Died March 5, 2005
Ila Dean Johnson Caldwell passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on March 5, 2005. She was born in Downey, Idaho, on Oct. 18, 1931, a daughter of Arnold LeRoy and Ila Packer Johnson. She grew up in Logan and attended the AC. She married John B. Caldwell on April 24, 1953, in the Logan LDS Temple.
She was a devoted wife and mother. Her life centered on her family and a wide circle of friends. She was a busy woman and had a wide variety of interests.
She was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When called, she served diligently in any position. In the Primary, she served as "Guide Patrol" leader and president. She provided service and assistance to the ward members through the Relief Society organization. She served as president, organized ward dinners, did visiting teaching, participated in ward bazaars & making pillow cases, hot pads, quilts, and crafts of all kinds & which proceeds were used to support the relief efforts of the ward. Her participation in the Young Women's Program was a highlight. She has always been a "Young Woman" at heart. She served as YW president in the ward and secretary, counselor, and president in the Stake. At the time of her passing, she served as a Visiting Teacher, Funeral Coordinator and Red Cross drive Chair.
Dean has always had a love for reading. She could always be found with a book. She was a member of the "Friends of the Library" & a fundraising group who purchases books and media for the library. She loved to travel and was able to enjoy many worldwide trips with her husband and family.
Dean was an avid photographer. No family event or social gathering was complete without a roll or two of film. Children made a special point of going to Dean's house on Halloween. They knew they would have their picture taken and would get one of Dean's special homemade suckers. She was a wonderful cook. She used her talents to bless the lives of those she came in contact with.
If there was a craft, she learned it, taught it, and shared it with others. She enjoyed doing handwork, tatting, knitting, netting, hardanger, and crafts. She made beautiful ceramics, taught with the Community School for adults for 20 years, made favors for parties, mugs for graduates, pen holders for those getting married, and bookmarks of all kinds for her friends.
Tatting was her passion. She learned to tat from her mother at an early age. She was a charter member of the "Wasatch Tatters Guild," attended classes, demonstrated at fairs and events, and exchanged tatting with others worldwide.
She enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz and attending Sons of the Utah Pioneers with her husband. She was a member of the Tooele Country draft board for twenty years, and a voter registration agent, and a voting judge at elections.
Survived by her husband, John Brant Caldwell; four sons, Jan (Kaylene), John, Jr. (Bonnie), Jerry (Susan) and Jeffrey (Cheri); and a sister, Clarice (Bevan) Higbee. Mom's grandchildren were the highlight of her life. In her history, she wrote "we have ll darling grandchildren, Cassi, Marissa, Andrew, Brant, Hilary, Christopher, Mallory, Jackson, Tiffany, Colton, and Bailey and one beautiful great grand daughter