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Maurine Carr Ward was born January 29, 1939 in Salt Lake City to Cecil and Ivy Carr. She grew up in Centerville surrounded by siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. She was in the first graduating class of Bountiful High School in 1957. Then she attended the University of Utah for two years where she met her husband Gary Ward. When he returned from a two-year mission to the Great Lakes, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 21, 1960. Maurine and Gary have two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She began taking piano lessons from her mother when she was young, followed by other teachers as she advanced. When her youngest child was two-years-old Maurine returned to college at Utah State University, studying with Professor Irving Wasserrnan. Four years later after a lot of home study classes and six credit quarters she graduated with her BFA in piano performance in 1978. During her senior year, she practiced four hours a day preparing for her senior recital, as well as teaching university students as an adjunct piano teacher, teaching classes in the USU Youth Conservatory and teaching students at home in the early morning hours and late at night. She loved teaching students everywhere she lived, in Centerville, Middleton and Paul Idaho, and Cache Valley, teaching over fifty years. Maurine played the piano or organ or led music in every ward and stake areas where she lived. She was the original rehearsal accompanist for the Martin Harris Pageant for the first three years. She also was the organist for the first session of the Logan Temple rededication in 1979.

Maurine worked for several years at Carr Printing Company which was the first printing establishment in Davis County, started by her great-grandfather Lamoni Call. In the late 1980s, she began as the editor of a journal about the early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called The Nauvoo Journal. Later, this was changed to Mormon Historical Studies. During this time she quit teaching piano and gained her love of researching and writing about early Latter-day Saint history. She earned two awards for her book editing the Winter Quarters diaries and letters written by Maurine’s second great grandmother, Mary Haskin Parker Richards: in 1996 her book became the first Handcart Prize Winner awarded by the Eccles Foundation and the next year she was awarded the best First Book Award from the Mormon History Association.

She has always been an active member of the Latter-day Saint Church, serving twice as Relief Society President, twice as Young Women’s President, as ward and stake music chairman, as Family History teacher, and in many other callings. She is presently teaching the fifteen-year-olds in Sunday School. Now Maurine spends her time working on family history, continuing research on church history, joining Gary in their side-by-side four wheeler as they ride with friends to Randolph for lunch, shopping for clothes with her sister, or playing with her grandchildren.