She was a teacher, a paralegal, a hotel owner, a marketing executive, a business owner and a savvy realtor. As part of the ERA Brokers Million Dollar Club, Carla was outselling her peers at an age when most people would have retired. She was into her late 60's when she finally hung up her keys.
She was raised in Salt Lake City by her tenacious grandmother, Mamie, who never passed up an opportunity to teach her the value of hard work. Apparently Mamie's spring cleaning regiment was intense. For Mamie, idleness was akin to laziness and Carla was taught to be productive and independent. Those attributes were passed on to her own seven children. We learned through her example that neither divorce nor unemployment were an excuse to give up. They were merely challenges to be faced head on.
Carla was fun to hang out with. Teenagers loved her because she was "cool" and they fondly thought of her as the neighborhood mom. She had an open door policy for anybody looking for good food and good company. Even with her busy schedule she made time to listen, to feed, to comfort. Christmastime was especially fun as she had a knack for transforming our home into a magical place full of anticipation and excitement.
Without fail she put the needs of others in front of her own. Her compassion was boundless. If she knew of someone in need, she was at their door with food and offers of help. She was a wonderfully compassionate mom as well, always making sure we had what we needed before focusing on herself. We all felt uniquely special, as if each of us was her favorite child. She has given us the greatest gift--the capacity to love others--we will cherish that as we cherished her.
We'd like to personally thank Jen Harrington and Tammy Graan, from Dixie Hospice, for caring for our mom so graciously. We'd also like to thank the staff of the Enhanced Care Unit at the Retreat in SunRiver who treated our mom with kindness and respect.
A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Green Valley LDS Stake Center, 511 South Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dixie Home Rehab and Hospice Care.