Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers is dedicated to perpetuating the names and achievements of those men, women, and children who founded Utah. The organization is completely non-political and non-sectarian and its mission is focused solely on historical, educational and public purposes. Members seek to encompass a broad scope of services, ranging from the preservation of historic landmarks, to the education of school children and citizens about their pioneer forebears. Join us in welcoming this year’s royalty for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Catherine Joan Eskelsen Anderson

Catherine Joan Eskelsen Anderson

Catherine Eskelsen Anderson was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1958, the daughter of Virginia Elizabeth Bird and Richard Morrison Eskelsen.

Three other children, sister Kim and brothers Todd and Dan, were also born into the family.

Catherine graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City. She then went on to graduate from Utah State University with a degree in Home Economics and Consumer Education. Catherine taught in Utah schools in the Wayne, Uintah, Box Elder, Weber, and Ogden City School Districts. She taught Home Economics, Special Education and English as a Second Language, retiring from Ogden High School in 2013. She then went on to teach another year at the Utah Military Academy.

Catherine married Vic Harold Anderson in Ogden, Utah. They are the parents of Emily Catherine, Sarah Vee, and Kyle. Vic passed away in 2018. The family shared summers at Lake Powell, skiing, camping, and snowmobiling at Yellowstone National Park. Catherine saw 44 states in the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico, riding on the back of Vic’s motorcycle! Two sons-in-law and four granddaughters have been added to the family. Family continues to be the most important part of Catherine’s life.

Catherine is a member of Camp Sego Lily, Weber North East Company, in Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She has been the 2nd Vice President, historian, lesson leader and outreach coordinator in her Camp.

Catherine volunteers as a Weber Master Gardener and a blood platelet donor.

Catherine has served as the Relief Society President of her Ward for the Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was also a Sunday School teacher, in the Young Women’s Presidency and a Temple Work and Family History Specialist.

Annora Coleman Boden, Catherine’s ancestor, was born at Pontypool, South Wales in 1828. She was the daughter of James and Mary Coleman. When her father died, leaving her mother with five small children, and living in poor circumstances, Annora went to work early in her life. As a young girl, she worked in a confectionary store, where people made their own candy. Annora learned to make candy as she worked. Annora married James Boden, eventually becoming the mother of eleven children. James and Annora came to Utah in 1868, traveling by ox teams and wagons. A baby boy was born while crossing the plains. He lived for twelve days and was buried on the plains. Husband James became ill as they crossed the plains, becoming worse as they traveled. He died the day after they reached Salt Lake City. Annora joined other family members already living in Brigham City, earning money for her children by making candy and doing any other work that she could get. When her daughters got old enough to help, Annora operated a hotel in Brigham City. Well known for her hospitality, Annora died in 1899.

Heather Marie Bartholomew Neilson

Heather Marie Bartholomew Neilson

Heather was born two and a half months early on February 14, 1972, in Napa, California to John and Debra Bartholomew. Her parents moved a lot with work opportunities, including Salt Lake City, Lewiston Utah, Roswell New Mexico, Harwood Texas, Kearney Missouri, Weston Idaho, Logan Utah, and Ogden. Heather and her husband Paul have lived in Pleasant View for 28 years.

Heather graduated from Logan High School and attended Utah State University with a major in Interior Design. She started photography in 1995 and has not put the camera down since! Heather enjoys getting out in Nature and meeting new people by taking their photos.

Heather and Paul Neilson were sealed in the Logan Temple in 1992.

They have four children, two girls and two boys. She has loved being a stay-at-home Mom, with a side hobby business!

Heather joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 2009 and is a member of Camp Evergreen in Weber North Company. She has served as a Camp Captain, vice captain, historian and on the Company board as a vice captain and social media expert. She feels that there is a new younger generation interested in pioneer history and is excited about the future of DUP!

Heather volunteered on the Weber County Holiday Festival planning committee for the entire 5 years that it ran and has wonderful memories from serving as their photographer. She is the legal guardian for her brother who has autism and assists her autistic nephew.

Heather has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her entire life. She has served in various positions in the Primary, Relief Society and Young Women’s organizations. She has also served as a Cub Scout leader and loved supporting her four children who worked summers at Scout Camp.

