Beautifully decorated yule candles symbolic of human service were presented during the holiday season to two Sanpete Valley residents.

The candles were presented to June T. Cox, Manti, and Blodwen P. Olson, Ephraim, by the Ephraim Middle School as the highlight of its recent 50th annual Candlelight Service.A retired teacher, Cox was cited for her leadership roles in the Manti Literary Club, the American Legion Auxiliary and church organizations. She has been chairwoman of the Poppy Poster Contest for many years and active in fund-raising drives for cancer, birth defects, the Red Cross and other causes. She is a volunteer tutor at the Manti Elementary School and serves with the Sanpete County bookmobile.

Long active in church and civic groups, Olson is chairwoman of the Sanpete County Fine Arts Council and a member of both the Ephraim Planning and Zoning Commission and the Ephraim Square Governing Board. Snow College recently presented her its Distinguished Alumnus Award. In addition to her own four children, she's been the foster mother of two Navajo Indian children.

Cox and Olson were selected for this year's yule candles by a faculty committee from a list of public nominees. The presentations were made by Karen Armstrong, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Armstrong, Manti, and Caroline Burnham, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Burnham, Ephraim, the two students with the highest academic standings in the school's graduating class.