Happy 100th Birth­day Chris­tine Grover

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Bill Charles

On Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 17, Chris­tine Grover of Springville will cel­e­brate her 100th Birth­day. Her fam­ily will honor her at an Open House on Septem­ber 6, from 3 - 5 p.m. in the Springville Spring Creek South Stake Cen­ter (355 N. 400 E.)

Chris­tine was the ninth child born to James and Frances Donaldson in Ha­chita, New Mex­ico. She has seven brothers and two sis­ters. Her mother died when she was just six years old. The year after her bap­tism into the LDS church, her 19 year old sis­ter took Chris­tine and her 3 year old sis­ter to Utah to live with an Un­cle and Aunt for 10 years. Her fa­ther thought the three girls would have more ad­van­tages in Utah. He re­mained in New Mex­ico with her brothers.

Chris­tine, at age 19, moved to West­wood, Cal­i­for­nia to live with a sis­ter and her fam­ily. Her sis­ter and fam­ily moved to Marysville but Chris­tine re­mained in an apart­ment in West­wood. She soon met Calvin Grover who came to Cal­i­for­nia from Idaho. At the age of 22 they were mar­ried March 5, 1937 in the Salt Lake City LDS Tem­ple.

The first of their seven chil­dren was born in April, 1938. She bore five daugh­ters and two sons, the last child was born in June, 1959. They re­mained in Cal­i­for­nia un­til 1962 when they moved to Springville. They rented a house while Calvin started build­ing a home for them. They moved into their new home in 1963 in which Chris­tine still re­sides.

Im­me­di­ately upon ar­rival in their new home in 1963, Calvin and Chris­tine be­came mem­bers of an adult mar­ried church group that met reg­u­larly to study and learn from books and speak­ers. It even­tu­ally be­came a so­cial group that meets monthly to have din­ner and en­joy­ment. She still at­tends.

Chris­tine and Calvin en­joyed danc­ing. They both sang in ward choirs. She took pi­ano lessons soon after they were mar­ried. She ac­com­pa­nied Calvin when he was in­vited to sing so­los. They served a se­nior cou­ple mis­sion in the San An­to­nio Texas Mis­sion dur­ing 1978-80. Calvin passed away on July 12, 1993. Their old­est child passed away in 2006. Soon after Calvin passed away, Chris­tine started tak­ing or­gan lessons which lasted for 10 years, well into her 80’s. She has both a pi­ano and an or­gan in her home.

Chris­tine is cur­rently a vis­it­ing teacher to three women, and the cho­ris­ter in Re­lief So­ci­ety.

She is also the chair per­son of another so­cial group. She has served, in Cal­i­for­nia or Utah, as Re­lief So­ci­ety pres­i­dent, coun­selor and pi­anist; Pri­mary teacher and cho­ris­ter; and young women teacher.

Chris­tine still cooks, scrubs and waxes her kitchen floor, and weeds around her roses. Fam­ily or friends help with other needs. She has al­ways loved mu­sic, read­ing and gar­den­ing. Due to weak eyes, she has a ma­chine which mag­ni­fies ev­ery­thing so she can read and mem­o­rize the mu­sic, plus read lessons, mag­a­zines, mail, etc.

Chris­tine has been blessed, not only with seven chil­dren, but also with 34 grand­chil­dren, 58 great-grand­chil­dren, and 4 great-great-grand­chil­dren. With a fam­ily that size she is grate­ful she can at­tend all the many fam­ily events.

Chris­tine loves to re­ceive vis­its by ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially by fam­ily mem­bers, Church Priest­hood home teach­ers and Re­lief So­ci­ety vis­it­ing teach­ers. She is thank­ful for fam­ily who of­ten take her to lunch or din­ner and take her shop­ping and to church. A ward mem­ber drives her home each Sun­day. Also thanks to those friends and fam­ily who trans­port her to so­cial events, fu­ner­als, wed­ding re­cep­tions, etc. She is al­ways early to church on Sun­day. She is fun to be with. She gets ex­er­cise by walk­ing around her block in the morn­ings. She is an ex­am­ple of faith, love, hard work, ser­vice, ded­i­ca­tion and en­durance.

Happy Birth­day Chris­tine!

Sub­mit­ted by Bill Charles

Chris­tine Grover uses her mag­ni­fy­ing ma­chine to study lessons, read mail, or mem­o­rize songs.

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