BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL - Eleven women representing Davis County mothers were honored on Friday for the ways they inspire, lead and sacrifice for their families.
The women were selected to represent their cities by elected officials, and were celebrated at a luncheon sponsored by the Davis Clipper and the cities.
“There is great value in motherhood,” said Gail Stahle, Clipper publisher. “We salute you for what you’ve given us, for your service.”
One mother adopted children with special needs. One was a stepmother, honored by her stepdaughter as someone who listens and motivates. Two mothers raised their children alone after the early deaths of their husbands.
“What a privilege it is to be a mother,” said Gloria Olson, Syracuse Mother of the Year, whose husband died at 42.
“There are many ups and downs but I’m so proud of my children,” she said. “Things have been difficult for us but we’ve pulled through. I’d like to give thanks to my Heavenly Father who has listened to some prayers. I know all you mothers have lots of prayers.”
In introducing each mother, city leaders gave individual tributes to each nominee.
“She lives life every day,” said Cindy Roybal, a Farmington city council member, in speaking of Karma Karren. “She goes above and beyond to help everyone around her.”
Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt called Nannette Lowder, Kaysville’s mother, a “do-all person,” and said her house is known as “the landing zone” for kids in the neighborhood.
North Salt Lake’s mother, Nancy Prosence, has done a “phenominal job of bringing out the best in each of her children,” said Mayor Len Arave.
“I just represent one of thousands of so many great, great women that live in our community,” said Karen Wiscombe of Fruit Heights. “I’m honored to accept this. Ever since I was little, I just wanted to be a mom. We’re always moms.”