Erma was raised on a dairy farm in Southern California. At a young age she learned to play the accordion and later in life would entertain family with polka music at Christmas. She was a song leader in high school and maintained friendships with many of her classmates from Chino High School. She married Douglas Smith Clark January 30, 1952 and moved to Cedar City. Together they had three daughters before his untimely death in 1968.
Erma was a gifted florist. She began arranging flowers during high school and worked as a florist at Zion Sun Floral for many years. There she met her husband of forty-nine years, John Carl Dalton. Together they raised three girls, built a home and ran a business. She was sealed for time and all eternity to John in the St. George Temple.
Erma was a devote member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served as Relief Society President, sang in the ward choir and taught Primary for many years. Erma enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and loved to travel and visit Maui, Hawaii. She was a kind and generous lady.
Erma is survived by her husband John Carl Dalton; children Suzette Cardon of Cedar City, UT; Catherine Jean (Jay) Frederick of Ennis, MT; Linda Clark of Cedar City, UT; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by an infant brother Robert Cornu, sister Catherine Cornu, husband Douglas Smith Clark and son-in-law Thomas B. Cardon.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at the Cedar 16th Ward Chapel (1925 W 320 S, Cedar City, UT). Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and aides at Bella Terra in Cedar City, The Meadows II in St. George and Sun Tree Hospice for the kindness Erma received under their care.