Funeral services for Maurine Whipple, 89, St. George, a well-known Mormon author, were held Wednesday in St. George.

Miss Whipple, who achieved international recognition in 1941 with the publication of "The Giant Joshua," a novel based on Mormon pioneers' struggles and achievements in colonizing southern Utah, died April 12, 1992, in Dixie Regional Medical Center of complications from meningitis. The services were held in Metcalf Mortuary, and burial was in the St. George City Cemetery.Used on a number of college campuses, the novel, which was published in 1941, has been translated into a number of foreign languages. In 1938 the author received the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for the book, which portrays early Mormon polygamous practices.

A collection of Miss Whipple's unpublished works is being compiled and will be published later this year by Aspen Books, Salt Lake City. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.