Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 14, 2013
Elaine L. Ipson


Our beloved Lanie has gone on. She has gone on to the next adventure and left behind the pain and misery of a broken body. Her spirit now flows through the High Uintahs and Red Rock Country she loved so very much. Elaine was born on the first day of spring in 1926. She passed away just nine days shy of her 87th birthday. Lanie was first and foremost a poet. In 1995, she was named the Utah State Poetry Society’s Poet of the Year, and published her first book of poetry, “Where Ghosts are Garrisoned.” Ten years later she published “Circle of Light in a Smelter Town.” She was working on a third book at the time of her death. She was a former president of the Utah State Poetry Society and held many other positions in that society. Her passion for wild places and things was instilled at an early age by her mother who taught her so very much about the natural world. Lanie’s roses were the envy of all who saw them. Her mother also imparted a lifelong love of reading. Elaine amassed a huge library. Elaine could not have children of her own, but she has always cared for and loved her nieces and nephew. She had an abiding love of animals and had many dogs and cats that she lavished her love and attention. She is preceded in death by her mother and father Lillian and Gust Letson, her husband of almost 40 years John, her sister Georgia Colson, and her much loved nephew Clay Colson. She is survived by her sister Mary Higgins, great-granddaughter Mia Kuleshov, nieces Dorothy Ann Pew (Ed), Carolyn Christopher, Lillian Wieland, Suzanne McCormick, Sherrill Box (Deryl) and Nicky Higgins, and numerous grand nieces and nephews. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. on March 16 at the Porter Way Building, 57 W. Porter Way, Stansbury Park (behind the Benson Grist Mill). “Those summers of joy are behind me. The shepherd lies in green pastures where water is still and his song is an echo lost in silent stone.”

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