Church News: Deaths

  • Gertrude Corless, who was a teen-age member of the Church when President Gordon B. Hinckley served as a missionary in Preston, England, in 1933, died Oct. 12, 2000, at age 85. In a letter to her family sent the day after her death, President Hinckley wrote: "I am so happy she was able to come to the ground breaking of the Preston Temple and then to the dedication. . . ." (The Preston Eng- land Temple was dedicated by President Hinckley in June 1998.) In his letter, he called Sister Corless "a wonderful woman of great capacity and great faith."

  • Rex Finlinson Faust, 77, brother of President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency, died Oct. 12, 2000, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brother Faust enjoyed attending the temple with his wife, Margaret Baker Faust, whom he married Sept. 14, 1954, in the Salt Lake Temple. He also served a mission to Brazil.

  • Marian Cornwall Hackett, 86, member of the Sunday School General Board from 1943 to 1947, died Oct. 7, 2000, in Salt Lake City. An interior designer, Sister Hackett's professional projects included the Church Office Building and the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City. She was also a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and was the daughter of J. Spencer Cornwall, former director of the Tabernacle Choir, and Mary Alice Haigh Cornwall.

  • Koln Gunn McKay, 75, former U.S. Congressman, died Oct. 6, 2000, in Huntsville, Utah. Brother McKay served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Utah from 1970 to 1980. He served as president of the Scotland Edinburgh Mission and served as a sealer in the Ogden Utah Temple, as a stake patriarch, as a stake president and as a counselor in a bishopric, among many callings.

  • John Marshall Russon, 88, former member of the Church's General Welfare Committee and former president of the Swiss Mission, died Oct. 16, 2000, in St. George, Utah. Brother Russon also served as a regional representative, as president of the Los Angeles California Stake, and as bishop of the Hollywood Ward. He later served as a member of the presidency of the Swiss Temple, and as a patriarch and acting mission president, again in Switzerland.

  • Olga Snederfler who, with her husband, Jiri Snederfler, was a stalwart in helping the Church work toward legal recognition in Czechoslovakia when it was dangerous to identify oneself as a Latter-day Saint in that country, died Oct. 11, 2000, at age 69. The Church gained recognition in 1990 after the country's regime fell on Nov. 18, 1989. Sister Snederfler served as matron of the Freiberg Germany Temple from 1991-1995, when her husband served as its president.

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