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Montrue Larkin (1914-2007)
Montrue Larkin is one of southern Utah’s greatest treasures. Her love for St. George and its people shined through her lifetime of service. She was the first female president of the St. George Chamber of Commerce and organized the Washington County Historical Society and “Walking Tour.” She also spear-headed the city park gazebo project.
As bookstore manager at Dixie College, she became a career counselor and inter-chapter advisor for Lambda Delta Sigma, where she had a positive influence upon the lives of hundreds of students. She began the Christmas lighting ceremony at Dixie College and actually returned as a non-traditional student where she graduated from both Dixie College with an associate of science degree, and at the age of 69, earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southern Utah University.
Montrue taught furniture refinishing and personal history classes for 50 years in St. George. She had been a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Dixie Sunshiners, St. George Historical Society, City Planning Board, Family Life Services, and on the St. George Library board. She received numerous honors, including Orchid Lady, Dixie College Humanities Award, Citizen of the Year for the Chamber of Commerce and Elks Club, and the “You Make Dixie Great” award. She has also received the State of Utah’s “Carnation Silver Bowl Award.” In 2000, Montrue was the Washington County Fair’s Grand Marshall.
After extensive travel, she penned the “Travels with Montrue” column for the Daily Spectrum for many years. Left widowed at a young age with six children, Montrue is a role model for what can be overcome and built upon. Her service to church, community and Dixie College is a testimony of the positive difference one person can make in the lives of many.