Carl & Ann Louise Pettersson February 1989 - 1991
CARL EMMANUEL PETTERSSON met ANN LOUISE MADILL at a Cyprus High School dance. He knew immediately that she was the one for him. This was in 1939, and two years later on June 9, 1941, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple by Harold B. Lee, a newly-appointed apostle, whose wife Fern Tanner was a life-long friend of the Madill family.
Five children were born to their happy marriage, three sons and two daughters. They have two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Carl was employed as the Industrial Relations Manager for Kennecott Copper Corporation, and after fifteen years of service, was called by the Church to the Swiss Temple and president of the Bern District.
Ann remained home to nurture their three children, and then was called as a full-time missionary with her husband.
Upon their mission completion, Elder Pettersson returned to the University of Utah where he held a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) and earned his Masters (MS) and Doctorate (PhD) in Administration.
Ann was always a help-meet for him and supported and sustained him in his various work situations and church callings. There was never a word of complaint about doing without or working too hard while she supported her husband in his Church callings, professional career, political career or his school years. Both have held Church positions of deep trust throughout the years.
Ann served as Stake Relief Society President, Stake Primary Board, Stake MIA Board, and Ward Relief Society Presidency. She was called to be a hostess at the Church Relief Society Building and later served as ordinance worker and supervisor in the Jordan River Temple. Her husband was called as Chairman of the Jordan River Temple and served as a Temple Sealer until their second mission call to Switzerland in 1986. Upon returning from Switzerland, their contentment of being at home was short-lived because, much to their surprise, they were called as Directors to the St. George Temple Visitor Center and Historical Sites for two years.
They enjoy being together as full-time missionaries because they have spent so much time apart during World War II, as Carl served in the U.S. Navy, participating in both the invasion of France and the surrender and occupation of Japan.
Carl was always active in the Church, serving as Branch President, District President, Stake President, Regional Representative of the Twelve, and is presently serving as a ‘Sealer in the Salt Lake Temple: His community service was appreciated, and he was elected to the Utah State Legislature for twelve years, serving as a Senator for eight years and in the House of Representatives for four years. He also served as Director of Management Institute at Westminster College and as a teacher and administrator for Granite School District.
Carl and Ann operated their own business as Industrial Consultants until their retirement in 1985.
Carl and Ann celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in June of 2001, with their entire family. They have enjoyed 60 years of serving God and each other.
24 Oct 2004