1978 – We had been having quite mild weather in Mountain Home and we were busy and happy. We heard from Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) that they were going to be in Utah in the first part of March. They had adopted a son, Richard (Richard K. Rowley), the summer of 1977. Of course we wanted to see them. When Bekki (Bekkie Jo McKnight) was going down to be sealed in the temple, we went along and after the sealing we visited and did temple work until it was time for Grant to come home. When he did we had a grand reunion when the whole family got together in Salt Lake for a lovely dinner. Grant had come to the mainland for training in his new job as purchasing agent for BYU Hawaii Campus. Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) took quilt tops down on this trip for Lori (Lillian Lorraine Smith) and Pamela (Pamela Rowley). She had given Dwana (Dwana Kay Rowley) one before.
This was a year of sadness for us. We decided to go to Utah again in April to help with Leo’s (Hyrum Leo Tidwell) care. We stayed a week and I helped quite a bit because I could lift Leo in and out of bed. He couldn’t visit much, but seemed glad to have us there.
When we got back to Orem, Margie (Marjorie Ann Rowley) was so kind in taking us to the temple. We got a quite a few endowments done and on our way home we did some more in the Ogden Temple with Brother and Sister McMurray.
In May we heard that Verda (Verda May Rowley) had been in the hospital with a heart attack, but was much better. Leo was still about the same so on the 2nd of June we went to New Plymouth and Nampa. We saw Bekki and her family and the rest of Virginia’s children (Cory, Bekki and Tammy McKnight). We were having such a good visit with our friends in New Plymouth when Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) located us through Harold (Harold Norman Johnson) and told us that Verda had another attack and wasn’t expected to live. We came right home and I went to Utah that night on the train. It was very comfortable. I was taken to the hospital but Verda didn’t know anyone. Estella had stayed home, but got a call from her sister saying that Leo had died so she came down on the bus and we both went to Wellington to the funeral. He was buried on the 8th of June. There were many relatives there that Estella was glad to see.
We returned to Orem and Verda died on the 9th of June, the same day that President Spencer W. Kimball told the world that he had received a revelation that the black men and all other worthy men of the church could now hold the Priesthood. A glorious day that we had all been looking forward to.
Our dear sweet Verda was laid to rest on 12 June 1978 in Spanish Fork, Utah. The service was very good and everything went well. Verda and I had always been special to each other and I miss her so much. I console myself that at my age, it won’t be so very long before we will see each other again. At least I know that she is with her loved ones in the Celestial world where those spirits wait because she was am angel on this earth.
We came home and kept ourselves busy. We had a large garden and liked to give it to whomever could use it. I was put in as Priesthood Librarian and we were both chosen to be the greeters for Sunday School. Estella has been the substitute teacher in Relief Society.
To be continued…