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Church News: Deaths

George E. Freestone, 104, believed the world's oldest living Boy Scout for the past several years, died Feb. 8. He joined one of the first two Boy Scout troops to be organized in the United States at age 12 in 1910 in Los Angeles, Calif.

At age 102, he drove to Provo, Utah, to attend the dedication of the George E. Freestone Boy Scout Museum, named in his honor. He was the oldest torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Games, and remained active in Troop 74 in Tempe, Ariz.

He was active in the Church his entire life and once commented, "I tried to keep all the commandments as best I could."

Leone Rampton Bowring, 94, who served as the first matron of the Los Angeles California Temple when her husband, Benjamin Bowring, served as the first president, died Feb. 14, 2003, in Salt Lake City. Sister Bowring also served as former matron of the Laie Hawaii Temple and served with her husband when he presided over the Texas-Louisiana Mission in the early 1950s.

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