Carolyn June Thomson Crabb | News, Sports, Jobs
Carolyn June Thomson Crabb, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in Orem on June 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 9, 1931 in her family home in Ephraim Utah – the last of seven children born to Anthony Wells Thomson and Clara Bohman.
She grew up in Ephraim and attended public schools, then studied for two years at Snow College Ephraim, which was right across the street from her home. After graduating from Snow, she transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1953. She began her teaching career in high school Timpanogos Elementary in the Provo School District.
Carolyn loved to dance, and while attending a ball in Provo, she met Lee Crabb, a dashing young man who had just returned from Korea after serving in the military. She often remembered how handsome he looked in his military uniform. A few months later they were married – on August 19, 1955, at Carolyn’s house in Ephraim. Their marriage was then celebrated in the Manti temple and they finally celebrated 64 happy years together. They made their home in Orem, Utah where they raised four wonderful children. Carolyn put her career on hold to care for her family, then returned to teaching, working for the Alpine School District at Windsor Elementary School in Orem, where she taught fourth grade for many years. After retiring, she used her skills to help adults who could not read, volunteering at the Family Literacy Center. She did this for several years and found great pleasure in her work there.
Carolyn was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving with the Boy Scouts and as a counselor and organist in the Primary. In Relief Society, she was called to work with the literacy (reading) and humanitarian relief programs. Along with her husband Lee, she served a missionary service at the Salt Lake City Conference Center as a host for two years.
His family was very dear to him. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings for birthdays and holidays, working very hard to foster and maintain family relationships. Extended family was always included and parties usually ended with games for all to enjoy. Her camera was always ready to take pictures at family events and she enjoyed creating scrapbooks filled with those memories. Her strong family ties went both ways and genealogy was very important to her. She wrote several family histories and invented games and posted family trees to help her children and grandchildren learn about their ancestors. On a wall in her family room, she proudly displayed up-to-date photos of all of her children’s families, each of her grandchildren, as well as their ancestors, uniting them all as one family.
Carolyn loved to decorate her home to be attractive and cozy, and she always had fun decorations for every party. Flowers made her very happy, and she loved growing and caring for them in her garden. With her husband Lee, she enjoyed traveling to the United States and many other countries around the world. the most important places she visited were Church historic sites and the Holy Land.
Carolyn was the last surviving child in her family. She was predeceased by her parents, three siblings who died in infancy, her dear sister, Maurine Thomson Scott, and two brothers: Anthony Clair Thomson and Calvin Wells Thomson.
Her husband, Lee Crabb, died in 2015. Carolyn is survived by her four children: Cynthia (Russell) Henningson, Manti, Utah; Thomas (Karen) Crabb, Orem, Utah; Lynn (Cindy) Crabb, Lindon, Utah; and Timothy (Heather) Crabb, Lehi, Utah and 15 grandchildren: Jason, Anthony, Jaiden and Nevaeh Henningson; Alexi, Haley, Matthew, Sydney and Quincey Crabb; Alyssa, Rachel and Kaylie Crabb; McKinsey, Davis and Faith Crabb.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cascade First Ward Chapel located at 481 E. Center Street, Orem, UT. A vernissage for family and friends will take place at the Chapel from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Lehi City Cemetery.