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Obituary: LLOYD, GALORMA JERI

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Galorma "Jeri" Jean Stephenson LloydWife, Mother, GrandmaJeri and Wally are together again. On Saturday, March 17, 2012 Galorma "Jeri" Jean Stephenson Lloyd quietly rejoined her companion and the love of her life, Wallace Lloyd, whom she married in 1949. He preceded her into eternity by three months. Known as Jeri to everyone who wasn't privileged to call her "mom" or "grandma," she is survived by four sons: Stephen (Margret), Larry (Linda), Terry (Kathy), Scott (Athena); eight grandchildren (Travis (Jen), Madison, Cortney (Matt), Blair, Abigail, Bennett, Tanner, and Tate); two great-grandchildren (Brianna and Hailey); her brother Neal (Kristen) and her sister Marilyn Waddoups (Milo). Three more great-grandchildren will join her family later this year. She was preceded in her passing by her parents, Bill and Marion Stephenson.Mom personified the Savior's admonition to put others above self, and gave herself wholly to the raising and shaping of those around herprimarily her children. Hundreds, possibly thousands, benefited from her quiet, constant support and care; in the Church, in school organizations, on sports teams, in the neighborhood, in Scouts, and numerous other places and callings. Our world was a more caring, comfortable place with her in it. She could see the divine in everyone and loved the four of us as only a mother could. Her enduring legacy is an example to aspire to.Mom's prideand the focus of her lifewere her children and grandchildren. Not blessed with daughters of her own, she enthusiastically adopted her daughters-in-law and poured her abundant feminine wisdom into helping nurture her granddaughters. Never confused by changing ideas of a woman's role, mom's mission was her family. She made her home a fortress, a sanctuary, and the center of the universe for a blessed few. Though her sister described her as a "girly girl" when younger, Mom enthusiastically accepted life with a household of males. She even went camping with them year after year in a small trailer and seemed to love it because it was with her family.Even a short catalog of her life would include several decades of overseeing homework; counseling on "girl" problems; attending athletic events, graduations, ordinations, blessings, baptisms, and weddings; maintaining a zoo-sized menagerie of pets; volunteering with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and more. Lucky recipients of her domestic skills got something she knitted or crocheted orfor a select fewa lasagna from the old family recipe for a birthday.Though not able to pursue her own college education, she instilled in many a love of learning and she taught more than one of us how to read. Her support and sacrifice made possible diplomas, marriages, an Eagle Scout, missions, graduate degrees, a military commission, and abundantly blessed lives, not only in her immediate family, but for many others as well. Mom's single greatest accomplishment may have been successfully steering four boys through their teenage years. Her influence has already reached the other side of the veil.While the limits of mortality have taken her from usfor nowher example and spirit will live on in those who were blessed to come under her nurturing and try to emulate her example of quietly caring and serving.Funeral services for Jeri Lloyd will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, where viewings will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.holbrookmortuary.com