Indra Willis

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:13 PM


Indra Belle Buswell Willis of Ogden will celebrate her 90th birthday on June 22. Family and friends may attend an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Farr West Westwood Ward building, 2100 N. 2000 West.

She was born on June 21, 1923, in Ogden to John Daniel Buswell and Indra Averett. She grew up on the northeast corner of 36th Street and Washington Boulevard. Her siblings were John Robert Buswell, Gene Buswell DeGroot, and Don Averett Buswell.

She attended Ogden High School and Brigham Young University, where she majored in nutrition.

She grew up with cousins who became her lifelong friends and remains close to many friends.

She met Albert “Sid” Willis in Oakland, Calif., in 1941. They were married on Jan. 4, 1942; their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple in 1964. Their childrenare Don Michael Willis, Sydney and Charles Massey, Johnny and Debi Willis, Gene Ann Willis, and Mary and Kent McMillen.

She and her husband spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring to Ogden after living in several locations.

She served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was active in Young Democrats. She was a page to the Utah State Legislature and volunteered to read to the sight-impaired and for the American Cancer Society. She spent many years as a voting registrar and sang bass with the Sweet Adelines for 40 years. She is still a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and has been active in her church for more than 50 years.

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