James Henry Rollins, Heather’s pioneer ancestor, was born in Lima, New York in 1816. When James was a boy, his father, John Porter Rollins, died in a showreck on Lake Erie while transporting cattle. His mother, Keziah Van Benthuysen Rollins, took James and his two sisters to Ohio to live with her brother and his wife. Her brother, Sydney Gilbert, was the co-owner of the Whitney store. James began working at the store at an early age and was asked to be a clerk as a teen. He was always willing to serve when needed and learned new skills, such as stonecutting for the Nauvoo Temple. His first wife was Eveline Chrissy Walker and they had 10 children. His second wife was Hannah Hume and they had 13 children. In 1847 James was asked to stayi n Council Bluffs and raise crops for pioneers leaving the next season. He came to t h e Salt Lake valley in 1848 with t h e Willard Richards Company. James was appointed to settle in San Bernardino and served as the District Attorney. He later returned to Utah, settling in Minersville in southern Utah, where he was called to be the Bishop of the Lower Beaver Ward. James was elected to the Utah Territorial House of Representatives in 1867. Later in his life he moved to Lyman, Wyoming to be close to family and died there in 1899.

LaDee Everton Eastland Jensen

LaDee Everton Eastland Jensen

LaDee Everton Eastland Jensen, a daughter of Walter Cecil Everton and Arda Roberts Everton, was born in Brigham City in 1939. LaDee lived in Brigham City until hermarriage to Howard Fred Eastland in 1960. Howard and LaDee adopted three children: Russ, Ron and Lisa. After living in Washington state, California and several places in Utah, the family settled in Roy, Utah. In 1989 their youngest son, Ron, died serving an LDS mission in LaPaz, Bolivia. Later Howard and LaDee divorced.

LaDee worked as a secretary at the University of Washington for 3 years and Weber State University for 22 years. She retired in 2005. Go Wildcats!

LaDee has served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as Ward and Stake Relief Society President and various other callings in the Primary and Young Women’s organizations. After retiring, LaDee served a full-time LDS mission as a Senior Sister in Santa Rosa, California. Upon returning home, LaDee met her sweetheart Gale Richard Jensen. They married in 2008. Gale and LaDee enjoyed serving in the Church together as hosts at the LDS Conference Center for 6 years and traveling. Gale died in December 2023. Combined, Gale and LaDee have a wonderful family of 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great- grandchildren.

LaDee enjoys taking piano lessons, baking bread to take to people and recently organized a Cousin Reunion!

LaDee joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 2000 and is a member of Camp Honey Bee, Weber West Company. She has served as the Company President, Camp Captain, and several other positions.

Gwen (Winnifred) Lloyd Roberts Evans, LaDee’s ancestor, was born in1823 in LLanbrothanshire, North Wales to John Lloyd and Catherine Evans Lloyd. She came to the United States with her 1st husband- Daniel Roberts and 4 small children in 1850. Her husband and 1 child died of cholera and were buried on the bank of the Mississippi River. Gwen did not know the language or anyone, but with her remaining 3 children she traveled to and spent the winter of 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Going from there to Council Bluffs, lowa, in the spring Gwen fitted out an ox t e a m and wagon and crossed the plains to the Utah Territory. As they came into the valley, they were met by some Welsh friends with melons and other supplies. When Gwen got to Salt Lake City, a man asked her to marry him. When she refused, he made her pay for the supplies he had given her. In 1853 she married Captain David R. Evans at Brigham City, Utah. He died in 1861 leaving Gwen with a family of 8 children. Four e a r s later the two youngest children died and were buried in the same grave. Gwen moved to Malad, Idaho in1871 and lived there the rest of her life. Gwen died in 1909 in Malad, Idaho at age 86 and was buried in Brigham City, Utah.

Marilyn Briem Blakeley

Marilyn Briem Blakeley

Marilyn Briem Blakeley was born in 1934, in Ogden, Utah. She is a daughter of Leland Jesse Briem and Edity Ivy Gidney. In 1953, Marilyn married LuJean “Luke” Blakeley. She is the mother of 2 children and has 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, whom she loves dearly!

Education is important to Marilyn. She graduated from Weber State University at age 58. At age 74, Marilyn graduated from Utah State University with a master’s degree. She celebrated her academic success by skydiving into the Ogden High School Football Stadium, at age 74!

Marilyn joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 2004. She is a member of Camp Sunbonnet in the Weber Far South West Company, where she has served as the Parliamentarian and Lesson Leader.

