Roxey Washburn 90th
Roxey Lou Nelson Washburn celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 8, 2016.
She was born in Mt. Pleasant to Edgar Lyman and Talula Frandsen Nelson. She was the seventh of nine children. She married Ralph Washburn on Aug. 6, 1948 in Mt. Pleasant. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on June 1, 2004. He passed away April 19, 2007.
She is the mother of six children: Allen (Rebecca), Mt. Pleasant; Keith (deceased); Kevin (Shelley), Wales; Gordon (Shauneen), Tucson, Arizona; Debra (Mike) DeMille, Kowa, Colorado and Staci (Peter) Jones, Minersville. She has 24 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
She was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award in 2006 by Mayor Chesley Christensen of Mt. Pleasant, and in 2009 she was presented the Woman of Achievement Award by the Miss Mt. Pleasant Scholarship Pageant committee. She was also the grand marshal of the Mt. Pleasant 4th of July parade in 2010.
She served as a temple worker in the Manti Temple for 11 years, and has also held leadership positions in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and has worked hard to preserve the pioneer heritage of Mt. Pleasant by helping to keep the Relic Hall open and available to the public and helping with the annual Pioneer Day Celebration.
She commemorated her 90th birthday by taking a cruise to Alaska in August with some of her children, their spouses, and her sister, Charlotte. She also celebrated her birthday at her home, with family members, over the Labor Day weekend.