Monday , April 22, 2013 - 9:16 AM
Genevieve Gardner Bullard will celebrate her 90th birthday. Friends and family may attend an open house in her honor from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 25 at Clinton City Community Center, 1651 W. 2300 North. No gifts.
The 12th of 13 children, she was born on April 23, 1923, to Brigham D. and Maria Blacker Gardner in Afton, Wyo. During World War II, she and her sister, Maxine Gardner, took jobs in Washington D.C. They later joined the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. While stationed in California, she met a young Marine. On Jan. 20, 1945, she married Claude Leslie Bullard. Their vows were later solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. They enjoyed more than 65 years of marriage before his death in July 2010.
Their children and spouses are Kathy and Steve Smith, Kirk and Kris Bullard, Kerry and Joyce Bullard, Lonnie and Kim Bullard, Steve Bullard, Corey and Anna Bullard, Troy and Shelly Bullard, and Kristie and Rob Walker.
She has 42 grandchildren and 70 great-grandchildren. She spent nearly 30 years raising her family in Roy. She was active in the Roy LDS 1st Ward, serving in various capacities. She served more than 25 years as ward choir director.
Following retirement from Hill Air Force Base, she and her husband served an LDS mission in Tulsa, Okla.
She enjoys spending time with her family, keeping track of special occasions, staying in touch with her sister Cumora Miles, books, crossword puzzles and the Utah Jazz. She says that she feels blessed to be in the home of her daughter Kristie and enjoys her grandchildren and other visitors.