People in the Church


Kirk L. Brimley recently received special distinction from the International Sign Association by having the association's highest award named in his honor. For his years of service, ISA's highest honor will be called the "Kirk L. Brimley Distinguished Service Award." He served the organization for 12 years as a member of the board of directors, vice chairman of the executive committee and special adviser. He is high priests group leader in the Holladay 10th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay Stake.


Lyma Beutler Cook, of the Willard 2nd Ward, Willard Utah Stake, has been a seamstress most of her life. Even after celebrating her 100th birthday on April 5, she continues to make afghans each month for her great-grandchildren. She was born in 1898 to Frederick Albert Beutler and Elizabeth Jane Winn in Montpelier, Idaho. She was sealed to Merlin Norton Cook on Feb. 20, 1931. They then moved to Willard in northern Utah. They also lived in Roy, Utah, and Salt Lake City. He died in 1990. In her early life, she worked as a nurse and served in many callings, including ward Relief Society president. She has four daughters and three stepsons, 28 grandchildren, 99 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren.

Emery J. Schwartz, living with his daughter in the Annandale Ward, Annandale Virginia Stake, celebrated his 101st birthday May 26. He was born in 1897 on a farm in Canby, Minn. He married Nettie E. Schwartz, and has been active in the Church since being baptized while living in California in 1936. They were sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1952. She died in 1997 at age 96. He is a veteran of World War I.

C. Bryant Copley of the Coalville 1st Ward, Coalville Utah Stake, commemorated his 100th birthday May 28. Born in 1898, he has been a lifelong resident of Coalville. He married Clara Elizabeth Crittenden Aug. 3, 1921. He likes music, plays the organ and enjoyed teaching high school math and science. He endowed BYU with a scholarship, and has arranged for other scholarships at BYU, University of Utah, Ricks College and at the local high school. He has been teaching the gospel doctrine Sunday School class since 1927. He has 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.


Steven B. Reese, medical services administrator in the U.S. Air Force, was awarded the 1997 60 Medical Group/Air Mobility Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year and the 1997 Air Mobility Command Resource Management Officer of the Year in May 1998. He teaches a youth Sunday School class in the Fairfield 2nd Ward, Fairfield California Stake.

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