Clara Loree Bigler

1935 ~ 2018

Clara Loree Bigler, 83, peacefully passed away October 1, 2018 at her home in Newton, Utah. She was surrounded by her family, and loved ones. She was born January 26, 1935 in Safford, Arizona to Glen Major Naylor and Loree Mary Crandall. She grew up in Safford and Mesa, Arizona.

She married Doil Storie Sr. on November 26, 1954. They had two beautiful sons, Doil and Ben. They later divorced. She then married Edwin Earl Bigler on March 15, 1975. As Edwin served in the Air Force, they traveled all over Europe, mostly living in Germany. There they had Natalie Anne. Also, while in Germany, they were called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to open and establish a Family History Center. They collected archives from various churches from all over the county. Clara also served the Saints in Bern, East Germany. Later, they would be stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Orem and Layton, Utah.

Clara was a school teacher for 40 Years. She loved children and made it her mission to help children with disabilities obtain an education. She assisted in developing the curriculum for Special Needs Academics for Utah. She taught in Germany, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Her students knew her unconditional love for them, and it was definitely returned.

After she and Ed retired, they continued their work in the church. They went on to serve two Genealogy missions, along with many other positions in the church. Clara enjoyed sewing, gardening, family history and scrapbooking. She was a wonderful Grandma, and spent many hours cooking and playing with her Grandchildren. Her delightful smile and joyful laugh spread to everyone around her.

Clara was preceded in death by her sweet husband Edwin, her parents and brothers Larry and Ronald Naylor. She is survived by her sons Doil Storie, Jr. of Colorado, Ben Storie, Jacksonville, FL, her daughter Natalie Anne Levi of Newton, UT., and brother Karl Naylor. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many other extended family members that we love dearly.

Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.

Viewing & Funeral

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
76 South 100 West
Newton, Utah 84327

  • Viewing: 9:30 am
  • Funeral: 11 am

Graveside Service

Lindquist Mortuary
1867 North Fairfield Road
Layton, Utah 84041

  • 3:30pm


Caroline Loree

It’s such a bittersweet time. No doubt she is having a grand time reunited with Uncle Ed, daddy, Uncle Larry and Grandma and Grandpa Nay and all the rest of the family already on the other side. It was always so thrilling to get to go to Aunt Clara’s house where we ate very well and had a lot of fun! Thanks for the wonderful memories!

RoseAnn Stackhouse

My dear Clara.
Have such wonderful memories of looking at family histories and pictures in the upstairs room. Sleeping in the comfort bed downstairs. Eating and taking for hours on the back porch and eating yummy food. You are missed. Give Ed a hug for me.

Lynae Thompson

Clara was an energetic, passionate person who served, loved and lived fiercely. She was a sweet and intelligent lady and I know she touched a lot of lives with her teaching, her family history work, her friendships, her testimony, her example of enduring love and her smile. My condolences to her family and to those who will ache with missing her.

Victor Mason

Sorry to hear of Clara passing, she will have a great reunion with Ed. Sending our thoughts and prayers your way. Victor Mason Layton

Marcie Bigler Labare

Dear aunt Clara, I am so lucky to have had u as my aunt and my friend, I will alway remember the wonderful memories and laughs we had together, I love u so much, u will be dearly missed please tell all the family and my sweet uncle Ed hello
Good bye Clara

Vera Lee

A ‘Dozen Roses’ gesture was posted

Wes Riches

My condolences to your family. Clara was a great friend and mentor when I began teaching. I will be eternally grateful to her help and support. May God bless and comfort you at this tender time.

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  1. I’m trying to find the book “Freely, I Gave: Yhe life of Jacob G Bigler”. Does anyone have a copy I could purchase or know where I can get one?. Jared

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