Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Sweet Grandma

Carolyn Thompson Lee

Carolyn Thompson Lee passed away Saturday March 5, 2011. She was born June 28, 1929 in Malta, Idaho into the musically talented home of J. Henry and Lora Harmon Thompson. Carolyn's musical gifts blossomed at an early age.

She graduated from BY High and BYU"receiving top honors in vocal performance. Carolyn had a scholarship to Julliard, but chose to marry and pass on her legacy of music through her children and music students. Carolyn married Thomas W. Lee on September 21, 1951 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised a family of musicians. Her greatest role was that of wife and mother.

Carolyn served as president in all of the church auxiliaries. She loved nurturing the musical talents of youth. Her mother and brothers sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Carolyn was a member of the Choir singing as a high first soprano. Her daughters Betsy and Bonnie carry on the tradition as current members of the Choir.

Tom and Carolyn moved around the country often. They treated each move as a mini-mission, lending priesthood and musical leadership wherever they went. In 1980 they returned to Provo where Tom now teaches astronomy at UVU and Carolyn taught piano and vocal lessons.

Among her many talents, Carolyn was also an excellent cook and seamstress. She truly never met a stranger. Everyone she met became her friend. She was a loving and caring mother and a devoted grandmother. We have all been blessed by her wonderful life. Sweet dreams, Mom.

Children: Bob (Penny), Becky (deceased), Betsy (Ellis) Bailey, Ben (Becky), Barbara (David) Acheson, Bill, and Bonnie. She has 22 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Janie Thompson, Dorothy and Don Collier (both deceased), John (deceased) and Etta, Joe (deceased) and JoAn, Bob and Beth (deceased), and Sam and Ann.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Provo Peak 2nd Ward Chapel, 965 North Locust Lane, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center, Friday evening from 6 until 8 and Saturday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be emailed to

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