Luella Wheeler Finlinson passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah within three months of her 99th birthday from complications related to a stroke. \n\nShe was a lifelong resident of the South Cottonwood region of Murray. Luella was born on September 11, 1911 to Jesse Hyrum and Rena Doty Wheeler. She was raised on the Vine Street Wheeler Farm. While Luella never moved far from her original home, she traveled the world and touched the lives of many people.\n\nLuella lived an active life, full of family, faith and service. In the weeks before her passing, she hosted a family dinner, directed the Memorial Day decorating of graves, attended a play, baked cupcakes for her oldest great-grandchild’s 13th birthday and lead the music in her ward Relief Society meeting. Luella was the ultimate example of enduring to the end with grace, charm and determination.\n\nEducation was always important to her. Luella attended Woodstock Elementary, and Granite High School, and graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Utah with High Honors in 1933. While attending the U, Luella became a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority and participated in a “DG” sponsored social and philanthropic activities for the rest of her life. As a DG, Luella participated in testing preschool children for “lazy eye blindness.” After graduation, Luella continued to test preschool children and eventually served as an officer of the Utah Society For The Prevention of Blindness. The last time she tested preschool children was in the Spring of 2010.\n\nLuella taught school for six years in the Murray, Granite and Jordan School Districts. At the U, Luella met and later married Fred Lyman Finlinson on June 13, 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of three children, Fred, David (deceased) and Judy.\n\nMusic was an important part of Luella’s life. She was a member of the Tabernacle Choir for twenty eight years, which provided her historic opportunities, like the first European Concert tour and the first satellite TV broadcast. Luella sang in her ward choir all of her adult life and loved attending musical performances.\n\nLuella was actively engaged in civic, social, political, legal and church activities. She as served in almost every position in the P.T.A, on elementary and secondary levels. Luella has served on the Women’s State Legislative Council, initially representing the LDS Relief Society. Her last session was the 2010 General Session ending in March of this year. Luella was also active in the Utah Women’s Republican Club and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.\n\nHer mother, Rena Doty Wheeler, was one of the founders of the Cottonwood Maternity Home. Luella has followed her mother’s example and has served in support of health care. Luella has served on the Amicus Board. Since 1976, she has been a member of the Cottonwood-Alta View Health Care Foundation and then as a member of the Deseret Foundation for the IHC Hospitals in Salt Lake Valley. Luella received special recognition awards from each organization that she served in; but far more important than the awards, were the friends she journeyed with along the way.\n\nLuella was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She always had a calling. The Relief Society, however, was always dear to Luella’s heart, serving as the Ward Relief Society President, Stake Relief Society President, and as a member of the General Board. Luella was released on 6th of June, 2010 from her assignment as the Ward Relief Society Chorister.\n\nLuella’s greatest calling was “Mother” and her greatest devotion was to her family. Luella rarely missed a dance recital, piano concert or birthday of any of her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Her home was the site of countless parties and Sunday dinners. Luella’s high point was Christmas Eve as her family gathered in her living room to sing Christmas carols and read from Luke about the birth of Christ. “Believing Blood” ran deep in Luella and she passed the strength of her testimony in the Savior and the restored gospel on to her family.\n\nShe is survived by her son Fred (Chris) Finlinson and her daughter Judy (John) Lever, 16 grandchildren, 14 grandchildren spouses, and 32 great grandchildren.\n\nLuella was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband, Fred, her son, David, daughter-in-law, Jeanne Finlinson and son-in-law, John Lever.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the South Cottonwood Chapel, 5600 South and Vine Street, Murray, Utah. The services will start at 12:00 pm. There will be viewings on Friday, June 18, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the South Cottonwood Chapel. Interment will be at the Murray City Cemetery.\n\nIn Lieu of Flowers, the Family suggests a contribution to the Perpetual Education Fund.