SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Ruby Haight, the wife of late Mormon apostle David B. Haight and grandmother of Gov.-elect Jon Huntsman Jr., died Sunday, the church’s president announced. She was 94.
Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called Haight ”a great lady, a beautiful and sweet and wonderful character” and extended condolences to the Haight and Huntsman families.
She passed away in her home surrounded by family, according to a church statement. No cause of death was released.
Hinckley announced her passing before about 21,000 of the church’s faithful at the annual Christmas Devotional at the downtown conference center.
Haight was born Ruby Olson on April 28, 1910 in Fairview, Utah, she was the youngest of eleven children.
She married David B. Haight Sept. 4, 1930, whom she met while she was a student at the University of Utah. They have three children, David Haight, Robert Haight and Karen Haight Huntsman – the wife of petrochemical entrepreneur and philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman and mother of Gov.-elect Jon Huntsman Jr.
David B. Haight served as the mayor of Palo Alto, Calif., from 1959 to 1953. He resigned the position to serve as president of a Mormon mission in Scotland and became an apostle in the church in 1976. He was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles when he died July 31 at age 97.
She is survived by her children, 18 grandchildren and 78 great-grandchildren. The church is expected to announce funeral arrangements Monday, according to a church spokesman.
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