Elaine Alice Petersen Champion, age 93, died Feb. 3, 2018, at her home in St. George, Utah.
She was born July 8, 1924, in Alhambra, California, the only child of Oscar Peter Petersen and Alice Elizabeth Schwartz.
She was married to Frank Gilbert Champion Sr. in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were married for almost 50 years.
Elaine grew up in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Lincoln High School.
She was a member of Jobs Daughters. She had six children and lived in Monterey Park and Monrovia, California, before moving to Vashon Island in 1965, where she and her family lived for 33 years.
She moved to St. George when her husband died. She lived there the last 19 years. Elaine was a prolific and award-winning artist, producing over 500 paintings, wood sculptures, collages and painted ceramics. She also liked to sew, crotchet, knit, macramé, wallpaper and refinish and reupholster furniture. She played the piano and organ at church and at the LDS Seattle and St. George Temples. She was a history buff, and with her death, her family says the “world’s greatest authority of trivia knowledge” was lost.
Elaine also adored animals, especially Jack Russell terriers. She was also philanthropic, donating to numerous charities and helping to support several missionaries on their missions for the LDS Church.
Elaine is survived by her children, Joyce Elaine Champion of Salt Lake City, Barbara Ellen Nilson of St. George, Janet Elyse Zelnick of Troy, Ohio, and David Alan Champion of Lebanon, Oregon. Additional survivors include 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two of her sons, Frank Gilbert Champion, Jr. (Frankie) and Robert Scott Champion, and her husband, Frank.
Funeral services were held Feb. 8 in Utah.