwiches with enough dressing.

Mom worked outside the house a bit packing onions and radishes while we were at school. She even worked part-time at the turkey factory. Dad was often away in the truck and together they worked hard to make ends meet, we felt like the richest kids in town, because of so much love in our home. She taught us to work hard, play and enjoy the simple things in life with picnics under the Virgin River Dam or just floating down the canal. She wouldn’t let us swim at Warm Springs until the snow completely melted off Pine Valley Mountain. The little girl in her loved Disneyland and she kept us entertained every time we had the chance to go. Our first ride at Disneyland was always the train around the park.

Mother was adventurous; in April 1943, she and five of her girlfriends scaled the west side of the mountain at Hurricane, known as the Mollies Nipple, set the summit on fire, but received no notice from the city.

Mom loved Shirley Temple and Betty Boop dolls; we celebrated his 90and birthday party with a Betty Boop surprise family party. One of the highlights of her life, however, was when she and dad went to the Rose Parade, and Shirley Temple was the grand marshal. She was the same age as Mom.

When her work was done and we were taken care of, she lost herself in the books. His favorites were Gone with the Wind, anything about the South and even the Australian Outback; she felt like she was traveling the world through reading. Mom gave us a great example. She made a beautiful home for us, where we felt safe and loved. We lived in the cleanest house in town and snuggling up in the silky, sunny sheets at night was magical.

Mom gave Dad three beautiful daughters: Connie (Gary) Jenkins, Carmen (Stanley C.) Snow, and Sharon (Dennis) Stucki. Mom was very proud of her 12 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren, one deceased and another due in July.

Living family includes brothers-in-law Wayne Kendal Hinton, sister-in-law Cle’ (Deal) Spendlove and Dennis and Jeri (Burgess) Iverson. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Predeceased her in death were her husband Grant W. Iverson, her daughter, Connie (Gary) Jenkins, her parents, Ianthus and Blanche (Macallister Sullivan) Spendlove, brothers Mac, Weston, Jerry and Dennis and her sister Carolyn (Hinton) Spending love.

Services will be at 11 a.m. with a visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2022, at Washington Main Street Chapel, with interment in the City of Washington Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Grace’s online guestbook.

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