Marilyn has volunteered assisting elementary school students with their reading skills. She also hosts an annual Pirate Party for neighborhood children. She has served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, teacher in Primary and Young Women’s classes, Meetinghouse Librarian and Ogden Temple Receptionist. Marilyn has used her writing skills to write and direct a Roadshow- a short, humorous play, starring the residents of Harrison Regent Senior Living. Marilyn was responsible for three scenes in the “Walk With Christ” presentation.

Marilyn Briem Blakeley’s pioneer ancestor is George Gidney, who was born and raised in Sharrington, Norfolk, England. When he was 22 years old, he and his father immigrated to America. George crossed the plains in 1860 with the Daniel Robinson Handcart Company. President Brigham Young assigned him to assist in building the new settlement of Brigham City, Utah. He became a great and generous landowner. He had two wives- Elizabeth Sarll, the mother of 9 children and Emma Rand, the mother of 6. George Gidney died of pneumonia at age 66,in 1905.

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Gayla Lloyd Dye

Gayla Lloyd Dye

Gayla Lloyd Dye was born in 1933 at the old Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah to Samuel N. Lloyd and Lureta Celia Harper.

Education has been important to Gayla. In 1956 she graduated as a Nurse from the B.Y.U. School of Nursing in the school’s 1st graduating class.

Gayla married Rulon V. Dye in 1958. They are the parents of 6 children, 31 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, with 3 more on the way. Gayla loves family parties that are big! They are a great way to all be together!

Thomas Harper, Gayla’s great grandfather, emigrated from England to New Orleans in 1853 at age 22. The Perpetual Emigration Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints paid for Thomas’s voyage with the understanding that he would repay the fee with his future earnings. In Keokuk, Iowa Thomas joined the 61st Company of pioneers in 1853 as a mule and ox team driver. Thomas married Hannah Jane Jones, an immigrant from Wales, in the Salt Lake Territory. They moved first to Bountiful and then to Call’s Fort, north of Brigham’s Fort, where they raised crops and cattle. Thomas married Rachel S. Lewis as a 2nd wife and built her a log house in Call’s Fort for her to live in.

Gayla joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 1986 as a member of Camp Easton in the Weber Far South Company. She has served as the Camp Captain and Historian, and as the Company President and Vice President.

Gayla has served as the Young Women’s President and ward and stake Relief Society President. Gayla volunteers at the Uintah Days celebration and at the Riverdale Senior Center where she teaches scrapbooking and card making.



Karen was born in June 1937 at the old Dee Hospital in Ogden to Clarence and Claire Neuenschwander. The family moved to North Ogden when Karen was beginning elementary school. Always an animal lover, Karen learned to ride horses and bought her first horse with babysitting money.

Karen graduated from Ogden High in 1955. She entered a contest and became Miss Ogden Pioneer Days Sweetheart. That same summer the first Miss Rodeo Utah contest was held. Karen entered the contest and became the first Miss Rodeo Utah!
After graduating from Weber College, Karen married Bert W. Gall, Jr. and moved to Chicago, Illinois where Bert was in dental school. Upon completing dental school, Karen’s family moved to northern California where they lived for 35 years. Bert and Karen have 2 children, a son Jeff and daughter Erin.

Karen served as ward and stake Relief Society President in Fair Oaks and Rocklin, California. Bert and Karen served a mission in the Roseville California Mission. Bert retired from dentistry and the family moved back to Ogden in December 1998.

Karen is a descendant of Lorin Farr. In 1850 Brigham Young called Lorin and his family to go to Ogden and take over the settlement of the area. Lorin assisted in laying out the city of Ogden and organizing Ogden’s first government. He was Ogden’s 1st Mayor, serving for 22 years. He was also the 1st President of the Weber Stake of Zion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving until 1870.

Karen joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 1999. She is a member of Camp Purple Sage where she has been the Camp Captain, teacher and treasurer. Karen has also been the Vice President of the Weber Far South Center Company.



Rose was born in Ogden, Utah to Deloss Watson Holley and Almira Bartholomew Holley in 1937. Brigham Young asked Rose’s great-grandparents to settle in Slaterville. Rose was the “Farmer’s Daughter”, living on her parent’s farm in Roy. She enjoyed a rural life with rural responsibilities.

