Thursday, October 22, 2009


Elizabeth Mildred Gerrard was born in Taylorsville, Utah. She attended the University of Utah and majored in speech. She, like many of the other girls on the Zion trip, was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She was in several school plays and was on the staff of the Utonian Year Book. After she graduated from the university, she married the year book editor, Elmer Jenkins. They were married by John A. Widtsoe, Anne's father. Then, they took off to travel Europe for three months for their honeymoon. They returned to Europe again in 1959. She was quite the world traveler. Mildred followed her husband to Hawaii in 1942, where she served as a Gray Lady for the Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu during World War II. She also spent 10 years teaching speech at the University of Hawaii. Mildred lived longer than any of the other girls. She lived to be 93 years old. When she died, her husband, Elmer, slipped into a coma and died 48 hours later. Some couples just have a hard time staying apart. Dora in her scrapbook on the Zion trip calls Mildred an "Eternal Woman". Mildred's daughter found that a apt description of her mother.

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