Laura Elaine Kooyman Jarvis
Elaine was born in Salt Lake City on her father, George Kooyman’s, birthday, Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 1940. She grew up on Salt Lake’s West Side with her mother Lela Faye, brother LeRoy, and sisters Virginia, Barbara and Sondra, keeping house after the death of her father.
Finding her true love early, Elaine married Robert A. Jarvis, Jr. right out of West High on Oct. 4, 1958 and started the family she always wanted. She was an amazing, creative and loving mother to their sons Robert Arthur III and Micheal Gerard and their daughter Laura LeAnn (also born on her mom’s birthday). Elaine cared deeply about people and had the gift of making life easier for everyone around her.
In the mid 70’s she and Bob were able to build a home in her dream location, the mountains, where she made everyone feel welcome with her big smile and incredible cooking! She filled her home with examples of her exquisite needlework and craft projects of all descriptions to make with her granddaughters; Alex, Devon and Carmen.
Elaine enjoyed many years working for the Park City School District and was involved in the Catholic Church and Park City Elks. Although not fond of the spotlight, Elaine was great at making things happen and was able to find the skills needed for any job she tackled — professional or artistic. More influential than she knew, Elaine amplified the talents of co-workers, friends and family — she brought out their very best.
She loved the adventure of travel, visiting all 50 states and many other countries.
Elaine gently passed on the morning of Jan. 3, 2009 in her beloved home after a brave, year-long battle with cancer. The family would like to thank Elaine’s doctor, Jonathan Whisenant, M.D., and the staff of the Utah Cancer Specialists at the Intermountain Medical Center for their care of Elaine .
Her warmth and sparkle will be missed by those she leaves behind: her husband Bob, sons Rob and Micheal (David Ulibarri) , daughter Laura (Gregory) Horn, granddaughters Alex Jarvis, Devon and Carmen Horn, brother LeRoy (Bonnie) Kooyman, sisters Virginia Eliason, Barbara (Robert) Riga and Sondra (Richard) Garcia, mother-in-law Coral Jarvis, sister-in-law Patti O’Keefe, and brother-in-law Austin I. Jarvis. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Please consider a donation in Elaine’s name to the Utah Cancer Foundation, 3838 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, 84106. Contact Ann Jensen at (801-281-6861 for directions to donate online. A celebratory party to honor Elaine will be held when the wildflowers bloom.
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