Jacqueline Beth Redd Wilson passed away peacefully on May 6, 2012, from natural causes.
Jacque was born on a cold and snowy December 21, 1928, in Cortez, CO, the eighth child to Parley Redd and Ruth Hurst Redd. Her father had driven Ruth from Blanding, UT to Cortez, CO over snowy dirt roads because Ruth knew the baby was coming early and Cortez had the closest hospital and doctor.
As the story goes, Parley pulled up to the hospital, honked the horn, and “out came the baby”.
She was raised in Blanding, UT and was a graduate of San Juan High School, where she played the clarinet in the marching band. Throughout her life, she willingly shared the San Juan High fight song with just about anyone she met.
Jacque was proud of her pioneer heritage and of the great saints who, like her grandfather Lemuel H. Redd, Sr., settled San Juan County.
Jacque attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Home Economics. She was a member of the OS Travata Sorority.
Jacque married Dean George Wilson of Payson, UT in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October of 1951.
They spent the early years of their marriage in Salt Lake City while Dean completed his doctorate at the University of Utah. Later, they moved to her beloved Provo, where Dean worked for US Steel, and she began raising her family.
In 1969, the family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where Jacque created a life of incredible service to her neighbors and to the saints of western Pennsylvania.
She served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including early morning seminary teacher, case worker for LDS Social Services, and numerous times as a Relief Society President.
Dean and Jacque moved to Texas in 1982 and to Salt Lake City in 1994.
Jacque’s life reflected the teachings of the Savior. Her testimony of the Restoration is evident in the tireless service she rendered.
She was widely known for her countless hours of service to the downtrodden, meals to the needy, a loaf of homemade bread for the new neighbors, or a listening ear always for anyone who needed counsel. She never knew a stranger and was “accused” of speaking to everyone.
Jacque was a talented needle worker, quilter, and rug weaver. These talents were put to use during her tenure as a service missionary at the Church History Museum where she helped with the restoration of old textiles, including the cloak of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
She could put on a home-cooked Sunday dinner fit for royalty. Hours spent at the Sunday dinner table are a major part of her legacy because it was there her children were taught and family bonds created.
Jacque has left a legacy of faith, kindness, and Christian devotion to her family and to those around her.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Dean, who passed away in November, 2000, and by her parents, Parley and Ruth, and all her brothers and sisters: Merene, Vincent, Paul, Kent, Hazel, Dale, and Gordon.
Jacque and Dean had six children, and they survive them: Gordon (Sandy), of Quito, Ecuador; James (Janene), of Riverton, UT; Thomas (Dana), of Albuquerque, NM; Joel (Lisa), of Libertyville, IL; Samuel (Hilary), of Salt Lake City, UT; and Amanda (Jeff); of West Jordan, UT. Twenty wonderful grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren survive her.
Jacque is now with her granddaughter, Emily, who died in infancy and with her 22nd great-grandchild who arrives in August. Together, they are smiling down on Jacque’s posterity.
Funeral services were held May 11 in Riverton, UT. Burial services were May 12 at the Blanding City Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were conducted by Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, UT 84092. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund.