Martha Jean Hendrickson, 73, died April 10, 1990, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 7, 1916, a daughter of David and Charlotte Neddo Hutchison, in Providence, Utah. Married Max C. Hendrickson February 19, 1942, in Parowan. Marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple. He died December 1984. She attended elementary and high school in Malta, Idaho, and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in education and library in June 1942. She came to Parowan August 28, 1941, to teach school. She fell in love with Parowan and its people.She was the librarian for both elementary and high school in Parowan. She was a "Core" teacher for the seventh grade, where she began her longtime study of pioneer history, particularly about Parowan, "The Mother Town" of Southern Utah. An UCLA archaeologist dig kindled her interest in the Anasazi Indians, and an association with Dr. William P. Palmer led to her extensive study with the Anasazi Indians.
Jean was invited to participate as an illustrated speaker at Dixie College with her program for Southern Utah Education. She was invited to attend and bring a 30-minute segment to the National Core Teachers Convention in Salt Lake City. In 1972, she was honored as the Utah History Teacher of the Year, by the Utah State Historical Society.
Until 1971, she directed all the Parowan High School plays. For years, she presented a play for the public on Parowan's birthday celebration each January 13. She dearly loved this part of her life. On March 16 and 17 of 1990, she directed her final play, "What Doth It Profit", for Parowan City.
In 1979, Jean was called by the Parowan Stake president, to work with High Councilman Kenneth Topham to write a history of the stake.
The Community Service Award was presented to her in 1985 by the University Association of Women. On March 11, 1987 at Southern Utah State College, Governor Norman Bangerter presented her with the Southern Utah Honor Medallion for her "contribution to the quality of life in Southern Utah".
She was Parowan Stake Primary president for 17 years, stake librarian for many years, a member of the American Legion, was an honorary chapter farmer of the Future Farmers of America Vocational Agriculture. She wrote and published many articles in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and Sons of Utah Pioneers lessons and magazines, wrote the indian section on Paragonah's history, currently being published. She was honored many times by tributes and honors too numerous to mention, the latest being a tribute by the Parowan 3rd Grade on February 23, 1990.
Jean's favorite hobby was to crochet, and she was very generous with her gifts of this art to her loved ones. She was very gifted in that she could not only crochet from directions, but she could crochet directly from the article itself without benefit of a written pattern.
She was, for many years, a devoted member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Organization, serving in many offices, including county captain for six years. At the time of her death, she was serving as captain of the Elizabeth Camp.
Jean was an avid sportsman, and was particularly fond of fishing and wildlife. She loved the out-of-doors, and saw beauty and goodness in everyone she met. She was very particular to not speak ill of any person.
Jean's grandchildren were her pride, her joy, her hope of things to be accomplished, her assurance of a bright and prosperous future, her only reason for living.
At the time of her death, she was Relief Society Spiritual Living teacher, visiting teacher, co-editor of the Parowan 2nd Ward newspaper, citizenship merit badge counselor, and a worker in the name extraction program.Comment on this story
She is survived by: Her son, Juddie Max, and his wife, Ranae Stucki Hendrickson, and four grandchildren, Ryan, Scott, Chad, and Lindsey Hendrickson, all St. George; also survived by a brother and four sisters, Winston J. Hutchison, Burley, Idaho; Donna Anderson, Providence; Pauline Ransom, Hyde Park; Charell Harris, Nibley; Elsie Anderson, Logan; and many devoted and admiring nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted by Bishop Rex Burton Saturday, April 14, 1990, at 11 a.m., in the Parowan 3rd-4th LDS Ward Chapel, 90 So. Main, in Parowan, where friends may call Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Burial, Parowan Cemetery, under the direction of the Olpin-Yardley Mortuary of Parowan.
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