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Elaine Hutchinson Stivers and Janice Hutchinson Montgomery Endowed Scholarship

In Pocatello, Idaho during the Great Depression and World War II, Mr. & Mrs. Elbert John Hutchinson raised a family of 13 children. The oldest and youngest daughters, Elaine and Janice, were devoted to one another. Their achievements and charity to others made it natural for donor Walter R. Montgomery to name a scholarship for them. BYU College of Nursing is honored to distribute funds to nursing students for continuance of their final two years of study from The Elaine Hutchinson Stivers and Janice Hutchinson Montgomery Endowed Scholarship.

At Elaine Hutchinson Stivers' funeral in 2005 her brother-in-law commented, "Elaine is a good person. She makes others feel happy. She makes them feel good about themselves. . . Growing up, Elaine's little sisters followed her around. She taught them songs and how to enjoy life, taking them places and enlarging their understanding. Elaine teased her sisters in a gentle, kind way. She included all in her life. She was not exclusive."

Among Elaine's "favorites" were traveling, enjoying the earth's beauties, flowers, and small children. Though she did not have children of her own, she loved her nieces and nephews. Making birthday cakes and selecting special gifts for each one was an special joy. She took pleasure in observing children at the mall and elsewhere. Animals were also high on her list—it was a well-known fact that her dog ran the house, telling her when to eat and when to go to bed.

Janice Hutchinson Montgomery, Elaine's youngest sister, became an RN in 1958, having received a small loan and encouragement to do so from Elaine. Beginning in 1961 Janice served five years active duty as a nurse in the U. S. Air Force where she attained the rank of Captain. Through her military service she met Walter "Monty" Montgomery, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Air Force. The couple was married in 1966 and became the parents of six children, all of whom graduated from Brigham Young University.

In addition to Janice's military service, her nursing career included working in a doctor's office and in public hospitals in Idaho and California. She was also a rehabilitation nurse in Ft. Worth, Texas. Volunteering at the Red Cross extended throughout her professional career. Unselfish service to others continues to be characteristic of her life.

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