Rose married James Russell “Jim” Breitweiser in 1958. They have 4 children, 18 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Education has always been important to Rose. She attended Weber State University when her children were small, graduating with a degree in Education. Rose taught elementary school in North Ogden for 10 years.

Almira Mesick Green is Rose’s pioneer ancestor. At about 4 years old, Almira and her father Peter Mesick left her mother and a sibling to join the gathering Saints in Missouri, then onto Nauvoo. They lived at the home of Hyrum Smith at the time of his martyrdom. Her father joined the Mormon Battalion, leaving Almira in the care of a good family, who lived that winter in a cave in Winter Quarters on the bank of the Missouri River. After fulfilling his service with the Battalion, Peter came back to Winter Quarters with Brigham Young and was reunited with Almira. They traveled together, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1848.

Almira eventually married Ammon Green Sr. and raised a family of 13 children, residing in Weber County. She was very well thought of. Almira died in 1892 at the age of 54.

Rose joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 1999. She is a member of Camp Mt. Ogden in the Weber South Company. Rose has served as Camp Captain, secretary, treasurer and lesson leader. She has also been the Weber South Company President and Vice- President and on the Weber County DUP Museum Board.

Active in Church, Rose has taught Sunday School classes, been a Young Women advisor and served in the Relief Society Presidency. Rose and Jim served as greeters for 7 years at the Conference Center and Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.


Rosemary Wangsgard Waite was born in Ogden, Utah in 1939 to Mary Clarke and Burns Wangsgard.

Rosemary married Wallace Waite in 1961. She has 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The Arts have always been important to Rosemary. She has taught many dance classes and art lessons. She was involved in 4-H activities. Rosemary enjoys supporting her grandchildren in their sports.

Harriet Teeples Clarke, Rosemary’s pioneer ancestor, was born in Michigan in 1830. Her family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1834 and moved to Missouri, to Nauvoo, Illinois and to Iowa in1846. After a bad marriage and the birth of a son, Harriet joined her parents in traveling to Utah. Harriet married Nathaniel Worden in 1852 and helped settle Provo Valley. In 1859 Harriet’s brother explored a little valley east of Ogden, building a log cabin on the North Fork River. Returning to Provo, he told his family about the beautiful valley called Ogden Hole. Harriet, Nathaniel and their 6 small children moved to join him in the valley.

The winter was long and very cold. Nathaniel decided to leave for southern Utah. Harriet chose to stay, caring for her small family. In 1861 a young man, Francis Clarke, immigrated to Utah from England and found himself in the valley east of Ogden. Harriet and Francis married in 1867, eventually adding 2 boys to the family. Happily married and active in their community and church, Harriet died in 1911 at 81 years old and Francis passed in 1913.

Rosemary joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 1985 as a member of Camp Eden, Weber North Center Company. She has served as Camp Captain and Company President.

Rosemary has served as a Primary teacher, in the Relief Society Presidency and as the activity chair.

Rosemary has been the chairman of and docent for the Huntsville Pioneer Cabin. She has been the chairman for the Bronze Statue and Memorial Names in Huntsville Park.

Eight of Rosemary’s great grandparents were early settlers of Huntsville, Eden and Liberty. Memorial Day and Grandparents Day finds Rosemary caring for the graves of her ancestors at 4 cemeteries in the Ogden Valley. She is proud of her pioneers and believes their stories can help us in our lives today.

Laura Crawford Call

Laura Crawford Call

Laura was born on December 24, 1924, in Hurricane, Washington County, Utah to John W. Crawford and Madge Jones. She grew up in Springdale, near Zion National Park, attending elementary school there. In 1941 Laura’s father got a job in the war industry in Ogden and the family moved to Ogden.

Laura attended Central Junior High School in Ogden and Ogden High School. After graduation, Laura attended the University of Utah for 4 years. Early jobs included being a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and working for the Kress and Z.C.M.1 Stores.

Laura met Junior “E” Call in 1949 when he returned home from his mission in Great Britain. They married in the Salt Lake Temple and lived in Salt Lake City while Junior went to school.

Laura has 2 children and 5 Grandchildren—all dearly loved!

Laura’s family moved to Roy in 1967 where Laura still lives and where Laura joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers. In Camp Seagull Laura has served as Historian, Chaplain and Vice Captain.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, Laura has served as the president of the Young Women’s and Relief Society organizations in her ward and stake and in the Primary and Sunday School. Laura and Junior served a 2 year mission in Raleigh, North Carolina and 7 years in the Ogden Temple.

