A special 90th birthday celebration was held for Lucille Bates Sommers. Her family honored her with an open house attended by family and friends in Morgan on Saturday, Oct. 5. Today, Oct. 6, a brunch at the Grand America in Salt Lake City will continue the celebration.
The eighth of nine children, she was born Oct. 4, 1923, in Plain City. Her family moved to Morgan, where she attended school and graduated from Morgan High School in 1941. She married John J. Sommers in Brownwood, Texas, during World War II. Their vows were solemnized on Jan. 9, 1969, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. They lived in Devil's Slide and Trident, Mont. Later they built their home in Morgan. Her husband died on Feb. 20, 1990.
During the war, she was employed by Defense Depot Ogden before her children were born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years. Later she began a career working at a school newspaper. She also retired from the extension service, where she worked for many years.
An active member of the LDS Church, she has held many callings in the ward and stake levels.
Her children and their spouses are Joanne and Steve Hill, John R. and Kristine Sommers, and Debby and John Wilkinson. She has 13 grandchildren and her posterity includes 60 with more to come.
She says her greatest treasure is her family; they are her pride and joy.