Mom is a Home Economics graduate from the University of Utah and studied under renown advocate for families, Virginia Cutler. When Cutler arrived at the University of Utah's Home Economics Department, she became the head of the department. Mom remembers "She was a wonderful person and extremely creative. I learned so much from her. She encouraged us to keep learning all of our lives. She wanted us to have an upholstery class, so she would go learn from an upholsterer, and come back and teach us. I upholstered a chair for my project. We would have fancy dinners where we would learn not only about cooking and preparing food, but about serving and entertaining. We had things like finger bowls with little flowers floating on the water. I studied, worked hard and got good grades, especially in home economics." It paid off in a big way for all of us. Our upbringing in Salt Lake City, the choice experience in Castle Valley, and continued emphasis on family and home was largely influenced by Mom's opinions and many talents and abilities.