Grace Helen Smuin Laemmlen
Obituary written by John C. Lewis
Funeral held November 4, 1998
Grace Helen Smuin Laemmien, age 68, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter, left us unexpectedly on one of her favorite holidays–Halloween–October 31, 1998. We will remember her as peacemaker, teacher, artist, mother, disciple of Christ.
Grace was born January 14, 1930, in Glendale, California, the second child of Franklin and Ruby Grace Lundquist Smuin. She married Arthur R. Laemmlen June 26, 1954 in Pasadena, California. The marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles LDS Temple after Art’s conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After 33 years of marriage, Art and Grace were divorced, but continued in united devotion to the welfare of their three children.
After graduating from high school in Alhambra, California, Grace attended Pasadena City College, the University of California at Davis, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Elementary Education. She loved learning and was eager to share that love with the littlest students. She taught school for 14 years in California’s central valley.
Grace’s gift for teaching spilled over into her abilities as a mother and grandmother. She deeply loved her children and their children and always found time to spend with them–reading, playing, laughing, teaching. They cherished the personal care she offered so freely. She loved nothing more than a good celebration, and pulled out all the stops for holidays and other family events. Her only sadness was that her declining health prevented her from doing more of the things she loved to do.
In addition to her family, Grace’s loves were classical music, the arts, gardening, bird-watching, and star-gazing. She was a quiet artist who came to life with the stroke of a brush or slide of a pen. And she was never too old to learn something new–she always had an interesting story about the constellations or what was happening today in the news. Grace had an insatiable appetite for knowledge.
A life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Grace served in numerous callings and studied the scriptures regularly. She possessed an unheralded spiritual depth that allowed her to see past the bumps of life and concentrate on the things that matter most. We will miss her unconditional love and simple devotion.
Grace is survived by her three children, Paul (Leslie) Laemmlen of Cedar Hills, Utah; Ann (John) Lewis of Orem, Utah; and Eric (Dody) Laemmlen of Reedley, California; her 10 grandchildren and her only sister, Marilyn (Laurn) Beutler of Atascadero, California.