Riverton, UT —Cora Sieverts (Neerings) (Hathaway) Elggren, 94, passed away October 12, 2021 of natural causes. Cora was born April 28, 1927 to Peter and Nelly Sieverts Neerings who were Dutch immigrants. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduating from Granite High School. Cora's first job was a secretary at Utah Woolen Mills. She met Leonard Hathaway on a double date at the Rainbow Rendezvous where they decided they liked one another more than their dates. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple following WWII. Cora and Leonard raised their 4 children in South Salt Lake. They were foster parents in the Indian Placement Program to include 7 foster children. After Leonard passed, Cora served a full time mission in Nashville, Tennessee. She remarried Allen Elggren and gained his adult children and many more grandchildren. Cora lost Allen four years later, losing two husbands to cancer. She served in many callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a total of four temple missions in the Jordan River Temple and Washington, D.C. Temple.
Cora lived a life filled with service and was always baking something to share with others. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively and made friends wherever she went. In her last years, she lived for visits, "milk nickels," and phone calls lasting less than 20 seconds. Cora was loved dearly and will be missed by her family and friends.
Cora is survived by her children Rebecca (Creighton) West, Heather (Mark) Dodge, Janice (Mrs Bruce) Hathaway, Allen (Linda) Elggren, Wayne (Deanna) Elggren, Ken Elggren, Steve (Debbie) Elggren, and Norinne (John) Boyle, Craig (Cheryl) Elggren, foster children Russell Begay, Yolanda Neil, 41 grandchildren, and a plethora of great grandchildren.
Cora is preceded in death by her parents, siblings Theodore, Abraham, and Grant Neerings, Catherine (Welchman), husbands Leonard Hathaway, Allen Elggren, children Bruce and Michael Hathaway, foster children Ben, Thomas, & Helen Watahomigie, Greg Kaye, Juanita Brown, grandchildren April Dodge, Scott Hathway, Ken and Don Elggren, great grandchild Ryker Bell.
There will be a viewing at Larkin Mortuary in Riverton (3688 W 12600 S) on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 6-8pm. Interment will be Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12pm, at Larkin Sunset Gardens (1950 E 10600 S Sandy, UT).
Dear Family Members of Cora Hathaway Elggren,
We appreciated so much knowing Cora and some of you. You have all been a real blessing to our sister Janice and her husband Bruce and their family. May you feel the Lord’s Spirit of love and peace to help you through this time of missing Cora’s loving support. We hope you will keep up her memory by continuing her legacy of loving service.
With love and best wishes,
Janice Eastmond Hathaway’s Siblings and Their Families
Dearest Family and Friends,
Thank you for all your loving-kind service given to Mom. I don’t know how we would have managed to take care of Mom during her declining years if it had not been for our sweet Melissa and family, Deanna, Steve , Noni… actually all my Elggren extended family. Mom would not have been able to stay in her home without the insistence of Heather and her girls, Mom’s neighbors, especially Dalene and Jerry, Coriann, who came and styled Mom’s hair, and a host of other Angel helpers.
I’ve been recalling many things that have happened during the past years, and looking back, I get the wonderful perspective of seeing how many opportunities to serve everyone took. Mom was one who did the same when she could too. She managed to find the joy in life. If you need to send the love forward, I know Mom would be delighted if you donate to the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund.
I’m not sure if the link will work here. But I’ll try and paste it at the end. It was Mom’s favorite charity. Both Mom and Dad gave us a wonderful multicultural family. I love all the experiences we had growing up, and my Native American, Japanese American brothers and sisters, as well as (cousin sisters) Robin & Jodee who spent summers together. My sisters-in-law, Janice and Kris are more like sisters too.
We have such a HUGE extended family of Hathaway’s, Sieverts, Neerings, Elggrens, etc. that are so tied into our lives that I’m realizing it’s impossible to thank and celebrate them all. Just know that I love all my family, and Cora did too. Have a Heavenly life Mom! And I pray for us left behind on Earth to be safe, careful with this pandemic, and hope we can do all we can to help and serve others. I’m looking forward to a Heavenly Family Reunion with us all eventually. After all, we are all God’s Children, and our Savior will help us through anything we need to do to get there. Thank you again for your Tender Loving Care! https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/donations/church/humanitarian-services/humanitarian-aid-fund.html?cde2=475&
May you be blessed with peace snd comfort at this tender time. Your mom was a kind, loving and gracious lady who lived a very full and accomplished life. I am sure her legacy will continue to bless your lives. With love and best wishes to all of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Becca and Creighton at this difficult tender time
Love, Devera & Bruce Hagen
Dear Becky & Heather,
I am so sorry to hear about your sweet mom, Cora's, passing. Part of me was sad, but a big part of me was happy she had moved on to receive open arms on the other side of the veil.
On the other side she will be in the loving presence of her sweet husband, Leonard; her sweet parents Nellie and Pieter Neerings. Her siblings Ted, Abe, Dollie (my sweet mom), and LeGrand; and her sweet children Bruce, Kevin, & others she & Leonard took in like Ben.
I remember her happy smile; summers spent at her & Leonard's house; homemade bread; Country home; the goats & other animals; I loved being in your home. Cora was an amazing mom and fantastic Aunt.
For a time her spirit & memory will be with us, but we will all be together again someday.
We didn’t get even 1/18 information in Moms obituary but I’m sure that when you have lived a long productive life a book isn’t long enough. Mom is almost the last one standing off her family. Vincent (great grandson) said that or should I say Elder Montoya. He is leaving in a week on his mission
Today I’m celebrating her life by eating an apple, Just crunching into it. Mom ate it core and all which I can’t do, so a cordless Apple. . She loved them. With age and deteriorating teeth she couldn’t bite into one anymore.
Mom was a fabulous seamstress and if Becky and I didn’t learn it, it is our own fault. So sorry Mom if I might have taken short. I do remember crying over unpicking seams so I could redo it only straight this time. Mom would say oh let me help and unpick a lot of it for me. I did learn. If I sew now I still find myself unpicking stitches and I am 66.
Mom also was a great cook. If you had a good recipe , my mom would have gotten a copy. She would make too much and share it with her neighbors whomever came by.
I’m going to miss our phone calls.
She loved her family natural, foster and step. They all became her children so she had many!
She loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she served in so many callings. She is where she wants to be now. Home with the Savior and her family in Heaven.
Dear Becca, I loved reading about your mom and the legacy she left. She touched so many lives. I see where you get your love of family and service from.
We send you and your family our love and prayers of peace and comfort.
Jan and George Moran
Becky and Heather,
Over the years as cousins we have not had much contact, but our parents kept track of each other and I have always loved hearing things about your family. I remember our families sometimes visiting Grandma Hathaway at the same time and I loved when that happened. I always thought how beautiful your mom was. I loved her smile and the way she talked. Sending my love to you now. No matter the age - it is hard to lose a parent. I hope during this time you are able to share many happy and loving memories of your childhood and specifically your mom.