1942 – 2006
“An interesting journey, this knowing you will die soon. I was born October 1, 1942 in Murray, Utah to James Nathan Hale and Ruth Hudson Hale and raised in the golden era days of the Glendale West Ward, Glendale, CA. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of acting with my mother and father on their Glendale Centre Theatre stage. After graduating High School, I went to BYU where I received a degree in education and was then privileged to teach school. My former husband, Robert Lee Swenson, and I had four children. I leave behind with such poignancy my fine children: Cody Swenson (Anne), Will Swenson (Amy), Leea Sorensen (Shawn) and Bobby Swenson. I also leave my eight dear grandchildren: Christian, Brenner, Fiona, Rose, Bridger, Sawyer, Sage and Taj. And I so reluctantly part for a time with my beautiful husband of six years, Clint Rice.
Much of my life has been filled with the joy of theater – from actress, to janitor, to prop master, to director, to producer. In 1985 I helped found the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, UT with my incredible parents and my so very capable partners, Mark and Sally Dietlein. One of my greatest delights has been to hear the laughter of our thousands of wonderful patrons. I thank them. I will greatly miss my accomplished siblings: Sandra Dietlein (Allan), Phillip Nathan Hale (Barbara), Sherry Brian (Pat), Tanya Radebaugh (Lee), and James Cody Hale (Linda) and my stepchildren: DeeAnn Hilkhuijsen (Dennis), Terri K. Hughes (Ian) and Tyler Rice. Goodbye to my ‘salt of the earth’ Taylorsville friends whom I lived among for 20 years and fond goodbyes to my theatre fold.
The funeral will be held Saturday, 11:30 a.m. at my new ward, full of caring people, the Mount Olympus 4th Ward, 4176 South Adonis Dr. (3930 East). A viewing will be held Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and Saturday at the church, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Interment will follow in the Taylorsville Cemetery. If my theatre folks sing, it should be worth coming. In lieu of flowers go see a play at any Hale Centre Theatre. Laugh and cry and understand how valuable theatre is. I love you all . . . till we meet again.”