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Sibyl McLaughlin Dahl
Birth: Jun. 18, 1920
Graham County
Arizona, USA
Death: May 26, 1989
Douglas County
Oregon, USA

Sibyl was born in Arizona and as an 2-year old crossed the desert to Los Angeles. She recalled several trips to and from Arizona crossing the old wooden road. It was constructed much like a wooden fence placed on its flat side atop the sand. Wind would blow sand and frequently cover the road from view. When the road disappeared beneath sand the occupants of the cars would lift and shake the road, which was constructed so the sand would sift through the gaps; and the journey would continue.

When the rare occasion of two vehicles arrived nose-to-nose in opposing directions, the men and boys would lift and remove one car from the road, the other car would move forward and the second car lifted again to the roadway.

Sibyl attended George Washington High School. Sibyl was an adventurous young woman. During the '30 one of her boy friends took her for a flight in a large wooden glider.

Gordon attended Manual Arts. They met drag racing on Western Avenue; no idea who won the race. Evidently they eloped. One account is they married in Yuma AZ; the other, in San Diego.

The Dahls lived in Hyde Park area of SW Los Angeles. Gordon worked at Ralph Grocery. Sibyl was frugal and saved money and put a good deposit on a new home in Lennox, Inglewood where they moved.

Daughter Diane was born in 1938; John Douglas in 1941. Merrilee born 1942 on Pearl Harbor Day; Kathleen in 1947. Son Christopher Arvid born Easter Sunday 1950.

The grown children have their own accounts of this full family of five children in a 1-bath 2-bedroom house. Life wasn't easy. Gordon was employed at North American Aircraft and was deferred from the military; he enlisted in 1943. The family struggled. At the end of the war Gordon returned from WWII Europe and soon joined the Los Angeles Police Department. The life of children of a police officer can be tough. Gordon and Sibyl enlarged the house.

Sibyl reared her children as best she could. They each have high moral and ethical standards, and work ethics. Each has succeeded. She reared her daughters and sons in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both parents were exceptionally intelligent, talented and skilled and confident. They were subject to weakness, saw successes and failures.

Husband Gordon was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abt 1955. They were sealed in the Los Angeles California LDS Temple.

In 1968 they sold their home and moved to Roseburg. Sibyl's fingernail tracks remain on the surface of Interstate 5 to this day as she traveled reluctantly North. She grew to "LOVE LOVE LOVE" Oregon and happily never returned to California. Story is she told Gordon while on a day trip South toward Cal. that she would jump out of the truck if he crossed the state line. She was full of life and adventure.

On a snowy day she slipped on ice and began a short return trip to Heavenly Father. The fall broke a hip containing hidden cancer. It spread rapidly. She cancelled her treatments. She didn't reveal her condition to her children until the last moment.

Sibyl was tough. She was loved by many, she sacrificed. She tried to be good for goodness' sake, a good neighbor, a Latter-day Saint. I still miss her. I didn't tell her often enough that I loved, admired and appreciated her, and am very grateful to her.

Survived by Diane Dahl (Glenn Ray) Chaves, Las Vegas NV, John (LaFae Barson), Spanish Fork UT, Merrilee Dahl (Michael Dennis) Foehner Santa Maria CA, Kathleen Dahl (Michael Verne) Rich of Costa Mesa CA, and Christopher (Linda Peppe) Dahl of Mariposa CA. Survived by seventeen grandchildren.
Family links: 
  Samuel Alfred McLaughlin (1897 - 1963)
  Sabra Reed McLaughlin (1898 - 1984)
  Gordon Arvid Dahl (1919 - 1999)
  John Douglas Dahl (1941 - ____)*
  Alfred Reed McLaughlin (1919 - 1989)*
  Sibyl McLaughlin Dahl (1920 - 1989)
  J Douglas McLaughlin (1922 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
Roseburg Memorial Gardens
Douglas County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Garden of Psalms-161-4
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Record added: Sep 22, 2010
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