Laura’s pioneer ancestor, William Robison Crawford, and his mother went to colonize the Cotton Mission in southern Utah when President Brigham Young called for volunteers. Laura says, “It has been an exciting experience to research the lives of my forebears, especially the brave pioneers and the difficult lives they lived.


Ann Howell Cragun was born in Ephriam, Utah in 1934 to William and Ellen Howell. Ann lived in Ephriam until age 7 and then moved to the Ogden area where her father worked in the war-time industries.

Ann married Richard Rhees Cragun in 1956. She has 6 children, 26 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Ann keeps close to her family through activities on the major holidays of the year and special times at Aspen Grove, up Provo Canyon. Ann says, “My family is my greatest joy.”

Education has always been important to Ann. She was a teacher, teaching at Ben Lomond High School and Washington High School for 30 years.

Ann has served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in many positions on the Ward and Stake levels. She served 2 missions with her husband Richard: the Ogden Inner City and New Jersey Morristown Missions. Ann is a worker at the Ogden Temple, having served for 14 years.

Henry Lunt, Ann’s pioneer ancestor, was called to the Iron Mission in Iron County and helped settle Cedar City. Ann joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 1958. She has been an active member of Camp Mountain Star for 64 years, serving in many Camp and Weber North West Company positions. Ann also enjoys volunteering as a docent at the Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum in Ogden.

Family History is important to Ann. Ann inherited many family histories from her parents. She has created a book of these histories and made copies for her family and extended family.

Patricia Elizabeth Petrich Pilcher Layton

Patricia Elizabeth Petrich Pilcher Layton

Patricia was born on August 25, 1932 at Dee Memorial Hospital, Ogden to John Petrich, who immigrated from Austria to America with his brothers, and Eliza Gilberta Brown Petrich. John Petrich died 2 months before Patricia was born. In 1935 Eliza Petrich married Joseph Richard Pilcher, bringing Patricia and her 3 older brothers to the new family.

Patricia attended Mound Fort Elementary and Junior High School, graduating from Ogden High School in 1951. A student in the Thomas Dee Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, then affiliated with Weber College, Patricia graduated with a Registered Nursing Degree in 1954. Patricia worked at McKay Dee Hospital for 41 years, retiring in 1995.

Patricia married Loyal Gerald Martin Layton in 1953. They made their home in Washington Terrace, raising 6 children. After 35 years of marriage, Patricia and Loyal divorced.

Patricia has 14 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Living in close vicinity of each other, everyone enjoys having Sunday dinners at Patricia’s home!

Patricia shares her musical talents by playing the piano and organ for her Ward. She has also performed in many of the plays at Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse in Washington Terrace. Patricia volunteers at the Medical Clinic Ogden and McKay Dee Hospital.

Joining Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 1961, Patricia has served as the Captain of Camp Prickly Pear and several other positions.

Patricia’s Great Grandfather is Captain James Brown of the Mormon Battalion. In 1847 he led the Brown sick detachment from Pueblo to Fort Bridger where they joined with the Mississippi Saints. He led both groups to the Salt Lake Valley.

Jean Ann Stratford Wilson

Jean Ann Stratford Wilson was born in Ogden, Utah in 1942 to Arvel E. and june Taylor Stratford. Jean attended schools in Weber County.

Jean married Gary H. Wilson in 1963. They have lived in North Ogden for 56 years. They have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Jean and her husband were able to work their schedules at their jobs so they could take care of their grandchildren and great grandchildren when they were babies. Now they have picnics, fun times, travel together and attend ball games, dance recitals and plays in support of their family.

Jean-belonged to the Business Women of Utah organization and the Weber State Alumni History group. An excellent teacher, Jean has taught in the Relief Society, Young Women’s organization and Primary many times in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She enjoys attending the Ogden Temple as often as she can.

Jane Pavard, Jean’s pioneer ancestor, was a pioneer midwife in Weber County and delivered over 400 babies. Jean joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers in 2008. She has been the Captain of Camp Hope and President of Weber North Company.

Jean enjoys traveling around the USA and to foreign countries. Each year Jean and her 6 siblings travel the country in a giant van filled with 14 people, learning and laughing as they go!



