Lillian Austin Schwendiman, age 99, passed away peacefully on July 15, 1998.
Born May 5, 1899 in Lehi, Utah, the daughter of Mark and Maria Vaughn Austin. She grew up in Idaho where she met and subsequently married Fred W. Schwendiman on June 6, 1918 in the Salt Lake Temple. They spent their lives together in dedicated service to their family and others through their many church callings. They served two missions to New Zealand. One, as a young married couple and later as "mission mother" while supporting her husband as President of the New Zealand South Mission. They also returned to New Zealand a third time to serve as President and Matron of the New Zealand Temple. Through the years she supported her husband in his many priesthood leadership callings, but also served as a teacher or officer in both Ward and Stake Relief Society, Mutual, Primary and Sunday School organizations. She also served as a member of the YWMIA General Board and as a member of the Tabernacle Choir for several years.She served in a number of community activities including: president of the Lady Lions of Salt Lake City, officer of the Chi Omega Mother's Club, president of Culture Lore Club, president and officer of school PTA organizations, as a guide at the Lion and Beehive houses and as a Pink Lady at the LDS Hospital.
She is a mother of four children: Fred (Winona), Kay (Beverly), Mark (Beth), and Joan (Hugh) Sharp. She has 19 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed being a "homemaker" and spent her life loving and caring for her family.
Preceded in death by her husband; son (Mark); grandson (Kirk); three brothers and two sisters.
The family expresses special thanks to the staff of the Evergreen Residential Care Center and particularly to Sue Peterson for the loving care she gave to Lillian.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 1998 in the East Millcreek First Ward Chapel, 2702 East Evergreen Avenue (3435 South). Family and friends may call at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and at the Ward on Saturday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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