Julia Jensen Oldroyd


Julia Jensen Oldroyd passed away at her home in Glenwood, Utah, on Sunday, Sept. 9, surrounded by her loving children. 

Julia was born in Richfield, Utah, on Nov. 30, 1933. She was one of nine children born to Vance Vernal and Myrtle Coffin Jensen. As a child, she enjoyed helping out at her father’s dry cleaning business. High school was an exciting and busy time for the Jensen sisters; they sang before church and community audiences, as well as on the radio. Julia graduated from Richfield High School in 1952.

Julia met Frank Oldroyd on a blind date. After a whirlwind courtship, they married on June 6, 1952. The family moved to Cedar City, Utah, where Frank worked for Safeway and Julia established a loving home.

In 1964, the family moved to Evanston. Julia quickly became known for her talents in sewing, quilting, baking and singing for their LDS ward choir. Julia served as Relief Society president, Primary president and taught the Gospel Doctrine classes. She was always active in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Frank and Julia faithfully served at the Nauvoo Restoration Mission during 1994, in Nauvoo, Illinois. 

A dream was fulfilled when they were able to restore and retire to Frank’s childhood home in Glenwood, Utah. Frank and Julia both were able to pass away at the home they loved so dearly thanks to the tender care of Karen Ashby and the last year by Julia and William Davis.

Julia is survived by six of her children, Annette and Richard France, Julia and William Davis, Cindy Dean, Brent Oldroyd and Steve Morris, Farrell Oldroyd, and Karen Ashby. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her infant son, Raymond Keith; and her son, William (Bill) Frank Oldroyd.

Funeral services will be held on Sept. 15, at the Glenwood LDS church, with a viewing on Friday evening, Sept. 14, at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield, Utah.

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