Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Walter E. Cosgriff, passed away peacefully at her home on January 4, 1997. She rejoined her beloved husband and many other family members whom she has missed for so long.
Born, Lula Enid Barr on March 8, 1912 in Peoria, Illinois, she was the fourth child of Lula Morrison and Lorenzo Newton Barr. She was married to Walter Everett Cosgriff on June 7, 1937 in Salt Lake City. Shortly after their marriage, Mr. Cosgriff succeeded his father as president of Continental Bank & Trust and Mrs. Cosgriff was ushered into a life of service. During her early years of volunteer work, she was an active member of the Junior League. In the early 1950's, she founded the Ballet Society which supported the new Ballet Department at the University of Utah. This organization resulted in the establishment of the Utah Civic Ballet, now Ballet West. During this time she brought many artists from around the world to help the fledgling Utah company succeed. Later, she devoted her boundless energy to the renovation of the Holy Cross Hospital and the founding of the first Pink Ladies volunteer organization there.Upon Mr. Cosgriff's untimely death in 1961, Mrs. Cosgriff was thrust into the financial world of her late husband. She served as president and general manager of the Salt Lake City Bees baseball team. She was recognized as the first woman in professional baseball to assume the responsibilities of general manager. For many years she stayed involved in the banking interests of the Cosgriff family, serving as a director of the Continental Bank & Trust Company and keeping current with bank holdings in Nevada, Idaho, Colorado and other communities in Utah. She also served on the board of Lake Hills Golf Club, Inc., Billings, Montana.
Mrs. Cosgriff spent her life in service to her Church and community. She accomplished major fundraising for the University of Utah Ballet Department. She served on the University of Utah Business School Advisory board and was currently serving on the University's National Advisory Board. She was a major benefactor to Ballet West, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, University Hospital, Utah Shakespearean Festival and other service and arts organizations. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Utah in 1989.
One of Mrs. Cosgriff's favorite events was graduation at the Cosgriff School, established in honor of her father-in-law, the late James E. Cosgriff. For many years, she enjoyed awarding diplomas to Cosgriff School's graduates. In 1988, she received one of the highest honors bestowed by the Catholic Church when Pope John Paul II created her a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. She was financially and personally involved in many activities for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake.
Her greatest love and commitment was for her family. She welcomed joyfully new members as they were born or married into it. She is especially remembered for having all of her ten grandchildren taught the art of skiing and she loved to ski with them herself, even until this past year.
She is survived by her daughters, Lyn Isbell; Trix Dahl; sons-in-law, Harold Isbell; Rainer Dahl; grandchildren, Walter Isbell; Susan Isbell; David Isbell (Erika); Alice Willoughby (Daniel); David Crowder (Alisyn); Lara Crowder; Colin Crowder; Patrick Dahl; Phillip Dahl; Alison Dahl; great-grandchildren, Matthew Crowder; Emily Crowder; Samuel Crowder; Christian Crowder; sister, Theda Jergensen; brother, Robert Barr (Robyn). She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Anthony; sister, Roma Fletcher; brothers, J.M. Barr and William Barr.
Services: Vigil (Rosary), Friday, January 10, 1997 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 East South Temple. Friends welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cathedral. Requiem Mass, 12 noon on Saturday, January 11, 1997 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Burial, Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell and Sons.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Cathedral of the Madeleine Good Samaritan Project is encouraged.
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