Edna Claire Nielson Gubler
Edna Claire Nielson Gubler 1922 - 2010
On January 6, 2010, Edna Claire Nielson Gubler passed from this life, due to a bout of pneumonia, just a few weeks shy of her 88th birthday. She was born to Peter and Edna Snow Nielson on January 26, 1922, in Richfield, Utah, the last of eight children. When Edna was six years old, the family moved to Springville, Utah.
In school, Edna played the snare, bass, and kettle drums in band, was in pep club, school plays and operettas, was on the school newspaper and yearbook staffs, and was student body secretary. She graduated from Springville High School and seminary in 1940.
The summer after high school, she contracted typhoid fever which set her back two years for starting college. Edna worked to put herself through college at Brigham Young University primarily by working as a telephone operator. She was at the switchboard the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, and the switchboard was jammed with calls.
In 1947, Edna graduated from BYU with a degree in Physical Education (dance) with a minor in English. She initially taught PE but moved on to teaching English and Social Studies. She worked one year at Farrer Jr. High in Provo. The second year, she taught in Duchesne. Then she taught at Dixon Jr. High in Provo for nine years.
While living in Springville, Edna worked in the Mutual Improvement Association doing the music and the road shows for eighteen years. Edna directed the ward choir and was chorister. In the early 1950s, Edna met her future husband Ovando Gubler at choir practice. She was 36 and he was 58 when they were married in June 1958, in the St. George Temple--a first marriage for both of them--and they made their home in LaVerkin, Utah. They had three children: Patty, James and Claire.
She was Primary chorister for a dozen years. She lead the stake choir and Zion Park Stake Singing Mothers. Edna was always active in ward choir. She was Relief Society President, Stake Young Women President, Stake Relief Society President, and Stake Activity Chairman, among other church callings. Edna was involved in the community Fine Arts program. She was the conductor of Sweet Adelines, an acapella barbershop group.
Edna was a funny, loving, talented, energetic individual, doing many good deeds all her life and being involved in a great many things. She is known locally for her yummy Halloween donuts. In her later years, she enjoyed sharing cookies with others.