|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1925|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 2009|
St. George, UT - On February 17, 2009, the life of Clara Olene Blackman ended and she was peacefully called home to be with her Heavenly Father. In her life she was known by her family as one of the hardest working women who actually loved to work. Clara Olene Cole was born to Ollie Edward Coles and Violet Nettie Coles on October 31, 1925 in Lenora, Oklahoma. She was the third daughter born into this family and she enjoyed the addition of four additional siblings. Years later, her father had just completed a beautiful new home in Oklahoma when a tornado destroyed all they had and the family moved to Colorado. She was seven at the time. Rifle, Colorado, served as the home of the Cole family and Olene grew up there and eventually graduated from Rifle High School in 1944.
During the war she had gone to Beauty School and she began her career in hair styling. While in Rifle, she caught the eye of one Charles LeRoy Blackman and after he returned from World War II, they met at a dance and eventually got married in Rifle. Charles' job took them to Glenwood Springs, CO, Where their oldest daughter, Donna, was born. Donna was a red head like her mother. Charles' job moved him to Salida, CO, where her second child, a daughter, Vicki, was born. The family moved to Grand Junction, CO, where their first home was purchased and their only son, Craig, was born.
A change of jobs for Charles took the family to Denver, CO, in the 1950's and they continued to live in Denver until 1972. While in Denver, Olene was very active in her church activities, raising her children, and continuing her career in hair styling. She also found time to can, to sew beautiful clothes for her children, and take care of an aging mother and her disabled brother.
In Denver, the highlight of her life was to have their marriage solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. Prior to Craig's high school graduation, Charles was again transferred, this time to Kansas City, MO. While in Kansas City she retired from hair styling only to find herself bored. She then began to take in infants and small children to watch - a change that brought her great joy. She also began her passion for gardening which stayed with her for the rest of her life. Grandma's homemade sauerkraut was the best!
Her husband's retirement brought them to St. George where she truly enjoyed her many hours of Temple service. Her greatest obstacle in life was her poor health. But in spite of her health, she continued to bring joy and comfort to others through her cooking and sewing. Olene had the gifts of spontaneous humor, quick wit, and pure sass. She was a delight to her husband, her children and to her grandchildren.
Olene will be sorely missed by her husband, Charles, and her three children: Donna (Bob) Anderson, Vicki (John) Rothstein, and Craig (Harold Williams) Blackman. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20, 2009 in the Snow Canyon LDS 6th Ward Chapel, 1610 N. Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah. Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, Utah. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary,
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Mar 05, 2009
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