Phyllis Maude Latimer Woodbury, age 94, passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in St. George, Utah. Phyllis was born March 21, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the eldest of four children born to Maude Walker and J. Franklin Latimer.
Phyllis graduated from Granite High School with the class of 1937 and attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Phyllis graduated with honors from the University of Utah and also earned a Masters of Science degree at that institution.
On June 25, 1941 she married Merlin Warren (Bud) Woodbury (deceased) in the Alberta Temple in Cardston, Canada. Five months later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
Phyllis was employed by the Granite School District for 24 years. She taught at Valley Junior High for 6 years before she joined the District Office Vocational Supervisory Team, where she served until retirement. Phyllis loved her career and the many teachers with whom she worked. She facilitated the development of many curriculum guides for the State Board of Education. In 1968 she took bold action for that day and age by starting the Young Mothers Program in order to help young mothers graduate from high school and learn parenting skills. Phyllis spearheaded the exemplary programs in “Parenthood and Child Development” and “Nutrition With Good Taste” that received national recognition.
Phyllis and her husband, Bud, were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Phyllis taught in all the auxiliaries of the church. She and her husband served two missions–1 1/2 years at the Visitors Center in Mesa, Arizona and another two years at the Jordan River Temple in the Salt Lake Valley
Phyllis and Bud are the parents of Rebecca Pappas Cox (Paul G.) and grandparents of Alexander Woodbury Cox (Talia) Bryce Canyon, Utah, Angela Rose Cox of Tucson, Arizona, Terri Pappas, Christopher Pappas (Leslie), Samuel Pappas (Heather) of Salt Lake City, Michael Pappas (Shari) of Marion, Utah, Christina Cox Negrete (Gabriel) of Tucson, Arizona. They have eleven beautiful great grandchildren.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter Rebecca Pappas Cox (Paul) of St. George, sister, Afton Heinecke of Midvale, and brother, Russell Latimer (Mildred) of Lehi, Utah. Brother Donald Latimer (Ora) proceeded her in death.
- Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the McDougal Funeral Home, located at 4330 South Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Visitation on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday beginning at noon.
- Interment at Wasatch Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- A Memorial Service will be held in St. George, Utah on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at the Quail Valley Chapel at 1 p.m. with family visitation beginning at noon. Quail Valley Ward is located at 1762 South River Road.
The family expresses their thanks to the many friends who kept mother’s life interesting and fulfilling to the end, especially, Zion’s Way Home Health and Hospice, her Senior Companion, Cori Doporto and her devoted friends, Paul and Renae Thorpe.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund by contacting any LDS Bishop.