Gwen Telford 1916 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Mary Gwendolyn Wagstaff Telford, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was reunited with her sweetheart, Jim, on August 15, 2011. Gwen was born February 13, 1916, in Tooele, Utah, to Willard Ray and Vere D'Albini Howard Wagstaff. She valued education throughout her life, graduating as valedictorian from Granite High School and then continuing her education at Brigham Young University. Gwen enjoyed and pursued her interest in art throughout her life and will always be remembered for her oil paintings and the portraits she did of all her grandchildren. Gwen fell in love and was sealed to her eternal companion, William James (Jim) Telford, on June 16, 1939, in the Salt Lake L.D.S. Temple. Together they raised six children: Kent (Jo), Charlene (Kees) Tims, Jeanette (Jay) Workman, John (Valerie), Diana (Brett) Strong, and Cindy (Kim) Averett. After 71 years of marriage, their posterity grew to include 22 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. All three generations loved Grandma Gwen, enjoyed her delightful sense of humor, and benefited from her loving example. In addition to her family, Gwen loved serving in the L.D.S. Church and in her community-including service as a Relief Society President and in other auxiliaries. Her love and interest in family history and genealogy led to her involvement, for years, with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Jim and Gwen also had the opportunity to serve a mission at the Hill Cumorah Visitor's Center in New York and as ordinance workers in the Salt Lake L.D.S. Temple for many years. In everything she did, Gwen was known for her integrity, kindness, graciousness, and love. Gwen was reunited with her loved ones who preceded her in death by her parents; her sister, Betty Virginia, and two brothers, Don and Cecil Wagstaff; by her husband, Jim; and by her daughter, Charlene. The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers from Highland Cove and The Wellington. We especially want to thank Franki, Kari, and the Utah Hospice Specialists who provided such wonderful care and loved both of our parents and our family during the past few years. Funeral Services will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S Highland Drive on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. A viewing for family and friends will be held that afternoon from 12:00-1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of the "Telford Family" to the Utah Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (4578 South Highland Drive, #300, SLC, UT 84117), and condolences may be sent to The Wellington (4522 South 1300 East, SLC, UT 84117), or expressed online at www.wasatchlawn.com.