Priscilla June Blake Haines, 85, of Mapleton, Utah, passed away peacefully from causes incident to aging on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 surrounded by her husband and all of her children.
Born on April 2, 1929 in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lauretta (Dolliver) Blake. She met her husband Lawrence (Larry) on a young adult ski trip. They were married on June 3, 1950 in Winchester, Mass.
In 1959, Priscilla was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by long-time friend Ellen Bates. She and Larry were baptized November 28, 1959. On July 3, 1962 they were sealed in the Logan Utah Temple.
While a full-time mom with five children at home, Priscilla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University on April 17, 1987.
Priscilla enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and friends. She was a sought-out expert in the field of genealogy. When not investigating her family lines, she spent her time teaching others how to do family research. At her passing she served as Deputy Governor of the Utah Chapter of the Mayflower Society and as an Assistant to the Edward Doty Society Board.
Priscilla delighted in needle work and cross-stitch; she took great pride in her family and knitted or crocheted Christmas stockings for all of her children and grandchildren. She was a fierce competitor and loved playing board games and cards with friends and family.
An active member of the church, she served many different positions drawing on her unique ability to instantly connect with others turning strangers into friends within minutes. From July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1996 she served as Mission Mom along with her husband (the Mission President) in the Cebu Philippines mission.
Priscilla is survived by her husband Larry; sons, William (Nancy), Robert (Jeanne), Bradford (Kelly), Brent (Julia), and Christopher (Rachael); daughters, Susan (Randy), Sandra (Kendall), Linda (Steven), Darelyn (William), and foster daughter Carol (Richard); 71 grandchildren and spouses and 52 great grandchildren and spouses. She was preceded in death by her foster son Daniel Salabiye and grandchildren Chyenne, Zander, Casey, and Taylor.
The family received friends and relatives for a viewing on Sept. 4 at Wheeler Mortuary in Mapleton, Utah and funeral services were held Sept. 5 at the Mapleton White Church. Priscilla was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.