|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1935|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 2011|
Claudia LaRue Crowell Abplanalp, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, teacher, and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Vernal on August 30, 2011.
LaRue was born August 15, 1935 in Salt Lake City to Ralph Milton and Thelma Winona Thompson Crowell.
LaRue grew up at the Utah Power and Light Complex in the Salt Lake Valley known as Terminal because her father was an employee of UP L. Due to the tutoring of her father she became an expert marks man with the rifle and earned many awards.
She graduated from Cyprus High and attended the University of Utah. While at the University, she was selected Freshman Queen, pledged Phi Beta Phi sorority, and was a member of the ROTC Sponsor Corps, attendant to Sigma Phi Queen of Hearts, and president of Phi Chi Theta, a business sorority.
She met her husband George Howard Abplanalp in an art class and they were married on September 1, 1956 in Elko, Nevada. They later sealed their marriage in the Idaho Falls Temple.
She and her husband graduated from the University of Utah in 1960. Following the mining business, they moved with their family several times living in Keetley, Utah; Lander, Wyoming; Montpellier, Idaho; and finally Vernal, Utah. It was in Lander, Wyoming that they became active in the LDS faith.
LaRue taught third grade at Ashley Elementary for twenty years. She was a dedicated teacher and genuinely loved the children. Her students knew her as being kind yet firm, an excellent teacher, and for having an amazing tree house in her classroom, which they could earn the privilege of using if they did well with their schoolwork.
She loved the arts and arranged for many exhibits to come into the school for the children to see. She was also a member of the Uintah Arts Council.
Mom loved to travel, especially with her family, and they enjoyed many camping trips and visited many sites in the United States and abroad including a trip with the entire family to Belize and Guatemala.
She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many positions in the church including being a temple worker in the Vernal, Utah Temple.
She is preceded in death by her parents; survived by her husband, George Howard Abplanalp; children, Leslie, Marc, and Dana (Clair) Haslem; grandchildren, Hanna, Ashley, Laura, and Kevin.
She was outgoing, friendly, and established friendships that endured her whole life. We will miss her greatly. We would like to thank all those that helped LaRue including Good Shepherd Hospice and Home Care.
A viewing will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and at the chapel one hour prior to the services. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 2, 2011 in the Ashley Second Ward Chapel North on Vernal Avenue, at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on September 1, 2011.
Maeser Fairview Cemetery
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Sep 01, 2011
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