Carol Lucile Solomon, or Carol Lu to just about everyone who knew her, was born on August 20, 1938 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Clifford and Florence Mortensen.
When she was 5 years old, she met Stephen “Steve” Solomon, who tried to burn her father’s sign down in her yard. Despite their getting off on the wrong foot, they fell in love and Carol Lu and Steve were married on September 14, 1956 at the tender age of 18. They were soon joined by Cindi, Wade, Stephanie, and Todd.
One rarely saw Carol Lu out of her home without her signature fluffy hair, a few rings of silver and/or turquoise, a very nicely arranged outfit with a matching purse, and a child or grandchild in tow. She was a professional seamstress with the talent to sew anything. She enjoyed painting, crafting, baking, crocheting, and giving.
She served faithfully in all auxiliaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including as Steve’s home teaching companion in Pine for 25 years.
Carol Lu was a collector of antiques, teddy bears, decorations for every holiday, and an abundance of tiny things, but mostly she was a collector of memories. You could bring her every object in her home and she could tell you how and where she obtained it, who she was with, and probably what she ate for dinner the night she received it. Everything in her life represented fond memories, and she surrounded herself with them.
She lived to make memories and to be there for others as they made theirs. She made all her family feel special no matter how far away they lived, and made an effort to be there for every milestone. Her phone seemed to constantly ring, yet she rarely left a call unanswered. She loved her family more than anything and would go to the ends of the earth to show her love every day.
Carol Lu Solomon departed peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of December 2, 2020 surrounded by family.
Carol Lu is survived by her husband Steve, four children, Cindi Beck (Russell), Wade (Elizabeth), Stephanie Beesley (Curtis), and Stephen “Todd” (Alison), thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and enough frozen food to feed them all for the next couple years or so.
She has gone on to be reunited with hundreds of those she loved and served who passed before her, including her parents, her sisters Colleen Rogers and Lillian Arrington, and her grandchildren Jenifer and Ryan Beck. She will be dearly missed by hundreds more, but we are joyful for her release from all her Earthly struggles.
Services will be held on Saturday December 12th, 2020, 10:00 am, at the LDS Meetinghouse on 1005 N Voyager Dr. Gilbert, AZ 85234.