Obituary: GRIGGS, EMMA SARGENT

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 8:34 p.m. MDT

Emma Sargent Griggs7/5/1925 ~ 2/10/2012Our dear mother and grandmother, Emma Lucile Orton Houston Sargent Griggs passed away peacefully from cause's incident to age on February 10, 2012. Emma was born to Wilma Dodds and Samuel Orien Orton on July 5, 1925, in Panguitch, Utah where she was raised with her brothers Bill and Frank and younger sister Sara. Her father was the owner of a saw mill located in the pass by Panguitch Lake, she spent her summers living there and winters living in town. She loved her family and her life growing up and spoke often of her many childhood experiences. She attended school in Panguitch where she was a cheerleader and participated in the school drum and bugle corp. She graduated in 1943 and after graduation married Gale Houston. They were blessed with a son, Byron, and then were later divorced. She met and married Rulon Sargent in 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Emma and Rulon lived and raised their family in Orem, Utah. Mom was a beautiful woman who filled our lives with love, laughter, and music. She was always actively engaged in creating a beautiful home for us. She was a hard worker, an immaculate homemaker and an excellent cook; all skills she learned at a young age working with her mother at the mill. We were blessed because of the things she learned and the way she lived her life. She was happy and loved to have her family and friends around her. We enjoyed family parties at her home eating, laughing and listening to her play her organ. Mom was very talented musically. She learned to play the piano at an early age, frustrating her teachers because she could play anything by ear. Later she transferred that talent to the organ. She taught lessons, took lessons and worked for a few years at the Hammond Music Store in Provo teaching new organ owners how to play their organs; a job she loved very much. She also worked at Clark's Travel Agency and loved traveling to different parts of the world.Mom was active in the community working for the rights of the handicapped, speaking to the legislature on two occasions. This was something she felt strongly about having a handicapped child of her own. She was untiring in the care of her dear daughter, Robyn, and was deeply saddened at her recent passing. They are now reunited. Mom was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in all organizations and having a beautiful voice was usually found singing in the choir. She had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and emulated His teachings through her constant love and service to others. Mom's life changed in 1981 with the sudden passing of her love, Rulon. She moved forward and was eventually introduced to a wonderful man Ronald Griggs. They were married in 1988 and had 17 wonderful years together. Ron passed in 2005. Emma was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and daughter. She is survived by her siblings: Bill Orton, Frank Orton, Sara (Miles) Urie, sister-in-law, Effie Cherrington, and her children: Byron (Lynda) Sargent, Francene (Carl) Wood, Susan Gibbs, and Lisa (Jamie) Peterson, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank Summerfield Retirement Home and Envision Home Health for their gentle loving care over the last three years, especially Julie and Gensilvi.Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sharon 3rd and 4th Ward Chapel, 700 East 400 S. in Orem, Utah. Viewing will be held at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery.Condolences may be extended to the family at www.walkersanderson.com