Norma Perkins Young

December 26, 1914 — May 17, 2015

Norma Perkins Young

NORMA PERKINS YOUNG 1914 -2015 - 100 years Young Norma Perkins Young was born in Salt Lake City on December 26, 1914. A few weeks later mother, Cornelia Adams Perkins, and baby Norma traveled to Thompson Springs by train where her father, Daniel B. Perkins met them in a covered wagon equipped with a stove and their needs for the three day trip to Monticello. Norma grew up in Monticello feeling that she was the most fortunate girl in the world. She loved her life on the farm and in the small close-knit community with her many cousins and friends. She loved being the granddaughter of the San Juan Pioneers and the book she wrote, Anchored Lariats on the San Juan Frontier, tells their story. Norma Graduated from Monticello High School in 1932 and attended BYU where she graduated in 1936. She taught school in Richfield until her handsome cowboy, Clyn Porter Young, returned from his mission in Hawaii. December 23, 1938 Norma and Clyn were married in the Salt Lake Temple and several days later they departed for the Hawaiian Islands where they lived for two and one half years. When they returned to San Juan County they had a young son, Malcolm and LeiMomi was on the way. In 1941, they settled in Monticello with her parents for a time. They also lived in Blanding and the LC Ranch, where Jerri came to join the family in 1944. They fixed up an old farm house brought in from the ranch and moved into what would be their home until 1970. Four more siblings arrived every two years, Clyn L, Lowell, Glade, Merril. Six years later our baby sister Elaine arrived. Dad dubbed her Nani, Hawaiian for 'beautiful'. Clyn died in an accident in 1971 and so in 1972, the children encouraged their mom to move to Provo where most of them lived close by. In Provo she took care of her mother, Grandma Perkins, until she passed away in 1982. Over several years she worked in the Provo temple, traveled to Israel, served a full-time mission in Georgia, wrote two books and numerous poems and short stories. 1990 She sold her condo and moved to West Jordan. She lived in an apartment for a couple of years and drove to the temple two days a week to serve as an ordinance worker. After macular degeneration set in and she could no longer drive she lived in Nani and Val Hill's apartment. About 10 years later moved into Doug and Momi Sampson's apartment where she resided until she passed away on May 17, 2015. In her later years Norma has kept busy working at the temple and taking trips with family members. She spent time visiting with her children at their homes. She wrote poems and stories and told stories to the residents of the care center nearby. She had a great sense of humor and when something amusing happened, she would write a clever poem about it. She took long walks everyday with her walking sticks to keep her steady and enjoyed listening to wonderful books on her digital cassette player. Norma always loved her home in Monticello. Often she would say that she felt like she was just visiting in Northern Utah, her real home was in Southeastern Utah. After all her grandfathers had been among the first settlers in both Bluff and Monticello and Clyn's family had been some of the early settlers of Blanding. Through all the years, her testimony of the Savior never wavered. She served faithfully in leadership callings in all the church auxiliaries. She looked forward with great anticipation to the time she would be reunited with her eternal companion. Her fondest hopes were centered on her eternal family and she admonished us often to live so those hopes would be realized. Certainly her living example was an inspiration to each life she touched. Norma's posterity numbers near 250 and she is survived by all but three great grandsons and two daughters-in-law: Children: Malcolm (Ilene) Young, LeiMomi (Doug) Sampson, Jerri (Keith) Nielson, Clyn L (Nianne) Young, Lowell (Peggy) Young, Glade (Heather) Young, Merril (Terry) Young, Elaine "Nani" (Val) Hill , Brother DeMar (Helen) Perkins . We give a special thanks to her many friends and loved ones who cared about her, and also her friends from 5-Star Hospice, Merrill, Rick, Melissa, Chris, Julie, Marlise and Dr. Palma. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in West Jordan at 3783 West 9380 South viewing at 10 a.m. and service at 12 noon. The service in Monticello will be at the chapel by the temple on Saturday May 30th at 12 noon with a viewing preceding at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Monticello Cemetery. Please visit serenicare.com to share condolences and memories.
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