Mary Lucile Parry (Lucile) was born in Ogden, Utah on 1 May 1907. She was the sixth of seven children born to Chauncey and Julia Hutchens Parry.

Lucile had a happy childhood marred only by the death of her Papa when she was four years old. She had a fond memory of him buttoning her high-button shoes, putting a big bow in her hair and taking her to ride on the trolley.

When Lucile was 18 she had a chance to go to New York to study music for a year. She and one friend were very brave to move from Ogden to the big city alone in 1925. It was quite an adventure! Upon her return to Ogden, she found a job working at Weber College. It seems this job included a trip to Hawaii, when the Weber State football team played a scheduled game there. She took well to traveling throughout her life.

Blaine Peterson became a very important part of her life. They had met when Lucile was 16 and both had much to accomplish so their friendship grew slowly into love. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 18 May, 1932.

Blaine was accepted at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. a year and a half later so once again Lucile traveled, but now their family included, baby Richard. Blaine went to school and worked part time. Lucile worked full time and they hired a lovely, older woman to be with the baby.

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After graduation, with law degree in hand they settled back in Ogden eventually purchasing a home at 1018 26th Street in Ogden where they lived for the next 50 years. It was there they raised four children, Richard, Judi, Tom and Marylu.

For many years the family skied together every winter but their favorite vacations were in the summer at "40 Pines", a rustic log cabin tucked into forty acres in the back woods of Island Park, Idaho. The Warm River ran through the property and Lucile loved it when son, Tom, would go fishing and bring brook trout, (they called, "brookies", back for her breakfast.

In 1960 Blaine was elected to the U. S. Congress and the family moved to the Washington D.C. area. John F. Kennedy had just been elected President of the United States and it was a vibrant place to be part of the political scene.

After returning to Utah Lucile was called to serve on the General Board of the Relief Society for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This afforded her more traveling experiences as well as some very spiritual moments. At one church meeting in a very small village in Peru she stood to speak to these humble saints who had never seen a General Authority of any kind, her interpreter at her side. She remembers speaking and then sitting back down, only to find her interpreter looking at her in awe. It seems she had spoken to the sisters in their own language, one of which she had absolutely no knowledge.

She was released from this assignment several years later to accompany her husband who had been called to preside over the Germany South Mission based in Munich, Germany. This was in July of 1970 and they served there for three years.

Once again, after returning to Utah, Lucile was given yet another important assignment. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Weber State College.

Lucile was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother, a beautiful woman in every way and a great example to all her posterity.

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Sep 17, 2018

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