Nov 8, 1947 – Dec 28, 2022
Barbara Ruth Earl Clement of Clearfield, Utah was born on November 8, 1947, to Charles Albert Earl and Fern Cooper Brown Earl. She passed away on December 28, 2022, due to a very brief illness.
She is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Fern and her sister DaNaze. She is survived by her love and husband Charlie, her 5 boys Scott, Kelly, Micah, Jeff, and Matt, her brother Wayne and sister JoAnne, and her grandchildren whom she adored.
She was born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, and moved to Utah when she was very young. After coming to Utah, she grew up in Brigham City, where she spent her childhood and school years. She grew up with experiences ranging from riding Harley Davidson motorcycles from her dad’s shop to battling cancer as a teenager.
While fighting cancer she had to undergo treatments and surgery. She lost her voice box to cancer and was only able to speak by a technique she learned by breathing in and talking at the same time. (Try it sometime, it is very hard, and then imagine doing it all the time). Everyone always felt bad for her because they thought she had laryngitis. She would call her kids home from playing by having the loudest clap anyone had ever heard.
She met the love of her life at a dance, and they went on to get married. Shortly after she had to send her husband off to war before they could get their life started. As a military wife, she had to learn to uproot her family every few years and start over. That didn’t stop her. She was always well-loved everywhere she landed. She made many lifelong friends and bonds everywhere she went and kept those relationships even though they were miles apart. That is just who she was.
Along the way, she had to fight her cancer again. That didn’t stop her. She battled hard every time.
When the family came to Utah, she put down roots and was active in her community and in her faith. She was always very strong-willed and fought for what she believed in. She was heavily involved in church and community. She served in many capacities and those lives she touched will never forget her. She was a magical spirit.
Throughout her life, her family was key. Barbara was the glue that kept our family together, and to say she will be missed doesn't come close to describing the hole we all feel in our hearts.
Besides family, one of her biggest loves was books. She always had a book and loved reading. She loved books so much that she worked at Deseret Book for years. She loved being a bookseller. At one point, you probably could have used her house as a bookstore or library. Her bookstore family was her family away from home. Customers knew her by name and trusted her. She had a way of guiding people in life and in books.
In 2021 she contracted COVID and spent a month recovering in hospitals and had to spend the rest of her life on oxygen. She came out of it with a strong desire to continue to gather with and keep her family strong.
She spent her life fighting, but to those who knew her, she was a giver of love and support. We are so grateful for her unconditional love and acceptance. The kind of love only a mother and wife are capable of giving to her family. There were times when she could have withdrawn that love, but it was never her way. Her long-suffering and patience when it came to her family were extraordinary. We are all blessed to call her mother or wife or friend.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary 1867 N Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah. Friends may visit the family on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 and Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary.
Interment-Lindquist Memorial Park at Layton.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you read a good book, donate a book, give to your local library, or donate to Room to Read. This charity helps children in low-income areas build literacy skills.