Lillian Greguhn Debenham, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Sunday, July 26, 1998, in Salt Lake City, at the age of 89.
She was born October 18, 1908 in Salt Lake City to Otto and Paula Gering Greguhn. Her father died when she was four and she was raised by her mother and grandmother. She married Shirley Ray Debenham August 17, 1928 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had six children: Shirle (Lila Mae), who are presently serving a mission for the LDS Church in Vladivostok, Russia, Ray (Rita) Anchorage, Alaska, Marilyn (Grant) Barton, Provo, Utah, Jerry (Terry), Sandy, Utah, and Marjorie (Glen) Willardson, Sandy, Utah. A son, Vincent, died shortly after birth.Lillian was very talented and entrepreneurial. During the depression she started her own candy store and made it possible for her family to build their lovely new home on Evergreen Ave. In later years she developed her own rental business. She was an energetic mother who made and decorated all the wedding cakes for each of her children, including her own four-tier 50th Wedding Anniversary cake. She was also a very good seamstress. She loved good music, art and design. She was her own interior decorator. She could see beauty in everything she did. If faced with a challenge, she always said, "Where there is a will, there is a way."
She also loved to travel. She accompanied her husband on a trip around the world 25 years ago, and she took all her children and spouses on a trip to China and Thailand in 1991.
Lillian was an expert gardener, something she loved all her life. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions throughout her life, including Young Womens President in the MIA, chorister in the Primary and Sunday School, teacher in the Relief Society, and Stake Missionary under President Steven Richards and President Roland Werrett.
The past 18 years Lillian had to go through many health challenges, but she did it valiantly. She was preceded in death by her husband Shirley in 1982. Survived by her five children, 23 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 1, at 12 Noon at the East Millcreek 1st Ward Chapel, 2702 East Evergreen Ave. (3435 South). Friends may call Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and at the Chapel Saturday 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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