On Feb. 16, 2006, our precious mother, Yvonne Cummings Watson Miller, passed away peacefully after completing all that she was called to do here on Earth. She passed away surrounded by her loving family and angels who welcomed her home.
Mother was born Nov. 14, 1918 in Banida, Idaho, to H. Clay and Ruby N. Cummings. She was the only daughter and the oldest of six children. Her family moved to Heber City, Utah, and she often spoke of her happy childhood growing up with 100 children who lived along First South in Heber City. Her relationship with her brothers was extraordinary. They are a family knitted together with love. She was educated in the Wasatch schools, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
On Nov. 15, 1937, Mother was married to Robert S. Watson in the Salt Lake Temple by President George Albert Smith. Three children were born to them: Robert Vaughn, Dwayne Clay and Karolyn Yvonne. Father died in a tragic accident on May 13, 1944. During the next years, Mother worked as a medical technician at the Heber Hospital.
In 1946 Mother began further studies at Brigham Young University and, with her children, moved to Provo. There she met and married her beloved Maurice Miller on Dec.18, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple by President Harold B. Lee. They were completely devoted to each other and their family throughout their long and precious marriage. Both enjoyed traveling and visited many European countries, as well as Canada, Mexico and all states in the U.S.
Together they built and managed the Geneva Drive-In, the first drive-in movie theater in Utah. Six years later they moved to Heber City where he operated the Avon Theater and a service station. In 1960, Mother and Father returned to Provo with their children and both accepted employment at the Brigham Young University. In 1968, Mother became director of a BYU Pilot Study for Student Academic Advisement. During the summer of 1970, she toured nine Eastern universities, researching student academic programs. Through the Lord’s promptings, she developed a student academic advisement program that was soon adopted by all 12 colleges at BYU. In the fall of 1973, Mother left her work at BYU to care for her precious "Mother Ruby" in her home until she passed away in 1977.
All of her life, Mother was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as president in the Relief Society and Primary organizations, as education counselor in the Wasatch Stake Relief Society, and in the youth programs of the Church. Mother and Father served as missionaries in the Nauvoo Visitor’s Center and as ordinance workers in temples in Provo and St. George for many years. For a time, Mother had the blessing of playing the organ in the Provo Temple. After Father passed away suddenly in an accident on May 11, 1994, her focus was her family and genealogical research. She wrote books about her ancestors and her life with her family. She did seven books, A to Z, full of thoughts, poems and stories.
Her life was her family and teaching them the gospel. She took great pleasure in her 33 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Children could not leave her presence without her whispering in their ear how wonderful she thought they were and that she loved them very, very much.
Mother is survived by her children: Dwayne C. (Teddie) Watson, St. George, Utah; Karolyn (Jack) Tobiasson, Payson, Utah; Maurice C. (Melanie) Miller, Pleasant Grove, Utah; M. Val (Haigohe) Miller, Las Vegas, Nev.; Marlene (Jess) Ellis, Anchorage, Alaska. She is also survived by five brothers: Veigh (Connie), Kyle and Melvin of Heber City; EJay (FaunDene) of Pleasant Grove; and LaVell (Kathy) of Grantsville, Utah.
Mother loved her family on this earth. She also loved her dear ones who preceded her through the veil: both husbands, O. Maurice Miller and Robert S. Watson; two children: Robert V. Watson and Kathleen Y. Miller; two grandchildren: Travis D. Tobiasson and Thayne D. Watson); her parents, and many whose histories she wrote and temple work she helped to complete. What a sweet reunion she is having. As hard as it is to let go, we celebrate with her the beautiful life she had with her loving family.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., at the Grandview South Stake Center, 1122 North Grand Ave. (1750 West), Provo, Utah. A viewing will be held in her home across from the Stake Center at 1111 North Grand Ave. the evening of Sunday, Feb.19, from 5 to 7 p.m., and at the Stake Center on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to services. Interment will follow at approximately 1 p.m. in the Heber City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, Heber City.
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