Obituary: BELLISTON, JENNY

Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 4:00 p.m. MDT

Jenny Jones Belliston 1931 ~ 2011

From early childhood, Ruth Eleanor Jones was always known by her nickname, Jenny. She was born May 25, 1931 in Nephi, Utah to Dr. and Mrs. Preston L. Jones. She graduated from the small Juab High School in 1949, then joined the first class for Dental Hygienists at the University of Oregon in Portland, where she met and married Richard Frederick in 1951. Following their graduation, the two moved to his hometown of Medford, Oregon, where together they practiced dentistry and Richard became widely recognized as an expert in his profession. He suffered an untimely early death in 1984. For 39 years, Jenny was a popular and widely-known figure in the Rogue Valley. She was very active as a skier and in other outdoor sports, as an officer of the local and state dental auxiliaries and with other civic interests. She also served as ward and stake officer, teacher and president of LDS Primary, Young Women and Relief Society, the latter as president for 15 years. She was also a pianist for many congregations and solists. Following the death of her first husband, she enjoyed serving the missionaries as their landlady, taxi-driver, hostess and major resource. In and out of church circles she was widely appreciated for her deep sincerity, keen sense of humor, uplifting stories and homemade cinnamon rolls. In the Salt Lake LDS Temple in December 1991 she married Angus Belliston, whose wife had died earlier, and moved to Provo, Utah. But Jenny always retained her close Oregon friendships. She and Angus served together in many community and LDS Church positions, including his assignment as president of the Australia Brisbane Mission and in the presidencies of the Provo and Nauvoo temples. They share eleven children and 56 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jenny died at home on 9 April 2011. She is survived by her husband and by all the children, grandchildren and their spouses: Jan (Rick) Adams of Carefree, Arizona, Shauna (Kip) Kemple and Bruce (Kate) Frederick of Portland, Matthew (Erin) Frederick of Laie, Hawaii; Camille Dowler of Albuquerque, Anne (Wes) Curtis of Cedar City, Janine (Eric) Ruff of Pleasant Grove, James (Robin) Belliston of Hyde Park, Carl (Michelle) Belliston of Orem, Nathan (Aimee) Belliston of Vernal and Kathryn (Michel) Bened of Ambilly, France. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or a similar charity. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday 13 April at the LDS chapel at 2900 North 650 East in Provo. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the chapel and from 9:00 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home, Nephi, Utah directors.