Take 5, Ladies! 5 Women of Character


By Kate Lenhof, utahvalley360.com

Women of Character, a new book by Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger, profiles 100 prominent LDS women who have made a difference in the world. Thirty-six of these ladies have ties to Utah Valley, so here is a sampling of five local women of character.


Karen Ashton

As Karen raised 11 children, she turned to her garden for respite. She took that love for the earth and created Thanksgiving Point with her husband, Alan Ashton, co-founder of WordPerfect. Karen also founded the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, which is held Labor Day weekend.


Janice Kapp Perry

LDS Musician Janice Kapp Perry is no one-hit wonder. The Provo resident’s vast catalog of music includes more than 12,000 songs. Some of her most well-known numbers include “As Sisters in Zion” and “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus,”a song she wrote for a regional Primary conference.

Barbara Barrington Jones

Barbara Barrington Jones is the go-to woman when it comes to matters of class, poise and elegance. Her skills were used to train five beauty pageant candidates win the title of Miss USA. Now she uses her talents as the founder and director of “Be The Best You” camps for girls ages 12-18 and “Retreat for Women.” Her foundation recently relocated to Lehi from California.


Ann Madsen

Ann is a popular speaker and former BYU instructor of ancient scripture. She gained a worldwide teaching perspective from the five years she lived in Jerusalem with her late husband, Truman G. Madsen. Ann taught Bible classes at the center, and her experiences in Jerusalem prompted her to write “Making Their Own Peace: Twelve Women of Jerusalem.”


Anita Stansfield

Anita started writing at 16, and her first novel was published 16 years later. Today, she is the author of more than 50 romance novels. Her expansive writing canon includes novels set in the 18th century as well present-day love stories. She is the first LDS romance novelist to sell a million copies of her books.


Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

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