Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz)

20 Dec 1904 - 26 Apr 2000

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20 Dec 1904 - 26 Apr 2000
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GRACE OLIVIA FOUTZ BOULTER 1904 - 2000 This synopsis of Grace’s life was written by Grace’s niece, Lola Carson Taylor, for a Relief Society Honoring of Grace; with corrections made by Virginia Boulter Grundvig in 1999. On a winter night in December 1904 a beautiful baby girl was born to Fred and
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz)

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Married: 12 Jun 1929
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Pleasant Grove City Cemetery

301-945 Utah 146
Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah
United States

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Children: Virginia & Don Foutz
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GRACE OLIVIA FOUTZ BOULTER 1904 - 2000 This synopsis of Grace’s life was written by Grace’s niece, Lola Carson Taylor, for a Relief Society Honoring of Grace; with corrections made by Virginia Boulter Grundvig in 1999. On a winter night in December 1904 a beautiful baby girl was born to Fred and Olivia Warnick Foutz in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She was the fourth child in a family of seven. She was given the name of Olivia Foutz, later baptized as Grace Foutz and confirmed as Grace Olivia Foutz. She has often talked about how happy her childhood was. She liked being a member of a large family and was thankful to have devoted, loving parents who early in life taught her about the gospel plan and the blessings that can come through honest hard work. The goal her parents set for her (to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by His prophets in this dispensation) was the same goal she set for her children. She wanted to lead them in the light of the gospel. The contributions made by her ancestors to the Church and the settling of Pleasant Grove, Utah have been many. As a young girl she had blond hair and endless freckles. Before she was 8 years old she was working in the berry patches around town and thinning beets. She rose at 5 a.m. and worked all day for never more than $1.50. With the hard earned money she paid her tithing and bought her clothes. After a hard days work there was still plenty of energy left for fun and games: such as hide and seek, run sheep run, and crack the whip, often with her fun loving mother in the lead. When she was 5 years old a family by the name of Boulter moved into their neighborhood. Don Boulter who was her age became a friend to her brother Roy and spent many hours in their home. From that time on her bond of friendship with Don grew. After 2 years of high school she left the safety of her home, moved into Salt Lake City and enrolled at the L.D.S. Business College. Here she worked for her board and room besides carrying a heavy load of classes. When she finished she went to work for S.H.Kress Company as head cashier. The pay being poor her Mother suggested she come home and finish high school. This Grace did. It wasn’t long before the school, the community, and others knew of her secretarial skills. She was soon cutting stencils, running copies and doing bookkeeping for school, the city and Pleasant Grove cannery. As a result of spending so much time in the office she missed attendance of so many classes she wondered if she would graduate. When she graduated her teenage sweetheart gave her a yellow gold Elgin watch and once again she moved back to Salt Lake City. Grace took a job at Armstrong Enberg Company. At this time she lived in the Beehive House with other girls. They were fun filled days with dances at Saltair, weekends to the M.I.A. Home at Brighton and the building of lasting friendships. About this time Grace decided maybe it would be a good idea to broaden her relationship with the opposite ***. So while riding the interurban to Salt Lake with Don she decided to let him know of her decision. He became irate and informed her she was the one he wanted and he had spent too many years courting her to not be the winner. On June 12, 1929, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple and left that evening for Chicago. Since they had little money, Grace took a job as a private eye. So successful was she in tailing her unsuspecting victim that she was offered full time employment. However, she found a position as secretary for the Morrow Company which manufactured vacuums which was more to her liking. Her husband, Don, was now enrolled at Coyne Electrical School. They were living in a one room apartment and life was taking on the appearance of a successful marriage. They attended the Logan Square Meeting House, one of the first L.D.S. churches built east of the Mississippi after the saints were driven from Nauvoo. Here Grace served as Relief Society Secretary and more lasting friendships were made. When the depression hit, work was cut to part time. They moved back to Utah and after a short stay went west to California in search of employment. There after seven years of marriage the Lord blessed them with a baby girl, and four years later with a son. After several moves they built (in 1939) what she thought would be her permanent dream home in South Gate, California. She worked in the Ward and Stake Primaries, in Mutual Presidencies and held many teaching positions. Truly life was good. For Don however, wanderlust took over and he knew Alaska was the realization of his dreams for adventure. So he left to scout the Alaskan territory in 1945 and one year later Grace sold her dream home and joined him in Alaska with the children. When she stepped off the train in Eska, Alaska, in her high heels and city clothes, the coal miners and homesteaders gave her one week. But they did not know our Mother, Grace. Perseverance and determination has paid off for her more than once. She had the ability to accept and adjust to any situation life dealt her. On their homestead in Sutton they lived in a two room Quonset Hut. To wash clothes Grace melted ice cycles and snow for water and then scrubbed them on the washboard. She cooked on a wood burning stove which also served to heat the house and to heat the stove irons for ironing the clothes. For light she pumped up the Coleman Lantern and prayed that it wouldn’t explode when she lit it. But she was determined they