Lula Von DeLong
Born: 8/22/1921, Burrville, Utah
On August 22,1921 Lula was born to Anton and Hilda Gulbrandsen Torgerson on the family's summer ranch just below the Koosharem Reservoir near Burrville, Utah. She was seventh in a family of nine children, and it's last surviving member. Her childhood was a happy one with good memories of her family, especially her parents. She cherished the relationship with her siblings and their families her entire life. Growing up in a large family she shared in the responsibilities such as growing, harvesting and canning food, herding sheep and cows,and making clothing. Their family motto's were "Those who live here, work here," and "The best helping hand is at the end of your own arm."
She attended school in Koosharem, Utah. She moved away from home at age 15 to go to high school in Bicknell, Utah, where she had to work for her board and room. She loved singing with her best friend Myrtle, and going to the weekly dances in Wayne County.
While working in the snack shop of the Johnston Hotel in Richfield, Utah she met Clark E. DeLong. After a courtship of three months, they were married in the St.George LDS Temple on April 16th, 1940.
Lula and Clark owned a ranch at Three Mile Creek just outside Panguitch, Utah. They eventually changed over to a dairy farm and opened Clark Dale Dairy in 1947, bringing the first pasteurized milk to southern Utah. They went on to live in Northern California, and many cities in Utah eventually moving to Moab, Utah in 1961.
Lula was a wonderful business woman, and community leader. A real estate broker for over 40 years and owner of DeLong Realty in Moab. She held leadership positions in organizations such as: BPW, 4H, Toastmasters, and was a Democratic State Delegate. She ran a Bed and Breakfast in her home for 8 years, when her husbands health was poor.
Lou loved to have visitors and her home was always open to anyone needing a place to stay when traveling or vacationing in Moab. She had people from all over the world stay in her home. The only cost was listening to a bit of her "Good Advise". She was a active member of the LDS church, holding many positions throughout her life. Our family story teller, genealogist and keeper of records and photos, breast cancer survivor, volunteer at Southeast Elementary, we're all titles she held. The the titles she was most proud of however, we're that of beloved Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and friend.
Lula endured many hardships and sorrow in her life, but always remained opptomistic and tried to accept things that came her way with a positive "Can do attitude ".
Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clark, all eight of her siblings, seven in laws, her oldest daughter Connie (18 months), son Garth (age 20), and son Burnell (age 69).
She is survived by daughters : Carma Moore, Salt Lake City, Olivia Bohn (Douglas) Moab, Grand daughter ; Shelly Montrone (Bruce) , Kaysville . Grandsons; Benjamin Moore, Luke Moore both Salt Lake City, Samuel Moore , Columbus, Maryland. Six great grandchildren, brother in law Maitlon Dahl, Kearns,Utah. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to friends, neighbors, Rocky Mountain Hospice and members of the Moab 3rd Ward for the compassionate service and friendship throughout the years.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 22,at 1:00 p.m at the Moab Stake Center, 703 Locust Lane. Family visitation 12:00 to 12:45. Internment : Panguitch City Cemetery.
Tributes12/18/2014 - The picture of Lula brought back a flood of warm, rich memories. We remember the time living next to the Delong family with lasting affection; long years have done nothing to dull the memories of Walker St. Our family is the richer for having known yours and had our lives intersect. So many of our dear ones are safe now with our loving, tender God. We look forward to certain reunion. - Jay and Nadine Munsey Family11/22/2014 - tTo The DeLong Family We are sorry for the loss of your mother. Wish things would have been to where we could have come for th e services. Please know that our Love and thoughts are with you this day. Love Jack & Melissa - Jack & Melissa Henrie11/20/2014 - Carma and Olivia, I am so sorry for your loss but can you even imagine the reunion she is having with your dad, Connie, Burnell and Garth...and my mom??? Lou was/is a great lady. She reminded me a couple of times that she was my second mom. I think the way she said it was, "I'm your mom on earth now and Flora would want you to listen to me...". Lou was an example to all of us to love everyone. I'm sure everyone that knew her felt like they were her favorite...I'm sure I was! My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Kathleen - Kathleen Bardwell Douglass11/19/2014 - Deepest Sympathy in your loss. I will cherish the memories I have of Lula. Will miss her very much. - Brenda Wyatt
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