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 Ethel the protester
 Ethel C. Hale 1922--2016

Ethel C. Hale of Salt Lake City (who occasionally, more formally, signed as Ethel Corinne Hale Bogden Wharton) died Sunday April 3, 2016, at home.
She was a community activist and long-time advocate for peace and for equal justice under law. She was one of the first group of women bus drivers at Salt Lake City Lines; she was the first woman taxi driver (for Radio Cab). She paid special attention to care for children and animals. And she was an early advocate of organic gardening (no poisons and no chemical fertilizers). She was also a major drafter of the FCC license application for what became KRCL-FM.
For more than 50 years she was the companion and spouse of W. Paul Wharton. Truly partners, together they created a garden to satisfy their love of plants; they fed the birds and made sure there was water even in winter for them.
The youngest child of John T. Hale and Sarah Elizabeth Stewart, she was born January 23, 1922, in Ontario, Oregon. She was the mother of Steven P. Bogden; grandmother of Robert Hale Bogden and Heather Corrine Bogden; great grandmother of Emilee Bogden-Droney and of Steven Dru Bogden, McKenzy Hale Bogden, and Halie Fleur Bogden. She was especially fond of her “niecies” Patricia Brown Norris and Helen Heightsman Gordon and of grandnieces Shawna, Erin, and Marlo Norris, and of great-grandniece Emma.
Arrangements for placement of her cremated remains will be announced before the end of April 2016, on the web site she created and to which she contributed many essays and poems at

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, her surviving family and friends placed Ethel's cremated remains in the ground and planted a tree at that spot at the home where Ethel and Paul have lived and gardened since late 1970: 436 East Eighth South Street, Salt Lake City, Utah - a place she dubbed The House of Singing Waters”.
We read poetry and talked, from about 11:00 a.m. The interment and planting ceremony started at about 1:00 p.m.