Nedra Clark Carlston1910 ~ 2011Nedra Clark Carlston passed away peacefully at 101 on November 19, 2011, in Provo, Utah. She was born on October 13, 1910, in Fielding, Utah, to Joseph Smith Clark, Jr. and Mary LaVerne Spencer and enjoyed the sisterhood of Barbara and Laverne. She remembered that at the age of seven during the World War I armistice she walked to the grocery store wearing a gauze mask over her nose and mouth and bought oatmeal to make for her family who were suffering from the flu. After high school Nedra moved to work in the Washington, D. C. area where she met David Elden Tolman, a friend from Davis High School in Kaysville. They were married on December 24, 1935, and were blessed with two children, Nancy and David Michael. After her husband died in May 1935, Nedra finished school at George Washington University and taught elementary school for many years in Arlington, Virginia, while raising her family. She served faithfully in church callings in Relief Society, Mutual, Primary, and Sunday School.Nedra married Charles Othell Carlston in July 1967, and together they traveled much of the world. This marriage brought Chuck, Nancy, and Jill to her family as well as many additional grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed working at the LDS temple in Washington, D. C. She loved to sew and crocheted many beautiful afghans for grandchildren and others.When Charles died after twenty happy years of marriage, Nedra moved to Provo to a wonderful Edgemont neighborhood and ward close to many of her grandchildren. She went to soccer and basketball games as well as school performances and concerts. Nedra rarely missed an opportunity to learn or serve. She volunteered at the Provo City Library and a local elementary school, and participated in a book club, sewing group, family home evening group, fine arts club, BYU classes, legislative council, Elderquest, and a Clark family organization. Her love of travel continued with a trip to the Holy Land and a temple tour of South America. Grandchildren have stayed at her home while attending BYU and UVU. Many enjoyed picnics and Sunday dinners and endless games of Scrabble, Rook, and RummiKub. Known as a teacher and friend, Nedra was generous, grateful, faithful, loving, caring, positive, strong, and charitable. She was a joy to be with and will be missed by many. During the past two years Nedra has enjoyed living at the Courtyard at Jamestown (just a few steps down the hill from her home). Her visits to the duck pond brought her laughter and joy. The family extends their gratitude to the staff (she loved her assistants) for their kindness and care. And a special thank you to Lily and Luisa for their years of loving service. Nedra is survived by two children, Nancy (William) Murphy, of Springville, and David Michael (Connie) Tolman of Provo; two step-children, Charles B. Carlston of Alpine, and Jill Carlston of Salt Lake City; ten grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and numerous step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Edgemont 7th Ward Chapel, 555 East 3230 North, Provo. Friends may call at the chapel Saturday morning from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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