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Rhoda Blanche THOMAS

Female 1909 - 1999  (89 years)

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  • Name Rhoda Blanche THOMAS 
    Born 12 Nov 1909  Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Jul 1999  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 26 Jul 1999  Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13535  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2007 

    Family Artie Uriah Miner,   b. 15 Mar 1906, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1988  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1932  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. M. Miner
     2. D.L. MINER
     3. P.A. MINER
     4. Richard Thomas Miner,   b. 15 Mar 1936, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1936  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F24582692  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S229] Obituary, Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT), 23 Jul 1999.
      Blanche T. Miner died peacefully at LDS Hospital on July 21, 1999, following a brief illness.

      She was born in Spanish Fork, Utah, on November 12, 1909 to Pratt Pace Thomas and Mima Christmas Thomas. She married Artie U. Miner in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 29, 1932. He was a prominent attorney and General Solicitor for the Union Pacific Railroad in the States of Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Arizona.

      Blanche is survived by a daughter, Maxine M. Curtis of Upland, California; and three sons: Robert T. Miner, M.D., of Santa Ana, California; Douglas L. Miner, M.D. of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Paul A. Miner, M.D. of Salt Lake City, Utah. She had eighteen grand children, and 15 great-grandchildren. She was a cherished and loving mother who always put her family as her first priority. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

      As a student at BYU, she was a class and student body officer and on the debate team. Graduating in 1930 with a major in political science and a minor in office practice, Blanche taught in the Business Department at BYU for three years. As an active member of the LDS Church, she worked in numerous Church organizations as a teacher and officer. She taught in the Relief Society for many years making World Religions, Shakespeare and Constitutional courses both informative and thought provoking.

      Blanche was a highly sought after public speaker, well known for her depth of knowledge, polished delivery, sharp wit and delightful sense of humor.

      In 1957, she was honored to be the first female member of the Board of Regents of the University of Utah making her the first female regent of a major university west of the Mississippi River. She distinguished herself and the university in that calling for eight years. As a member of the Utah Joint Committee on Educational Television, she was instrumental in establishing an educational television channel for the University of Utah, resulting in the creation of Channel 7. Blanche was a member of the Utah Coordinating Council of Higher Education and served from July of 1961 until June of 1965. She was also on the National Advisory Council on Higher Education, serving for eight years. She was a member of the American Assembly of Columbia University, and listed in Who's Who in America.

      Blanche gave the seconding speech for the election of Governor George D. Clyde in 1956. She was president of the Republican Women's Club in 1965, member of the Women's Legislative Council, State Women's Conference, Citizens Conference on Utah Courts and Trustee of the Park City Institute for the Arts and Sciences. Blanche was active in many civic, literary, and educational groups. She enjoyed world travel and gave many lectures on different areas of the world. Her literary book reviews were always outstanding and widely attended. Bridge was another activity she enjoyed with family and friends.

      Funeral services will be at 12 noon, Monday, July 26, 1999 at the Monument Park 17th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2795 East Crestview Drive (1000 South). Friends may call at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South on Sunday, July 25, 1999 between 6-8 p.m., and at Monument Park 17th Ward on Monday, July 26, 1999 one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.