Clarcia Ione Gillespie Aul, 87, of Taylor passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones. She had been missing Duane, her eternal companion of 61 years, who preceded her in death by more than two years. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, with services to begin at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Love Lake Chapel, located at 700 Lovelake Road in Taylor. She was born in Ramah, N.M., to George Lincoln and Clarcia Hamblin Gillespie on Oct. 29, 1926. Ione and Duane met while growing up in the small farming/ranching community of Ramah. She and Duane corresponded by mail while he was serving in the Army. They married after he returned from his enlistment for World War II and the Korean War. They were married July 14, 1953, in the LDS Temple in Manti, Utah. Ione was nurturing and always full of life. These were much needed attributes as she and Duane had and raised nine children: Gloria (Bill) Hatch, Deborah (deceased) (Gerald) Pearce, Linda (Morin, deceased) Peterman, Milton (Cystaline) Aul, Lincoln (Conny) Aul, Marilyn (Kim) Willis, LaRee (Terry) Godfrey, Tami (Kevin) Slade and Beth (Lawrence) Holden. Her family will always remember her as a nurturer, full of love and long suffering. She knew how to let go and move on, as holding a grudge was not part of her belief system. She always thought the best of everyone she met and she taught, “If you don’t like someone, then you don’t really know them.” She will be remembered as a hard worker and a woman of influence. She was a people person, she never did anything halfway and the word quit was not in her vocabulary. She went the extra mile in every area of life, including her selfless love for others. Her testimony of the gospel was solid and unshakable, as was evidenced through her lifelong Christlike example of putting others’ needs before her own. She maintained a cheerful and positive attitude while she was bed bound for the last 18 months of her life. As family and friends visited her bedside, her concern was for their comfort and happiness rather than her own situation. Ione and Duane owned bakeries in Gridley, Calif., Show Low and Winslow. Many people have sampled the delicious baked goods made in their bakeries. These recipes had been passed down for many generations in the Aul family. They utilized the opportunity of being self-employed to instill a strong work ethic of integrity in their children. She was in the top five sales people for Levoy’s Clothing for many years as she held home fashion shows all over Arizona and New Mexico from 1968-1988. Ione and Duane moved from Show Low to the Phoenix metropolitan area in 1981. They moved to Albany, Ore., in 1997, where they spent six years, and made many wonderful friends and delightful memories. They returned to Arizona and made their home in Taylor in 2003 to current day. Survivors include eight of her nine children; her sister, Flora Lambson Merrill of Gilbert; 44 grandchildren; 102 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.
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