‘Granny Ep­per­son’ hon­ored by KSL High 5

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Lana Hiskey

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.

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