Leota Arline Jenson Eliason died after a long and grueling illness at St. Joseph's Villa in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 22, 1990.
She was born in Brigham City, Utah to Loretta Olsen and Royal Leo Jenson on July 12, 1904, the second of seven children. Graduating from Box Elder High School in 1923, Leota was a popular, beautiful, vivacious woman. She married Sidney Howard Eliason, class president, captain and star player of his Box Elder High School baseball and basketball teams, in 1925.Soon after marriage, Sid and Leota moved to Portland, Oregon, where they promoted and sold the first of their many business enterprises. Moving to Los Angeles, Calif. in 1927, their first child, Sid Jr., was born.
Moving to Salt Lake City, Sid was hired as the first salesman for the United States Gypsum Co. in the Mountain States. They were transferred to Denver, Colorado for three years, then back to Salt Lake City, where their second child, Susan Arline was born. They again lived in Los Angeles, Calif., after which Sid resigned a secure job and, with others, built and operated the Western Gypsum Co.
Now residing in Salt Lake City, Sid and Leota joined the Ambassador, Alta, and Salt Lake Country Clubs, where Sid was president and Leota active in the Women's Golf and Bowling Associations. Sid was president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Western States Refinery, Charleston Apartments, Promoter and developer of Oakridge Country Club, and the Big Horn Gypsum Co. Leota was supportive and enthusiastic in all the many business adventures which led to very busy, successful lives.
Leota was a talented artist, sculptor and crafts woman. Devoted to her family, loving, compassionate and generous with time for all, she will be sorely missed as we remember her in her prime.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1964, and a sister, Elva Twitchell. She is survived by: Her son, Sid, Jr., and his wife, Betsy Moore; her daughter, Susan, and her husband, Jack Turner; brothers, R. Leo Jenson and Ray Jenson; sisters, Uwarda Call, Viola Pett and June Fife; grandchildren, Eric and Dan Eliason, Elizabeth and Catherine Eliason and Emily Sybrant, Jack and Trabert Turner, Terel Shields, and Sidney Sue Turner; and nine great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to those at St. Joseph's Villa, Crosslands Health Care Center and those others who cared for her. A donation to St. Joseph's Villa or charity of your choice is suggested in remembrance.
Friends and family may visit on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 So., Salt Lake City. Services following at 11 a.m.
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