Thursday, May 23, 2013

Granni's Obituary

Carolyn Ruth "Cari" Peterson Jackson 1935 ~ 2013

Cari Jackson passed away peacefully at her home in Layton, Utah on May 19,2013. Cari was born June 25,1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ole Bertrand Jr. and Mary Alice Parker Peterson. She was especially loved by her eternal companion Lee Jackson. They were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on June 25, 1954, her 19th birthday. She dearly loved her family consisting of six daughters and one son, 24 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She also had a very special relationship with her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was an artistically talented painter and seamstress, had a beautiful singing voice, participating in numerous musicals and choirs, loved to square dance, and was a fantastic cook. In order to audition for a Holly Fair display, she had to present some of her artwork to those in charge of the fair. As she was presenting her work to the organizers, neighbors in the area gathered around. As a result, all of her work was sold. On another occasion at a church bazaar in a city mall, her husband watched as on-lookers bargained to purchase her items. Cari also loved to quilt, especially when it was for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Many of her family and friends requested her to make personal items.

Cari's passion was anxiously knowing and assisting her family in all aspects of life. She loved serving in her church, primarily in Relief Society and Primary callings. Throughout her life, she developed genuine relationships with her many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Mina Schwartz Peterson, brother Spencer Bradley, and son-in-law Ephraim Van Dyke. Cari is survived by her husband; seven children: Shari Van Dyke, Cindy Jackman (Brett), Becky Raymond (Brett), Jared Jackson (Karen), LeAnn Rocha (John), Caryn Swann (David), and Jenni Blaser (Corey); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sisters Kathy Schovajsa and Debbie Belk.

Her sweet and enormous caring spirit is already missed. We love you, Sweetheart, Mom, and Granni!

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