Grace A. Tanner
Born in Parowan, Utah, on November 30, 1906, Grace was the sixth child of Luella Redd
Adams and Thomas Davenport Adams, both descendants of early southern Utah settlers.
Her parents' first year of marriage was spent on an LDS mission in Samoa. They returned
to raise a family of eleven children. They worked in dairy farming and held various
church and civic positions. Grace married Obert Clark Tanner of Farmington, Utah,
in the Salt Lake Temple on August 5, 1931.
Grace and Obert's life together was one of deep affection and mutual respect. They
traveled and studied widely, eventually returning in 1944 to Salt Lake City where
Obert taught philosophy at the University of Utah and built a manufacturing company
that awards recognition for corporations worldwide.
A stalwart supporter of her husband's adventures at every turn, Grace was a vivacious
and distinguished woman in her own right. After studying for three years at the University
of Utah, she graduated from Southern Utah University in Cedar City and held an honorary
Grace and Obert enjoyed their shared charitable work, creating a legacy of giving
for the arts, education, and the public good. Grace was devoted to the Red Butte Gardens
and the Utah Nature Conservancy. Two other projects, named for Grace and Obert, are
the Gift of Music and the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.