Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Helen LaVoyl Gunn (Pearce)\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tHelen LaVoyl Pearce Gunn, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, returned to her Heavenly Father on February 22, 2019 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah at the age of 97. She was born August 25, 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Charles Edward and Edna Smart Pearce. She was the third of six children and was blessed to be born into a home to goodly parents where she was taught to have faith in Jesus Christ from an early age. All her life she has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. \n\nShe was raised in Salt Lake City and attended Douglas Elementary School and graduated from East High School. Her favorite subjects in school included math and seminary. She also excelled in shorthand and was very skilled in typing. Her family also lived in the Chicago area and California. Some of her happiest memories are of living in California and going to the beach with her family. \n\nHer first job was at Fred and Kelly’s Drive-In in Salt Lake City, but she and her sisters also helped their Dad with his Bel Meir cosmetic business. After graduation from High School she attended the University of Utah where she met her sweetheart, Rodger Sherman Gunn. They were married on January 24, 1942 in Washington D.C. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on April 3, 1943. After their marriage, they lived in Washington DC, where she worked as a secretary in the FBI office. Rodger was drafted into the navy during World War II, and their first daughter, Leslie, was born while he was away. After his return, they were blessed with seven more children. While raising their children, they lived in Utah, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Later they also lived in the Chicago area. Her children were blessed because she was a full-time homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She created a home where her children felt secure and loved. She encouraged each of them to develop their talents and to serve and love each other. She also taught them to have faith in Jesus Christ. After 70 years of marriage her sweetheart passed away in 2012.\n\nShe has always been very health-minded, and healthy eating has been very important to her all throughout her life. She loved beautiful music, especially the Tabernacle Choir, and she loved the beauties of nature, the beautiful sky, and sunsets. She was a gifted writer and expressed her thoughts and feelings beautifully in many poems, letters, and other writings. When reading the things she has written, it is easy to see and feel her testimony and to recognize how devoted she was to God and family, and how her life has been one of virtue and integrity. \n\nShe had a great love for others and found joy in service. She touched the lives of many people, and opened her home and heart to nieces and nephews, foster children, and others over the years. She also helped many Vietnam War refugees who came to Utah. She and her husband had the opportunity to serve as missionaries in eight missions, including Malta (Italy), Fiji, Australia, San Jose (California), Nauvoo (IL), Palmyra (NY), Independence (Missouri), and Detroit (Michigan). Although she has served in many callings, her favorite calling has always been that of mother and wife. \n\nShe found great joy in her family. Her posterity includes her eight children: Leslie (Joseph) Hicken, Wilmette, Illinois; Steven (Ercilia) Gunn, West Jordan, Utah; Michelle (Sterling) Beck, Genola, Utah; Katherine (John) Lewis, Gilbert, Arizona; Laurie (Vance) Everett, Pleasant Grove, Utah; David (Linda) Gunn, Provo, Utah; Sherri (David) Boekweg, Mount Pleasant, Utah; and Joseph (Jammie) Gunn, West Valley, Utah. She is also grandmother to 47 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. As she passed from mortality, she was greeted by her parents, her sweetheart Rodger, her brother Charles, her sisters Eloise, Beulah, and Anne, her granddaughter Andrea Lewis Walker, and her great-grandson Malachi Beck. \n\nFuneral Services will be Friday, March 1 at 11:00 am at the Nelson Family Mortuary at 4780 North University Avenue in Provo, Utah with a viewing on Thursday, February 28 from 6-8 pm and on Friday, March 1, from 9:30-10:45 am. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.