Laura Jean Ford (Sowards)

8 Aug 1923 - 24 Nov 2007

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Laura Jean Ford (Sowards)

8 Aug 1923 - 24 Nov 2007
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Laura Jean Ford, joined her eternal family on November 24, 2007. Our best friend left us peacefully in the early morning escorted by our dad, brother, and sister. Mom was born on August 08, 1923 in Ignacio, Colorado to Roland and Laura Sowards. She attended schools in Colorado and became a telephone
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Laura Jean Ford (Sowards)


Smithfield City Cemetery

376-424 E Center St
Smithfield, Cache, Utah
United States

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April 21, 2012


April 1, 2012

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Laura Jean Sowards Obituary

Colaborador: ct2 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Laura Jean Ford, joined her eternal family on November 24, 2007. Our best friend left us peacefully in the early morning escorted by our dad, brother, and sister. Mom was born on August 08, 1923 in Ignacio, Colorado to Roland and Laura Sowards. She attended schools in Colorado and became a telephone operator where she was able to transfer to Logan, Utah and move her family here. After arriving in Logan, they spent several years there before settling for good in Smithfield. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she held many positions through the years, including, visiting teacher, special interest leader, extraction missionary and as a temple worker in the Logan Temple. She spent many hours crocheting afghans, baby dresses, blessing blankets and more, and she taught some of her children and grandchildren to crochet as well. Mom supported her family as a telephone operator for many years and her grandchildren all knew that if they wanted to talk to grandma, all they had to do was dial "0". After retirement she spent time taking care of her family and many friends. She loved a bus ride to Wendover and she had a special fund just for those occasions. Mom leaves behind a great legacy of service and devotion for her children and grandchildren, all of which she was extremely proud of. Her most joy was when her grandkids would stop in just to say hi, and to see if she had made more cookies. Mom was preceded in death by her eternal companion William "Bill" Ford, Son Kenneth W. Ford, daughter Laura L Ford, one granddaughter and two great grandsons. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Jean is survived by her children, Elaine and Karl Straub Smithfield, Nancy and Bob Hartman Morgan, UT, Michael and Tonya Ford Kingman, AZ, Susan and David Daniels Spokane, WA, Jeff and Lisa Ford Smithfield, Laura (deceased) and Morris Yates Blackfoot, ID, Charles Ford Kaysville, and Mark and Diane Ford West Jordan, UT, 33 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters and many cousins and friends. Mom, we love you with all our hearts and we are so glad that you are with dad now and your suffering is over, you have fought a good fight and now the battle is over and your rewards will be great. Until we meet again, we love you and will miss you. Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday Nov. 29, 2007 in the Smithfield 1st and 2nd Ward Chapel, 150 South 100 West in Smithfield. There will be a viewing held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 28, 2007 at Allen– Hall Mortuary, 34 E Center St. Logan and at the church prior to services on Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery.

Laura Jean Sowards

Colaborador: ct2 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

My Grandma was an amazing woman. she raised 9 kids, lost two before she went and she was alone for 40 years. She crocheted the most beautiful blankets. I love to wrap up of them and think of her. She was always supportive and made the best potato salad. She kept me grounded in reality and I always knew she loved me. I can still hear her say, "now Kristin"

Life timeline of Laura Jean Ford (Sowards)

Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was born on 8 Aug 1923
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 7 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 22 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 30 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 42 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 55 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 66 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) was 76 years old when Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. The perpetrators, senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair subsequently committed suicide.
Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) died on 24 Nov 2007 at the age of 84
Grave record for Laura Jean Ford (Sowards) (8 Aug 1923 - 24 Nov 2007), BillionGraves Record 938678 Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States