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Obituary: CLEGG, NAOMI HARMER

Published: Thursday, Nov. 27 2014 4:05 a.m. MST

Naomi Harmer Clegg1918 ~ 2012Naomi Harmer Clegg, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, returned to the loving arms of her Savior on January 28, 2012. She was born in Mapleton, Utah, to Willis E. and Inez Roundy Harmer on October 17, 1918, the oldest of five children. She enjoyed a happy childhood there. She graduated from Springville High and attended Brigham Young University where she met her future husband, Reed Luke Clegg. They were married on August 17, 1940, in the Salt Lake Temple.Naomi's world changed abruptly as they immediately moved from Utah to Washington, D.C., so Reed could continue his education. A true "small town girl," she had to adapt quickly to big city life, which she successfully did. Throughout her life she faced many different environments and challenges and she always adapted well and made the best of every situation. During World War II when her husband served overseas Naomi traveled back and forth across the continent on troop trains and fledgling airlines to be with family members.She supported her husband in his career, moving several times, living in several different states before coming back to her roots in Utah. She made every new home "the best place ever" with her positive attitude and friendly spirit. She was the ever-present rock for her familytutor, chauffeur, recreational director, counselor, cheerleader, and friend. Naomi was the ideal homemaker cooking meals from scratch and sewing her children's clothing. It seemed that she could always do whatever was required, with a quiet enthusiasm.Service came naturally to Naomi and she spent her life serving her family, friends, church and community. She faithfully fulfilled callings as a teacher and president in every auxiliary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including being President of the New England Mission YWMIA. In 1980 Reed and Naomi were the first missionaries called to reside in Ghana and were there when the country gave official recognition to the Church. When they returned from their mission, they established a charity which provided much-needed medical supplies to the people in West Africa. Reed and Naomi valued their service together in the Presidency of the Temple Square Mission. She also enjoyed many special experiences as a member of the Church Hosting Committee. Naomi loved her service as a Beehive House Hostess and treasured the friendships she made there. She also served many years as a Pink Lady at the LDS Hospital and on the Utah Symphony Guild. She was a proud member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and published a book on her ancestors.Naomi is survived by her devoted husband Reed, who served faithfully as her primary caregiver the past year, and their four children: Carolyn Clegg Lloyd (Ronald), Constance Clegg Nelson (Stevens), Kenneth Reed Clegg (JoAnn Hall) and Marcia Clegg Bean (Stephen). Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is survived by her sister Berniece Harmer Woffinden and sister-in-law Elaine Harmer Mecham. She was predeceased by her siblings Maxine Harmer Harwood, Kenneth Harmer and Lee Ellis Harmer, and her granddaughter Cynthia Sue Lloyd Scott.A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary located on South Temple and 300 East. A second viewing will be held at the Arlington Hills Ward Chapel, 1300 Fairfax Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, February 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online condolences welcomed at www.larkincares.com.The family would like to thank her caregivers from 'Angel InThe Home' and Intermountain Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Humanitarian Aid of the LDS Church.