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Alda Vee Gardner Hull, our loving mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully at her sister Helen’s home on February 6th, 2022.
Alda Vee was born on November 28, 1930, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, to Alda Fugal and Milford Gardner. She was the second of her parent’s six children – Donald, Ballard, Janeene, Lanna, and Helen.
Vee’s early years were lived during the Great Depression in Afton, Wyoming in beautiful Star Valley. Her family lived on the “Gardner Block” just below Swift Creek and the mountains, among her grandparents and aunts and uncles. Her playground was the streams, fields, and mountains of that beautiful area.
Vee began her lifelong sewing and designing career at age 6 when her mother helped her make a doll dress. This was followed by sewing dresses and doll clothes for her sisters and even designing and creating her own dresses. Upon her graduation in 1948 from Star Valley High School, Vee received the “Outstanding Girl in Home Economics Award.”
Vee attended college at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, where she majored in clothing and textiles and minored in art. It was here that she met her first husband, Douglas Henrie of Panguitch, Utah. They were married on June 5, 1950, two days after Doug graduated in the field of accounting. They began their married life in Roosevelt, Utah, where their first child, AnaLisa, was stillborn. Doug was called to serve in the Korean War as a 2nd Lieutenant shortly thereafter, and they spent the next two years in Virginia where they served our country at Fort Lee and Camp Hopewell. It was here that their next two children, Allen and Wendy, were born.
Upon release from the military as a 1st Lieutenant, Vee and Doug made their home in Montpelier, Idaho, where two more children, Gwen and Steven, were born. Here Vee’s talent in sewing and art were put to use in the community as she painted large mural backgrounds for special occasions, as well as for seminary graduations where her mother was a seminary teacher for 28 years. Vee was admired and in-demand for her float building abilities; in the county fair she, with the help of her children, often created five or six floats each season.
Vee was an accomplished pianist and served her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in that capacity throughout her life, including serving as a temple organist at the Provo Utah temple. She also served as a junior Sunday School teacher and Young Women’s president.
Together with her brother Ballard and their parents, Vee went into business in Afton, Wyoming as Vee Line Originals, a company that produced infant girl dresses. Vee later moved the business to Montpelier, Idaho, where she was also involved in 4H sewing classes and was awarded “The Outstanding Woman of Bear Lake County.”
Doug and Vee later divorced, and Vee moved with her children to Provo, Utah where she obtained employment as a designer with the JoLene children’s clothing company.
Vee married Harold Paul Hull on December 29, 1969 and they blended their two families, which included two of Paul’s four children. Paul and Vee were also given the gift of adopting their young granddaughter, Kathy, and raising her with their children.
Paul and Vee, along with her brother, Ballard, then started a new business manufacturing dresses under the name “MiniWorld.” The business was very successful and grew to 120 employees, with sales forces throughout the United States, Canada, and even some foreign countries. They also had a store in the Orem, Utah mall, as well as outlet stores in several states.
Vee was named “Designer of the Year” in 1978 by the World Modeling Association in New York City and was the only children’s wear designer to receive this award.
After Paul’s death on May 5, 2008, Vee moved to Burley, Idaho and lived next to her sister Helen and her husband, Jerry Bowcut. It was here that Vee was able to fully devote her time to her lifelong love of family history. In her final years, Vee digitized all family letters and journals, scanned photos, and completed several family histories of her ancestors. Her many binders of family histories were collected by Family Search in Salt Lake City, and her histories were also downloaded by them as well.
Vee was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her son Steven, her daughter AnaLisa, her parents Milford Gardner and Alda Fugal, her sister Janeene Heiner, her brother Ballard Gardner, and her grandson Brian.
Vee is survived by her children D. Allen (Maurine) Henrie, Wendy Dahle, Gwen (Dan) Daines, and Kathy Ainge, as well as her daughter-in-law Tisha Henrie; 40 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Donald (Laura) Gardner, Lanna Warren, and Helen Bowcut, as well as her sister-in-law Lola Gardner.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2022, in the Springville, Utah 3rd Ward 355 East Center Street Springville, Utah. Viewing for family and friends will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2022, at the church and for one hour prior to the services at the church. Services will conclude with burial in the Spanish Fork Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Payne Funeral Home of Burley, Idaho.
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