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Lorna Call Alder

Mar 15, 2013

Lorna Call Alder

1906 ~ 2013

Our beloved mother, Lorna Call Alder, returned home to her Heavenly Father on March 11, 2013. She was born of goodly parents, Anson Bowen Call and Julia Abegg, in theMormon Colonies in Mexico on May 28, 1906. She was always a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a unique way of making each person feel as if they were her favorite. She was a valiant and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


She was educated at BYU, earning a Bachelors degree and at Columbia University, where she received a Master’s degree at a time when higher education was not common among women. She did extended studies at UC Berkeley and Universidad de Mexico. She taught at BYU for 35 years in the Education and ArtColleges.


She married Francis (Frank) Marion Alder in the Manti Temple on July 23, 1945.

She was called to the General Board of the Sunday School where she served for 19 years and was responsible for writing many of the manuals used for the children of the church.

She served as President of the Sorosis Women’s Club, member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and served in the leadership of BYU Women.

After retiring from BYU and beginning at the age of 72, she served a full time proselyting mission under Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone and 2 temple missions in South America.


One can only imagine what she has seen in the span of 106 years. Not only did she see the introduction of electricity and indoor plumbing, Kleenex, and a man on the moon, but her own accomplishments have been many and varied from knowing John J. Pershing and Poncho Villa during the Mexican Revolution to receiving the BYU Distinguished Alumni Award, and co authoring a book at the age of 101, which received the award for Best International Publication from the Mormon History Association, and an award from Who’s Who of American Women.


Frank’s first wife, Ethelinda, died and he remarried Lorna. There were 5 children from Ethelinda and Frank’s family and they were very dear to Lorna. She is survived by Dr. Bryant Alfred Alder (Afton) and the children from those families who she considered her grandchildren (and their children her great grandchildren) also. She was preceded in death by the other four children, Ethel, Don, Ralph and Doris.


She is survived by her two sons, Francis Call Alder (Darlene) and Lynn Call Alder (Kylene), 8 grandchildren: Brian (Cathy), Daniel, Anson, Burke (Chelsea), Janell (Mark), Christopher, Andrew and Michael, 6 great grandchildren: Ashley, Aubrey, Alex, Nick, Sean and Maya, her brother, Eran A. Call (Kay), and 3 sisters, Fulvia Dixon Law, Ruth Evans, and Vesta Brown, and sister-in-law Glenna Call.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11 am at the Pleasant View 9th Ward Chapel, 2445 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. There will be a viewing on Friday, March 15 at Walker Sanderson Tribute Center, 85 East 300 South, Provo, Utah, from 6 to 8 pm. A short viewing will take place from 9:30 am to 10:40 am on Saturday prior to the funeral at the Pleasant View 9thWard Meetinghouse. Interment Provo City Cemetery.


Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.tributecenterutah.com