Helen Loberta Youngblood
“Loberta”
1935 ~ 2015

Loberta Youngblood passed away in American Fork, Utah on May 9, 2015. She was born August 31, 1935 in Winnfield, Louisiana to Velvert and Helen (Hannegan) Connor as the second of a total of nine children.

When she was 14 years old her father piled her mother, a grandmother and the first six of her eight siblings into their old Studebaker and headed for Salt Lake City where he had a job waiting at the Kennecott Copper Mine.

Kids at her new school were teasing her about her deep southern accent when she first arrived so she put great effort into dropping it. However, it would automatically reappear thereafter whenever she talked to her southern kinfolk.

She met Don Youngblood when he was a senior at the University of Utah in 1954 and they were married in Bellingham, Washington June 13, 1954. Don was an engineer with a large engineering/construction company based in San Francisco, California. He alternated a lot between office engineering projects and field assignments for a number of years. Then, after completing the latest field assignment and moving back to San Francisco, Loberta told Don she was going to buy a house in San Carlos, California and he would be going by himself the next time he was sent out. It just so happened they spent the next seven years there. Then one day she said to Don “Don’t you think it’s about time we hit the road again?” That was followed by one year in Flagstaff, Arizona, two and a half years in Beirut, Lebanon, four years in London, England, then a ten year stay at the company’s office in Houston, Texas, retirement, then un-retirement and another one year in Connecticut. She loved every bit of it. They retired again to Salem, Oregon for ten years, and finally settled for the last time in American Fork, Utah. They bought a motor home in Oregon and proceeded to complete the goal of having driven together in every state (except Alaska).

Loberta was a bold and adventurous person who loved children and animals. She was a voracious reader, loved doing crafts and was a tireless genealogist.

She is survived by her husband, Don and two daughters, Ellen Youngblood Tadlock of Troy, North Carolina and Sheryl Youngblood of American Fork, Utah, a sister Frances Mathisen of West Valley City, Utah, a brother David Connor of West Valley City, Utah and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by a son Eric R. Youngblood, her parents, Velvert A. Connor and Helen (Hannegan) Connor, brothers Arvia, Alan and Stephen and sisters Margie, Ruth and Charlotte.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Hillcrest 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 949 North 540 West, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will take place in the American Fork City Cemetery.

 

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