Lea Nielson Lane 1915 ~ 2011
Lea Nielson Lane, 95, returned gracefully to our Father In Heaven on April 23, 2011, at her home in Provo. She was born in Koosharem, Utah on September 12, 1915, to Ethel Adel Hatch and Joseph E. Nielson, in a pioneer log cabin. Lea was a fifth generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a descendant of her great-great-grandfather Dr. David Beth Shelton, M.D., who was baptized in the 1840's in New Brunswick, Canada, where he was the town Doctor, Judge and Mayor. He stayed in Canada and due to poor health died there in 1857. His children migrated to Utah in the early 1850's. One daughter, Eliza Shelton, married James Keeler, one of the original 10 missionaries to Hawaii. Their daughter Alice Keeler Hatch and her daughter Ethel Hatch completed the descendants to Lea Nielson. Lea started her long study of art through a correspondence class which she paid for with $12 she earned at age 12 picking cherries. Lea married Ole M. Sorenson on November 8, 1933. They had three sons, Larry, David and Gaylen (Guy), all born in Richfield and delivered by Dr. David Beth Godfredsen, Lea's Uncle and son of her grandmother Alice Keeler Hatch Godfredson. She and Ole later divorced. As a single mother, she taught art at Richfield Junior High School in 1945 and 1946. In 1946, she married Keith J. Lane. They had a son, Kyrt P. Lane, born in Los Angeles and daughter, Holly Laska Lane in Panama. The Lane family, including David and Guy, moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1951. While in Panama, Lea and family made welcome many L.D.S. servicemen. Later, when the Central American Mission was formed in 1952, a visit from Elder Spencer W. Kimball and Elder Bruce R. McConkie and Mission President Gordon Romney, resulted in the formation of an L.D.S. Branch on the Atlantic side. L.D.S. services were held in the Lane home for the next two and a half years. Lea started working for the U.S. Army Canal Zone in 1956, as Assistant Service Club director. Later as Service Club Director at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. She then went back to Panama as the Director of the Large Fort Clayton Club in the Canal Zone. She worked for the United States Army for a total of 17 years before retiring to Utah in 1976. She continued to enjoy her painting, working in the Provo L.D.S. Temple and enjoyed the many different church callings she held. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in the Grandview 1st Ward Chapel, 1555 North 1350 West, Provo. Friends may call at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, on Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 and at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 until 10:45. Interment will be in the Timpanogos Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1000 N. 400 East, Orem. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.