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Carole Deanne Baker Bagley

1928 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Carole Deanne Baker Bagley Obituary
1928 ~ 2014
On February 26, 2014, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher and friend peacefully passed away at home on a beautiful afternoon in the presence of her five children. Carole was born on May 8, 1928 in Richfield, Utah to Karl Guy and Phyrne Ence Baker. She had a happy childhood in Richfield among loving parents, family and friends. Carole was born with "perfect pitch" and a lifelong love of music, carrying on the legacy of her Baker and Bertelsen forebears and passing it on to future generations. She was an accomplished violinist and pianist. Her musical talents made her a mentor, teacher and example to many throughout her life, including her children and many of her grandchildren. She led several ward choirs, was involved in numerous road shows, musical numbers and choral productions, and had a prolific output of musical arrangements. She was a member of the Jay Welch Chorale, and attended Suzuki camps with her grandchildren at home and abroad. Carole and her daughter Liz performed violin duets at many funeral services and care facilities. Carole was physically active for most of her life. She enjoyed and taught both tennis and swimming in her younger years. A trained lifeguard, she continued to enjoy swimming throughout her life. She was a devoted Cougar and Jazz fan. Carole was involved in student government, athletics, activities, productions and service organizations at both Richfield High School and Brigham Young University. She taught junior high English, and instructed many in English grammar and usage throughout her life. She married Lell Olsen Bagley, of Koosharem, Utah, in the Salt Lake Temple on May 31, 1952. While Lell served in the Korean War, Carole worked in the offices of Utah Senator Arthur Watkins in Washington D.C., and during this time formed many deep and lifelong friendships with her roommates at Adams Mills Road. Lell and Carole returned to Washington D.C. where Lell completed dental school at Georgetown University. After graduation, they returned to Richfield, where Lell began his dental practice, later moving to Salt Lake City in 1963, where they resided until their passing. Lell and Carole were a devoted couple whose diverse talents and characteristics complemented each other. For years they maintained a bargain where Carole would go to the rodeo if Lell would go to the Shakepearean Festival. She loved to spend time at the family cabin on Monroe Mountain with Lell and the rest of the family. She was also an accomplished knitter, and her family was the beneficiary of many beautiful sweaters and other knitted items. Carole had a lifelong love of learning for its own sake. She enjoyed a long association with her good friends in the Great Books group, as well as the local Author's Club and Literary Club. Carole was an active member of the LDS church, and served faithfully and reliably throughout her life in many callings. She served in all the auxiliary organizations including the Primary and Young Womens, as a Relief Society President, a Visiting Teacher, and a Choir Director. Together with Lell, she enjoyed serving as a hostess at the Church Office Building and the Joseph Smith Building.
Carole was a well-rounded, conscientious individual who sought excellence in every aspect of life, and who encouraged her children and all in her sphere of influence to strive to do their best and reach their potential. She lived a full and consequential life, and did her best to leave the world better and more beautiful than she found it. Carole never faltered in her devotion to her God and her family. She was a source of strength, encouragement, love and uplift to all around her. She was an example of selfless service and sacrifice, spending years as a devoted caregiver to ailing parents, in-laws and her spouse, before finally wearing out and needing the caregiving in return. But even then, she continued to teach, strengthen and spiritually nurture the children who became her caregivers. Her home was a refuge and safe harbor, and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by five children: James, Robert (Julie), Elizabeth Rudman (Tony), Edward (Lisa), and Matthew (Denise), seventeen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one sister, Bette Cowley, as well as several in-laws and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Lell. The family would like to thank Diana and Chris, among others, who provided such loving care and companionship to Carole for the last few years.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Valley View Stake Center, located at 2245 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City. The family will receive visitors at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the services on March 5, 2014.
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 2, 2014
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