Elizabeth B. Gillard 1923 ~ 2010Comment on this story
Elizabeth B. Gillard, 87, died early Friday morning, December 10, 2010, after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. Born June 21, 1923 to Charles Owen and Mabel Caroline Jones Bartlett, she grew up in Tridell, Utah, and was valedictorian of her class at Altera High School in Uintah County. She graduated from the LDS Business College in Salt Lake, becoming the Deputy County Clerk in Vernal in the early 1940's. She married Don C. Hall in the Salt Lake Temple in1945. When he died in 1947, she returned to BYU and graduated with a teaching degree. She taught typing, shorthand, and business practices at Twin Falls Business College, Parowan High School and at Cyprus High School in Magna. There she married Hyrum Earl Carlson in 1956, who died the same year. Three years later, she moved to the East Mill Creek area, where she opened Wasatch Jr. High. Her typing classes there had waiting lists, and were the most popular class offered. She married V. Roy Gillard in 1960, and opened Skyline High School, chartering the Future Business Leaders of America, and opening one of the first credit unions run by students for students, Skyline Student Credit Union. She later opened Taylorsville High School, where she was the department chair until becoming the Coordinator of Business and Marketing Education for Granite School District. After Roy's death in 1984, she retired from Granite District, and taught at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire before returning to Utah and moving to the Midvale area. She was very active in the LDS church, holding numerous positions in the Young Womens' organizations, Relief Society, and Primary. She served one year in the Salt Lake City Family History Mission, five years in the Utah-Salt Lake City Mission, and was a Jordan River Temple ordinance worker for four and a half years. She was living at Canyon Creek Assisted Living Center when her cancer was discovered just after Thanksgiving, 2010. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Canyon Creek for their outstanding care. Throughout her career, Elizabeth worked tirelessly to prepare students for the workplace, teaching typing, shorthand, transcription, accounting, office practices and later keyboarding and computer use. Although her first classrooms contained only manual typewriters, she was in the forefront of innovation, authoring a self-tutoring guide to the IBM Selectric, piloting a word processing program as early as 1982, and in 1984, co-authoring a curriculum guide for word processing used in all eight high schools in Granite District. She participated in many research and curriculum writing projects, including a Century 21 Shorthand program under sponsorship of South-western Publishing. She was the president of both the Utah Vocational Association, and The Utah Business Education Association, the secretary of the Western Business Education Association, and the editor of the National Business Education Forum. She was listed on the National Secretaries Association International "Scroll of Honor, and was named "National Secondary Teacher of the Year" by the National Business Education Association. Other awards include "Teacher of the Year" from Delta Pi Epsilon, "President's Award" from Western Business Education Association, and "Outstanding Business Teacher" from Utah Vocational Association. She is listed in The Who's Who of Women, 1986. She was well loved not only by her family, friends and church associates, but also by the 150+ students she taught each year for 34 years. She is survived by her daughter, Jean (Jenny) Hall Chiovaro of Bacliff, Texas , and five brothers and sisters: Clyde R. Bartlett, Logan, Ona Patterson, Salt Lake City, Lela Coons, Providence Rhode Island, Charles C. Bartlett, Smithfield, and Floyd H. Bartlett, Vernal. Funeral services will be held at the Fort Union Seventh Ward, 6770 South 500 East at 11:00 Saturday December 18, 2010. Viewing Friday 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy. Viewing Saturday 9:45-10:45 at the church. Interment at Maeser Fairview Cemetery, 1231 North 3500 West, Vernal, Utah, Monday, December 20th at noon. Online condolences welcomed at www.larkincares.com.