Merline Leaming
Merline Leaming
  • October 22, 1920 - January 30, 2016
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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1920 ~ 2016
Merline Clark Leaming's life ended as courageously and independently as she lived it: at home, January 30, 2016 in the morning.
She was a pioneer, like the LDS lineage that gave her life on October 22, 1920 in Farmington, Utah. Her father was Grant Steed Clark and her mother Ida Smith Clark. She was the second of five children, four girls and a son, Lorraine, Merline, Helen, Norma and Howard.
She grew up in Davis County and attended University of Utah where she met George Allen Leaming; they married in 1941.
From an early age she demonstrated determination to forge a life imbued with beauty.
In 1952, Merline, her husband, George, and her brother, Howard, opened Clark Leaming, an institution that was to define her life. Outdoor wrought iron furniture upholstered in cotton canvas, manufactured by hand at home, was sold on a vacant lot on Highland Drive.
From that humble beginning, Merline, George and Howard's combined efforts and entrepreneurial talents grew to be an exemplary interior design firm in Utah. Most would agree that it was her graceful, dedicated force that led Clark Leaming to its stature. Through the years she served hundreds of families to make their daily lives more pleasing, efficient. It is not uncommon to meet people today who remember the influence she brought into their homes through careful attention to design and materials. Gradually, Clark Leaming grew to serve such important clients as the residence and offices of the governor of the State of Utah, the lobby of Hotel Utah, the conference room at Huntsman Cancer Center, corporate offices of First Interstate Plaza and First Security Bank.
Merline and George had two daughters; Jan, Bellevue, Washington, and Susan, New Canaan, Connecticut.
In the coming weeks, there will be a tribute to Merline's life for those who would like to remember her. Information about the time and place will follow.
Through the years, Merline made various contributions to the University of Utah. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to University Health Services Center, 540 Arapeen Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2016

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