‘Granny Epperson’ honored by KSL High 5
Mill Creek. She weighed five pounds and was so small she fit in her grandfather’s “Granna Epperson” at Santaquin Elementary new boots box. Her parents put Beth on School was honored through the the oven door of the coal stove to keep her KSL High 5 program on Dec. 20. Granna warm. Epperson’s whole life has been dedicated Beth’s family was quite poor. In 1929, to serving others. She started making all of the banks closed and her dad lost patchwork quilts. In the early 1990s, she all of his money. They lived on an acre of started counting the quilts she had given land, so her Dad grew lots of vegetables to Primary Children’s Hospital, homeless and every kind of fruit grown in Utah. shelters, kindergarten children, Africa and He raised three pigs, four chickens and others and has counted more than 971 five rabbits. Her mother made all of their quilts. clothes, often out of old clothes.
In 1960, Granna Epperson bought the When Beth was 12, her best friend’s Knit Wits shop for $ 1,800. Knit Wits mother Phoebe Castleton gathered the Primary was a shop where people came to learn girls and taught them how to knit. how to knit. Knit Wits became a profitable This was the beginning of a lifelong talent. business. Her talents have blessed many people. Granna Epperson knit a Beth married Robert John Epperson on Christmas stocking for every member of Aug. 29, 1947, in her sorority house at the her family and has made hundreds more University of Utah. They were married for over the years. She has volunteered at 68 years and have two children, Robert many hospitals and in church callings. and Elizabeth, and 10 grandchildren and She served two LDS missions with her 38 great-grandchildren. Grandpa Epperson husband in St. George, Utah, and Philadelphia, passed away in April of 2015. Penn. Granna and Grandpa Epperson traveled
Beth Alice Waller Epperson was born the world, visiting 77 different countries. on Feb. 17,1927, in Salt Lake City at She has had a wonderful, adventurous 89 home in a house on 3300 South in East years.
Beth Epperson was honored Dec. 20 through the KSL High 5 program for her service.