Saturday, February 12, 2011

Beautiful Tribute to my Mom.

Kathleen Harrington Edwards 1946 ~ 2010 Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister peacefully passed away on December 23, 2010 in Salt Lake City from complications due to cancer.Kathy was born May 22, 1946, in Honolulu as the oldest child of LaRee Hymas and William Francis Harrington. Shortly after she was born, her parents moved to Salt Lake where she was raised in their East Millcreek home. A highlight of her youth was spending summers with her family at her grandparents' farm in Bear Lake, Idaho. After graduating from the second graduating class of Skyline High School she attended Brigham Young University where she received her B.A. in Education. She loved children and teaching both at school and in the home. From childhood through college her life was full of friends, time spent with her brother and sisters, and active involvement in many school and church activities. She and her husband, Bill Edwards, lived a beautiful life together which began on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend. They quickly fell in love and were married by President Spencer W. Kimball in the Salt Lake Temple on June 19, 1970. Kathy's life was shaped by and centered around the things she loved; this included her family, many dear friends, teaching, service and an abiding faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kathy and Bill have four children: Rebecca (Tom), David (Jill), Jennifer (Mike) and Billy. She is also survived by her brother, Bob Harrington (Jane), and two sisters, Suzanne Harman (Rich) and Becky Harrington. Kathy delighted in and took a special interest in each member of her family, which includes 14 grandchildren ages 1 to 15. Whether it was visiting with a long-time friend or befriending a stranger, Kathy loved spending time with people and had a unique gift of making others feel appreciated. Her cheerfulness, optimism and kind heart blessed the lives of those around her. She also loved creating beautiful things. Everything she did was done thoughtfully and with care. She created a nurturing, loving home and lifted people in her presence. She leaves behind to her family the knowledge that she truly loved them and the Lord's Gospel. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, December 30, at the Mt. Olympus North LDS Chapel, 4176 Adonis Drive (3930 East) in Salt Lake City. Viewings will be held Wed. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Dr. and Thursday 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the chapel prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.


GeNee said...

That was beautiful writing by Billy and I love your mother's picture. I remember when she said she was going to get her picture taken and I am so glad she did. That is a beautiful picture of her.

ashley said...

Reading this makes me realize how many wonderful traits you got from your sweet mother! I love you Jenn Sumko!