Charleen Adams Babcock, 81, was born Aug. 10, 1927 in Ogden, Utah to Quincy Elias Adams and Ada Ware Adams. She was the oldest of three children, all raised in Layton, Utah.
After she graduated from Davis High School, she worked at the arsenal at Hill Air Force Base as a secretary. Charleen married Robert O. Babcock on Dec. 6, 1946 in Layton, Utah. The couple moved to Darby, Mont. for a time, before moving to northern, California, where they lived for several years.
While there, Charleen began entering contests and sweepstakes, which she greatly enjoyed. She won many prizes and continued entering for most of her life.
While in California, three children were born, a daughter (Janeen) in 1948, a son (Steve) in 1952, and another daughter (Leanne) in 1954.
They returned to Layton, Utah and lived there until they bought a home in Kearns, Utah, where they lived for the next 21 years. In 1961, another daughter (Trina) was born.
While living in Kearns, Charleen also worked at many different jobs. She successfully sold Tupperware for several years, and worked at the Sears and ZCMI credit offices. She was always active in the LDS Church, which was a very important part of her life.
Charleen and Robert were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1966. In 1971, another daughter (Marcy) was born.
They sold their home and relocated to Moab in 1979. After moving to Moab, she remained active in the LDS Church and made many good friends through the church. She worked for Nelson’s Heating & Refrigeration, Sprouse Reitz and was also a representative for Avon.
She was an avid reader, expert Scrabble player and worked many a crossword puzzle. She continued to do her contests until the last couple years of her life. Due to health issues, Charleen spent the last couple of years in Castle Country Care Center in Price, Utah, where she was well cared for and loved by staff and residents alike.
Charleen was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her brothers, Grant Adams of Layton, and Vern (Barbara) Adams of Kaysville, Utah; her five children, Janeen (Dean) Chapman of Moab, Steve (Kathy) of Hurricane, Utah, Leanne Blackmon of Moab, Trina (Randy) Kizer of Reno, Nev., and Marcy (Leo Dutilly) Babcock of Moab; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Thursday, July 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. with the funeral following at noon at the Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to help with expenses.