Saturday, January 31, 2015
Spotlight Volunteer--Jennie Ruth Alvey
Jennie Ruth Alvey
The Peteetneet Museum has many wonderful volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents at the museum each week. Each of the Volunteer Tour Guides gives at least three hours a week to conduct tours of our beautiful building.
Jennie Ruth Alvey is one of those great volunteers. She was born in the old Payson City Hospital. She lived in the same neighborhood as the hospital. Her first two years of school were in the old Taylor School. Her family then moved out in the west fields of Spring Lake on a dairy farm. The next five years were spent in the Spring Lake School, with two class rooms for all of the grades.
She graduated from Payson High in 1961 after which she completed a Comptometer (office machine) course, and a Business/ Office Management course at Utah Vocational School.
She married Ron Alvey, who she said was and still is the love of her life in 1962. For the following 52+ years they have lived in approximately a seven-mile radius which she has fondly referred to as her home.
They built their home on the east bench of Spring Lake in 1973 where they raised their four children. They sold this home and ventured a couple of miles south to Santaquin in 2007. Although it was hard to leave their childhood memories and friends, we found there are good people everywhere you go, and love and friendship has no boundaries.
She started her working career at Payson High School in 1979 where she had the joy of being fully involved in each of their four children, and five of their grandchildren’s school years through graduation. She retired in 2007 with a myriad of friends and memories she said she will cherish forever.
Life was never quite full enough she decided, without being involved in community and church service daily. She appreciated the time I served as Miss Payson director and committee member for more than ten years. Being a member of the Payson Civic Chorale since 1981 to the present time has brought experiences, opportunities, and friendships that I will treasure forever, and hope I can continue until I feel I can no longer sing, or our dedicated and cherished director David Dahlquist, resigns or asks me to!
She has served in dozens of callings in the church for more than 56 years, loving them all very much, but primary and young women will always be a priceless joy to her. She loved teaching classes and seminars on “Etiquette and Manners” and “Poise and Personality” for many years to YM/YW groups, and the community school. She admires and loves the strength and goodness in the youth today. She has loved being involved in so many of their lives for so very many years.
She is not sure that she has hobbies as such, but she does have a passion for writing poetry, family stories, and compiling pictured histories on DVDS. Her family is her greatest joy, each one of them their four children, thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren are unique, good, loving, and a treasure that compares to nothing else.
First of all she emphasized that she loves Payson. Thanks are not quite enough to express how she appreciates the wonderful individuals that touch her life and makes it all worth it. Volunteering at the Peteetneet has been an enriching and fun experience. Jennie has also been a volunteer member of the Peteetneet Arts Council. She has also given much of her time and talents to this group also.
She expressed her thanks to Helen Scott for asking her to share this wonderful building with others. The Peteetneet appreciates Jennie for sharing her time and talents at the museum. It is volunteers like Jennie who makes the Peteetneet the place that it is today.