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Udella Spendlove Webb - 10/15/2005

Class of 1932

ST. GEORGE - Udella Spendlove Webb, 89, was reunited with her husband, parents, and brothers and sisters on Saturday, October 15, 2005. She was born April 19, 1916, in Virgin, Utah, to Henry Franklin Spendlove and Maria Alice Stratton.

Her husband, Warren Waldo Webb, worked for her father as a teenager and must have fallen in love with her then, but went in and out of her younger life for many years. While she was in Nurses Training at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, she developed a ruptured appendix in October of 1935, and it was Warren's love and devotion to her over the following six months that brought her back from death's door. After her full recovery, they were married June 17, 1936, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

From her humble beginnings in Virgin, Utah, she learned the values from her parents that would direct her life. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge and education and her desire to help others guided her life. She graduated from Hurricane High School at the age of 16 and Dixie College at 19. Taking a break for the adoption of her two sons and a near death duel with cancer, she graduated from the University of Utah in 1960 with a membership in Phi Kappa Phi, and eventually earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and Speech Pathology in 1969. She spent 21 years as a teacher in the Salt Lake School District, teaching, serving, and helping children.

Udell was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many callings throughout the years. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

She loved the cultural arts and learned to play both the piano and organ, and mastered both to very advanced levels. Taking her children and grandchildren to the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, numerous plays, art exhibits, and cultural events throughout her life, still influences their lives today.

Her travels circled the world to quench her desire to experience cultures in different lands, including China, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands.

Udell had a passion for bowling that produced numerous awards and culminated with her winning of the Silver Medal in the Senior Games at 86 years of age.

She will always be remembered by her family and friends as a very kind, loving, giving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend who loved to help you learn and grow to achieve your brightest dreams.

She is survived by her: sons, Douglas Lane (Connie) Webb, of Sandy, UT, and Dean Stratton (Mandi) Webb, of Anchorage, Alaska; sister-in-law, Kitty B. Webb; granddaughters, Julie (Michael) Lee, Lori (Joseph) Kotter, Camille (Joshua) Foulger, Emily Webb, Rebecca (Erik) Pedersen, Lisa Webb, and Ashley (Matthew) Springer; nine great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her: husband; parents; brothers-in-law; brothers, Henry, Orrin, Karl, Arnold, William, Marvin; and sisters, Melba and Emily.

The family would like to express their thanks to the nurses and staff of IHC Hospice and Kolob Care Center for their compassionate care.
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