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Roy & Donella George Endowed Scholarship

Roy Thornton George was born in 1916. Except for his military service in Europe during World War II, Roy lived his whole life in Crawford County Illinois. As a youth he worked with his father on their farm. Following his military service, Roy worked for 39 years at the Briggs Pottery plant in Robinson. Illinois making toilet bowls. Not a glamorous job, but one requiring strength and skill. Think about what our world would be like without the product of his labor.

Donella Jean Best was born in 1925 in Robinson, Crawford County, Illinois. After graduation from High School, she worked as a waitress in various diners in Robinson. She loved birds and flowers. Donella and Roy would sit in their backyard in the evening and watch birds flying in and out of their many bird houses.

Roy and Donella found each other and married later in life and had no children. They lived in a small (2 bedroom, 850 square foot) house on a tree lined street in Robinson, Illinois. They were people of modest means who did not have funds for travel or exotic vacations. An extravagance for them was a trip to Indianapolis for dinner and a concert by a favorite country singer.

Neither Roy nor Donella had the opportunity to go to college, but both were well read and stayed abreast of world affairs. They valued work and education. Though not active in any church, they lived Christ-like lives of love and service.

The scholarship recipient can honor Roy and Donella by dedicating themselves to their studies, learning the value of work and serving others with Christ-like compassion.

Scholarship made possible by the donation from Marvin & Colleen Rainsdon

Marvin J Rainsdon was raised on a farm in Southeastern Idaho and graduated from Snake River High School. After one year at Ricks College, he served in the Chile Concepcion Mission. After his mission, Marvin attended BYU earning a degree in Accounting in 1979. While at BYU, Marvin met and married Colleen Wilkinson.

Colleen Wilkinson was born in Provo while her father was attending BYU. She was raised in Ogden, Utah and graduated from Ben Lomond High. After graduation she attended Weber State for a year before transferring to BYU where she earned a degree in Library Technology.

After graduation from BYU in 1979, Marvin accepted a Job with Marathon Oil Company. He worked for Marathon for the next 34 and a half years. His work took them to Ohio, Illinois, Japan, Texas, Ireland, Russia and Equatorial Guinea. During this time they raised three children, all of whom graduated from BYU.

When Marvin and Colleen moved to Robinson, Illinois in 1980, they were fortunate to live next door to Roy and Donella George. They became fast friends despite the difference in age. After two short years in Robinson, Marvin and Colleen were transferred back to Ohio. They stayed in contact with the Georges over the years through letters, phone calls and the occasional visit. Roy died of cancer in 1989 at the age of 73. Following Donella's death in 2015 at the age of 90, Marvin and Colleen were surprised to learn that they had been named as beneficiaries of Donella's modest estate. To honor Roy and Donella George, Marvin and Colleen Rainsdon have established this scholarship in their name.

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