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April 7, 1923 - August 7, 2015

Jeanne Bridwell Carney was born in Salt Lake City to Oscar and Vera Karass, and spent her childhood near her father's grocery store across the street from the lively City and County Building on Washington Square (2nd E and 4th South). Relatives owned Fendall's Ice Cream Shop nearby. A lifelong student, she began her studies at Oquirrh Elementary, Bryant Jr. High, East High, Texas Tech, and the University of Utah, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA degree. In 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, George Bridwell, in San Antonio, Texas, prior to the outbreak of World War II. Four daughters came along and four grandparents were included. All of them fondly remember the summertime clickity-clack of the narrow gauge railway train to Saltair, grandpas in brimmed hats, grandmas with baskets of homemade picnic chicken and frosted cakes. The girls slept outside all summer on the front porch, watching the night lights: moon, stars, airplanes, and then satellites. Winters would find them skiing in the mountains. She made sure there were dogs, cats, ducks, horses, lambs, and talking parakeets around the scrub oak fields at home. She also took charge of Brownie Scouts, the Liberty Park Girls' Tennis Team, and the YWCA Live-Y'ers. Her advice to all of us: "Get out there girls! Learn things, make things, stand up straight and have some fun!"

After George passed away in 1983, she became reacquainted with Don Carney at her 40th East High Class Reunion. Their marriage in 1984 brought Don's four daughters into the family. All eight daughters watched with joy as Jeanne and Don became writers, poets, and world travelers from their home base in Mesa, Arizona. Theirs was a gift of inspiration and an afterglow of smiles and happy times.

Jeanne died of a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall. Survivors include: Husband Don Carney, Barbara (Bob) Cameron, Jeanne (Scott) Bennion, Nonie (Rob) Ronald, Susan (Jeff) Egan. Grandchildren: David (Alison) Cameron, Susan (Andrew) Dawson, Julia Bennion (Luke) Allen, Andy Ronald, Ellen (Adam) Pritchard, Tyler (Michele) Egan, Cameron (Nisha) Egan, and nine wonderful great-grandchildren (Ruby, Piper, Sadie, Ginger, Patrick, George, Patrick, Cash, and Milo).

Services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 E 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Visitation with the family 10:30-11:30 am; Funeral Service at 11:30 am. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 E 5th South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
alt Lake City, UT.