1927 — 2022
Celeste Reneé Jorgensen Bohman, 95, died on October 13, 2022.
Reneé was the second daughter born to Arthur Lorenzo Jorgensen and Beatrice Pearl Johnson on February 6, 1927 in Ogden, Utah.
Béatrice, a teacher, wanted her daughters, Margaret and Renée, to be accomplished women. Thus, from an early age, Margaret enrolled in art classes and Renée in elocution classes.
When Renée was 5 years old, her mother died. But Béatrice never really left her two little girls. His light would always shine on them. One night, while Margaret and Renée lay awake in their shared bed, Renee recalls her mother coming to sit on the edge of the bed – to “watch her little girls”. Renée has always felt her mother’s presence and love. This constant light from her mother would influence these two little girls to become strong and accomplished women. Margaret and Renee were always there for each other – sisters bound by their mother’s love.
As a teenager, Reneé moved to Peterson, Utah to live with her sister Margaret and her husband, Roland Bohman. While living in Peterson, Reneé met and fell in love with Margaret’s brother-in-law, Verle Rudolph Bohman. Renée was always willing to help Verle bring the cows back from pasture or with other farm chores (even if it meant getting her white Sunday shoes dirty). After graduating from high school, Verle joined the United States Navy and served in World War II and Reneé, wanting to serve as well and not just sitting around and waiting for Verle to come back from the war, attended Dee Hospital School of Nursing in Ogden, Utah.
In June 1945, while on leave from the Navy, Verle visited Renée while she was training at Dee Hospital. As soon as Verle saw Reneé in the hallway of Dee Hospital, he brushed her off and gave her a long-awaited kiss. The hallway of the hospital erupted in screams and screams as everyone noticed the handsome young man in his sailor uniform kissing the pretty young woman in her white nurse uniform. On June 22, 1945, Renée married Verle for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with 5 wonderful children: Margaret Louise, Verle Duane, Jolene Reneé, Van Reid and Gregory Nathan.
Like the embroidery you taught your grandchildren (boys and girls), you knew how to carefully assemble the beautiful colors of the woman and the mother. As the world argued loudly throughout your life about what it meant to be a wife and a mother, you showed us how to find joy in womanhood and nobility in motherhood. You have not accepted any argument that would limit the potential of the woman nor any argument that would diminish the divine role of the mother. You were a woman for the ages and ahead of your time (indeed, just what your time needed).
You have taught us that a mother’s home is always open to family and strangers when we have stayed with you as grandchildren during the summer, as a bride to a grandson during of a commitment, as a recently divorced father with two small children, or as a friend of a friend from out of town in need of a place to stay.
You taught us that food was the way to most children’s hearts, because you let us eat all your canned peaches and apricots and loot your taffy jar. You made us coconut islands, cherry winks and date cakes. You covered graham crackers with applesauce and whipped cream for a quick dessert. You had a box lunch waiting on your porch every morning for us to pick up on our way to our classes at college. And, you left notes in our lunch boxes and wrote us letters when we were away because you wanted to feed our souls too.
You told us about your love of life and learning by supporting your husband by babysitting and teaching kindergarten at home while he was completing his doctorate. at Cornell University. In your free time, you memorized poems and studied the scriptures (except the Old Testament, which you don’t care about because of the way it treated women in its passages). You cherished being a stay-at-home mom, and when the time came, you attended the University of Nevada in Reno and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech therapy.
You taught us to rejoice in service and good works by giving elocution lessons to hundreds of children in the Washoe County School District, and after your “retirement” you continued to prepare lesson plans. to help your great-grandchildren and all the neighboring children. with their speech disorders. When you didn’t like the local programming on children’s television, you approached the local television station to produce your own Sunday School Bible program for children. You and a friend wrote the scripts, designed all the artwork, and starred in the live TV productions. And, when one of your grandchildren was struggling in elementary school, you decided to homeschool him until things got better.
You taught us that charity never fails and you made yourself our ally. We love you because you first loved us.
You have taught us to rejoice in the blessings of the temple and understand our divine destiny by taking us to church on Sunday, serving as a missionary with Grandpa in the Texas Fort Worth Mission, giving missionary lessons to children age 8 years preparing for baptism in your ward and served in the Ogden Temple as a temple worker. You have prayed with us and for us. You have shared your testimony of Jesus Christ with us. You promised to vouch for us if Saint Peter gave us trouble at the Pearly Gates. When your eldest daughter, Louise, died at age 20 of Hodgkin’s disease, oh the pain we all felt. But your light was always near, and in your faith we saw you find the sun again. When you lost your husband 20 years ago, we knew you knew you’d be together again – and you finally are.
We miss you. We promise to be your “good little Indians” and “wash our pattykins” before dinner.
Some wonder about a Heavenly Mother — and yet we know Her, because we have seen Her in you.
Reneé is survived by her siblings Marlin Jorgensen and Sandra Alverson, her children Duane (Deborah), Jolene Kobe, Greg (Bette), her son-in-law, Dean Evans, and her daughter-in-law, Valorie Bohman. His posterity numbers twenty-four grandchildren and seventy-four great-grandchildren.
Renée was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Béatrice, her mother-in-law, Roselle, her siblings, Junior, Donald, Gordon and Margaret, her husband, Verle, her daughter, Louise, her son, Van, his son-in-law, Larry Kobe, and his daughter-in-law, Cecilia Evans.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Morgan West Stake Chapel in Enterprise, Utah. Burial, Peterson Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Walker Mortuary, Morgan, Utah. Share a memory and offer your condolences at www.walker-mortuary.com.