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Alison Badelier Whitton

Alison Badelier Whitton

Female 1926 - 218

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  • Name Alison Badelier Whitton 
    Died 29 Jun 218  Farmington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 7 Aug 1926  Subiaco, Perth , Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Person ID I12038  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father John Whitton,   b. 11 Nov 1880, Calderbank, Summit, Littleborough, Leicester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1973, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA b 5-7-1973 Lake Hills Cem Sandy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Annie Elizabeth Badelier,   b. 3 Oct 1884, Myanmar, Rangoon, Burma c 30-6-1885 St Johns College Chapel Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1965, Salt Lake City Utah buried 1st May 1965 Lake hills Cemetery, Sandy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Apr 1910  St Johns Chapel, Rangoon, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Grant Mathias Reeder,   b. 8 Feb 1923, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 2004, Farmington, Davis, Utah buried Bountiful Memorial Park, Davis, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 29 Dec 1948  Logan, Cache, Uta, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mark Mattias Reeder,   b. 31 Dec 1960, Corrine, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1994, Salt Lake City, Utah buried Bountiful Memorial Park, Davis, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)  [natural]
     2. Brian Reeder  [natural]
     3. Stuart Reeder  [natural]
     4. Russell Reeder  [natural]
     5. Bruce Reeder  [natural]
     6. Linda Reeder  [natural]
     7. Owen Reeder  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F5484  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • arrived 14-10-1947 in San Francisco from Australia on the "Marine Phoenix" a Clerk
      Residence Year: 1953
      Street address: 535 Sigina apt 12
      Residence Place: Salt Lake City, Utah
      Spouse: Grant M Reeder
      Address: None, Bountiful, UT, 84010 (1986)
      [1969 Claremont Dr, Bountiful, UT, 84010-2316 (1993)]

      Farmington, UT - Alison Whitton Reeder passed away on June 29, 2018, at the age of 91 due to the effects of age and a recently discovered illness.
      Alison was born in Perth, Western Australia on August 7, 1926, to John Whitton and Annie Elizabeth Badelier Whitton. Alison talked with joy of her early childhood in Glen Forest, W.A., where her family lived at the edge of the Great Australian Bush, allowing her the freedom to roam the hills and forest at will. As a teenager living in Claremont near the beaches of Perth, Alison loved to swim in the Indian Ocean, once escaping a shark alert by scrambling onto a buoy where she waited all afternoon for the "all-clear." At Perth Modern School, Alison was a member of the Women's Basketball Team, described as "dependable, a good dodger and a very good jumper," critical skills given her five-foot frame.
      As WWII was winding down, Alison met a sailor, Grant Reeder, who was deployed as an Electrician's Mate on the USS Blower, stationed at the U.S. Submarine Base in Freemantle, W.A. Grant sought out and attended the local LDS Branch in Perth and the Whitton's, known for reaching out and befriending all, invited Grant to their home for Sunday dinners. Decades later, Alison recounted the first time she saw Grant, she knew she would marry him. Their first kiss occurred on V-J Day, when Japan surrendered, ending WWII. The streets of Perth were crowded with celebration and Grant, along with other sailors, were randomly kissing all the pretty girls in the streets. Grant only realized afterwards that he had just kissed Alison, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," as Alison loved to sing. He then spent the rest of the celebration with Alison.
      After the war, Alison and her family immigrated to "Zion." She described playing in Utah snow for the first time as a pure delight, but she was never comfortable driving on slick roads. She did however love driving through puddles of slush; the bigger the better. Alison worked as a seamstress in Ogden, Utah while Grant served his LDS mission. They were married in the LDS Logan Temple on December 29, 1948 and lived for a short time at the family farm in Corrine in a small, one room building, with no running water and an outhouse across the street. It was in Corrine where Alison's kindly mother-in-law (Ada Madsen Reeder) taught her to bake bread in a coal fired oven. She baked bread and rolls for the rest of her life.
      Alison created a refuge of peace for her family in every home, first in Logan then in Salt Lake City. By the time Grant completed his education they had three boys, living in a small, two-room apartment at the U. of U.'s Stadium Village. Boy's 4 and 5 were born while living in Garland, Utah, Grant delivering the fifth boy late on New Year's Eve due to an absent doctor. In Bountiful, Utah they welcomed boy number 6, then finally a girl (wahoo for Alison!) and then another boy.
      Alison was unwavering in her faith, always a reminder to her friends and progeny of what mattered most to her throughout her life. In her quiet, unquestioning way, she could answer a searching voice with love and concern without criticism or condescension. Alison served many callings in her LDS wards, her example of service was without equal, especially helping with the aged and infirmed without prompting. In her mid 60's she was called to serve as a private aid to President Ezra T. and Sister Flora Benson. She initially refused the calling, being overwhelmed with their positions, but when reminded of why she was called, she accepted and then served them with a gentle love and respect through the end of their lives. In their late-70s Alison and Grant served a full time LDS mission in Cochabamba Bolivia.
      Alison is preceded in death by her husband Grant, her son Mark (Linda Lloyd), her parents, her sisters Grace, Jean, Margot, Mary and brother Ian. She is survived by her sisters Helen and Eluned, children Brian, Stuart, Russell (Holly), Bruce (Christine), Owen (Kara), Suzanne Hill (Gary) and Joel (Andrea), 33 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren (including a chubby, great-grandson born eight hours after Alison left us) and many loving nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 5th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., in the Farmington Fairways Ward, 980 North Shepard Church Drive, Farmington, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment at Bountiful City Cemetery.