Clerynth (Jensen) Larson
Ann Clerynth Jensen Larson was born September 7, 1899 in Beaver, Utah to
Niels and Katie Bell Levi Jensen. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved
to Beaver, Utah.
On December 24, 1904 she experienced a most unusual Christmas surprise
that later turned out to be one of the treasures of her life. Little Clerynth
went to bed with visions of Santa dancing in her head. Just before midnight,
she awoke with a start; she could hear a baby crying (and that didn't sound
anything like sleigh bells that she had hoped to hear!) Then a cousin carrying
something, walked into where Clerynth was sleeping and showed her this very
special bundle. ...It was a new baby sister "Norma" ... All Clerynth could say
was "Oh, take her away". It seemed that this baby hadn't been on her Christmas
list. Even so the two sisters dearly loved each other and were close friends
throughout the rest of their lives.
When Clerynth was about nine or ten years old, her family left Richfield and
moved back to Beaver. She now had two sisters, Norma and Letty Marie. The girls
were great pals and as they grew up, they did everything together. In Beaver,
Clerynth attended the Murdock Academy. She loved school and was always a top
scholar. She was such an exceptional student that while she was in High School,
she was often called upon to substitute for her teachers at the school. Her years
at the Academy were happy ones filled with hard work and good times. In the early
morning, she would milk five cows before walking or driving a horse and buggy
the two miles distance to school. Despite the long walk and winter cold, she loved
school and graduated from Murdock Academy top of her class.
In the fall of 1919, Clerynth left home, traveled by train to Salt Lake City
to attend the University of Utah. In the winter she was preparing to come home
for Christmas recess. She received a card telling her that her mother had just
given birth to a new baby sister! What a shock! Poor Clerynth hadn't even known
that her mother was pregnant. Grandmother hadn't wanted to concern Clerynth because
she was afraid that she wouldn't go to college if she realized that another baby
was due. With the unexpected announcement of Julia Faye's birth, Clerynth was
confused, angry, sad, hurt and happy all at the same time!
Upon receiving her State Normal Certificate from the University of Utah, she
began her 40 year teaching career. Her first position was in Hennifer, Utah. Next
she was assigned to teach in Highland Boy where she met her dashing-future husband,
Edwin "Greaser" Larson. Ed recognized something unusual about this new teacher;
she was different, she was always beautifully dressed with hats and matching
accessories, she was stylish, immaculate, her diction was perfect, and she walked
with great dignity and pride. She truly was very, very special.
One snowy evening, Ed came a "courting". He was in his finest bib and tucker
with a lovely bouquet in hand for the new school marm. Suddenly he slipped on the
ice, crashed down the steps, slid right on through the front door and landed on
his stomach inside the apartment. Looking up with a silly grin on his face, he said
"Hi" and handed her the flowers. He had literally "fallen" for Clerynth. They were
married June 1, 1927, and moved to Beaver where they continued a close relationship
with parents and sisters.
The Pearce children became her own family and as generous as Letty and Earn were
to share their children, Clerynth and Ed returned the same generosity with shoes,
coats, clothes and love. Today, those nieces and nephews pay tribute to Aunt Clerynth
as their second mother.
Clerynth and Ed managed Puffer Lake Resort for over 30 years. The work there was
hard, and seemingly never ending, but because they were unafraid of hard work and loved
nature and animals so much, the years as the Lake brought the best to anyone who
visited there. Aunt Clerynth was an immaculate housekeeper. She loved to do handwork
and did beautiful tatting. Her hankies, table clothes and pillowcases were always
real treasures. She was a wonderful cook with specialties such as: carrot pudding,
cream of tomato soup, "Toad in the Hole" and MUSH. Oh Boy, how could anyone forget
her breakfast, Mush; and who dared complain.
She was a member of the Literary Club, and served as Captain of the D.U.P.,
Beaver District three years and Anderson Camp until her death. She worked with the
restoration of the Old Courthouse and felt a deep sense of pride with all that the
She was an active member of the L.D.S. Church serving as a Sunday School Teacher
for many years, president of the M.I.A. and Cultural Refinement Instructor for the
Relief Society. She always loved to sing and was a member of several church choirs
throughout her life.
Clerynth's greatest calling came as a teacher. Often times the principal would
ask Clerynth to teach the roughest, toughest bullies of the school penmanship knowing
these boys would eventually "give in" to her strict discipline, dedicated praise and
to her love. Years later many paid tribute to her with cards, letters and gifts.
She was dearly loved by her family and her students.
One of the happiest moments in her marriage to Uncle Ed was when they were sealed
in the St. George Temple for time and eternity. She loved him very much and realized
a lifetime dream when they went to the temple. Clerynth was an old-fashioned woman who
treasured the basic values of family, friendship and religion. She was stately, noble,
honest, dedicated, generous and loving. Her spirit touched many lives because of her
unselfish service here on earth.
Ann Clerynth Jensen Larson died April 17, 1987 in St. George, Utah.
Written by: Candy (Lish) Fowler, great niece of Aunt Clerynth. This was given as
the Eulogy at Clerynth's funeral Monday April 20, 1987 in Beaver, Utah.