Isabel Hales Cannon
06/01/1922 - 09/28/2013
Isabel Hales Cannon-our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend-passed away peacefully at her home on September 28, 2013 surrounded by her family. Isabel was born in Ephraim, Utah on June 1, 1922 to Wayne Brockbank and Belle Wilson Hales into a family of four brothers and one sister.
Isabel grew up in Provo, Utah and attended B.Y.U. where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics and served as the valedictorian for the 1944 graduating class. On June 27, 1947, Isabel married the love of her life George Ivins Cannon in the Salt Lake Temple. Isabel and George founded a home based on love, service and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Into that home, Isabel and George happily welcomed seven children, six daughters in law, two sons in law, 32 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and numerous friends. She loved each and every one of them and they in turn loved her. Isabel gave of herself so completely through a smile, a kind word, a hand crocheted baby blanket, a wonderful meal and a supportive and helping hand. Isabel had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ which she shared through her example and service. From 1966 through 1969, George and Isabel presided over 550 missionaries in the Central British Mission. From 1986 to 1991, Isabel served with George in Hong Kong, the Philippines and the Southwestern United States when George served in the First and Second Quorum of the Seventy. From 1993 to 1996 George and Isabel served as the President and Matron of the Salt Lake Temple. Isabel held many other church callings such as ward Young Women and Relief Society President but she recalled with particular fondness simply serving as an advisor and teacher to “six precious” 16-17 year old girls. Isabel’s influence extended beyond her family and church to her service in PTA, Women’s State Legislative Council, the Val Norn social group and many other social and community groups. Isabel’s legacy of love, service and dedication will continue on in the lives of her family and friends whom she touched so greatly.
The family would like to thank all of those who provided Isabel with medical and personal care prior to her passing, especially Deb Wadley. Isabel is survived by her children George (Corinne), Wayne (Gwen), Grant (Sandra), Kent (Laurie), Douglas (Kristin), Margaret (Les) Tippetts, Mary (Jeff) Clark; 32 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers J. Vern Hales, D. Wilson Hales, Richard W. Hales, Robert H. Hales; sister Margaret H. Bown; and a daughter-in-law Alice Clark Cannon.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Parleys 1st and 6th Ward, 2350 South 2100 East. A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Parleys 1st and 6th Ward prior to the services. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the LDS General Missionary Fund.