Lillis Jones Larson, age 89, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend, returned to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 25, 1998.
Born March 14, 1909 to Caroline Robinson and Samuel B. Jones in Cedar City, Utah. Lillis married Leo Alvin Larson on March 17, 1933 in the St. George Temple. They were long-time Page, Arizona residents, being some of the first merchants and pioneers to help settle the town. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lillis devoted 18 years to the churchs Primary organization. As a missionary couple, Lillis and Leo served a mission to Florida and Georgia. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in March, just before her beloved husband passed away on July 2, 1983.Lillis received her early education in Cedar City, graduating with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She taught over 1500 Cedar City, Kanarraville, Pine Valley and Page first grades to read, love school and love learning. As a supervisor and teacher trainer in Iron County, she shared her talents with many other teachers. She taught teacher workshops at the University of Utah, Utah State University, University of Arizona and Southern Utah University. Receiving a prestigious Governors Award at Southern Utah University from Governor Bangerter in 1988 for her outstanding contribution to education was the highlight of her dedicated teaching career. It has been said that among the most universal memories of the heart is that of a favorite teacher; one spoken fondly of as a shaper of our lives. Lillis Jones Larson was that teacher to thousands, who learned from her warm and loving manner, both as children and young adults. She was an inspiration to countless future teachers.
She was also interested in civic and community affairs. Lillis served as president of Lady Lions and chairman of the Republican Party in Cedar City. She also worked 10 years on Arizona's Board for Juvenile Delinquents in Page and as vice president of Pages Mental Health Dept.
Her 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren will remember: wonderful Sunday and Thanksgiving dinners; love of books, especially Mrs. Peck Pigeon written by Grandma Lillis; exciting puppet shows; family prayers; and money for missions. Many packages of pecan rolls and candy bars were received so they could sell them and practice being merchants like Grandma and Grandpa were at the Candy Kitchen in Cedar City and Pink Sans in Page.
We will all miss her quick wit, unique sense of humor, commitment to work, compassion for others and love for her family and the gospel, that distinguished her as one who truly cares.
Lillis is survived by her two sons, Alvin K. (Carolyn O.) Larson, of Kaysville, Utah; Leo S. (Kathy J.) Larson, of Page, Arizona; brother, Lanoir (Bertha) Jones; sister, Ella Bettridge, both of Cedar City, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, and a baby daughter, Carla, her brothers, Demoine, Edgar, Carlos and Orion Jones, and sisters, Mary Jane Rollo, Vandine Bishop and Olivia White.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 3, 1998 at 1 p.m. in the Page LDS Chapel, 313 South Lake Powell Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bishop Steve Terry, P.O. Box 3862, Page, Arizona 86040 for grandson, Samuel Larson serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honduras, Central America.
Burial will be in the Page City Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary, Kanab, Utah.
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