As a child of an amalgamated sugar company worker, LaRue spent her childhood in Lewiston, Utah, Cornish, Utah, and Burley, Idaho. She was the oldest child of five, having three brothers and a sister. Her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were all living in the Lewiston area, so she had many dear memories of close family associations and great adventures. A strong believer in education, it was her dream to go to college after graduating from Burley High School. The family did not have the necessary finances, so she chose to attend LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. During this time, she lived in the Beehive House and walked to school and work. As a young woman, one of her passions was ballroom dancing: she was able to perform and teach wherever and whenever she had the opportunity. She frequently relived the memories of dancing in Saltair.
During WWII she worked at Hill Air Force Base. This is where she met Hatch Haycock. After they married, they moved to California where Hatch was employed by United Air Lines. They were blessed with four children: Lynne, Doug, Carl, and Anne. LaRue always thought two girls and two boys was the perfect family. After eight years in California, they were transferred to Denver, Colorado for five years, then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went to work for United Air Lines. Her knowledge and people skills helped in her role as a ticket agent. She worked until retirement at 65. They returned to Utah for Hatch's health in 1985, moving to St. George for family support. Following Hatch's death in 1990, she began working at Wal-Mart. Her personal drive and friendly demeanor made her a favorite among cashiers.
Throughout her life she has been a devoted member of the LDS church. She has held many callings in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society on both ward and stake levels. One of her greatest loves in life was children of all ages. She enjoyed giving out treats, reading stories, playing games, providing support and encouragement to all children in all walks of life. In the last 20 years she was able to develop a love for Temple and family history work. She treasured her time working at the Temple and the memory of that experience brought her peace.
She is survived by one brother, Howard Smith of Santa Barbara, California; her children: Lynne (Kent) Perkins of St. George, Doug (Debby) Haycock of Woodburn, Oregon, Carl (Donna) Haycock of Ogden, Utah, and Anne (Joe) Stubbs of Charleston, South Carolina, 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and her "foster family" at Beehive Homes.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bloomington Hills LDS 3rd Ward Chapel, 1222 E. Brigham Rd., St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd. and on Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the chapel, prior to services. Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. The family wishes to express appreciation to Beehive Homes staff at Mesa Palms for their loving care this past year and also to the Home Hospice for their support. www.metcalfmortuary.com