Claudia Ann Hyland|
1950 ~ 2013
"The Final Road Trip"
Claudia Ann Hyland passed away peacefully and painlessly in her husband's arms in the evening of May 4, 2013 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. Although she survived breast cancer in the 1990's, this battle was against nearly unbeatable odds. Even with a dedicated support team of doctors, nurses, and specialists, she knew this would be the final outcome. Regardless, she lived as she always has throughout this fight.
Claudia was born to Cleo (Lund) Moss and David Claude Moss in Salt Lake City on May 13, 1950. She was raised in Woods Cross and lived her entire life in the Salt Lake valley. Claudia graduated from Viewmont High School in 1968 and then attended Weber State University for a short while.
After several initial jobs, Claudia joined Parker Hannifin's "Parker Packing" division as a key- punch operator shortly before her 24th birthday. Claudia got great satisfaction from the work she did at Parker and steadily assumed greater and greater responsibilities as she expanded her technical skills and gained more experience. Shortly before her death, she celebrated her 39th anniversary with the company where she had become a computer programmer for her division. Claudia had responsibilities for several other company locations, besides the Salt Lake City operation. Parker had an even greater importance for Claudia. She met one of the company's customers while he was visiting the Salt Lake plant. This chance meeting eventually resulted in her marriage to Craig Hyland on October 22, 1979 after a long distance romance (Houston - Salt Lake City).
Claudia enjoyed the outdoors, driving in the mountains and desert, and especially fishing. For many years, fishing trips to Soldier Creek- Strawberry were a very common weekend activity. Even after many trips, Claudia still got excited catching a nice trout. Claudia and Craig spent a lot of quality time together taking road trips around the country in their camper. In trips ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks, these trips included more than a dozen National Parks, numerous National Monuments and State Parks, as well as many miles, hours, and days of just being together. Some of these trips were tied to family events (marriages, graduations, etc.), but were never hurried. A trip to Reno, Nevada for a wedding reception passed through Mesa Verde National Park, 4-Corners, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley - a week to get to Reno. A wedding in Washington State required another week, including Mt. Lassen, giant redwoods, Crater Lake, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier. Some of the adventures on these trips included being stranded in a small South Dakota town by a blizzard, being invaded by a field mouse in the forests of Montana, and spending $$$ for the opportunity to dig in the dirt of NW Nevada for opals. Claudia greatly enjoyed the many people we met on these trips, especially the great diversity of foreign visitors to our country. Claudia enjoyed the trips she and Craig made to Laughlin, NV on winter golf lesson outings. It was a great place for her to just relax and enjoy the days.
Our pets became a big part of Claudia's life. She was always amazed at the different personalities that our cats and dogs displayed and by how much a part of her life they each became.
Claudia is survived by her husband, Craig; by her mother, Cleo; by her sister, Shauna (Reese); by her brothers, Darrell (Becky) and Stewart (Rose); and by many nieces and nephews and their children. Claudia loved her family and helped wherever and whenever she could. Claudia was preceded in death by her father "Pop", and her younger sister Judy.
At Claudia's request, please do not send flowers, they die too soon! Please donate to the
or to any organization that benefits pets.
A memorial celebration of Claudia's life will be held at the Peel Funeral Home (8525 West 2700 South, Magna) on the evening of Friday, May 24th. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by speakers talking about her from 6 to about 7 p.m. Online condolences: www.peelfuneralhome.com
"So long for now my loving wife, best friend, and eternal girlfriend. I WILL see you again."
Published in Deseret News from May 17 to May 19, 2013