Gwen Hovey passed quietly at home in her sleep on Wednesday March 11, 1998.
Gwen was with the Union Pacific Railroad for some thirty years and served in several executive positions. She was a patron of the Arts and a supporter of education giving generously of her time and money to: The Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Utah Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City, The Marriott Library and the University of Utah.She served as President of the Salt Lake Civic Music Association, the forerunner of the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake, and as Chairwoman of the Board of the latter organization, on two occasions.
She chaired the Board of Directors of the Marriott Library, organized the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Library, and started the "Sunday Afternoon at the Marriott", program -- a forum where authors can discuss their works.
She was President of the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Y.W.C.A. She was instrumental in creating the "Women in Jeopardy" shelter program for which she secured the funding, and in establishing the Y.W.C.A. "Home for Unwed Teenage Mothers". In 1997 Gwen was inducted into the Women's Hall of Honor of the Y.W.C.A.
Gwen served on the Boards of "The League of Women Voters" and "The Women's State Legislative Council". She served as editor for the newsletter of the Legislative Council and wrote analyses of Legislation for both groups. The League of Women Voters honored her in 1996 with the League Award of Honor.
She had a great deal of musical talent and was an accomplished harpist. She was a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Harp Society.
Over the years Gwen held a variety of positions in various wards of the L.D.S. Church both, in the area of music and as a teacher.
She traveled extensively throughout the world with her husband, Dr. Birnet Hovey, and with friends. She had recently returned from a trip to Israel and Egypt, and another trip to China where she traveled the Yangtze River by small boat.
Gwen is survived by: her sister, Frances Wanamaker of Van Nuys, CA.; five nieces: Shelley French of Salt Lake City; Kathy McFarland of Salt Lake City; Linda Durham of Los Gatos, CA; Judy Maurer of Boise, ID; and Ruth Wilf of Philadelphia, PA; two nephews: Stan Hovey of Tempe, AZ; and Steve Browning of Agua Dulce, CA; along with many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She will be missed by all.
Interment services will be held Monday, March 16, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, under the direction of Wasatch Lawn Mortuary. Memorial service plans are pending at this time.
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