Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Joan Crowther Nielsen Hamilton, age 80, passed away peacefully in her home in Provo on May 19, 2019 due to incidence of age, surrounded by her beloved husband and family. Despite the heavy hand of time affecting her body she remained a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and a faithful handmaiden of the Lord.
Joan was born February 11, 1939 in Provo, to Ray Eldon and Sara Nelda Beck Crowther. She attended the Provo City Public Schools and graduated from her “beloved” BY High School. She graduated from Brigham Young University on June 2, 1961 with a BS in a composite major of Human Development and Family Relations and Elementary Education. One day later, she married her eternal companion, Allen Bryce Nielsen on June 3, 1961 in the Manti Temple. She taught third grade for one year before she began serving in her most cherished role as a mother. She and Bryce were blessed with seven children. She climbed many mountains of sorrow through her faith and trust in the Lord, Jesus Christ. She lost a daughter, Julene, who died in 1974 at age 5 and her husband, Bryce, in 1980. She was married to Chuck Youngblood from 1982 to 1992 and provided stability and love to his three children. She married her sweetheart and devoted companion, Larkin Hamilton, on April 13, 1996. They remained happily married until the time of her death. During their years together, she and Larkin joyfully served two missions together for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one to the Asia North Area Mission Russia Far East (1997-1999) and the other to the Philippines, Baguio Mission (2003-2004).
She was grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and His atonement. She was a devoted and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She loved serving her Savior and His church and served valiantly in every calling. Her most cherished and “greatest calling,” as she put it, was motherhood. Her children are grateful for all that she sacrificed to be the best mother. She was always grateful for her family, neighbors and loving friends. She loved to read, garden, sew, spend time and play games with her family and friends, and complete family histories. We thank you all for enriching her life and know we are all better people because she was in our lives.
She will be missed every day, but her family is grateful she has exchanged her earthly burdens for her heavenly home. Her family is eternally blessed to have a faithful, gracious Matriarch that loved us and set a stalwart example of following the Lord and relying on his Atonement. Joan is survived by her husband, Larkin, daughters Diane Lohner (John), Janet Dahl (Mark), Lori Johnson (Duane), Debbie Rowe (Dave), Jennie Woolley (Jason) and son Ben Nielsen (Natalie); stepchildren, Luke Youngblood (Janice), Carl Youngblood (Kami) and Renata Youngblood; 36 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She gratefully claimed, through her marriage to Larkin, 9 more children, 42 grandchildren, and 40 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her precious sibling, Mary Joyce Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, May 29th, at 11:00 am at the LDS chapel located at 1122 Grand Ave., Provo, Utah. To celebrate her life, viewings will be held Tuesday, May 28th, from 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Wednesday, May 29th from 9:30-10:30 am, at this same chapel. Interment in the Orem City Cemetery.
Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.