Our dear friend, sister and aunt, Nona Springer, passed away peacefully in her home on March 15, 2023, after a short illness. She was surrounded by many members of her loving family as she passed.
Nona was the ninth child born to George and Lucile Springer in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she lived most of her life. She attended South High School in Salt Lake, Ricks College (BYU-I) in Rexburg, Idaho, and served a full time LDS church mission in the South Carolina Columbia Mission.
Nona had many wonderful qualities. She was very kind and considerate of others. She was independent and loved living in the home her father built 85 years ago. She was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had great faith and followed the church teachings with exact obedience. She served faithfully in every church calling she was given, including visiting teacher, church librarian and the director of music in sacrament meeting and in Relief Society. She also loved to read the scriptures and other uplifting church literature.
Nona loved all music, especially classical music and hymns sung by the Tabernacle Choir. She loved to sing along with these beautiful pieces of music, and in her last days found great comfort in singing and humming with the songs she loved so much. She came from a very musical family and enjoyed singing with them on just about any occasion. She had a beautiful voice and loved to harmonize. She was always a member of her ward choir.
Nona helped care for her parents in their advanced years. She provided loving service, was very dependable, and took her responsibilities seriously.
Nona faced multiple health challenges in her life that made even basic tasks more difficult, but she faced these challenges with strength and great valor. She tolerated and overcame difficulties with determination. It wasn’t always easy for her. This is an excerpt from a talk she gave in a church meeting in 2021:
“I would like to talk to you about afflictions. I was born with a condition called Cerebral Palsy. I am limited in what I can do. I walk with a limp. I have been called names throughout my life, like “Limp-along.” Words like this make me feel bad. I walk with a cane to help me keep my balance. Parents, please teach your children to be kind to those who are different in any way. It doesn’t feel good to be left out and to be made fun of. I believe that I was blessed with this disability to help make me a stronger person by facing my challenges. I believe my disability also helped my family to learn and grow by giving me service.”
Nona was valiant throughout her life and is now free from her physical limitations. Surely she is dancing in heaven! She has left us to join with loving family and friends who have gone before. Her sweet, quiet spirit will be greatly missed.
Nona’s parents, George and Lucile Springer, preceded her in death, along with siblings Gordon (Janna), Sylvia, who died as a child, and Diane Yeates (Farrell). She is survived by siblings Kathy Benson (Richard, dec.), Alan (Tamara), Jean Jones (Paul, dec.), Norman (Dana), Rosalie Davis (Michael, dec.), Calvin (Marianne) and Stanley (Lucy).
There will be a viewing held on Saturday, March 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at the Nibley Park Ward House, 2465 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, UT, with a celebration of life and luncheon to follow. Afterwards, the interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT.
The celebration of life will be livestreamed via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83455403796. You must have a Zoom account and be logged in to join.
My dear friend Nona was my long time pal. We were related through marriage. My brother Richard Benson married Nona’s sister Kathy. We both thought that was just the coolest thing that could ever be! The Benson’s and the Springer’s spent lots of time together. Sleep overs, toilet papering the golf course, camping trips, tearing down decorations after a dance only to fine out there was a dance the next night using those same decorations that we had to redecorate with. Nona and I went on a bus trip to Disneyland with our Mutual and were roomies. Fun times over the years with my pal Nona. I’ll miss her sweet smile and fun personality. Until we meet again….
Aloha always and A hui hou,
Your friend Mary
So sorry for your loss! I’m happy her struggle is over! I never saw her when she wasn’t smiling!