George Kay Ivory was born 17 February 1934 in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah. He was the third child of Ellis Clark Ivory and Mary Erma Nielsen.
George grew up in Fountain Green surrounded by lots of family and cousins. In 1950 his family moved up to Salt Lake when George was 16 years old.
On 13 December 1954 George married Dawn Jenille Rowsell. Together they had four children.
George was always learning about history, particularly the Mormon pioneers. He was involved in a number of historical organizations and loved sharing stories and histories about the pioneers with others.
In December 2020, George fell and broke his foot. He went into the hospital and rehab center for several months. During that time his health quickly decreased. He was able to come home in March 2021 and spent about a month at home with his wife, Jenille, before he passed in the early morning of 4 April 2021.
- Last updated 9 April 2021
4 Apr 2021 - Death
George passed away at his home in the early morning of 4 April 2021. He was 87 years old. - Last updated 9 April 2021
Slideshow of Life
Below is a slideshow of George's life. This slideshow was playing in the foyer at the funeral home. DVD copies were also distributed to family members.
9 Apr 2021 - Obituary
- Published in the Deseret News on 9 April 2021.
Stansbury Park, UT—George Kay Ivory passed away at his home on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the age of 87. He was born 17 February 1934 in Fountain Green, Utah. He was the son of Ellis Clark Ivory and Mary Erma Nielsen.
George married Dawn Jenille Rowsell on 13 December 1952 in Salt Lake City. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a vail worker at the Jordan River Temple for many years. He was a volunteer at the Church Museum for 20 years and recently volunteered at This Is The Place Park.
George was an avid historian. He was an active member of the Oregon California Trails Association (OCTA), the Utah Westerners, the Lincoln Highway Association, and many other historical groups.
George was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Cameron, sister, Vonda, daughter Janice Gay White, granddaughter, Melissa, and great-grandson, Nicholas. Survivors include his wife, Jenille, daughter, Leslie Turner (Jim, deceased), son, Russell (Monica), and daughter Dawn Mason (Brad), numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a brother, Ellis (Katie), and a sister Mary Pelk (Gerry).
A private family viewing and graveside service will be held Saturday at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
To view a digital version of the obituary, click here. - Last updated 9 April 2021
10 Apr 2021 - Burial
George was buried at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Millcreek, Utah, on 10 April 2021. - Last updated 10 April 2021
Due to COVID, we were not able to have a full funeral service for George. We were able to have a small gathering of family at the mortuary. George's brother, Ellis, spoke and gave a great memorial of his life.
George's grandson, Matthew Ivory, dedicated George's grave immediately after the service at the mortuary.
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