In 1939 when six-year-old Carolyn Ruth Norberg moved to Lehi from Coalville Utah, Lehi was a small town of about 2500 residents, with no traffic lights, no sidewalks, one gas station, one elementary school, one café, and five wards (congregations) of the LDS church. Her parents, sisters and brother moved into a beautiful home by 700 East. Childhood in Lehi meant happy and safe memories of picking cherries and raspberries, playing games of “Annie I Over,” tag, “run sheepie run,” weeding the 3/4 acre garden, going back-to-school shopping at the American Fork JC Penney store, and picking even more raspberries.
She graduated from Lehi High School in 1950 where she was a member of the pep club, a marching club that performed at the halftimes of games (one of the few extracurricular activities for girls). In the yearbook, her ambition was “to go to Business College,” and indeed she did attend LDS Business College and later used those skills as bookkeeper for Pulham Enterprises until her husband passed away in 1987.
Carol married Arland Pulham of Lehi in 1950 and they built a home on 3 acres near 900 North in Lehi where they raised a family of seven children: JoAnn, Gary, Randy, Sherene, Susan, Wade, and Keith. It was a tradition and yearly highlight to attend or participate in the annual Lehi Round-Up Days parade, rodeo, and stock parade.
Carol was a committed Lehi High School sports fan who attended many, many home and away games and cheered for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others. A jacket and folding chair were standard equipment in the trunk of her car. She was also a “grandmother” to many other athletes at Lehi High School. She knew the team rosters, scores, and schedules well. Besides the Lehi High School activities, other top priorities were attending family events, traveling, gardening, camping, attending various church activities, serving a mission for her church, and making many quilts and baby blankets. She was known to be a dependable source for the latest family, neighborhood, church, Lehi High School and Lehi City information.
She was a board member of the Lehi High School Booster Club, serving in many positions for nearly 30 years, and in 2003 she was honored as Lehi High School Booster of the Year.
Carolyn Norberg Pulham passed away on March 8, 2016. She was devoted to her family, and she loved her city and its high school. She is greatly loved by her seven children, 34 grandchildren, and over 70 great-grandchildren. She would be humbled and delighted to have known about the honor of parade marshal. Members of her family will be representing her posthumously in the parade.