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Carolyn LaRae Pearson Peterson

01/17/1953 - 11/30/2019

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Carolyn LaRae Pearson Peterson went to join her husband in our Heavenly Fathers arms on November 30, 2019. LaRae was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 17, 1953 to Earl M. Pearson and Ada L. Thayer Pearson.

LaRae graduated from Granger High School in 1971 and then went on to attend Snow College before leaving to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Los Angeles, California area. While serving on her mission, she met her eternal companion Morgan A. Peterson. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1975. They had 2 sons that they were both very proud of, Randy and Scott. She had one amazing granddaughter named Cadence. She was her pride and joy as well as her reason for living. Later, Randy married and she gained two grown granddaughters Nikki and Tasha.

LaRae worked for many years as a store manager for Kitchen Collection, Inc. in the Draper Outlet Mall as well as the Tanger Outlet Mall. She was able to retire and spend quality time with her granddaughter. She was proud to be called Mom by Brian Spahr, Aaron Owen, and Daniel Souza.

LaRae is survived by her sons, Randy M. (Joy) Peterson, Scott A. (Amy) Peterson, granddaughters Cadence Mae Peterson, Nichole Higbee and Natasha Higbee, brothers Benjamin Pearson and Russell L. Pearson, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother Michael D. Pearson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah. Viewings will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the funeral services from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A luncheon will be held after the funeral services at The Gardens Ward, 4252 South Bennion Road, Taylorsville, Utah. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to a charity of your choice.

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  • Dear Randy and Scott.
    She was always LaRae to me. I knew her and loved her from the time she was 12. We were friends through her happy times and trials. I know you will miss her smile and love. She loved being a mother. Though I am unable to join you because I have another family funeral, my love and prayers for peace and comfort to you and the Pearson family.
    Maxine Christensen.

    — Maxine Christensen
  • She was never my aunt, but always called “Aunt LaRae” when I was growing up. She gave me my very first cabbage patch doll when I was a little girl. I still have it, and still adore it and the memory. She was always so kind to me. I remember her trying to get me to eat “rock candy” at her home when I was a child and I wouldn’t have it! She laughed so hard. Thank you Randy and Scott for sharing her with us. We are so lucky and blessed to have known her and had her in our lives. If it weren’t for her, and Gina, we wouldn’t have the greatest gift of our lives: Taylor. I owe her so much. There are no words. My gratitude goes to her and all of your family for always supporting and loving us. Love you all, love you Aunt LaRae. Till we meet again. <3

    — Rhonda Amicone
  • First off Randy, Joy, Scott and Amy I am so sorry for your loss. I will type through my tears and when I see you next expect and awkward hug. Larea was one of the best woman I have ever known. She had a heart as big as Utah. She looked after people and treated the neighbors like family. Same with your amazing pops. I was barely a neighbor and they looked out for me. I had the pleasure of working with her. She taught me a lot about tough love, being honest but kind, being real with yourself there was no faking it, like it or not you knew where she stood, and she always always looked out for her boys. Her boys where and are everything to her. My last conversation with her she was looking out like always in her wonderful way. I will miss her deeply. Leahia

    — Leahia

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