1913 - 2001
||Christal Jane Litster |
||23 Jan 1913
||Cleveland, Emery, Utah
||10 May 2001
||Provo, Utah, Utah
||16 May 2001
||Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
- Christal Jane Litster Young Mathis
Date:Saturday, May 12 2001
Christal Jane Litster Young Mathis, well beloved wife, mother,grandmother, and friend, completed her mortal
ministry at 11 p.m. May 10, 2001, at the age of 88, after an extendedillness. Christal was born on January 23,
1913, in Cleveland, Utah, the daughter of WilliamThomas Litster andIda Viola Johnson, the third oldest of
twelve children. During her youth she worked in her parent'sCleveland Cash Store, on the family farm, and
participated in dramatic productions. After graduating she worked inHelper and Price before serving as a
missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On March 17, 1939, she married Guard LeRoy Young in the Manti, UtahTemple. They first resided in San
Francisco, where Guard worked on the new Golden Gate Bridge; laterthey owned and operated grocery stores in
San Francisco, outside Susanville, and in Chester, California. InChester they built and operated Young's Super
While in Chester, Guard and Christal fostered several children, andin 1946 adopted two girls, Jean and Judy
Ann. In 1947, Christal gave birth to a boy, Gardner Lee, who livedthree days. Two years later, Sondra Gay was
born, followed by Wayne Robert in 1952.
During a robbery in 1952, Guard, Jean, and Judy were killed, andSondra Gay, seriously injured. Subsequently
Christal relocated to Provo, Utah and enrolled in BYU. In 1954 shemarried Clair R. Mathis, a widower with two
children, Jim and Connie. A year later she gave birth to her youngestchild, Tamara Lynn. She also opened her
home to nieces Cheryl Jensen and Jona Milo.
Christal was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints, serving in numerous positions in the
Relief Society and Primary. She loved children, compassionateservice, quilting, and lead an exemplary life. She
loved gardening, cooking, and doing home repairs and could be seenclambering up to make roof repairs even at
the spry age of 83.
Christal was preceded in death by her two husbands, three children,and brother Errol and sister Geneal. She is
survived by her children, Sondra Jones, Wayne Young, Tamara Tolley,Jim Mathis, and Connie Marquis; 37
grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by herbrothers LuDean Litster, and DeRell
Litster, and her sisters Opal Anderson, Viola Hardy, Arnell Clark,Gloria McPhie, Uneva Workman, Geraldine
Walters, and Yvonne Jones.
Funeral Services will be held at the Oak Hills 4th Ward Chapel, 925East Temple Drive, Provo on Monday, May
14 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p. m. on Sunday, May13, at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street,
Provo and also on Monday prior to services from 9:30 a.m-10:45 a.m.
Burial will be in the Westwood, California cemetery on Wednesday, May16, with graveside services at 4 p.m.
In lieu of floral arrangements, the family suggests donations be madein Christal's name to the Perpetual
Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A7.
||11 May 2001 |
||Guard Le Roy Young, b. 19 Aug 1909, Huntington, Emery, Utah , d. 10 Oct 1952, Chester, Plumas, California |
||17 Mar 1939
||Manti, Sanpete, Utah
||29 Sep 2006 |