Gail A Whitesides Knowlton passed away on the evening of July 30, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, just a few days following her 88th birthday celebration. Gail was born on July 24, 1934 and is the daughter of John Morris and Luie Hazel Adams Whitesides.
She grew up on a farm in Layton, Utah and loved riding horses and assisting family members with various farm chores. She is a graduate of Davis High School where she participated in a pep club called Pro Schola.
Gail married Edward Ute Knowlton in the Salt Lake Temple in 1952. Shortly after, Gail supported Ute as he attended and graduated from medical school at the University of Utah.
Gail and Ute are the parents of eight children, seven of whom are surviving: Kirk and Brenda, Jennifer and Larry Miner, Alison and Brian Olsen, Edward and Connie, Benjamin and Lisa, Joshua and Lydia, and Abbigail and Ryan Israelsen. Jared (age 7) passed away in an accident in 1977. They are the proud grandparents of 32 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ute, son Jared, two grandchildren Cole and Nesli, her parents, and her six siblings.
Gail had a sense of adventure and loved to travel. She traveled many times across the United States to visit family. She also visited South and Central America, China, England and Europe. As a young mother, she courageously traveled alone with her five children to Thailand to join her husband who was stationed there during the Vietnam war. They lived there for one year and later invited two young men from Thailand to live for a time in their Kaysville home, thus revealing her loving heart that was felt by so many others throughout her life.
Gail will be fondly remembered for her shopping skills and bargain hunting, her love for antique furniture, her delicious meals and desserts, and her appreciation for beautiful flowers and breathtaking nature scenes. Swimming with her friends was a favorite activity later in life.
Gail loved and adored children, especially her grandchildren, and great grandchildren and took every opportunity to hold and cherish them as they came into her life. She also enjoyed and appreciated hand quilting and frequently had her most recent project on her lap. Known for her love of cars, she could be seen reading the most recent Car and Driver magazine.
She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and loved singing in the church choir and serving in various callings. With her husband Ute she served a medical mission at the Manilla, Philippines MTC for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2000 to 2002.
Gail will be greatly missed by her extended family and all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kaysville 4th Ward Chapel, 200 North 855 East, Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services.
Interment will be at the Kaysville City Cemetery.