Leora Lake Franson, 79, died Friday, December 18, 1992, at her home in Oakley, Utah.
She was born June 12, 1913 in Blanding, Utah to William Bailey and Sarah Emma Carroll Lake.The family moved to Oakley when she was 14-years-old. She graduated from LDS Seminary and high school in Kamas at age 16.
She attended Weber College, and in 1933, graduated with a two year teaching certificate. She returned to Oakley to teach 1st and 2nd grades, and quit teaching after two years when she married Amos A. Franson, of Oakley, June 6, 1935 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
They have made their home in Oakley.
Their children are: Caleen Mawhinney (Max), of Heber City; Karen Arave (Charles), of Roy; John L. Franson (Kathy), of Great Falls, Mont.;
Janet Jeffery (Rondo), of Roy; and Suzanne Clegg (Allan), of Ogden. In addition to her five children, she raised several nieces and nephews, and an Indian foster daughter, Louelle Mahone Smith (decased.).
She returned to full-time teaching in 1951 at South Summit Elementary in Kamas, but was required to obtain a four-year degree. Attending the University of Utah nights, summers, and by correspondence, she completed her BS degree in teaching with a minor in physics, in August, 1956. She retired from teaching in 1984, at the age of 71, after 35 years. She taught three generations of first graders in Kamas, which endeared her to everyone in Kamas Valley.
She served as president of the South Summit Teachers Association, was named Teacher of the Year in 1972, served on the committee to write the District Policy Handbook, and was a lifetime member of the NEA, UEA, SSEA, and the Utah Council for Improvement of Education. She served on the State Primary grade curriculum committee, helping prepare K-1 curricula, and was a member of the house of delegates to UEA from South Summit District. She was honored by KSL as an outstanding educator.
She was a member of the Summit County Board of Health for 15 years, and was chair of that board at the time of her death. She was active in the Cancer Society,. being a cancer survivor herself. She was a member of the Mountainlands Association of Government advisory committee, and resource committee. She had been a delegate to the State Republican Convention, representative and senator of the Senior Legislature, and two days before her death, made a presentation before a legislative committee on behalf of senior citizens. She was coordinator of the Summit County Senior Citizens and was awarded a plaque by Gov. Bangerter for the Division of Aging and Adult Services, for her work with the senior citizens.
She was the secretary of the New Field and North Bench (Oakley) Irrigation Company for 40 years. She also taught 4-H and was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She enjoyed writing histories, and wrote the history of Oakley included in "Echoes of Yesterday," the history of Summit County, and the history of the Oakley LDS Ward. She was active in writing family histories as well.
She was an active member of the LDS Church, having served as presidents of the Primary and Relief Society. She was a lifelong visiting teacher and taught Sunday School for 54 years. She served an 18-month membership locator mission in the LDS Church Office Building, and two and a half years in the Salt Lake Temple.
She is survived by her beloved husband of Oakley; her five children, plus 27 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister, Boyd C. Lake of Oakley; George Halvor Lake of Sandy; and Winafred Carroll, West Valley. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, two brothers, and a foster daughter. She loved and lived for her family. She wore with particular pride, five miniature eagle pins presented her by grandsons who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her and whose lives she touched in any way.
Funeral services ill be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 22, at the Oakley LDS Ward Chapel, Marion, Utah, with Bishop Timothy Evans officiating. Family and friends may call Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral, at the chapel in Marion. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Crandall Mortuary.
Interment will be in the Oakley Cemetery.
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