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Erma Arlene Stout Ellingson

October 13, 1934 — April 7, 2023

Our dearest mom, grandma, sister, and friend graduated this life with honors at the age of 88 on April 7, 2023, and was reunited with her sweetheart and husband, John. We are confident this much anticipated reunion was remarkable, because Arlene asked John for 14 years to “come and get her.” She often teased that since his passing, he didn’t call, he didn’t write, and that she was frustrated with his lack of attention to her.
Erma Arlene Stout Ellingson, was born on October 13, 1934, to Abraham Lincoln Stout and Nettie Augusta Earl. She was the first daughter with three older brothers and five younger sisters. Arlene experienced many hard trials throughout her life that began with the passing of her oldest brother. No matter the hardship or trial, she met each one with strength and faith.
She was extremely close to her sisters, who were her best friends. She adored her father who she referred to as “daddy” her entire life. He taught her to love math from an early age when he helped her with her homework. With this love of math, she was able to help her children and grandchildren with their math homework. She attended South High School and was courted by many boys. She had to “Dear John” a missionary so that she could marry her dear John. They were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on March 25, 1955. They were blessed with 6 children. She often had to care for the children alone while John traveled for work. They moved to many places for John’s work, including Mexico City, Washington DC and Littleton, Colorado. She longed to return to Utah to be with her parents and siblings and finally settled in Cottonwood Heights, Utah in 1982. She took care of her aging parents and mother-in-law for 12 years. Her family was the greatest source of her happiness.
She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved and knew the Savior personally. She held many callings in the church including Relief Society President. Her favorite callings were ones where she could teach others, whether it was teaching Gospel Principles in Sunday school, or teaching first aid to her Scouts. She was always seen studying her scriptures, praying, and writing in her journal. She later served a mission with her husband John at the Mormon Battalion Visitor’s Center and San Diego Temple.
Arlene loved to make beautiful things for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, needle point, and baking her famous wheat bread, a recipe she perfected over the years. She also loved making Maid of Honors at Christmas time with her granddaughters.
Her greatest quality was her kindness and desire to help others. Everyone who knew her remarked on how sweet she was. Even in her last moments of life she was concerned for those around her. She was the first to offer help and serve when there was a need.
She is survived by her children, Greg (Ronnie Sue) Ellingson, Sue (Kent) Marshall, Leslie Valdez, Paul (Jenna) Ellingson, Kathleen (Stacy) Brothers, daughter-in-law, Nathalie Ellingson, sisters, Linda (Reginald) Terry, Renae (Jim) Arveseth, Norma (Dwight) Atkinson, brother-in-law, Art Jueschke, 21 grandchildren and their spouses, and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband John Ellingson, son, Steven Ellingson, parents, Abe and Nettie Stout, brothers, Garth Stout, Lyle (LeNay) Stout, DeMar (June) Stout, and sisters, LuJean Stout, and Carol Jueschke.
The family would like to especially thank the wonderful care she received from Legacy Retirement Staff, the providers of Hospice, and the countless aides and med-techs at Legacy House who loved and cared for her. We would also like to thank Paul and Jenna for the years of service to our Mom and Dad, and for the last few years of devoted care and service rendered to Mom by Greg, Ronnie Sue and their family.
Arlene was an elect daughter of God. She has set the example of what a true disciple of Christ is. Her legacy will live on as her posterity strives to embody her values. We know you are in the arms of our Savior, Mom. We are honored to be yours and look forward to the day when we will meet again.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday April 13, 2023, at the Butler 20th Ward located at 1355 East 7200 South in Cottonwood Heights at 11:00 AM. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Wednesday April 12, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary located at 3115 East 7800 South in Cottonwood Heights, Utah and again on Thursday from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM at the church prior to services. Interment will follow at Memorial Mountain View Cemetery.
Service Information
Viewing April 12, 2023 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM
3115 East 7800 South Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121 (Memorial Mountain View Mortuary)





Viewing April 13, 2023 at 9:30 to 10:45 AM
1355 East 7200 South Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121 (Butler 20th Ward)





Funeral Service
April 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM
1355 East 7200 South Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121 (Butler 20th Ward)
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