Editor’s Note: The Lehi Historical Society and Archives are proud to present the stories of its 2022 Lehi Heritage Day winners. Roy and Lois Littleford’s story is the fifth of nine articles featuring the this year’s winners. Each couple will be celebrated on Lehi Heritage Day on September 5, beginning at 2:30 p.m., with a parade, celebration with the mayor, city council and the public, and a meet and greet. Free city-sponsored event honors those who have done great service to Lehi and honors the remarkable story of Lehi. This year’s theme is “100 Years of Lehi’s Fine Homes”. For more information on Lehi Heritage Day or the Classic Car and Bike Show, visit lehihistory.com.
Lois Littleford, beloved Lehi Elementary School teacher, and her late husband Roy are permanent residents and contributors to Lehi.
While working in the canteen at Lehi Elementary School, where her children went to school, Lois decided to graduate as a teacher. After mustering her courage and her support system, she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s equivalency from Brigham Young University in 1969.
She spent 26 wonderful years teaching first and third grade at Lehi Elementary School. During this time, she created a school mascot, wrote a song and helped design a t-shirt for the “Lehi Lights”. One of the joys of his life is meeting former students.
Lois’ father, Alva Wing, was the first president of the Lehi Rotary Club and the first president of the Civic Improvement Association, which oversees the Lehi Round-Up Rodeo. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Lois and Roy spent countless hours cooking “rodeo burgers”, selling treats and tickets, and cleaning up the arena at the end of the night to make the event a success. Roy even drove the ambulance to transport the injured cowboys to the hospital.
The couple worked on the Lehi Beautification Committee for many years and served on the Elders Committee. Roy has served in a bishopric, as a branch president, and as a stake executive secretary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were missionaries at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo and served ten years at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork.
Lois is the fourth of five children born to Alva H. and Dorothy Udine Sabey Wing. She says she grew up in Wing Mortuary, which her father owned and operated. Ever since she was a senior in high school, she’s been styling the hair of dead women. She liked to serve them and their family members in this way.
Music and poetry writing have always been a big part of Lois’ life. In her youth, she played the violin in the high school orchestra and sang in the choir.
Roy Forest Littleford was born to Forrestier and Thelma Mae Richins Littleford. He was followed by siblings Mark and Joyce. Roy earned an associate’s degree at Community College in Provo. Over the years, he helped at Wing Mortuary, worked at Deseret Chemical, and was employed by Utah Power and Light, retiring at age 55 as a senior draftsman.
The couple met when Lois was just 15. Roy stopped to take Lois and her friends. She didn’t expect any connection because she knew Roy was ready to serve a mission for the LDS Church. He also served in the National Guard. But the Korean conflict broke out and the Guard was frozen. Roy had two choices: stay in the Guard and give up the mission or be drafted into the war. He decides to stay with his troupe.
Roy and Lois dated for two years before getting married in the Salt Lake Temple. Lois was 17 and a junior in high school at the time. She completed her senior year as a married woman and graduated with the Lehi High School class in 1954.
In 1964, the Littleford family moved into John Devey’s beautiful and historic home at 91 E. Main Street and have lived there happily ever since.
When Roy died in 2015, Lois served an LDS mission in Ohio. She continues to find joy in serving those around her. She says, “My life is rich and full when it is filled with family, Church, friends, and neighbors.
Roy and Lois are the proud parents of Debra (Jeff Sermon), Julie (David Hunt) and Blake (Elaine Hutchison). They have 12 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.