BOUNTIFUL — Elma Mary Fry is one of the oldest mothers in Davis County.
This Friday, May 9, the 95 year-old (come June) will be honored as Bountiful’s Mother of the Year during the Davis Clipper Mother of the Year luncheon at the Wight House.
She was nominated by her daughter, Michele Smith, also of Bountiful.
“My mother is the most patient, loving, thoughtful person,” Michele said.
Over her 71 years of marriage to husband Loyal, who goes by Wayne, she’s covered lots of physical territory, living in many places.
That’s because Wayne is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force. They lived in such far flung places as France, and stateside from Hawaii to Massachusetts.
“There were times where we moved two or three times a year but my mother made sure everything was wonderful for us,” Michele said.
Her parents met because her dad was a friend to Elma’s younger brother, Wayne came to visit one day. A pen pal relationship followed.
When the couple got married it was World War II, and Elma traveled from Utah to Fresno, where he was stationed, and then three days later he was shipped overseas.
He was shot down over Russia, and captured, and his young bride received a note that he’d died, she said.
During the war, she worked as a nurse at the old Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. She also worked at the University of Utah Hospitals and at Lakeview Hospital’s nursery for several years.
Following the war, the couple made their home in Bountiful, and they still live in their original home.
Elma still drives and “just serves everyone,” Michele said. “Even to this day, she always asks ‘what can I fix you?’” when someone comes to visit.
Elma has five children, 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Her favorite activities include reading, particularly action books, such as the Robert Ludlum series, and completing puzzles with her husband.
“She likes putting puzzles together, likes to keep her brain active,” Michele said.
Elma also enjoys crocheting, and crochets blankets for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also very active in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, as well as in her church.
Her favorite “food” is probably chocolate, of which there is always plenty on hand. But she stays slim and trim, carefully apportioning how much of it she eats, Michele said.