CASTLE DALE - Lindora Jensen Draper, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away at her home on Monday, July 7, 2008. Lindora was 90 years old.
Born Dec. 18, 1917 in Cleveland, Lindora was the fifth child of 11 born to Edward C. and Maude Eden Jensen. She was educated in Cleveland and Huntington.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lindora served 32 years as a Primary worker, enjoying children, especially the Trailbuilders. She also served on the North Carbon LDS Stake Primary board as well as homemaking counselor in the Castle Dale LDS Stake Relief Society presidency.
Lindora was a charitable woman who always carried a smile. She had a positive, loving outlook and she loved cleaning, decorating, and entertaining.
Lindora kept scrapbooks and photo albums of her families, preserving the honor and accomplishments of each.
She lived 41 years in Hiawatha with her husband, Harry Leon "Bud" Draper, who labored for 45 years. Bud retired on Feb. 2, 1978 and they moved to Castle Dale into the home they had remodeled after purchasing the property in June 1951. They enjoyed square dancing and she and her husband were members of several dancing groups. Keenly interested in political issues and proud to be a lifetime Republican, she served many years as an election judge.
Lindora loved to read, especially newspapers, historical materials and the scriptures. She had great love of painting and, at the age of 70 years under the direction of a nephew Cliff Oviatt, Lindora enjoyed taking acrylic art classes. Her paintings are in many homes, especially those given to boys who have achieved the rank of an Eagle Scout. A painting of an Eagle was given on those occasions.
Lindora was a member of the Alaho Ladies Club, the Historical Society, and an honorary member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She was a woman of strength and character. Her lifetime motto was "live, love, learn." She firmly believed people should do the best they can with whatever challenges life sends their way, to play the hand they are dealt and play it the best you can so that at the end of the day you are happy and satisfied with the choices you have made.
Always proud of her family heritage and extended family, Lindora kept in close touch with brothers and sisters, their families, nieces and nephews and her children and grandchildren, each holding a special place in her heart. Lindora kindly and lovingly remembered birthdays, phone numbers and addresses. Lunch with family and friends was also an enjoyable event in her life. She also loved to travel, enjoying her travels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, and Europe.
Lindora was a mother of two sons, Gary Leon Draper, deceased; and John Edward (Betty) Draper of Laguna Hills, Calif.: three Draper grandsons, Samuel G. (Corinne) of St. George; John Edward Jr. (Stacy) of Newport Beach, Calif.; and Derek L. Draper (Marisa) of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; two granddaughters, Kristine (Brett) Sewell of St. George, and Lori Ann (Robert) Taylor of Centerville; 14 great-grandchildren, which includes triplets, Tim, James and Mark Draper, St. George; Ben, Jeffery and Katie Sewell, St. George; Bridget, Max, Madison, James and Jeffery Taylor, Centerfield; and Jenna, Kara and Alyssa Draper of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Lindora is also survived by two sisters, Leora (Vernon) Leamaster of Huntington and Beth (Walter) Henzi of Ivins; and three brothers, Ted Jensen, Glen (Karen) Jensen of Elmo; and Roy (Zona) Jensen of Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Leon "Bud" Draper; parents; three brothers, Alvin, Bill and Fred Jensen; and two sisters Harriet (Frank) Jensen and Annette (Wayne) Liddell.
A viewing will be Friday, July 11, at 12:30 p.m at the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center, located at 35 East Main. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Castle Dale Cemetery under the direction of the Fausett Mortuary.