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The Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized solely for historical, educational, and public purposes and is completely non-political and non-sectarian. It is dedicated to perpetuating the names and achievements of those men, women, and children who founded Utah. They seek to encompass a broad scope of services ranging from the preservation of historic landmarks to the education of thousands of school children and other citizens about their pioneer forebears. Join us in welcoming this year's queen and attendants for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.





AnnaLee DeFries

AnnaLee Hadley DeFries has been selected as the July 24th Daughters of Utah Pioneer Royalty from the Weber West Company. AnnaLee was born in Ogden, married Peter LaMar DeFries, and raised four children in Wilson/West Haven. She has eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Three of her children and most of her grandchildren and great grandchildren reside in Weber County. She supports them in their activities and loves having them come home for Sunday dinner. She became interested in DUP at age 16 when she began driving her mother to her DUP meetings. AnnaLee has been actively involved in DUP for more than 33 years. She has served as Camp Captain, 1st Vice Captain, 2nd Vice Captain and Secretary/Treasurer in the Wilson 55 Camp. Because of AnnaLee's involvement in DUP and their emphasis on writing our ancester's histories, AnnaLee wrote and published her Mother's personal history. She loves her Camp and participates in all their activities. She volunteers at the DUP Museum and donates items for the gift counter.


Hilma Morrow Thirkill

Weber Northeast Company is pleased to present Hilma Morrow Thirkill as our Ogden Pioneer Days Royalty representative. Hilma has been a member since 1974 — that’s 44 years — and is a member of Lynne Camp. Her authorized pioneer ancestor is Rachael Cook. She was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to David Lendrum and Alta Drollinger Morrow. She has an identical twin sister named Wilma. Activity in DUP is not just what Hilma does, it's what she is. She wears her pioneer dress and bonnet to church every year during the week of July 24 and to every convention and Jubilee. She constantly recruits and brings new members to her camp. She is the "Captain in Residence" concerning DUP procedures, having served in the camp as captain, secretary, music leader, lesson leader and in the company as corresponding secretary, secretary, treasurer, and president. She has been a fund-raising person for the museum as well. She always holds a position in her camp.


Ludeen Hunsaker

Ludeen Hunsaker was born Nov. 21, 1932 in Logan. Her parents are William Wayman and Maggie Lucile Johnson. She married Lloyd Johnson Baertschi on April 16, 1954. Ludeen has five children, 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Ludeen joined Camp Beehive, of the daughters of Utah pioneers, on Oct. 15, 1984. In her camp she has served as captain, vice-captain, chorister, and secretary-treasurer. Now she is serving as 1st Vice President of the Far South West Company. Along with this office she coordinates DUP meetings for those living in the legacy house of Ogden. They have a meeting each month with one of the camps in the Far South West Company. Ludeen is always there to give a helping hand. Ludeen has served countless hours as a docent at the museum, as well as serving with those in the company cleaning the museum and getting it ready for the summer months. She also makes jingle blocks for the museum to sell at the gift counter and at the Christmas Bazaar. Many of the blocks she makes are for children here in the United States and other countries.


Sharlene Ficklin

Sharlene Ficklin was selected as the Royalty for the Weber North Company. Sharlene is the daughter of Rea Bills and Joseph Smith Robertson and she was born in Salt Lake City. Sharlene married Norris Worthy Ficklin. Together they raised six children. She has 23 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. She sold real estate for 37 years, where she cultivated many long lasting relationships and received many awards. She became interested in the OUP and joined on Oct. 25, 2005. She is a member of pf Camp Deseret in the Weber North Company. She has held the positions of Camp Captain, 1st Vice President of the company, historian, lesson leader, and company treasurer for 6 years. Her community service includes paying for and financially supporting a student's education in Zambia for the past 10 years and continuing to do so, a current member of Northern Wasatch Woman's Counsel, participated in civic and community needs and events, assisted in and arranging flowers on a float seen in the 24th of July Parade in 1959, and partnered with a friend to provide daily and bulk food storage.  She held food demos at public booths, did seminars demonstrating the benefits and advantages of the product, and oversaw 20 neighborhood coordinators who sold the product monthly.


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