Elizabeth Lemon Chlarson, of Wellsville, Utah, died suddenly and unexpectedly on November 14, 2023, at the Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah. She was 88 years old.
She was born April 17, 1935, at home in Paradise, Utah, to William Walter Lemon and Lula Obray (James) Lemon, the fifth of nine children—two boys and seven girls. She grew up in Paradise, and there absorbed the values of thrift, organization, a strong work ethic, and meticulous attention to detail—virtues taught by her humble parents. Known to most everyone as Liz, she first attended Paradise School and later, South Cache High School, where she graduated in 1953. Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she graduated from the LDS Seminaries and Institutes program. She was vibrant, had a sharp wit, and was a straightforward communicator—attributes that helped her develop many lifelong friends during her school and adult years.
After high school, she met Abram Bud Chlarson, of Corrine, Utah, and dated him until he was deployed as a US Army soldier in the Korean Conflict. They corresponded somewhat while overseas and upon his return they resumed their courtship. They were married in 1955 in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. Thereafter, the new couple settled into married life in Corrine, Utah, and their first son was born. A year later, the family moved to Brigham City, Utah, where Liz gave birth—surprising Bud with twin daughters. One year later a second son joined the family. In 1960 the family moved to Wellsville, Utah, where they built a home. The family thrived in Wellsville and—when the children all took flight and moved to various parts of the country—Liz and Bud remained in the house they had built until their deaths. In addition to her household responsibilities and raising four children, Liz worked part time to help support the family’s finances, mostly at night so she could be home with her children during the day. After her youngest son started elementary school, Liz began working full time as a manufacturing line operator at Clearfield Cheese Company in Wellsville. Later, when the firm was acquired by Schreiber’s Foods, she was one of the few employees transferred to the plant in Logan. She retired in 1996.
In 2002, Liz and Bud received an LDS Senior Missionary call to serve as LDS Farm Management building and maintenance specialists. They began their service at the Hairpin Ranch in Dillon, Montana—and then were transferred to an LDS Church-operated dairy in Elberta, Utah. Six months later, they were assigned to the Mormon Handcart Historic Site at Martin’s Cove in
Wyoming. They were released from missionary service in 2003. Liz and Bud were constant companions, best friends, and sweethearts. They shared vacations, camping trips, visits to children and grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment living a rural, western lifestyle.
She enjoyed a variety of hobbies, and was an expert in quilting, sewing, and crocheting. She also engaged in decorative art painting, ceramics, and other creative crafts. Every year she managed a large home garden—the output of which was preserved to help feed the family over the winter. Sadly, in 2016, Bud succumbed to cancer and passed away.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother John; her sisters Dorothy, Pauline, Ann, Myra, Peggy, and June. She is survived by her brother Melroy of Paradise, Utah; sons Chris (Cathy) of Murrayville, Illinois, and Keith (Kathryn) of Nibley, Utah; daughters Kayelene (Douglas Parrish) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Gayelene (Daryl Gudmundson) of Taylorsville, Utah; 20 grandchildren; and 54 great-grandchildren.
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