In Loving Memory: Charlotte Kofford McDougal
Date of Birth: June 13, 1938 – Date of Death: June 7, 2023
West Jordan, Utah – It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlotte Kofford McDougal, who left this world on June 7, 2023, at the age of 84. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends during her final moments.
Born on June 13, 1938, Charlotte is a remarkable woman whose life was filled with passion, love, and unwavering dedication to her family, community, and faith. She is a shining example of kindness, grace, and strength. Her poise and elegance blessed many lives.
Education played a significant role in Charlotte's life. She completed her studies at Baker High School and went on to graduate from Oregon State University in 1960 on a full music scholarship and earned a degree in Home Economics. Her love for learning and pursuit of knowledge continued throughout her life. After graduation, she taught and lectured in various parts of the country for Oregon State and later for BYU on family welfare, home preparedness, and time management.
Charlotte had a profound talent for music and was an accomplished cellist earning her a full-ride musical scholarship. Her musical skills captivated many, and she delighted audiences with her performances in trios, orchestras, and other performing groups. Her love for music was a lifelong passion that brought her joy and touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of hearing her play.
On June 6, 1963, Charlotte united in marriage with the love of her life, Wilbern Lee McDougal. Together, they built a life filled with love, laughter, and shared experiences. Their marriage was a testament to the power of love and unwavering commitment. They truly became “one.” With great care, devotion, and personal sacrifice, she took care of her sweetheart in the final years of his life. Even sacrificing good years of her life to move into a care center so she could still live by his side.
Charlotte was an active member of her community, and contributed her time and expertise to various committees, including serving as the President of the Parent-Teacher Association and Director of the National Realtors Ladies Auxiliary. In addition, she was particularly fond of emceeing Junior Miss pageants, where she encouraged and inspired young women to achieve their dreams.
As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charlotte tirelessly worked to uplift and support others, touching countless lives in various auxiliary organizations by working with families, youth, and children. She especially cherished serving as Relief Society President, and loved the sisters whom she served.
From 1990 to 1993, Charlotte and Wilbern were called to preside over the Arizona Phoenix mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a significant chapter in their lives. Their service was marked by selflessness and a deep commitment to their faith, their fellow missionaries, and countless members in the southwest region. Throughout their lives they continued these relationships and considered their missionaries their own children, sharing in their successes and consoling them in their challenges. They always loved the personal contact and the updates.
Charlotte’s faith was an essential aspect of her life. For nearly ten years, she shared her talents as a writer for the Church of Jesus Christ on the Instructional Development Committee for the Relief Society. Through her contributions to instructional manuals, she uplifted and inspired countless individuals around the world.
Beyond her numerous accomplishments, Charlotte found joy in simple pleasures. She cherished spending time with her family, creating beautiful memories that will forever be treasured. She had a passion for travel, exploring new places, and experiencing different cultures. At one point, the family was taken out of school for a month and a half as they did a 1976 “bicentennial” tour, visiting all 48 continental states in succession, winding from coast to coast and border to border. Charlotte also found solace in her garden, where she nurtured vibrant blooms that reflected the beauty she found in the world.
Charlotte will be remembered for her radiant smile, her genuine kindness, unconditional love, and her unwavering commitment to her family and friends. Her legacy of compassion, dedication, and faith will continue to inspire and guide all those whose lives she touched. She always made time to intently listen to others and provide a positive outlook on life. There were no “bad” days.
Charlotte is preceded in death by her loving husband, Wilbern Lee McDougal, her parents, Kenneth James Kofford and Florence Ruth Summers Kofford, and her sister, JoAnne Kofford. She is survived by her children, Julie Barrus, Jana (Darryl) Clukey, Wilbern Lee McDougal Jr., and Wesley (Amanda) McDougal; siblings: Rae (Loren) Nebeker, Gail Ferrin; her fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a wide circle of extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.
The McDougal Family thanks all their friends and family for their love and support, as well as the staff at Carrington Court Assisted Living.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Charlotte will be held on June 17, 2023, at 11:00 am at 8539 South 2200 West, West Jordan, Utah, with a viewing from 9:45 am to 10:45 am. There will also be a viewing on Friday evening, June 16, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 1945 West 9000 South. Internment will be at the West Jordan City Cemetery. Services under the direction of McDougal Funeral Home.
To view services remotely, please use this link: https://zoom.us/j/95589111717