Eunice Stanton Pace, of West Jordan, Utah, passed away peacefully while surrounded by loving family on October 29, 2022, in La Jara, Colorado, at the age of 87. Eunice was born September 6, 1935, in Eureka, Utah, as the third of seven children of James and Evelyn Stanton.
Eunice grew up as a miner’s daughter in Park City, helping raise her family. At 15 she rescued her family from a fire which consumed their home. She was a lifetime active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and recalls collecting fast offerings as a young girl. Eunice published a series of articles in the Park City Record detailing the stories of her youth in Park City. Eunice faithfully attended the annual Park City Ladies Luncheon until her passing.
Eunice graduated from Park City High School. She began studying at Brigham Young University and supported herself working as a housekeeper. Eunice moved to San Francisco to earn money for college by working as a typist and laundrist. There she met her lifelong sweetheart, James Byrum Pace, while working on church activities together. After getting engaged in Park City, Utah, on February 14, 1956, Jim and Eunice were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 4, 1956, and celebrated 62 years of marriage together until Jim’s passing on March 21, 2018. Jim and Eunice graduated from Brigham Young University together on June 1, 1957, and had their first child the next day, steadily growing to a family of seven children.
Jim and Eunice moved from Salt Lake City to Pocatello, Idaho, on July 11, 1959. They moved to Green River, Wyoming, and then in 1968 to Medina, New York, where they raised a family and a branch of the Church. After Jim’s retirement in 1994, Jim and Eunice moved to West Jordan, Utah, where they lived out the remainder of their lives. In 1998 Jim and Eunice served a two year proselyting mission to Málaga, Spain, living in Jaén, Granada, and La Línea. After their return from Spain, Jim and Eunice served three service missions in Salt Lake City. From July 2020 Eunice was cared for by her daughter Suzanne in Sanford, Colorado.
Eunice earned a B.S. in Home Economics from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Buffalo in Home Economics Education. Eunice tirelessly filled her life with education, arts, literature, theater, reading, writing, singing, and opera. She taught upholstery and 4-H in Orleans County. She volunteered at the Medina library. She held season tickets to the Pioneer Theater, the Grand Theater, and the Utah Opera. She acted in three productions of Fiddler on the Roof. She was a seamstress, quilter, weaver, and knitter. She instilled all of her values and loves in her family. She loved singing with her family.
Eunice served as stake seminary supervisor, stake cannery supervisor, primary president, chorister, accompanist, seminary teacher, primary teacher, missionary, and visiting teacher. Eunice never refused any calling until she determined she was physically unable at 83. All of her sons served missions and all of her children were sealed in the temple.
Eunice strove. She set an example to everyone who knew her of trying with her might to do what she believed, to better herself, to better her family, and to better those around her. She worked to serve others and to make a difference. She wanted to be understood and loved. She plunged roots deep into every community she found. She earned the adoration of her children, her family and countless people who were part of her life.
Eunice left a valediction:
I lived a life full of rewards and happiness. I was gratified to see my children grow to adulthood and begin their lives. I was gratified to see my grandchildren come along. I loved them all. I pray that they will be faithful to their heritage and stay strong in the gospel. I hope to be reunited with all of them. I pray our eternal sealings will hold. I am especially grateful for the life that I shared with my husband James B. Pace. I feel we were led together and that we have shared a rich and full life. I have no regrets. I love you all.
Eunice Stanton Pace is the daughter of James Francis Stanton, Sr., (né Joseph Francis Balkum) and Evelyn Eunice Nelson. She is sister to James Francis Stanton, Jr. (dec.) (Bernice), Brian Stanton (dec.) (Dee (dec.)), Janet Teeples ((Darryl, dec.)), Frances Hodges (dec.) (Mike), Virginia Woods (James, dec.), and Robert Stanton (dec.) (Marlene). She is sealed and married to her lifelong partner, James Byrum Pace (dec.). She is the mother to Suzanne Pace Larson (Jeff), James Michael Pace (Alyson Houmand), Elizabeth Lee Pace Sampson (Benjamin Lee (dec.) and Joe Sampson (dec.)), Mary Chalinor Eunice Christine Pace Lillico (Bill), Stuart Wilson Pace (Imee Sevilla), Nathan Daniel Pace (Margaret Watson), and David Stanton Pace. She has 42 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road, on Friday, November 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A viewing will be held at the West Jordan Westland 6th Ward at 7265 South 2700 West, West Jordan, Utah, on Saturday, November 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a family prayer at 10:45 a.m. At the same location a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November 19 at the Westland 6th Ward. Interment will follow at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.
Viewing November 18, 2022 at 6-8 pm
6500 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, Utah, 84123
Viewing November 19, 2022 at 9-10:30 am
7265 S 2700 W, West Jordan, Utah
November 19, 2022 at 11:00 am
7265 S 2700 W, West Jordan, Utah