Former senior missionary quilts to help Polynesian Cultural Center students

Sister Helen Bateman, now 93 and living back home in Provo, Utah, recieved special permission when she was 86 to serve as a senior missionary at the Polynesian Cultural Center starting in May 2006. Seven years later, she’s still sharing her talents with the PCC by donating the mini Hawaiian quilts she makes at the rate of about one a week.

So far, she’s donated more than 250 of them.

When her husband, retired Brigham Young University Professor LaVar Bateman, died in 2005, she was still so healthy and vigorous that her family urged her to put in missionary papers again. After all, she and the late Elder Bateman had previously served as senior missionaries in Sydney; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Honolulu, and also as hosts at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City for 10 years.

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