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Lucile Christenson Tate, 94, passed away quietly on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at a hospice care center in Salt Lake City, to which she had been admitted two days earlier. Until that time she had been able to enjoy the independence of her own condominium, cared for by her daughters Kathy and Sue and their husbands who live nearby. While saddened by her death, Lucile=s family views her Agraduation@ as a joyous occasion and a celebration of her long and active life, filled with love for her Heavenly Father and with love and concern for others. Lucile was a devoted member of the LDS church and served faithfully served in many callings throughout her life.
Born May 17, 1914 in Provo, Utah to Andrew B. and Sarah Jane Bartholomew Christenson, Lucile grew up in Salt Lake City. She married George F. Tate on September 9, 1938 in the Salt Lake Temple. He died on April 13, 1994, and she has looked forward to their reunion ever since. They are the parents of four children: Kathryn (Brent) Gledhill of Salt Lake City, Barbara (Dennis) Bednarik of Ogden, George (Karen) Tate of Provo, and Susan (John) Laing of Salt Lake City. They have 17 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. Lucile took pleasure in her family, of all generations, and is much loved by her posterity.
Early in their marriage the couple lived in Dayton, Ohio, with brief residency in California. In 1952 the family moved to Salt Lake and subsequently to Provo, where Lucile, George, and their eldest daughter Kathy enrolled as freshmen at BYU, marking the beginning of multiple university degrees for themselves and their children.
Lucile and her husband loved to travel; her earliest experience abroad was as a student on a BYU study program in Austria. They later traversed the U.S. many times doing research; they also traveled in the U.K., Israel, and Mexico.
As a young woman Lucile attended Art Center in Los Angeles and later free-lanced as an interior decorator. A skilful artist, she continued until very recently to illustrate her personal journals, which she had kept faithfully for over 75 years. After receiving her M.A. in 1967, Lucile taught humanities at BYU for several years. When her husband accepted a position in Alexandria, Virginia, the couple moved there until George retired and they returned to Utah. They were among the first temple workers at the Washington DC Temple, and they later went again to the DC area to serve a mission for the LDS church. After Georges death, Lucile served a further mission in that same area, this time with her sister Margaret, while both of them were in their 80s.
Lucile is well known as a biographer of LDS Apostles LeGrand Richards, David B. Haight, and Boyd K. Packer. Among her most treasured works are the biography she wrote of her father, a noted church educator, and the autobiographical story of her marriage, For Time and Eternity, written after the death of her husband. In 2004 she was awarded an honorary doctorate at BYU.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 23, 2009, at 12:00 noon, at the Salt Lake Stake Center, 142 West 200 North, Salt Lake City. Friends may call on Sunday, March 22, from 7 to 9 P.M. at Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South, and from 10:30 A.M at the church prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.