Bee­hive Homes Com­mu­nity Spot­light: Joan Lud­low

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Every com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that to fam­ily. Span­ish Fork was a bustling de­vel­op­ment make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- by the time Joan was a teenager the-earth kinda peo­ple. Join us as each with peo­ple flock­ing to the area be­cause month as we high­light one of our long­time of in­ex­pen­sive hous­ing and job op­por­tu­ni­ties mem­bers in the com­mu­nity. in con­struc­tion and at Geneva Steel.

Joan Lud­low was born in July of 1929 Joan started work­ing on Main Street at at her grand­mother’s house on 100 South the lo­cal switch board as an op­er­a­tor. This in Span­ish Fork. Joan and her older brother was where she would meet and fall in love Clair grew up hum­ble in Span­ish Fork. with Gor­don Lud­low. Her fa­ther left when she was just 3 years Gor­don and Joan went to Span­ish Fork old, and her mother Ruby Jex Hales raised High School at the same time, although them alone while work­ing sev­eral jobs to Gor­don was sev­eral grades above her. He pro­vide for her chil­dren. Ruby would never was drafted into WWII out of high school re­marry. One of her jobs was to help in and served hon­or­ably in the U.S. Navy. the fam­ily busi­ness started by her fa­ther. Upon re­turn­ing home, Gor­don started Jex and Sons Broom Fac­tory was es­tab­lished work­ing at Geneva Steel. He caught the in the 1850s in Span­ish Fork. Ruby’s bus every day for work in front of the brothers helped run that side of the switch board of­fice. Af­ter many sight­ings busi­ness while she and her mother ran a through the win­dow by Joan, her co-work­ers seam­stress busi­ness called the Thread con­vinced her to go out with him. They Shed. were set up on a blind date of sorts that

Joan was raised within the hus­tle and ended up be­ing a date to a wed­ding of all bus­tle of en­trepreneur­ship. Her mother places. “The food was good and the at­mos­phere worked tire­lessly to cre­ate a good life for pleas­ant,” Joan said. Gor­don and Clair and Joan. Joan and Clair learned the Joan would date six months be­fore get­ting prin­ci­ples of hard work and com­mit­ment mar­ried in 1950. They just cel­e­brated their

wed­ding an­niver­sary. Joan and Gor­don lived on 600 North from that time to now. They raised six chil­dren in their hum­ble home. “I told God I would have as many kids as he wanted me to, and I guess six was enough,” Joan said. The Lud­lows grew up with lit­tle means; Grandma Ruby made ev­ery­thing the kids wore, even their un­der­wear. Joan was a mas­ter in the kitchen; she canned ev­ery­thing un­der the sun and had a beau­ti­ful gar­den every year. She looked af­ter her mother Ruby with a spe­cial love un­til Ruby passed away of old age.

Joan was a prankster. She en­joyed all hol­i­days but es­pe­cially en­joyed April Fool’s Day. “I al­ways packed Gor­don’s lunch for work. I once packed him noth­ing but chicken bones. When he sat down for lunch, all he had were bare bones to eat — of course I packed him some money so he could buy lunch that day,” Joan said. The kids would al­ways worry and stir about what Mom would trick them with every year.

Joan re­ally loved tra­di­tions. Christ­mas, Thanks­giv­ing and Easter were spe­cial times for fam­ily get-to­geth­ers and build­ing re­la­tion­ships. “One year Gor­don talked me into go­ing for a ride in his mo­tor­cy­cle side­car — I re­luc­tantly agreed, and he crashed the side­car into our tree, right in the front yard. That was the last time I ever went for a ride on any of his mo­tor­cy­cles,” Joan said.

Joan now lives at Bee­hive Homes of Span­ish Fork, liv­ing the quiet life, think­ing of times that have passed and tak­ing peace in know­ing her chil­dren are well. She has 20 grand­chil­dren and 25 great-grand­chil­dren. Thank you, Joan Lud­low, for rais­ing an amaz­ing fam­ily and help­ing to make our com­mu­nity great. If you would like to con­tact Joan, you may write or visit her at Bee­hive Homes of Span­ish Fork, 858 E. 100 South, Span­ish Fork, UT 84660.

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