Florence Beverly Smith Provost, eternal companion, loved mother and grandmother, was called home to her Father in Heaven on June 10, 1998.
Born April 10, 1929 in Salt Lake City to David E. Smith, M.D. and Florence Spencer Smith. Married Sterling R. Provost in the Salt Lake Temple, June 25, 1954 by Elder Spencer W. Kimball. She had previously graduated from East High School and the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, with a teacher certification. She was a licensed real estate agent, as her circumstances allowed.Her childhood was happy, spiritual, full of "lessons": tap, elocution, piano, and at 17, singing from Emma Lucy Gates Bowen (opera star and wife of Apostle Albert E. Bowen). She cannot remember when she did not love to sing, read, and learn. She was asst. director with the SL Oratorio Society; later she declined an offer to host her own radio program in Hawaii.
She was afforded the privilege of singing at scores of missionary farewells, in sacrament meetings, as well as in the Assembly Hall, the Tabernacle and on national radio. She was contemplating attending the Julliard School of Music but J. Spencer Cornwall asked her to become a member of the Tabernacle Choir, she accepted his offer. It was here that she met her sweetheart.
All of her life she was a dedicated and faithful member of the LDS Church. She never failed to take opportunity to testify to others that she was proud to be a member of the Church and that she knew the gospel was true. She taught in all of its organizations. She held many offices in the Relief Society, including president. She also served as president of a large ward Primary. Needless to say, she lead numerous stake and ward choir and choruses. She was also a member of DUP. She will always be remembered for her example of a positive attitude and cheerful spirit and courage, in spite of many many years of contending with multiple health problems. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, always being supportive and encouraging in all their endeavors.
She enthusiastically and completely supported her husband in all of his Church callings and in his profession. She taught school so he could complete his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. In addition to Utah, they lived in Hawaii and Colorado. Perhaps their greatest thrill came in 1996, a year after he retired, he was asked to chair the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission's international ambassadorial program. She measurably assisted him in welcoming and hosting some 50 foreign dignitaries that come to Utah at the State's invitation.
Survived by her devoted husband; children, F. Gayle Higgins and husband, Peter; Sterling Bruce Provost; grandchildren, Barbara Florence, Patrick Sterling, Michael Harold, Jessica Lynne Higgins; two first cousins, Denise Spencer Vanieperen and Mary Spencer Arestad; and one second cousin, Diane Arestad. Preceded in death by parents, and brothers, Dr. David E. Smith, Jr., Dr. A. Krehl Smith, Spencer Earle Smith.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 15, at 11 a.m. in the Salt Lake Grant 4th Ward Chapel, 1111 E. Charlton Avenue (2815 So.). Viewing will be at the chapel from 9:30-10:45, prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the LDS Church general missionary fund.
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