MONROE — Alene Peterson Bell Tuft, a 98-year-old resident of Monroe Canyon Assisted Living, received her Daughters of Utah Pioneers 60-year membership pin May 22.
Constance Huntsman, International Daughters of Utah Pioneers vice president and historian, traveled from Salt Lake City to make the presentation.
Earlier in the month Sevier South DUP Company President Mary K. Outzen visited with Tuft sharing memories from the past. That’s when Tuft happened to mention that she believed she had been a member of DUP for 60 years.
This conversation set the wheels in motion to determine that indeed Tuft was eligible to receive her 60-year pin and plans were made by to obtain the pin and surprise Tuft.
Tuft joined Camp Monroe Mountain in 1958, and has maintained her membership from that time forward belonging to camps in Walla Walla, Washington, St. George, Camp Kimberly Richfield and finally coming full circle by transferring her membership from Camp Kimberly back to Camp Monroe Mountain.
On hand for the surprise presentation were Tuft’s daughter Mari Bell Fuellenbach, Camp Kimberly Captain Vanez Butler along with several Camp Kimberly members Peggy Mendenhall, LaRue Larsen, Dorothy Henrie, Dianne Brienholt and RaNae Jackson.
Representing Camp Monroe Mountain, secretary/treasurer and friend Deidre Hansen presented Tuft with a DUP medallion.