Deseret News, 08/29/12
Nedra Haskell Stephenson Jacobs died peacefully on August 25, 2012, in Ogden Utah at the age of 89.
Born on January 13, 1923 in Malad, Idaho, to Edward Cecil and Amelia Goddard Haskell, Nedra was the second of five children. She married Melvin Joseph Stephenson on her 20th birthday, January 13, 1943, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had five children. Their first child, Larry, died shortly after birth. Melvin later died of cancer in 1975 at the young age of 54.
Nedra's children were the love of her life. She was their cheerleader, their confidante, their teacher and their example. She made a point of having family dinner together every night along with plenty of conversation and laughter. Her home was impeccable, as was her yard and garden. She loved her flowers!
Always busy, Nedra was a fine seamstress, and also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and working in crewel, needlepoint and counted cross stitch. She loved to ballroom dance and always had beautiful music playing in her home.
In 1977 Nedra worked for Eames Home Furnishings of Ogden, and later for Ethan Allen in Salt Lake City where she was often the top salesperson because of her genuine friendliness and her natural ability in interior design.
In 1987 Nedra married Kay L. Jacobs. They lived in Salt Lake City as well as Sun Lakes, Arizona. They spent many happy years golfing, traveling with friends and enjoying their grandchildren.
Throughout her life, Nedra had many friends and loved her bridge and sewing clubs. She was a superb hostess, making everyone feel welcome.
She seldom complained and often said, "You can choose to be happy".
Nedra is survived by her children, Janet Day (Clinton), Connie Black (Albert), JoAnn Klomp (David), Lee J. Stephenson (Sandy), a sister, Elayne Haskell Roberts, 15 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah, at 2:00 p.m. on August 31, 2012. A viewing will be held prior from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Interment will be at Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park Cemetery, 4500 Washington Boulevard in South Ogden, Utah.
Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com
Published in Deseret News from August 29 to August 30, 2012