Monday, June 1, 2009

Bestemor's Passing

Carol Jean Stewart Paulsen's funeral was held Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the home ward of the Paulsen family at 4500 S. 2700 E. in Salt Lake. It was a wonderful service. The spirit there was strong and "Bestemor" (as she was known to her grandchildren and which means "Grandmother" in Norwegian) would have been very pleased. Her grandchildren sang a medley of her favorite Primary songs, highlighted by "Sing Your Way Home." Her children also sang the closing hymn. At the graveside services we let loose yellow and white balloons into the air to commemmorate her life. On Sunday the 31st many of us watched a 2002 interview with Carol Jean conducted through a Young Women's project. In the interview, a vibrant and energetic C. J. described her life as a child, her school days, here love affair with her beloved Carl, the raising of her 12 children, and her wonderfully eclectic views and philosophy of life. It was a delightful interview. I wish I had known her earlier in her life.

Here is the official obituary:

Carol Jean Stewart Paulsen 1928 ~ 2009 Our wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Carol Jean Stewart Paulsen, passed away in her sleep in her home May 27, 2009.She was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of Harold Fitzgerald Stewart and Abbie Loraine Sermon. She married Carl Bergstedt Paulsen on Aug. 22, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. After graduating from South High School, she obtained a Bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in home economics. She also did post graduate work in dietetics at Columbia University in New York. She worked as a dietician at the Salt Lake County Hospital and LDS Hospital. It seemed natural that most of her dreams had to do with food, and she was known for organizing wonderful dinners and events. Carol Jean's life was an example of service, giving, and love. Her greatest service was to her family, including her husband, 12 children, and foster children. Her primary objective was to instill in them a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ten of her children served full-time LDS missions, which brought her great joy. Her 40 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren knew her as Bestemor (grandmother in Norwegian). She embraced many other dear friends as a part of her family, and they will also miss her loving influence. Carol Jean thought the best of everyone. To her, life was "grand" -even in her last few declining weeks. The license plate of her car appropriately displayed one of her life themes "B-Gentle." She shared her joyful spirit through music. Song was always a part of family gatherings. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to perform, and even assisted with music lessons and instruments. We will always remember the most important life lessons she taught us -that we can choose to have joy and abundance. Her children are Lori Ann Eberhard, Stewart (Annette) Paulsen, Paige Paulsen, Char Warr, Andrea Paulsen, Melanie (Ryszard) Cholodowski, Marie (Charles) Roberts, Patricia (Robin) Riggs, Erik (Lenice) Paulsen, Leif (Lisa) Paulsen, Lars (Lori), and Nels Paulsen. Her siblings include Margaret Ward, DeAnne Zarbock, Harold Stewart and Michael Stewart. She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Leif Paulsen, and her sister Mary Jane Stewart. Viewing will be Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Olympus Stake Center located at 2700 East 4500 South, Holladay. Funeral services will be held at the same location Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Here are some photos from the graveside services (thanks to Charles Roberts):

1 comment:

The Hodges Family said...

What a beautiful service this seems to have been. Im so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Miss you guys greatly.