Bobbie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in Ogden. She attended Madison Elementary, Central Junior High School and graduated from Ogden High School. She attended Weber College and Utah State University. Bobbie married Alan R. Williamson and will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in 2021. Bobbie and Alan have 5 children, 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. After seeing the world, courtesy of the United States Air Force, Bobbie worked for Beehive Clothing in Ogden as the manager for 20 years. As a volunteer, Bobbie taught English to non-native English speakers and tutored reading for the Ogden City School District. One of Bobbie’s pioneer ancestors is Thomas Doxey, who entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1853. In 1855 Brigham Young instructed Thomas to move north and go no further than Ogden. Thomas Doxey began working for Ogden City by helping to survey city streets, was the Water Master for the Weber Canal and a Poll Tax Collector. Doxey Street in Ogden was named after Thomas. Bobbie joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) in 2004 and has served as Camp Captain, Historian and Registrar. She was recently elected to the Weber County DUP Museum Board as the 2nd Vice-President.



Carol was born in Eden, Utah and lived in the Ogden Valley through her early school years. Both sets of Carol’s great Grandparents – William V. Burnett and Sarah Jane Wilde Burnett, and Edmund Burke Fuller and Adelaide Jelly Fuller – emigrated from England. All were early settlers of Eden. Carol attended both Weber College and BYU—and taught special needs pre-school, kindergarten and 1st grade for 29 years. Carol married John R. Pilcher in 1969, raising their 3 children in the Eden area. Following in the footsteps of her mother, a member of the 1st Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) Camp Eden, Carol joined DUP in 2007. She has served as the camp secretary and camp treasure for 10 years and as the Chaplain on the Weber North Center Company Board. As the last living sibling of her family, Carol has focused on organizing all of the journals, photos and writings her mother had collected into a large scrapbook that preserves their family pioneer history for grandchildren and great grandchildren.



Jean was born in Marriott, Utah and grew up on 12th Street when it was a narrow two lane road! Her great grandfather, William Hosdon, settled on 12th Street in 1854. Her great-great grandfather, Gilbert Belnap, settled in Weber County in 1850, becoming the sheriff in 1866. Jean is a 5th generation member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP)  and has been a member of the organization for 36 years. She attends the Susan Marriott Camp and has held various camp offices, including president of the Weber Northeast Company. Jean was actively involved on the Weber County DUP Museum Board when the museum was relocated to 21st Street and Lincoln Avenue in 2012. Jean is a graduate of BYU and is a life-long pianist and organist. She enjoyed 30 wonderful years of marriage to James Branch and enjoys her 7 children, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Actively involved in her church and the community, Jean spends time researching and writing family histories and loves to travel.



Marguerite was born in Ogden, Utah to Gilbert and Mabel East. Raised in Warren, Utah, she attended Weber County schools and graduated from Weber High School. She married Keith Hipwell and moved to West Weber, raising her 4 children there. A widow after 63 years of marriage, Marguerite loves and supports her 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Marguerite has a number of ancestors who crossed the plains to Utah. Following the example of her mother, Mabel Jacobsen East, and her mother-in-law, Lois Wade Hipwell, Marguerite joined Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) in 1988. She has been a member of West Weber 34 Camp for 33 years and served on the Weber West Company Board for 19 years as the Registrar and Markers Representative. Marguerite has been a Docent at the Weber County DUP Museum for many years and is very knowledgeable about the museum and its artifacts. An active member of her church, Marguerite has been a temple worker, Relief Society President and Cub Scout leader. She stays active by walking five days a week, quilting, and getting together with a group of high school friends regularly.

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Carolie Bolingbroke

Carolie Bolingbroke is from the Weber North Center Company, Camp North Fort. Carolie is 87 years young and was born to G. Howard and Cora Nielsen Neal in Malad, Idaho. She married Chester Leu Bolingbroke on December 29, 1952. Carolie and Chester had 5 children, 26 grandkids, and 60 great grandkids. She was a big support to her family. Carolie has been a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for 20 years. Her authorized pioneer ancestor is Moses Fort. She was actively involved in DUP and has held the position of Camp Captain for 14 years and Secretary for the Camp Board. She has been active in the community as well. She has served in the PTA as President, Ogden High School Media Secretary for 17 years, Ogden School Specialist, and Triple Trio Singing Group. She held mass meetings in her home and was the Registrar for the Republican Party and is a Delegate at Convention now. Caroline has held many LDS Church callings including Young Women’s and received a special award for 35 years of support, Relief Society and Primary President, She also supported her husband while he was the Bishop.

