Lou Ann Laws Grover was the first of the five children of Harry and Marva Laws, born February 7, 1943 in Blanding, UT.
Lou Ann and her mom lived with Grandpa Tom Jones while Harry served in World War II.
After his return, they lived at the ranch on Mustang until their family moved to town for her to start school.
Lou Ann said, “Growing up, we did a lot of things in neighborhood groups, had a lot of bonfires, played night games, hide and seek, kick-the-can, rode horses and played basketball. We had freedom to roam and miles to ride in. What a wonderful childhood I had.”
She enjoyed high school. She said, “Our grade was small enough that we knew and were friends with everyone.”
In late September of her Junior year, she was diagnosed with hepatitis. She was only able to attend a few weeks of school that year. Merlin would pick up schoolwork from her teachers and return the completed work each day.
Lou Ann and Merlin were engaged in September of her senior year. They were married in June, 1961 in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The first part of their married life, they would move in the fall to continue Merlin’s schooling, then move home to Blanding for the summer.
In March of 1968, Lou Ann’s dad, Harry, was killed in an accident while working for the San Juan County Road Department. They continued helping Grandma Laws with the farm/ranch.
They finished up schooling in Salt Lake City and then moved back to Blanding for good in 1969.
When her youngest child started school, Lou Ann went back to school. She spent about five years as an EMT, completed her associates degree and went on to complete both her LPN and RN, finishing in 1987.
She had many types of nursing experiences working at San Juan Hospital, Blanding Clinic, Home Health and the Birthing Center. She retired from nursing in 1996 to help take care of her mom.
Lou Ann and Merlin were involved with numerous foster children and a foreign exchange program, both sending a child and caring for students that came from Mexico as a result of Dee Ann going on exchange to Mexico and staying with the Sepulveda family.
Lou Ann and Merlin gained an additional daughter, Ileana. Senor Sepulveda told them that when Ileana was in the United States, she was a Grover. When Ileana was in Mexico, she was a Sepulveda.
Lou Ann loved mountains! She spent many years on the Blue Mountain at the Allen Canyon cabin. She sewed on a treadle sewing machine and cooked on a wood-fueled stove. Many great meals were prepared there.
When the permits on the Blue Mountain were sold and the cows went to Colorado with the Ivins, she quickly grew to love the Disappointment Valley and Lone Cone area.
She has been instrumental in restoring and preserving the history of the area and the Lavendar and Nash cemeteries.
She loved taking the grandkids with her to “Colorado”. She loved all history and had a great memory, especially keeping facts straight. Her ancestors were very important to her.
She loved and admired the pioneers. She wanted all of us to know their stories and gain a love for them also.
She was a great seamstress. If she didn’t have a pattern, she would make one. She sewed drill team outfits, clothes, costumes, chaps, vests and quilts. Many people benefitted from this talent.
While we don’t have an exact count, Merlin says there have been over 1,000 quilts made and given away with love. All the grandkids have helped tie quilts and lots have completed their own quilts with her supervision.
She loved to travel and see new places. Lou Ann and Merlin went on cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean and Mexico, to San Francisco, Nauvoo and early church sites.
She loved watching sports, whether it was the kids or grandkids or watching them on TV while working on projects. She also took tickets at many sporting events at the high school, made quilts for raffles, and supported the local teams however she could.
Lou Ann and Merlin loved being surrounded by family and friends. Her greatest treasures are the gospel and her family. While she served in all the church auxiliaries, she served in the nursery for over 18 years!
She was diagnosed, in March of 2014, with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the Huntsman Center. We have watched Dad take such good care of her. Whatever she needed or wanted he did his best to get it for her and make her comfortable.
She had a very positive attitude. She put on a brave face and went forward, always making plans for the future. She said she wanted to live as long as she could do the things she wanted to and as long as she could take care of herself. When she couldn’t do those things anymore, she wanted to go.
We all feel very blessed that she got her wish. While Lou Ann might not be here with us now, she taught all of us how to live, how to serve, to make sure everyone is warm and fed. The world will always be a brighter place because she was here!!
Lou Ann passed from this life on August 8, 2014 surrounded by her family. She lived a life of service and compassion.
She is survived by siblings; Boyd (Sandy) Laws, Norma (Karl) Child, sweetheart Merlin, children Lou Jean (Gene) Cressler, Dee Ann (Carl) Hunt, Ileana (Doyle) Harris, Erik (Janalee) Grover, Jo Lyn (Dennis) Rickords, Mar Dawn (Preston) Palmer, B. J. (Jeanna) Grover, Kayela (JJ) Bradford and Preston (Tara) Grover, 36 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Marlene, Robert and Renae, and a granddaughter, Lisa Ann Hunt.
Card of thanks
We express a sincere thank you for the generous outpouring of love, many acts of service, food, thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers and visits during her sickness and at the time of her passing.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during the wait at the mortuary and the delayed start of the funeral.
A special thank you to Dee Street, Dana Nielson, for their love and service.
Lou Jean (Gene) Cressler,
Dee Ann (Carl) Hunt,
Ileana (Doyle) Harris,
Erik (Janalee) Grover,
Jo Lyn (Dennis) Rickords,
Mar Dawn (Preston) Palmer,
B. J. (Jeanna) Grover,
Kayela (JJ) Bradford,
Preston (Tara) Grover