Obituary: TAYLOR, LOUJEAN

Published: Saturday, July 26 2014 5:17 a.m. MDT

LouJean Clarke Taylor 1922 ~2011

"Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains." - Kahlil Gibran With loving hearts we send our mother off, on her journey home. She left us on April 1, 2011. Lou Jean Clarke Taylor was born on August 21, 1922 at the Eden, Utah homestead, to Francis Louis and Katie LaVerne Clarke. She married Weldon Butler Taylor in 1941, and they had a family of six children. Mom appreciated beauty and was a creative person. She kept a beautiful yard, with a variety of plants and flowers. Born with a green thumb, she had the loveliest yard in the neighborhood. She worked hard, through tough times, to make a warm and welcoming home. She found a way, through hard work and perseverance, to raise her children with dignity, when life's travails made her a single parent. Through these difficult years, she always emphasized the value of an education and encouraged her children to further theirs, even though she was not able to do so herself. She was an avid supporter and an inspiration to all of us and loved her family with all of her heart. Never one to walk away from personal difficulties, she stood hand in hand with her daughter Sherri, who has struggled with many physical challenges. Sherri, the youngest, was Mom's Little Angel, and Mom and Sherri developed a bond that will never be broken. Mom was always there with love in her heart and an encouraging word. Although she was beset with many heartaches, she stayed the course and fought the good fight. She was a lifelong and faithful member of the LDS church and a Daughter of the Utah Pioneers. Mom will be remembered and her memory cherished by her living children and their spouses: Kathy and Rick, Claudia, Janet and Frank, Stephen, and her beloved daughter Sherri. She is survived by her husband, Weldon, brother Ned and wife Sallye, sisters, Pat and Sharon, 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sisters Lida Beth and Betty, daughter-in-law, Sue and her oldest child, Gary. Services will be on Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 am, Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 S 2300 E, Salt Lake City, Utah. Family and friends may visit one hour prior to service from 9:45 am to 10:45 am. Interment at Meadow View Cemetery in Ogden Valley, overlooking Pine View Dam. In lieu of flowers, give some flowers to someone you love, in memory of Mom.