Noreen Larkin


Noreen Larkin is from the Weber Roy Company, Camp Polly Hammon. Noreen is 79 years young and was born to George LeRoy and Lillian Barrus Melva Hodson in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Noreen graduated from USU with a dietetic internship. She also worked for a while as a dietitian.

She married George Eugene Larkin on Oct. 14, 1966. Noreen and George had 6 children, 25 grandkids and 4 great grandkids.

Noreen has been a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for 19 years. Her authorized pioneer ancestors are Jonathan Harriman Hale, Edward Hunter Herman Hyde, Emery Barrus Philo Dibble, William Waddoups, and Danial Clard.is Rachael Cook.

Noreen has been actively involved in DUP and has held the position of camp captain, music leader, and registrar for both camp and company.

She has been active in the community, as well. She has served in the PTA, 4-H leader, Republican Party Precinct Vise Chair, and helped with voting.

Noreen server a mission in Berlin, Germany prior to her marriage and has held many otherchurch callings including Teacher, Family History Consultant, Relief Society President, Senior Couple Ogden, Utah Mission, Ward Missionary, and Stake Missionary.

Noreen spent most of her married life as a stay-at\-home mom. She helped raise two grandchildren rather that have them put in foster care. She loves to garden and can fruits and vegetables. She also enjoys reading histories and biographies.

Darlene Stoddard


Darlene Stoddard is from the Weber Farr South Company, Camp Oakwood. Noreen is 86 years young and was born to David Glenn Bert and Grace Bertha Bowe in Brigham City. Darleen married William Junior Stoddard on Sept. 16, 1953. Darlene and William had 6 children, 16 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Darleen has been a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for 41 years. Her authorized pioneer ancestor was Fredrick James Graham.

Darlene moved into her present home as a bride and never left. She has lived in her home for 65 years alone. However, as more neighbors moved into the area she could walk and visited with them. She pumped good water from the springs until Weber County brought the water to the city. Darlene has been actively involved in DUP and has held the position of camp captain, vice-captain, and secretary for eight years. Darlene has server as Primary President, Counselor in Relief Society twice, Chorister in Primary, Relief Society, and Sacrament meetings, Lesson Leader, Sunday School Teacher, played the piano in Sacrament and Junior Sunday School.

Norma Rae Jensen


Norma Rae Jensen Porter is from the Weber South Company, Camp Mount Fort. Norma is 87 years young and was born to Nilsen Neal Melva Hodson Jensen and Joseph Ray Jensen in Provo. She married James H. Porter (Jim) on Aug. 4, 1956. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before he passed away in 2006. Norma is the proud mother of three sons and a daughter. She has 14 grandkids and nine great grandkids. Norma joined the Daughters of Utah Pioneers 20 years ago in 1999 through her direct line ancestor Amelia Ann Singleton. Upon joining she became Camp Beehives secretary/treasurer and has remained in that position for 19 years. Norma and her husband Jim were avid Square Dancers. Together they served in many positions with The Northern Utah Square Dancers including President and 2nd Vice President. They were Chairmen for the 40th Square Dancers Nationals at the Delta Center and were in charge of blood drives and other charity events in relation to Square Dancing. Norma has held many Church callings including Primary President, Young Women’s President, Relief Society 2nd Councilor and being on the Stake Primary Board serving as 2nd Councilor. She has served in the Primary for over 38 years and is still currently active there.

Florence Nichols


Florence Farr Nichols was born in Ogden, Utah to Florence Dinsdale and Merlin Fife Farr. She married Kent C. Nichols and has five children, 14 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She joined DUP in 1967 and is a member of the College Heights Camp in the Weber Far South Center Company. She is an ancestor of Lorin Farr, Ogden’s first mayor. She has been a camp captain several times, Vice-Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, Pianist, Parliamentarian, Outreach committee, and on the Company Board several times. Florence has served our community as a volunteer at McKay-Dee Hospital for 9 1/2 years, Junior League of Ogden, and Storytelling Festival volunteer many times. She has served in the Relief Society Presidency many times, Young Women’s President and other positions for years, Sunday School Secretary, Activities Chairman, Primary counselor, teacher and organist, and Missionary plaques. She is involved with her grandchildren and their activities

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