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A Very Short Sketch of the Life of Clara Weech Olson

From the Weech genealogy book.

By Pearl G. W. Merrill

Clara, the youngest in the family of Hyrum and Sarah Dall Weech, was taken from us in the prime of her life. She was in her 35th year, yet could we but measure that life by loving service to God and man we would say that her life had been long and useful.

She was born December 24, 1896, at Pima, Arizona. I remember when it came time to give her a name, father and mother decided that it would be “Clara”, but some of us thought that was not a pretty enough name for such a “lovely sister”, so we urged them to choose another one, but they insisted and so “Clara” she became. On the 7th of February she was taken to church, where father gave her the name and a blessing.

When the family moved to Pine Grove, Oregon, she was just a child. It was there that she was baptized on 27 June 1905, and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the 2nd of July 1905. She attended the school in Oregon and one term in Logan, Utah in 1907 while father and mother did temple work there.

The family moved to Salt Lake when Clara was 15 years old. She graduated from the East High School of Salt Lake and was a member of the Tabernacle Choir there.

Brother Robert, or Bob as we all cal him, had a drug store in Mt. Pleasant, and Clara went there to work for him. It was while working there that she met her future husband, Theodore Olson.

She and Theodore were married November 12, 1916, the Golden Wedding day of mother and father Weech. The ceremony was performed in the home in the evening by Bishop Percy Goddard Jr. Mother served a wedding dinner. Several guests were present.

Clara lived with mother and father during the first year of her marriage as Theodore was away most of the time looking after his sheep interests. Then they moved to Canada. She became the mother of six children. One of them, Dahl Montell, died in childhood.

In her patriarchal blessing she was told to always look on the bright side of life and this she surely did. So cheerful were her letters that we who were so far away from her little realized her condition although she was afflicted with asthma, that we knew. Those nearest her say that she suffered greatly during the last four years of her life, but she kept the greater part of her suffering to herself.

She was a faithful Latter-day Saint, a lovely woman, and was rated as one of the grandest and most efficient home-builders of the community. She trained her children so that all who came in contact with them were impressed and spoke of their fine qualities.

Although she did not avail herself of the grand privilege of being married in the temple, she was no stranger to a part of the work done there, having been baptized for hundreds of the dead for whom her parents did the endowments and sealings.

She was preparing to go to Salt Lake there to meet her mother and a part of the Weech and Dall families for a reunion when she received a call to join her son, her father and other members of the family in a reunion on the other side of the veil. She had many friends because she was a friend.

Death came to her on 31 May 1933. Her funeral was held on June 5, 1933 in the Stake Tabernacle at Raymond, Alberta, Canada.

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