Shauna loved to create quilts to give to others as an expression of her love for them. She carefully selected the materials for each one and stitched the individual masterpieces with care and tenderness. From the hundreds of quilts she fashioned, the greatest she ever created was the patchwork quilt of her life. Having placed the last square and tied off the final stitch, Shauna passed away on September 6, 2022.
On December 7, 1939, Archie Wells Pulsipher and Georgia Christensen welcomed Shauna into their home in Avon, Utah. The family moved to South Ogden when she was five. Cherished parts of her quilt were crafted here as she spent a happy childhood with her best bud and older brother, Larry. Shauna graduated from South Junior High and Weber High School, then attended Weber State College on an academic scholarship.
At the tender age of 15, Shauna met Max Wilkinson, who would go on to become the love of her life and one of the brightest and most precious pieces of fabric in her quilt. On her 17th birthday, Shauna accepted Max’s proposal of marriage. After a delay for Max’s mission, they were married on May 6, 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. For 41 years Shauna and Max made their home in Mountain Green, Utah. During this time, seven boys joined their family. Wanting a patch or two of pink amidst all of the blue, a neighbor, Viva Whitear, advised that in order to have a daughter Shauna would have to pray before she became pregnant, not after. The advice was sound and two daughters soon joined the family. All nine children had their individual and special places in Shauna’s quilt.
Some of Shauna’s most treasured patchwork pieces were created because of her deep love of her Savior, Jesus Christ and His teachings. Throughout her life, Shauna shared her love of her Savior by serving those around her. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she served as a counselor in Young Women’s and Relief Society, four times as the Primary president, and taught all ages of children and youth. Of all of these, her favorite was serving in the Nursery. She and Max also served three times as stake missionaries. In 2004-2005, they served as full time missionaries on the island of Palau in the Micronesia Guam Mission with her brother Phil as their mission president.
Shauna stitched a variety of other fabric pieces into her life’s quilt through her 16 years of employment at Morgan High School. She started in the special education department, then oversaw the computer lab, and finished her career there as a secretary in the front office. The opportunity to be at the high school with her children made her time there even better. After retiring in 2001, Shauna and Max moved to Wellsville.
Shauna’s patchwork quilt of life tells a beautiful story. Using the squares and random pieces life gave to her and carefully selecting others, she arranged them into a magnificent quilt. Her life’s quilt has served as an example to many and has been used to warm the hearts and comfort the souls of countless individuals.
Shauna is survived by her husband Max Wilkinson, sons Joel (Janice) Wilkinson, Jeff (Lisa) Wilkinson, Dane (Wendy) Wilkinson, Tim (Kristie) Wilkinson, Shane (Connie) Wilkinson, Ross (Trina) Wilkinson, daughters Amy (Shawn) Thornock, and Julie (Trevor) Nyman, daughter-in-law Lori Wilkinson Murray, 42 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her five brothers and one sister. Her parents and one son, Dee Blake Wilkinson, preceded her in death.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Erin Hyde and the rest of the hospice team from Sunshine Hospice. They went above and beyond to lovingly care for Shauna.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house located at 660 S. 100 W., Wellsville, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at White Pine Funeral Services, 753 S 100 E, Logan, UT, and prior to services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church in Wellsville. Interment will be at the Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, Utah.
Those who would like to attend virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86311263172