July 2, 2014
Family and friends are gathering in Preston this weekend to celebrate the 90th birthday of Alden Sperry. Alden was born on Jan. 31, 1924, to Waneita and Nathan Swainston. She attended schools in Preston and college on a scholarship to the University of Idaho and later Utah State.
Alden married Paul J. Sperry from Clifton. Their married life began nearly 68 years ago in Idaho and they returned to Preston 10 years ago. In between they lived in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah. Paul and Alden have four children, Tamara (Gerald, deceased) Harshberger, Robert W. (Ruthanne) Sperry, Jill (Doug) LaVine and Beverly (Mike) Dunn. They have 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren with another great-grandchild to be born soon.
Alden enjoys sewing, needlework, reading, cooking, canning and many other arts that beautify her home. For 12 years she was a 4-H leader instructing girls in sewing and cooking. Alden also taught school and later worked for Sears. In the Church she has served in the Primary and Young Women’s organizations, but her favorite callings were always in Relief Society.
Alden’s 90th birthday is being celebrated with a family gathering on July 4. Family and friends are invited to an open house/ party from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, at the Rocky Mountain Red Brick Inn, 213 W. 1st S., Preston.
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