Carol Pearson Steenhoek, 72, our beloved wife, mother and
grandmother, peacefully passed away on November 28, 2011
from cancer after enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday surrounded
by her husband, her nine children and their spouses and
her 36 grandchildren in Highland, UT.
Ada Carol was born on March 7, 1939 in Rapid City, South
Dakota as the oldest child to Irvin and Winifred Pearson.
When she was a young child, Ada Carol’s family moved
to Hurricane, Utah, where she spent her youth, and eventually
to Clearfield, Utah, where she graduated from Davis High
School. While attending Brigham Young University, Ada met
and fell in love with her sweetheart, Henry E. Steenhoek
Jr. (Hank), who was then a member of the United States Air
Force. They were married on December 23, 1960, shortly after
Hank had been baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints, and they were sealed in the Salt Lake
Temple one year later.
Ada dedicated her life to following Jesus Christ and serving
Him through serving others. She was truly a ‘force
of nature’. Her tireless service and constant flurry
of activities to improve herself and help others do the
same blessed the lives of everyone in her path. She was
a friend to all, and she diligently sought out and ministered
to those in need. Through her generous efforts and influence,
she uplifted, encouraged and helped others.
Ada was a woman of legendary energy, accomplishments and
leadership. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother,
teaching and exemplifying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to
her beautiful children. Her four sons and two of her daughters
served full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints, and all of her surviving children
were sealed to their spouses in an LDS temple. Ada Carol
actively served in various church callings throughout her
life. She particularly loved to teach the Gospel. After
her children were grown, she and Hank turned their focus
to family history and temple work, serving for over five
years in the Los Angeles Temple, and missionary work, serving
a full-time mission from 2008-2010 in the England Manchester
Mission. Ada was an education enthusiast. She was a stay-at-home
mom until all her children were in school, at which time
she began her 23 year teaching career. She received a Bachelor’s
Degree in Elementary Education from Weber State College,
a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Utah State
University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from National
University and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Management
from the University of La Verne. Additionally, Ada Carol
served on the Board of Trustees of Cerritos College for
twelve years and was the Department Chair of Special Education
for National University. She passed this love for education
on to her children as eight of them have Bachelor’s
Degrees and five of them have Master’s Degrees. Ada
Carol was an avid scouter. All four of her boys were Eagle
Scouts, and she served in leadership roles in Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts for 22 years, including serving as the Frontier
District Chairman in Los Angeles, California for two years.
For her dedicated service to scouting, Ada Carol was a recipient
of the Silver Beaver award, one of scouting’s highest
honors. She also served in Brownies with her five daughters
for 14 years. Ada was active in her community. She served
as Chairman of the Downey Heart Association for two years
and Chairman of the Master Symphony Orchestra for four years
and was awarded The Woman of the Year award for her district
by the California State Legislature in 1989. In her limited
spare time, Ada’s favorite hobbies were scrapbooking,
sewing, reading and traveling. Ada used her many talents
and abilities to unconditionally love and to selflessly
give. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Survived by her husband of 51 years, Henry E. Steenhoek
Jr.; nine children: Daniel (Pamela), Paul (Heidi), Teresa
Almond (Matthew), Debra Shaw (Marvin), Stephen (Shannon),
Patricia Birchall (Nathan), David (Heidi), Shauna Erickson
(Michael), Cynthia Hermen (Mark); and 36 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by daughter Lisa Carol, brother Boyd Pearson
and her mother and father, Winifred Smith Pearson and Irvin
Brown Pearson. Funeral services will held Saturday, December
3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Highland 27th LDS Ward Chapel,
6411 West 11800 North, Highland, Utah. A viewing will be
held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Interment, Clearfield City Cemetery, 1050 S. State, Clearfield,
Utah at 3:00 p.m
Was born July 24, 1931 in Richmond Indiana at the home
of James Thurman Reed and Mae Euphemia Holmquist. Catherine had three
younger brothers; Robert Joseph, James Thomas, and Richard Allen Reed.
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