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Obituary: Louise Spence Clark

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Louise Spence Clark Lulu Louise Spence Clark, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother passed from mortality to immortality on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 97. Following the pattern of her mother who died at the age of 102, she enjoyed a long, healthy and fruitful life. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 2, 1909, the second daughter and child of John Leslie Spence and Naomi Dowden Young, a granddaughter of Brigham Young. Louise married Sherman O. Clark on July 3, 1931, in Coalville, Utah. He passed away in July 1986. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Their union was blessed with three children: Ann (Hap) Green, and S. Spence (Jill) Clark of Salt Lake City; and Linda C. (William) Bock, Newton, PA. Louise was known affectionately as "Lulu" to her family and friends. She was a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a proud descendant of noble ancestry. She was the great granddaughter of Brigham Young and Emily Partridge Young. She was active in the Granddaughter's Association of Brigham Young and served as past president of that organization. She lived most of her life in Salt Lake City. She attended LDS High School and the University of Utah. She was a high school classmate of President Gordon B. Hinckley and several other well known national leaders. Understanding the value of education, she encouraged all her children and grandchildren to gain a good education and kept a keen interest in their educational pursuits. Blessed with an inquisitive mind, her eclectic interests ranged from local, national, and international affairs to how her favorite sports teams were doing. Lulu was a devotee of music and studied organ performance under Alexander Schreiner, the renowned organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She maintained her love for organ and piano throughout her life and encouraged her children and other family members to develop their musical talents. She led music productions for the Young Women's Organization in the LDS Church and served as ward organist. She enjoyed musical productions and actively supported the arts. Lulu's life was centered in her family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was fiercely loyal and supportive of her family and was not hesitant to praise their accomplishments to others. She made personal sacrifices so her children could have some of the opportunities that were denied her. An excellent communicator, she enjoyed calling and hearing from others on the telephone. She maintained a life long interest in the progress, health and welfare of her extended family. The love she had for her children and grandchildren was more than reciprocated by her 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and five great, great grandchildren. She was eager to express her love for the Lord and her unshakable testimony of the restored gospel. The strength and conviction of her testimony became even more important to her in the last weeks of her life. Lulu was preceded in death by her siblings, including her dear sister, Alice (Sally) Counter, Elmer and Parley James, and Ethel Larson; and her son-in-law, William R. Bock, Jr. In addition to her three children and previously mentioned grandchildren, she is survived by many other nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 19, 2007, at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends on Monday prior to the services from 10:00 to 10:45 am. The family will meet for a private interment in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007.