Our dear, much-loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Philomena Clawson, passed away November 8, 2013 in Bountiful Utah. She was born to Clara Kealoha Kalani Keiki and Frank Pestana Andrade in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 29, 1922.
As the oldest of 10 children, she learned the value of hard work and the joys of a large, loving family at an early age. She grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu and participated in many Hawaiian cultural events including performing a beautiful, graceful hula dance, which she was able to do until very late into her long and wonderful life. She witnessed the Japanese planes flying over her home just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was an excellent student and became an accomplished secretary for the FCC prior to serving a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Japan.
She met and married her eternal companion and best friend, John R. Clawson after her mission. They were married in the Hawaii Laie Temple in June of 1951 and then moved to Salt Lake City where she supported her husband as he completed his degree at the University of Utah. Philomena’s life was centered on her family and her faith. She and John were blessed with four wonderful sons who were the joy of her life.
Everything Philomena did was to honor her Father in Heaven. She was a faithful member of the LDS Church serving as a full time missionary twice, first in Japan and then again with her husband as Senior Missionaries on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2001. She was a Temple Ordinance Worker in the Bountiful LDS Temple and served as Relief Society President, Young Women’s President and Primary President along with many, many other callings where she excelled in everything she was asked to do. She served as PTA President at Viewmont High School in the 1970’s and was so well loved by the faculty and students that they asked her to serve for three consecutive years. She was an immaculate housekeeper and wonderful cook. Her attention to detail was something she was famous for. She loved being with her family and her happiest times were spent with them. She is a faithful daughter of her Heavenly Father who has fulfilled the measure of her creation and is returning home with honor.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband John, sons Kim (Kit), Scott (Karen), Byron (Debbie) and son Mark. She leaves behind 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law June, her parents, and six of her nine siblings.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Avalon Care Center in Bountiful and the LDS Branch leaders who so lovingly looked after Philomena the last year of her life. She was truly blessed by your kind care. Philomena loved everyone and they, in turn, loved her.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 15 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Kimball Mill Ward, 650 S. 200 East, Bountiful. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 10 to 10:45 a.m.