1923 - August 23, 2007
Irene Mary Broadbent Livingston was born Dec. 22, 1923, in Ogden, Utah, to Enoch Arden Broadbent and Mary Maria Charlesworth Broadbent. She was the second daughter of five children.
She died Aug. 23, 2007, at 83 years old and was surrounded by her family in Orem, Utah.
Irene graduated from Weber High School and attended Weber State University.
She also enjoyed modeling and worked at Hill Air Field during the early part of World War II. She met and married Lewis Ray Livingston, of Logan, Utah, on Jan. 17, 1945. The young couple lived in Pensacola, Fla., where Lewis was a flight instructor in the Navy Air Corps.
They were sealed in the Logan Temple for time and all eternity on Aug. 1, 1946. They moved to Craig, where Lewis joined his father in the sheep business, after the war.
To this happy union were born seven children: Douglas Ray, Scott Dee, Lynne, David Mark (deceased), Mary, Boyd Loyal and Carol.
Lewis and Irene lived in Craig for 60 years and were an integral part of the community.
Irene always kept busy taking care of the children in their many school, community and church activities, supporting her husband in the livestock business, serving in the church in many callings throughout the years and being active in the community. She was a kind and gracious neighbor and always had a home filled with joy, children and lots of delicious food. Everyone was always welcome and enjoyed visiting the Livingston clan whether at their home in Craig or on the ranch at Thornburg, where the family lived each summer.
Irene was a Girl Scout leader, 4-H leader and Craig's Mother of the Year in 1972. She also sang with the Singing Mothers and served in the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations of the LDS Church during the years.
She was known for always having homemade rolls, pies and cakes ready at a moment's notice for any occasion. Lewis served in many church callings and the family enjoyed hosting the LDS Church General Authorities in their home.
Irene loved to sew, quilt and crochet. Every grandchild and great-grandchild was the recipient of one of Grandma's famous snuggly baby blankets. As the blankets wore out being greatly loved, the kids begged for another.
Her satin pillowcases assured sweet dreams whether away at college, missions, hospital stays or in a newlywed's home. Fall canning kept the family well fed and she passed the love of good home canned food and many wonderful recipes on to her children. Her home was truly a refuge from the world where love and religious values were modeled and taught.
Irene loved to sing and read. She always sang around the house, and the children grew up loving music. She always supported their educational efforts, reminding them they could do anything they wanted if they set goals and worked hard. She was their greatest fan. We will miss her bright smile, warm kisses and neverending encouragement.
Irene is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lewis Ray Livingston of Provo, Utah, where he moved after Irene's stroke in February 2006, to be near his children and grandchildren. She also is survived by three sons, Douglas (Myrna), Scott (LaRae), Boyd (Kamille); three daughters: Lynne (Ron) Herring, Mary Livingston and Carol (Jeff) Pyle; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother Arden (Laura) Broadbent; sister Janet Elaine Broadbent; sister-in-law Joanne Broadbent, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Mark; parents Enoch and Mary Broadbent; sister Beverly Ernst, and brother Wendell Dean Broadbent.
Irene will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She will be remembered as a beautiful matriarch and eternal companion.
Her life was a model of righteous living and unselfish service to her fellow man.
The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and therapists who cared for Irene during the last 18 months of her life, and for the friends and family who stayed in touch.
Funeral services will take place Friday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. in Craig at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Craig first ward, 1295 W. Ninth St.
Visitations will be take place at the church on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. and an hour before the funeral service. Burial will be at Craig City Cemetery following the service.
Funeral directors are Broomhead Funeral Home.