would not only survive but that they would make a success of living in this beautiful picturesque setting. Hard work was again at hand. She helped clear the land for growing crops, bark the logs for their home, draw plans, drive nails, and paint walls. Eventually the day came when nestled among the birch and spruce trees she had another dream home with all the comfort of city living. When they came to Alaska she brought all the primary material to teach her children the lessons. When they graduated the General Primary President told her they were the first to graduate in the territory of Alaska. They sent a full tithing to the Branch of the Church in Anchorage, but it was too far away to attend meetings. Upon meeting other homesteaders Grace found a couple of other women from Utah who had an L.D.S. background. A Home Sunday School of the L.D.S. Church was founded in Palmer (about 12 miles away) with Grace’s husband set apart as Presiding Elder with Grace to be Branch Clerk and take care of tithing and all records. Fourteen people were present at the first Sunday School Meeting held in a home. More L.D.S. families were found, or moved into the area until a branch was formed still with Grace as Branch Clerk. She spearheaded fund raising activities with the goal of a chapel of their own to meet in. Two years from the time they first broke ground for their chapel (with 9 families being involved at first), it was finished. During the construction of the chapel she flew to Salt Lake City and met with the Church building committee to have some changes made in the building plan. The changes were made and it then better met their needs. In order to get their mail delivered to Sutton, she took on the job of Post Master. This she did faithfully for sixteen years. She walked the mile from her home to the post office winter and summer. Seeing a need for getting the women out of bars and babies off the pool tables, with help from the University of Alaska Extension Service, she organized a successful Homesteader Homemakers Club. In 1959 she attended the huge bonfire celebrating the signing of statehood papers for Alaska. She witnessed the devastating Alaskan earthquake in 1964. She enjoyed watching the Northern Lights, visiting Mt. McKinley Park (now Denali Park), visiting glaciers, catching and canning salmon from the Alaskan streams, picking and cooking with the wild raspberries, cranberries, currents and blueberries and marveled at the beauty of the mountains and forests in view of her home. Her children both graduated from Palmer High School and went on to graduate from Brigham Young University . Her son Don fulfilled an L.D.S. mission to Hawaii. After twenty years and three months of wilderness living, where bears, lynx, and moose roamed their back yard, Grace and Don made plans to leave their log house on their Alaskan Homestead and return to California where they purchased a lot in Victorville next to Grace’s sister Oral and her husband in 1965. They looked forward to a peaceful retirement and built another new home in a warmer climate. Here Grace was called to the Relief Society Presidency. Later Grace and Don were called to do sealings in the Los Angeles Temple. When this assignment was finished they once more sold their home and moved back to Utah. This time to build a home in Alpine, where they were close to their early family roots and close to two of Grace’s sisters and a brother and their families. In the fall of 1971 Grace and Don were called to be ordinance workers in the Provo Temple. In 1978 she and Don filled a mission to the Tennessee, Nashville Mission. Don passed away eight years later in 1986. Grace continued to live in her home in Alpine until 1998 when her health failed enough that she could no longer live alone. For someone who never really cared to travel she has seen many of the beauties of this world. She traveled the Alcan Highway many times. She spent a summer in Samoa; cruised on a ship down to Matazalan; flew to Acupulco; toured the San Blas Islands, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia; and visited all but two of the United States. She has always been frugal with herself and generous with the needy. Her humor has helped her to make the best out of a lot of not so humorous situations. She has been vocal on political issues and irked over government waste and spending. Her life has been one of dedicated service to her church, to her family, and to all who knew her. She lived to see all six of her grandchildren serve successful missions for the church and to see all six of them marry in the temple. As a mother and grandmother she has tried always to set a good example. Grace Olivia Foutz Boulter has written her own personal history and testimony which has been bound in a hardcover book of 116 typewritten pages which I, Virginia, have. In 1983 she gave an oral history to Marsha C. Martin for the L.D.S. family life oral history project which is in the CHARLES REDD CENTER FOR WESTERN STUDIES, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY.

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1904
Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was born on 20 Dec 1904
Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 12 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
1917
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 25 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
1929
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 26 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
1930
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 41 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
1945
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 53 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
1957
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 60 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
1965
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1977
Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 72 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
1977
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 85 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
1989
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) was 89 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
1994
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Grace Olivia Boulter (Foutz) died on 26 Apr 2000 at the age of 95
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