Cleon Rae Richards Parkinson
May 22, 1931 ~ November 7, 2021
Our beloved mother, Cleon Parkinson, left us early in the morning on November 7, 2021 to return to her heavenly home and her eternal companion, Joseph Parkinson. The last 18 months have presented challenges for her that are now relieved. Because of the pandemic, she mourned not being able to spend time with her family and friends. It was especially difficult for Cleon, having lost her loving husband just prior to the pandemic. We are grateful to know that she is now with dad and with her Savior.
Cleon was born May 22, 1931, in Mendon, Utah. She was one of six daughters born to Mahonri M. and Arva Baker Richards. She happily spent her childhood working on the family farm and attended South Cache High School.
She married Joseph Frank Parkinson in the Salt Lake Temple on September 29, 1949. After they married, they settled in Washington Terrace, where they lived for the rest of their lives. They celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary just a few months before Joseph’s death in 2020.
Cleon was a wonderful mother and homemaker and had many talents. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, making ceramics, and painting; she had expertise in all types of craft. Cleon worked for a local drapery shop as a seamstress, and she worked for Sears. She loved to travel and explore the US and LDS Church History sites with her husband and spent her summers at their mountain property at Sourdough.
Cleon was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served in many callings. She had a strong testimony of Heavenly Father and her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her family was the highlight of her life, and she adored her grand and great-grandchildren.
Cleon is survived by her three children, Joseph D. (Marla) Parkinson, Marlene (James) Cummings, JoAnn (Rick) Wessman; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Devon Chambers and Vonda Pickett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, parents, and sisters, Leola Thompson, LaRee Brown, and Adele Salisbury.
The family of Cleon would like to express their gratitude to those individuals at Barrington Place and A Plus Hospice who cared for mom with such loving kindness.
Friends may visit with family on Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. A private family service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Wellsville City Cemetery on Monday at 2 p.m.