Church News: Deaths

Hannah Irene Edwards Staples, 91, the first official hostess for the Church, died May 8, 1998.

In 1964-65, she filled a mission to the Eastern States, and received a special assignment at the New York World's Fair as a hostess at the Mormon Pavilion. Upon her return home, she was appointed the first Church hostess and served until her retirement in 1975. She arranged thousands of itineraries for royalty, military leaders, ambassadors, government officials and other professional and business leaders.She had received two national millinery design awards and the Utah National Guard Minute Man Award, commending her for her volunteered hours of directing tours and lecturing on the history of Utah.

Stanley Kent Bramwell, 68, died in Fairfield, Calif., April 24, 1998. He and his wife, Dorothy, served as missionaries in the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission prior to him serving as president of that mission from 1994-1997.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, retiring as a colonel in 1983. In the Church, he served as president of several branches, district president, bishop and counselor in a stake presidency.

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