Elaine Cleveland Moody Eastmond
1921 - 2014
Elaine, master pie maker, prolific poet, lover of birds and wild flowers, marvelous mother and eternal companion of Harold J Moody, died on Sunday July 27, 2014.
Elaine was born in St. Johns, Arizona on March 8, 1921 to Carlos Carl Cleveland and Ruth Hamblin. She grew up without electricity or running water. She watched as electricity became common and horses were traded for cars and planes. Her insatiable desire to find the answers to her questions led to a life-long love of learning, and she became the first in her family to get a college degree, graduating from Arizona State University as a teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lt. Col. Harold J. Moody (1919-2000) and beloved son Dustin Jay Moody who passed away in 1983. Elaine and Harold had four children. She is survived by Mrs. Ruth Karleen Tutton (husband Thomas) from Springfield Missouri, Mrs. Michelle June Wilding from Sandy Utah, Mrs. Leslie Ehlert, Orem Utah (husband Richard) and Dr. Daryn Cleveland Moody (wife Coleen) from , Utah. Elaine was also preceded in death by her second husband Jefferson Nicholls Eastmond and Son-in-law Paul Wilding from Sandy, Utah.
Elaine traveled the world with her husband Harold, visiting including Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, France, Austria, Switzerland and many others. Elaine and Harold served an LDS mission in the Philippines and following the mission returned to Clever, Missouri where they had a small U-Pick Strawberry farm called “Moody Meadows”. No matter where they lived they always served others and served the Lord. If you asked Elaine what in her life were the two most important things, they would be first her testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and second her family. She never gave in or gave up and endured to the end through many physical trials.
Elaine would tell you she had no talents, but her pies were well known to be the best.
She had “no talents” but she wrote poetry, played a mean game of Scrabble, loved Cross Word Puzzles, and feeding her family wonderful food. Her 30+ grandchildren and 20+ great grandchildren were a source of great joy to her. Although in later years she was nearly blind, at the age of 82 she learned how to use the computer to participate in the LDS Family Search Indexing Program, and Google was her new-found thrill because it put the “library” at her fingertips. Her love for learning new things never waned.
We rejoice with her as she is free from the pain and limitations of her body. She will be missed by her family and friends here, but we share in her joy as she is welcomed to her eternal home by many loved ones. We plan to do as she requested and celebrate her graduation by having a party.
Viewing at Cannon Mortuary Friday August 8, 2014,
7:00 pm -8:00 pm.
Cannon Mortuary 2460 East Bengal Blvd. (7600 South) Salt Lake City, Utah
Remembering Elaine Moody Eastmond:
Funeral service, Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00 am-10:15 am
Crescent Ridge 2nd Ward
10975 South Prescott Drive (1630 East) Sandy, Utah
Interment Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Utah