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
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 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!