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Top Stories for May 12, 2010
Deanna Glover honored
Tucked within one of the wonderful books the extraordinary Deanna Pearl Tait Glover has compiled is a history of every building and the families of Mt. Carmel, UT, where she was born and raised. One of those pages portrays her with her parents, Lamond and Esther Tait, living on a rural farm, as the oldest child and only daughter in her family. This is where she developed her work ethic and desire to serve.
When her grandmother became blind, Deanna helped her on Saturday’s by cleaning the house and doing the laundry using an old wringer washer, hanging it on the clothesline to dry, and then taking it to her grandmother to fold.
In her small town, Deanna always volunteered for the yearly painting and cleaning of the church, served at community events, and helped with genealogy. This was the beginning of her life of service.
Fifty-four years ago, she married the love of her life, Jerry Glover. Together they raised three wonderful sons, whom she always supported in their activities as their greatest fan. During these years she volunteered as secretary of the Tri-City Little League in helping to manage the baseball program.
Deanna’s service extends to the world, as with loom in hand; she has made hundreds of hats for the LDS church humanitarian aid and has participated in the weekly service projects sewing fabric together for quilts.
Whenever there is a need for compassionate service, Deanna is right there with food and encouragement. There are not enough adjectives or room to describe all the service she gives to others!
Overcoming adversity seems to be a sterling quality of Deanna, who has in her own words faced the “greatest sorrow that parents have ever known,” the tragedy of losing her youngest son. This trial transformed her into an amazing woman whose service comes from her generous heart. Her passion to serve our community overrides the constant pain she is in from the auto-immune disease lupus and an unsuccessful hip replacement.
For more than 30 years, she has served in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Camp Willow in various leadership positions, including vice president, preserving the area’s pioneer heritage. Also, she serves as the chairman of the Kanab Historical and Preservation Board spending long hours researching histories of local historic homes for the local registry. She has also spent many hours working to secure applications for those homes on the State and National Registry of Historical Buildings. Glover was instrumental in relocating and preserving the pioneer monument at the city cemetery, as well as creating and displaying two different onsite maps of the graves.
One of the highlights of her service is her dynamic efforts in preserving the history of our area, which started more than 35 years ago with an appointment from the mayor to serve on the then newly-organized Heritage Council. It was at this time, she became one of the guardians of the historic 1894 Heritage House in maintaining and preserving its beauty and history. Deanna tirelessly works to protect, maintain, and teach about the history, as well as display every inch of the house and grounds.
The greatest emphasis of this woman’s monumental service was in 1990 when she was a driving force to rescue the abandoned 1939 city library from demolition and later transform it into the inspiring present day Kanab Heritage Museum. Deanna is the heart and soul of this landmark, serving as its curator from 1999 to the present. One only needs to visit the museum to experience its rich history and witness the rows of compiled books, pictures, historical artifacts, as well as the military room in the museum to envision the magnitude of this dedicated woman’s service.
Modestly estimating, the hours of service she has willingly given over the past 60 years to the area in: compassionately researching and compiling books, sharing that knowledge with others, preserving buildings and artifacts, planning and hosting historical community events, where history is experienced first hand as well as the work, she has done in the other organizations mentioned, the total is over 150,000 hours! Multiply that by minimum wage and she has donated to her community more than a million dollars in service! If she had invested that time and energy into a career, she would be wealthy.
Yet, Deanna chose to give that richness to her community in a life of service, making her one of the most valuable human resources in Kane County. Her knowledge, education, experience, capabilities, and traits, are what make her human capital of infinite worth. She is a walking history book, her knowledge of our heritage and her dedicated service is what binds past, present and future generations together. Even retired anchorman, Dick Nourse, in his “Utah’s Heritage” series, praised Deanna’s efforts.
Her volunteer hours of selfless service have enhanced our community and spanned the generations. Thanks to her passionate service, there is a wonderful museum full of the history of the people of Kane County never to be forgotten.