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Southern Utah News Front Page: March 15, 2018
Tiffany Unsworth honored with ''Chins Up, Smiles On'' Womanhood Award
Tiffany Unsworth, holding award and flowers, poses with her family when she was honored at the Kanab Women’s Forum held last Saturday at Kanab Middle School.
The recipient of this year’s Womanhood Award is a woman who exemplifies the theme “Chins Up, Smiles On.” Those who have been blessed to know her describe their first encounters with her as refreshing and optimistic. She has a radiant smile and a personality that lights up a room. She has an immense love and acceptance for all people no matter their station in life. She has and continues to make a difference in the lives of her children and all those she works and serves with in her church and community.
Unsworth’s greatest admirer is her dear husband, whom she has been married to for 19 years in June. In his own words, he said, “when I met her I thought she had the most dazzling smile I had ever seen. Over the years, I have watched her contagious gesture warm the hearts of thousands of people. I have also seen her in the dregs of her own adversity paint a smile on and lift others. I would now like to present Tiffany Unsworth as our beautiful recipient of this year’s 2018 Womanhood Award.”
Unsworth was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in Soda Springs, Idaho, where she graduated from high school as valedictorian with honors. She was voted by teachers as the most likely to succeed. She attended Utah State University and graduated with honors in Family and Consumer Science, and served an 18-month LDS mission to the Washington Tacoma Mission.
She has two sisters and two brothers. Her mother said she was such a joy to raise. She has always been filled with kindness and warmth that she wraps around those she meets. She has always treated everyone equally no matter their situation. Her smile is genuine and she radiates a beautiful spirit.
Tiffany and Cory met while serving their missions. They met for the second time after they returned home while attending Utah State University. Tiffany thoughtfully set Cory up with another girl and said she felt it was a little weird to date a boy from her mission. He persisted and they started dating. Ten days later they were engaged! They have five beautiful children: Ellie 17, Brinley 16, Saxton 14, Nathan 11 and Levi 7.
Tiffany is happily a breast cancer survivor! Shortly after making a life-changing move to southern Utah, she was diagnosed. After months of intense chemo, hospitalizations, unhealthy weight and muscle loss, chemo brain, and multiple nefarious side effects had taken their toll, she would spend countless hours in bed. That is until it was time to say thank you or to help someone else. She would lift her chin and visit the cheerleaders, volleyball team, church groups to thank them for their support and prayers and offer words of encouragement.
Countless times family friends and even strangers alike would say something to the effect of, “how does she do it?” or “she is amazing, how is she always this happy!” To this day she feels bad that she was not able to present her message of hope to a gathering of local LDS congregations. The reason she did not present was because her husband Cory and mother threatened to tie her weakening body down if she tried to get out of bed.
Now with this experience in her armory, she lifts others who are down. She recently came home from visiting a woman in the hospital with a similar diagnosis. She looked at her husband and said, “We are not doing enough for her,” and proceeded to give her children and husband marching orders. Several other cancer patients in Kanab have received a visit from Tiffany offering wigs, hats, tears and smiles to help them through their trial.
Her children adore her. Their entire life they have looked up at their smiling mother and felt encouragement and strength. They have handled move after move after move and know everything would work out, because mom said it would. She is always the first one up in the morning with a smile on her face and a song in her heart! Eventually she rubs off on the entire family, which makes for a pleasant morning.
Unsworth is a teacher. She has a degree in secondary education and loves to instruct, inspire and motivate young people on how to be their best self. She volunteers hours of her time each week teaching and building the local youth.
She works with her husband operating a tour company and usually as the people show up for their tour they all want to meet Tiffany. After talking with her on the phone for a few minutes they know her. If she is around, it is hugs and greetings as if they were lifelong friends. As with these guests, it is nearly impossible for anyone to walk away from a conversation with Unsworth and not feel that you have been given strength. She listens well and makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world.
Her family’s motto is to “Build a Soul” and they say it every day. In every aspect of her life she does this. She does not speak ill of others. Your station in life has no bearing on her outpouring of love. It is appropriate that her favorite flower is a daisy. It brings color, life and joy to all who see it.
Her husband said that if he were to describe Tiffany in one line, it would be that she has the smile of Julia Roberts and the heart of Mother Teresa. She has brought joy to her family, many friends through her warm smile, loving heart, optimistic attitude and perseverance. She loves life and lives it to the fullest with her chin up and smile on!
Congratulations Tiffany Unsworth! On behalf of the Women’s Forum Board, we are pleased to present you with the 2018 Womanhood Award for “Chins Up, Smiles On.”