Hilda Mabel Bennett Williams

Mabel was born the fifth of six children to John and Hilda Bennett in McCornick, Utah, on September 27, 1923. She grew up in Springville and Mapleton, Utah, where she graduated from Springville High School in 1941. She married her sweetheart Glen Williams on September 5, 1941, and raised their family in Spanish Fork, Utah. Besides spending most of her life caring for others as a homemaker, she spent several years helping others as a medical assistant in Springville.

She has three children, ten grandchildren, and many great and great-great grandchildren, along with several in-laws. She also has many nieces and nephews, to whom she was proud to be the favorite aunt. As a great philosopher once said, all the love we come to know in life comes from the love we know as children.

Mabel’s life was filled with loving service to anyone and everyone. Her example of family history work is legendary. She completed thousands of Danish and Welsh names over more than 14 years as a temple worker at the LDS Provo and Payson Temples. She also loved playing games with family and friends.

At a youthful 94 years of age, Mabel passed on from this life peacefully in the morning of January 9, 2018, at Utah Valley Hospital, after having a full day of visits from her loving family. She lived a full life with few health issues. Her love and dedication to serve others gave her the strength and energy to serve others until the very end. In fact, she was working on bottling chicken to give to others just a few days before she was taken to the hospital.

Mabel was preceded in death by Glen Williams (husband), Richard “Dick” Williams (son), four siblings, and three grandchildren. She is survived by Reed Bennett (brother), Jolene Dixon (daughter), Gayle and Mike Valdez (daughter and son-in-law), Doris Williams (daughter-in-law), and many grandchildren, including greats and great-greats.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Services will be held at the LDS chapel at 761 East 400 North in Spanish Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held on Sunday, January 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah. A short viewing will also be held from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. before the funeral services at the LDS chapel. Interment will be at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of purchasing flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Primary Children’s Hospital.

The following paragraphs are excerpts from a bio-sketch that Mabel prepared about her own life as part of an extensive genealogy book that she prepared in 1979:

My life has been so full of experiences, perhaps none of them outstanding to other people. However, it is those moments that have helped to shape my life. I’m very sure the fact that my mother was taken early in life, leaving five of her six children still at home without her guiding hand and at a time in history when money was scarce, also had a great effect upon me. By the time I was 12, my father had lost a second wife and it just seemed to fall on my shoulders to be housekeeper, and to mother my younger sister Marie.

I learned to work, and I have been grateful for this all my life. I was taught to pray, and many times during my life my prayers have been answered. Sometimes so quickly that it almost scared me. Other times it has been a lifetime of waiting, presenting a lesson in patience. I was taught to be honest and I have tried to be this.

I think my mother passed something on to me. Hers was a mission of love, and this is the feeling I have for my family. Not only for my own brothers, sisters, and parents, but to their families and to my ancestors. The very word FAMILY means so much to me. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be the best aunt to my nieces and nephews possible. It was a great desire of mine to have a family of my own someday.

I met Glen H. Williams, and the fall after I graduated from High School he and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple. It was our plans to raise a big family. The Lord granted us this privilege. We were able to adopt three wonderful children and care for 36 welfare children through the years, even though our dreams of bringing them into the world was never experienced. We have enjoyed working, playing, and planning together through the years.

I have held many positions in the church. I have a strong testimony that I belong to the true church. I know that there is life after death, for I have had a special and a sacred experience as an answer to prayer. I have a love for those ancestors who have made my life possible. I love my children and my wonderful grandchildren. I think they are pretty “SPECIAL” people.

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  1. Vivian Ralphs

    I love this wonderful woman. I had the privilege to work in the Prove Temple with her for several years. She was truly a special daughter of God.

  2. Valee Peterson

    Thank you Sweet Mable for your great example to me and my family so many years ago. I wanted to grow up and be as wonderful and loving as you. You always had a smile on your face and such a sweet spirit that was felt every time I was around you. Your precious example has touched the lives of so many people, what a special Angel we were able to be among. I am sure you are happy being back with you Sweetheart. We will miss you dearly, and hope to be among you when our time is up. God bless your wonderful family and friends. Love you, Until we meet again!! Thanks to Gayle and Amy for sharing your sweet Mom and Grandma, love you too!

  3. Joyce Savage

    I am sad to know that a very special person in my life has left us. She was a beautiful person, especially to those of us who worked with her in the Provo Temple. She was a trainer of many sisters who loved her very much! Actually, she was an “Angle” on earth. What a sweet lady. She had many talents and shared them with many people. Last fall, Provo Temple Workers and former Provo Temple Workers got together at the Chuck-O-Rama for dinner and a birthday party for Mabel. I don’t know if she liked all of the attention but, she got it anyway! We all loved her and she will forever be in our hearts. We love you Mabel! Thank you for being a part of our lives!