Rula Jean Waite Hunter took her first breath on January 2, 1951 and drew her last breath in the morning hours of January 20, 2023.
She spent her time on Earth pouring the entirety of her energy into making the lives of those around her brighter. Her passion for music, fashion, design, movies, and all things “cool” set her apart as a woman that drew everyone she met into her way of living. The tapes in her car, the records on her turntable, and CDs in her players were turned to the loudest volume—and singing at the top of your lungs was mandatory when in her presence. No matter where she walked, she was clothed in eclectic and vibrant style that told you exactly what was in her heart. It was that heart she will be remembered for the most. There was not a ladder too tall for her, a project too difficult for her, or a relationship too broken to heal with her tenacity and stubborn grace.
She built Pioneer Village at Lagoon, designed the windows in the classiest department stores, decorated the halls of buildings, created floats for the biggest parades, hammered campaign signs in the cold ground, birthed nearly 20 lbs of twin girls, held prisoners and
addicts in her arms, survived cancer, adopted a son from Libya, checked herself into rehab, and never stopped striving to be a source for others to find comfort and peace.
Her greatest achievement in the latter portion of her life here was her relationship with her eight grandchildren. Her wild spirit to engage the thorns of the world without fear lives on in those whose lives she blessed with her presence.
Rula was relentless in pursuing the experience of creating joy in the lives of people.
Her body was broken by work and her spirit should have shattered because of the traumas in her life, but she chose to be the light when there was no sunshine to be found.
Rula, you are the angel in our hearts, and we know you haven’t left us. What you did not finish here we will carry on with your spirit leading us by the hand.
Rula is survived by her husband, Robert; her brother, Ron; her four children and their spouses, Stephen and Stephanie, Meredith and Rex, Mackenzie and Jon, Suhel and Maisam; and her eight grandchildren, Bella, Max, Grace, Cormick, Catherine, Bennett, JJ, and Haya.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 12 p.m. at the Weber Heights Stake Center, 1401 Country Hills Drive. Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Rula’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to United Way of Northern Utah or Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah.