Our selfless "angel", sweetheart, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Alta Jolley Halvorsen, slipped into the next life January 21, 1999.
She was born September 16, 1923, in Springdale, Utah, and spent most of her younger years playing and working in Utah's national parks. She was the second daughter of Nora Crawford Jolley and Donal Jones Jolley, the first park ranger for Zion National Park. Her siblings are Pauline, Lorna (Kesterson), Venus (Marriage), and Donal C. Jolley.They moved to Boulder City, Nevada in 1943 where Alta worked as a lifeguard several summers. In 1941 she began attending Utah State University where she met Gail Seymour Halvorsen in 1942. She graduated with a degree in Secretarial Science in 1945 and moved in 1946 to New York City and in 1947-48 to San Francisco, excelling in several challenging positions.
After a long-distance courtship while Gail served in the Air Force, they were married April 16, 1949, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and were sealed in the St. George LDS Temple on September 16, 1950, her 27th birthday. Alta served alongside Gail for nearly 50 years as they fulfilled military obligations, served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and raised five children: Brad Jolley (Gaylene), Denise (David), Marilyn (Asael), Robert Eric (Allison) and Michael Sherman (Kalleen). In 1974, the Halvorsens moved to Provo, Utah.
Alta has served as a Primary president, Relief Society president, a teacher in several organizations, and was always a willing servant to neighbors, family, and friends in Provo and overseas. She was an active member of the Sorosis. From 1986-87 they served together as missionaries in the London South England mission and then served as Church Education System missionaries in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 1995-97. Alta was known by hundreds of people throughout Germany, Russia, England, and the United States, and by her own family members as a quiet, loving servant, a woman who thought nothing of herself and was tireless in blessing the lives of others.
She is survived by her husband, Gail, her five children, and 24 grandchildren who love her more than words could ever express!
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 27, 1999, at 11 a.m. in the Oak Hills 1st Ward Chapel, 1038 North 1200 East, Provo. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State St., in Orem, and also Tuesday, one hour prior to the services at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.
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