Iola Heiselt Smith, 81, died February 1, 1991, after a lingering illness.
She was born February 13, 1909 in Manassa, Colorado, the daughter of Lawrence H. and Annie Ray Morgan Heiselt. She attended schools throughout the west and graduated from Boise High School. She attended the University of Utah where she was affiliated with Trotters Club, Pom Club, Delta Epsilon and Kappa Gamma Sorority. She also attended the University of California at Berkeley and Mills College in Oakland.She married Dr. G. Gibbs Smith in Berkeley, California May 1, 1935; their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.
In California, she served as president of the Alameda County Dental Society. Her interests in flowers led her to study flower arranging with Madam Obotto and Wana Durge in San Francisco. She served as counselor in the Oakland-Berkeley Stake MIA when that stake was organized, having also served in her local ward MIA as well as teaching Sunday School. During WW II, she volunteered with the American Red Cross.
In 1948, she moved with her husband to Kaysville, where she continued her participation in numerous civic affairs, including serving as president of the PTA at Kaysville Elementary and Davis High schools. She was a founder of the Kaysville Civic Association and served in various offices in that organization, particularly as beautification chairman. Through her efforts, the south entrance to Kaysville was turned into a city parkway planted with spruce trees. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and was honored by the Kaysville Chapter as Distinguished Woman of 1971. She was a delegate to the Women's State Legislative Council for many years; a member of the Salt Lake Garden Arts Club; chairwoman of the AFS program for Davis High School; and second president of the Oakridge Country Club Association.
She was active in the Dental Auxiliary in California and Utah. She served as president of the Salt Lake Chapter, the Utah State Chapter, and the American Dental Association auxiliaries. During her term as national president, an auxiliary was established in every state in the country, and she received an Honorary Kentucky Colonel award for her work.
She shared her many talents with all she became acquainted with and enjoyed many friendships. Her love of the harp is responsible for many of the students now studying that instrument with her daughter, ShruDeLi Ownbey. She has inspired many in the arts through her participation in summer craft programs.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. G. Gibbs Smith, Kaysville; two children, Gibbs M. Smith, Kaysville; and ShruDeLi Ownbey, Salt Lake City; two grandchildren, Micah Ownbey and Jordan Smith; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Lawrence R. and Louise Heiselt, Tucson, Arizona.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 4, 1991, at 2 p.m., in the Kaysville Tabernacle, 200 W. Center, Kaysville, with Bishop Jesse Dredge of the 1st Ward officiating. Friends may call at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main, Sunday, February 3, from 4-6 p.m. and at the Kaysville Tabernacle Monday, one hour prior to services. Interment in Kaysville City Cemetery.
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