The 2018 recipients of the Festival of Lights Lamplighter and Queen of Lights honors are Lyle and Carol Henderson of Clifton.
The couple has 54 years helping to coach the West Side Football team. He also coached baseball, track and basketball over the four decades he was a teacher and counselor at West Side High School. He has also served in City Council positions, and for many, many years on the Franklin County Medical Center Board.
Carol has prepared and served food in the West Side School District for many years, starting out at Clifton Elementary and working each of the district’s schools since.
She was appreciated for taking special interest in the students as individuals, and put extra touches into the food preparation which helped make school lunch a positive experience for the youth.
She is also noted for her homemade pies, cookies, and Rice Krispy treats! She has delivered dozens and dozens if not hundreds of pies throughout the years to someone who is ailing, or celebrating a birthday, or simply because someone asked her to make them one! For numerous years it was a tradition that WS football players, staff, bus drivers, cheerleaders, newspaper reporters and others would receive a rice crispy treat on game day!
“The hundreds and hundreds of hours and hours of love and concern that went into this simple but consistent act has left an unmatched legacy in West Side football,” said Allyson Wadsworth, who introduced the couple.
Lyle and Carol are the parents of one son and two daughters and have six grandchildren and six great grandchildren with two more on the way. The couple is currently serving as temple ordinance workers in the Logan Utah Temple and Lyle is serving as a patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carol transcribes the blessings, and they then hand deliver the blessings to the recipients.
The Lamplighter recognition was first made in 1988, when the public submitted names of people who “made the world a little brighter.” They chose the late Owen Sharp of Fairview. He was recognized for “years given in work for community betterment” and for “his qualities of friendship.” The presentation was made at a Lamplighter production, which featured local talent, such as four local choirs, soloists, and trios, that took to the stage to perform along with a selection of the Nutcracker performed by members of the Cache Valley Civic Ballet.
The first Queen of Lights was awarded in 1993, to the late Dee Edwards, who spent her life “bringing companionship to the lonely, care toe the sick, compassion to the bereaved and friendship to everyone she comes in contact with. ...she planted bare spots along the highway with flowers so it would be more attractive for the community ...for many years she placed flowers on the graves of those without on Memorial Day.”
Following is a complete list of Lamplighters and Queen of Lights over the years:
1988 – Owen Sharp
1989 – Connie Thomas
1990 – Delmar Derricott
1991 – Dean Abrams
1992 – Tom Nielson
1993 – Don Elwell and first Queen of Lights, Dee Edwards
1994 – Carl Hoffman – Estel Smith
1995 – Dave Kerr – Shirley Larson
1996 – Jeff Hollingsworth – Margarite Swann
1997 - Walter & Tina Ross
1998 – Lyman & Norma Merrill
1999 – Reed & Gloria Jensen
2000 – Jay & Myrna Moyle
2001 – Ellis & LaRae Johnson
2002 – Doug & Sandra Webb
2003 – Leo & DeAnn Geddes
2004 – George & Marie Wilcox
2005 – Gaylon & Karen Taylor
2006 – John & Arlene Warburton
2007 – Ralph & Susan West
2008 – Cecil LeFevre & Mindy Daley
2009 – Paul & Glenda Swainston
2010 – Mike Hollingsworth & Carol Parker
2011 – Roger & Louise Woolley
2012 – Ralph & Susan West
2013 – Vern & Lois Rogers
2014 – Bryce & Anna Gray
2015 – Alvaro & Beverly Jones
2016 – Dave & Ann Kunz
2017 – Saundra Hubbard