“Death Takes Lucile Reading, Managing Editor of Friend,” Ensign, May 1982, 103
Sister Lucile Cardon Reading, managing editor of the Friend since its inception in 1971, died unexpectedly at her home in Centerville, Utah, on 22 March 1982. She was 72.
In addition to her work at the Friend, Sister Reading was widely known for her devoted service in the Church and her commitment to civic responsibility. “I want you all to know,” said son James C. Reading during graveside services, “that my mother knew the gospel was true with every fiber of her being, and lived a testimony of it every day of her life.” She served as a member of the Primary General Board for eight years and as second counselor in the general presidency of the Primary from 1963 to 1970. Other Church service included ward and stake callings in the Relief Society, MIA, Sunday School, Primary, and the Young Adult program.
She was particularly loved in Centerville for her tireless devotion to the children and youth of that small community. Friends remember her as a warm, empathetic woman who loved nature.
At the time of her death, Sister Reading was serving her third term as president of the Davis County Board of Education. She had also been actively involved with a number of community organizations, among them the South Davis Welfare Council, the Utah State Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the Utah Division of the American Cancer Society. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Primary Children’s Hospital for several years.