Carla Jean Jellings, 79, of Ogden completed her life’s mission ready to perform heavenly duties. Carla passed away in her sleep at the home of her son, Steve, after a battle with pancreatic cancer the morning of October 20, 2022. Carla Jean Elzinga was born to Charles Sybrand Elzinga and Joyce (Clark) Elzinga on August 27, 1943. Carla is the 4th of 14 children. At the age of 6 months, their small family moved to Idaho while her father studied to be a pharmacist.
As a child the family traveled and lived in many places. Her favorite childhood home was Sequim, WA where she had many fond memories. The Elzinga family settled in Logan, UT where Carla graduated from Logan H.S. In school she loved studying business, participating in band, drama club, student council, and was a member of the Chauntaires vocal group. Carla’s first job was as a teller at Logan Savings and Loan bank. Her parents allowed her best friend, Venus, to live with the family for a time. The result was meeting Richard Earl Monson, Venus’ brother, whom she married in the Logan temple November 3, 1961 (later divorced). Together they lived in Ogden with their 4 children. Later Carla married Roger Morrell Clark and together they had 3 sons. (Later divorced). During this time, Carla had unique work experience cleaning in the Ogden temple. The temple was always one of her favorite places to be. Carla met and married Dayle Hall Jellings, lived in Clinton, UT and together had one son (later divorced). Carla returned to her home in Ogden raising her children lovingly as a single mother. She faced many trials and remained steadfast in her faith. Carla held many jobs in the insurance industry, lastly working for her son, David, in his office until a short time ago.
Carla had a beautiful soprano voice and loved sharing this talent. She held many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: counselor in Relief Society, gospel doctrine teacher, chorister for ward and primary. Carla especially loved singing in her stake Christmas program each year. In 2018 she enjoyed singing with her daughter, Jerrie, in the Ben Lomond Alumni choir program. Carla enjoyed traveling. She had opportunity to see Italy when her son Bruce was stationed there in the Air Force. She traveled with her mother and daughter to see his military retirement in AZ. Carla also loved traveling for family events such as baptisms, blessings, and weddings.
Carla loved all things Dutch: having Dutch roots, delph items, wooden shoes, windmills, and tulips. She enjoyed the Tabernacle choir, going to the tulip festival, and BYU women’s conference with her daughter. Carla especially loved lighthouses because they represented Christ in our lives. Her favorite thing to do was temple work. Carla loved to send words of love and encouragement through notes and birthday cards. Carla had a sweet disposition, a selfless desire to serve and stay close to the savior, an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. She is beloved by many and will be dearly missed by many friends and family. Carla has been a loving example of how to live.
Those left behind to miss her are her siblings: Marsha Larsen, Brent (Rebecca) Elzinga, Rose (Jeff) Nelson, Nona (Ray) Haycock, Coralee (Joel) Karmazyn, Howard (Cheryl) Elzinga, Blair (Cindy) Elzinga, and Wendy (Dean) Ridenhour; also her eight children, daughter Jerrie (Kelly) Ellis and her 7 sons: Steve (DeAnne) Monson, Bruce (Kris) Monson, Eric Monson, Antone Clark, Daniel (Rachel) Clark, David (Rachel) Clark, and DJ (Danielle) Jellings, 37 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Carla was preceded in death by her parents: Charles and Joyce Elzinga and siblings: Charles Dennis Elzinga, Susan Heun, Terry Baker, Elona Joy Floyd, and Alma Elzinga.
A Memorial service will be held October 29th at Shoreline Ridge Ward, 300 Iowa Ave, Ogden at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 10:00 to 10:45 am. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park, 100 N. Monroe Blvd, Ogden.
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