Annie Paul Erekson
July 12, 1931 — September 26, 2022
Annie Paul Erekson graduated from mortality on September 26, 2022, encircled in the love of her grateful family.
Annie was born July 12, 1931, in Salt Lake City, the fourth of six children born to George William and Marguerite Davis Paul. Annie was a fun-loving little girl, enjoying her childhood in the countryside on the outskirts of Salt Lake. Her life was spared through childhood bouts with Scarlet fever and Rheumatic fever so that she could bless countless lives while here on earth.
Annie graduated from Granite High School in 1950. While in high school she met Norman Toone Erekson. Following Norm’s mission to the New England States, Annie and Norm were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on July 11, 1952. After attending Utah State University, they moved to Ames, Iowa, where Norm pursued his education at the Iowa State Veterinary School. Following graduation with his DVM, the family moved to Keosauqua, Iowa where he began his practice. After a short time there, Norm was hired to be the track vet at the race tracks in Chicago, Illinois. Desiring a better work environment, Norm and Annie moved the family to Richmond, Utah, (1960) where Norm set up his veterinary practice, one in which Annie played a critical role.
Norm and Annie spent 26 wonderful years in Richmond, during which time their number of children grew to six. Annie made a lasting impact on all she met. She was part of a group of dear friends in Richmond who called themselves “The Salad Club.” After leaving Richmond, Norm and Annie lived in Salt Lake, Bountiful and Roy, as Norm accepted the position of Assistant State Veterinarian, retiring after 11 years of service.
Annie’s life could best be summarized as one of service and love, truly following Christ’s example. She loved everyone, as well as every living creature. She made others around her happy. Annie welcomed people from all over the world into her home. Their home was a gathering place for all the kids around and she made each one feel welcome. In particular, Annie welcomed five children into her home who she cherished as her own: Lucy, Dynah, Lloyd, Valerie, and Christine.
Annie’s commitment to the Lord was unmatched. She served as stake and ward relief society president, young women leader, camp director, sports director, primary leader, and in so many other roles. Annie and Norm served three missions together with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Australia, Sydney South, Roy, North Stake, and Wisconsin, Milwaukee. They served together in the Ogden Utah Temple. In 1998 Annie became the Auxiliary President for a company of the Mormon Battalion, with Norm serving as Commander. She was later called as the National Auxiliary President of the organization.
Norm and Annie both spent their final years of life at Fairfield Village in Layton, where they again made many more friendships. Norm graduated from mortality on December 20, 2014. Annie’s greatest joy and accomplishment is her family. She loved each one so deeply and they, in turn, loved her. Norm and Annie were affectionately known to their grandchildren as Baba and Nana. Annie will be missed deeply, during this separation, by each family member. Yet she always made it very clear that she knew families are forever.
Annie’s posterity includes her six children, Rock Erekson (Joy), Kent Erekson (Jana), Paula Cooper (Gary), Leanne Traveller (Bruce), Denise Iverson (Alan), Tatha Enz (David), 39 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Annie’s only sibling remaining on earth is Robert (Bob) Paul.
Annie truly cherishes each sibling, in-law and other family members, whether they are here or in the next world. What a glorious reunion is taking place now beyond the veil! Annie was especially excited to be reunited with her loving husband, Norm. Norm and Annie were a well-matched team in all they did. Annie set a perfect example for us all in the way she maintained a positive attitude through all trials to the end of her mortal life. Annie’s physical body is now being laid to rest, with her testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement still shining brightly.
There will be a celebration of Annie’s life at the Richmond Utah Stake Center, 135 West Main, Richmond, Utah, on Friday, September 30, 2022. Viewing will be from 10:00 to 10:45 am, with services beginning at 11:00 am. Interment will be at the Richmond Utah Cemetery immediately following the services. We suggest you wear some bright, happy colors in honor of Annie!
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