Hannah Irene Edwards Staples, age 91, passed away Friday, May 8, 1998.
Born in Preston, Idaho, on September 29, 1906, the fifth of eight children, to Dr. David T. and Florence Fern Edwards. She was married to Harold A. Staples on February 23, 1926 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. She spent her childhood in Willard, Utah and at the age of 15 she completed her schooling. She began her career in the millinery field at the Paris Company and later won two national design awards. At one time she was co-owner of a wholesale millinery company. She assisted with designing costumes for numerous University of Utah theater and ballet productions, including the Summer Festivals. She designed and made the costumes for Promised Valley. Her many activities included politics, church activities and civic clubs. She's been on the board of the Utah Federation of Republicans and was a delegate to the National Conventions. She was an active member of the Ladies Literary Club. She worked in many auxiliary organizations of the L.D.S. church on stake and ward levels and the General Board of the YWMIA awarded her the Honorary Golden Gleaner award. She accelerated her service to others by heading the Salt Lake County Cancer drive; served on the board of the Fine Arts Commission; director of volunteers at the L.D.S. Hospital; and guide for visitors at the Beehive House. From 1964 to 1965 she filled a mission in the Eastern States and received a special assignment at the New York World's Fair as a Hostess at the Mormon Pavilion. Upon her return, she was appointed the first Official Hostess for the LDS Church until her retirement in 1975. She arranged thousands of itineraries for royalty, military leaders, governors, ambassadors, and countless other leaders both industrial and professional. The State of Israel invited her to visit their country as a guest. She was invited by the Consul General to return and as a result, she made four additional trips. During these trips she became a friend of Moishe Dyan.In 1978 she was honored by the Utah National Guard along with six other Prominent Utahns with a Minute Man Award commending her for her volunteered hours directing tours and giving history lectures on Utah and the Salt Lake Valley. Genealogy has always been an important part of her life. In addition to work on her own families, she volunteered at the LDS Genealogical Library. She was able to research back prior to the eleventh century.
She is survived by her children, Shirley S. (Robert K.) Clawson, MaryAnn S. Clements, and Richard E. (Judith) Staples; three sisters, Edith E. Baddley McClurg, Grace E. (Glenn) Andersen, Esther L. Hansen; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. Staples; a son, John H. Staples; three brothers, D. Fern Edwards, E. Rex Edwards, John E. Edwards and a sister, Gladys E. Schroeder.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 12 noon at the Stake Center, 135 North "A" Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. You may visit with the family prior the services 10-11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 North "N" Street. Funeral Directors: The Holbrook Mortuary.
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