April 9, 2014
ANNA SWAINSTON CONDIE
The family of Anna Swainston Condie invites her friends and neighbors to an open house celebrating the lifetime Franklin County resident’s 100th birthday.
The open house will be 4-6 p.m., April 12, at 155 N. 200 W., Preston. Light refreshments will be served.
For details, call Carl Carlson at 760-580-3144.
VENNA GENE ROBINETT
Venna Gene Robinett celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday. A private reception was held by Hal and Jeanne Smith at their home in Franklin, Idaho, on Sunday.
Venna was born in Franklin, Idaho, to Orace and Eunice Baird Oliverson on April 6, 1924. She grew up in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School. During the war, Venna ran the roundhouse for Union Pacific turning train engines in Ogden, Utah.
She met and married Loren Robinett, an Air Force Sergeant, and they lived throughout the U.S. until retiring in 1963. Their daughter, Judy M. Robinett, was born in Spokane, Wash., at Fairchild Air Force Base. Venna later worked for Oakdale until she retired. She currently lives in Franklin in the same house she grew up in. She adores her cats and flowers.
Owen Sharp celebrates his 90th birthday on April 17, 2014. He was born in Smithfield, Utah, to Alvin Joseph Sharp and Lorna Eliza Watson Sharp. The family moved to Fairview, where he graduated from Preston High School in 1943. He met Donna Millard Kendall, daughter of William Edwin Kendall and Ethel Julian Millard Kendall, prior to being called to serve his country in June 1944. Before leaving in December, he gave Donna a ring and asked her to wait for him.
Owen served in Europe, arriving in Germany a week after the Battle of the Bulge. As a Purple Heart recipient he jokes, I saw Europe “On Foot.” Four months after his return, Donna and Owen were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 16,1946. Six years later, Owen received a call to serve an LDS mission in the Central Atlantic States. Donna supported him again in his call from the Lord.
Together, they have dedicated their lives to others, country, community and church. In 1988, Owen was the first recipient of the annual Lamplighter Service award. Owen worked at the Preston Post Office for 30 years and Donna at Kings. They also served as ordinance workers in the Logan LDS Temple for 12 years. Their joy is their family, making annual trips to Alaska since 1972 to visit their son, Dennis Kendall; his wife, Barbara; six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. They now stay with their niece Dixie and Marty Stott in Clinton, Utah.
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