William Cummings Card, loving husband and father, died at peace in the arms of his wife, Elizabeth S. Card at home on September 16, 1998 after a long, courageous, even heroic, battle with cancer.
Born February 26, 1927 to Cyrus William Card and Cleone Cummings Card in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Granite High and the University of Utah.Having been blinded in one eye as a child, Bill was not accepted by the Armed Forces during World War II. Wanting to serve his country, he finally joined the merchant marine, where he saw active duty in the Pacific Theater.
Bill fulfilled an LDS Mission in Western Canada. During his long church service, he held various positions, but especially loved the last years, when he and his wife, Elly, were ward "greeters."
"We were blessed with more joy, peace, love and laughter, than we thought ever would be possible, and hugged each other before falling asleep and woke up smiling at one another. I was dependent on him, and he on me."
He fought the good fight for two and a half years, keeping death at bay. He maintained an active business life until the last two weeks, when forced to give in to his struggle against cancer and put his life in the hands of Christ.
"Together, we were given the vision to see each day as precious, a gift to be used richly and wisely. No one can take that away from us."
A good man, Bill accepted God's will for ending his life, and although saddened that he would leave his loved ones, looked forward to a glorious afterlife.
Visits of his grandchildren brought him great pleasure: Jacob, Jared, Adam, Ashley, Paige, Ryan, Courtney, Alex, Rachel, Samantha, Sarah, Hailey, Rosemary, Elizabeth, Andreya, Judzea, Anna, Katie, Molly, Jenny, Jason, Sarah, Laura, Matthew, Andrew and Emily.
Bill married Elaine Anderson Card in the Salt Lake Temple on Feb. 13, 1955. She died Oct. 5, 1990.
He married Elizabeth Strobel Schoenfield Card on March 1, 1991 in Elko, NV. Their marriage was solemnized in the Bountiful Temple.
Bill started his own company, Architectural Specialities, Inc., in 1963 and enjoyed working just a touch more than traveling the world with Elly. During his last years, he built commercial skylights and other specialty items for Utah and other western state's universities, college, public schools, plus hotels and casinos.
Bill is survived by his adoring wife; their children, Ann and Russell Watts, Lane and Marianne Card, Sheri Card, Salt Lake City; Michael and Liesa Card, New York; Jamie and Preston Naylor, Salt Lake City; Marilee Nickelson, Colo.; sister, Mary C. Young, Calif.; brothers-in-law, J. Robert Anderson (Jean), Salt Lake City; J. Edwin Strobel (Shawna), Idaho; sisters-in-law, Bette P. Lloyd, Salt Lake City; Joanne S. Hibberd, St. George.
Special thanks to Dr. John Ward, University of Utah Medical Center, Diane Bowen, Vivian Jensen of Vista Care.
Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, September 21 in the Monument Park 12th Ward Chapel, 2795 E. Crestview Dr. (1010 South). Friends may call Sunday, September 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Chapel, 3401 Highland Dr. and Monday from 11 a.m. at the Ward prior to the service. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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