SOUTH OGDEN -- Two area women are being honored today for their accomplishments as mothers of the year.
Kathy Jensen, 66, of Huntsville, was named Weber County Mother of the Year, and longtime Ogden resident Paula Maddock was named Ogden City Mother of the Year.
The two will be honored at an 11:30 a.m. reception during a noon luncheon today at the Ogden Golf and Country Club, 4197 Washington Blvd.
Jensen is married to Marlin Jensen. She is the mother of eight and a foster parent to several other children.
Owning a farm, she and her husband raised their children in a rural environment.
"We had high expectations, but few rules -- and that seemed to work best for us," Jensen wrote about her parenting. "We always opted for experiences over possessions. An example of that might be whether we would vote to get a new bedroom set or go to Disneyland. Disneyland always won!"
Jensen said knowing that you are loved unconditionally is a powerful gift to give a child.
"If I could do it all again, I would be even more effusive about showing my love for each of them," she wrote in her application for mother of the year. "No matter what the question is, love is the answer."
Jensen has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Utah State University and taught first grade for two years before she started her family.
She was a homemaker as Marlin Jensen practiced law in Ogden for 22 years. Marlin later went to work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"I can't imagine a more diverse, intellectually challenging or emotionally stretching career," Jensen wrote of being a homemaker. "I have felt the highest highs, and the lowest lows, and feel blessed to have had the chance to be a full-time mom."
The couple moved their family to Rochester, N.Y., where they were mission presidents for two years, then to Frankfurt, Germany, for three years and on to other areas of the world as Marlin Jensen worked as a General Authority of the church.
Marlin Jensen is recently retired, and the couple plans to spend their time with their 25 grandchildren on the farm.
Maddock, 61, is a mother of six and an influence on the lives of many more children. She was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, 19 of which were in the first grade.
Maddock has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Weber State College, where she was named woman of the year in 1972.
She is married to Leslie "Garth" Maddock. The two have 19 grandchildren and are currently serving a full-time LDS mission at the Utah Ogden Mission Office.
"Paula is a quiet hero who, with little or no fanfare, does the work required to bless the lives of all she can," Alice Smith wrote in her letter to nominate Maddock.
When asked about her parenting experiences, Maddock wrote: "Each child is an individual and must be treated with respect, love, and kindness. They need correction and guidance, encouragement and praise, work and play. They also need a mother with a listening ear, a forgiving heart, a comforting hand, and time to give."
And Maddock wrote that the experience of raising her children has changed her for the better.
"I have laughed longer, cried harder, cheered louder, comforted more deeply, walked taller, worked harder, prayed more fervently, and grown more in countless ways because I am a mother," she wrote.
Outside of her church and family obligations, Maddock has donated blood every year since 1984 and has collected funds for the heart fund, Pennies by the Inch and March of Dimes for three decades.
She and her husband host one or two neighborhood parties every year, and she has written songs and programs for many special occasions.