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Charlene Greenwell

Feb 12, 2024

Charlene LaVouire Greenwell (4/16/40-2/5/24) died at the age of 83 taking the love of her children, grandchildren, Nieces and nephews, life long and new friends with her to Neverland. Needless to say, we are heartbroken to have said goodbye to our mother, matriarch and mentor.

Charlene, the third daughter of Jean Larue LaVouire and Leitha McNeely LaVouire, was born and grew up on a farm in Slaterville. She started reading at a very young age – 3 years old, and her passion for it carried her into an unimaginably accomplished life. She called Utah, Louisiana, Idaho, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Maryland home in one adventure or another of her life.

In 1968 Charlene, while living in Chambersburg PA, loaded her young family into the car, drove to Washington DC and together they joined the rallying march on the US Capitol in the fight for the ERA – launching herself and her family into lifelong feminism.

As a business leader in Northern Utah, Charlene owned Montessori schools, Employment agencies, Government contracts in education, as well as personal financial and real estate investments. She worked with abused women through the YWCA, mentored women through Women in business of Northern Utah, Volunteered with the Sisters of Beta Sigma Phi, and was one of the first women in Utah to acquire an SBA loan to open a business. We’re very proud of our mother and the fearless example she provided to her family, employees and friends.

Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, her sister’s Jacquline (Dean) Brown, Julia (George) Zigglemeier, her brother Steven (Sally Simmons) LaVouire; and her husband of 42 years Wallace Perrins Greenwell (married 12/26/1957).

She is survived by her children Joni (Joseph) Greenwell Bycroft, Rene Lord, Wallace LaVouire Greenwell, Marni Greenwell, her grandsons Nicholas John Lord, Joseph Greenwell Bycroft, as well as many well loved nieces, nephews and close friends.

Charlene requested no service, just happy memories. Thank you mom, for all you provided. Wishing you a joyous flight past the second star on the right and straight on til morning.