ST. GEORGE, UTAH
Kathleen Poulson Mortensen
Dec. 10, 1926-Jan. 11, 2013
Kathleen Poulson Mortensen, 86, passed away on Jan. 11, 2013, at a care center in St. George, Utah, attended by her loving family. She was born in Sanford, Colo., Dec. 10, 1926, the first child of Frank Poulson and Velma Christensen Poulson. She had three sisters, Alice, Evelyn and Morjie and one brother, Perry.
Kathleen was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served her entire life in the church, including as Relief Society President more than once. She was married to Albert McIntire Mortensen on Sept. 20, 1946, in Sanford, Colo., in a double ceremony with Albert's brother, Clyde Mortensen and Sally Ganus Mortensen, a dear friend. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple three days later on Sept. 23, 1946. They lived in Sanford, Colo.; Farmington and Aztec, during their lives, but Sanford was always "home."
They were blessed with nine children, and Kathleen cared for them as well as her parents and caring for Albert's mother. She cared for her daughter, Tammy, who required complete care for 25 years. She cared for Albert with his health problems to the end of his life. Her joy was in service and she was always serving.
Kathleen was an avid gardener and always had a fine garden and beautifully landscaped yard. She always had a bounteous harvest to preserve and provide nutritious meals for her family. She saw to it that the family was taught music, homemaking and other skills and how to work. They were taught the gospel, by example and precept.
Kathleen and Albert served three missions for the Church that they were devoted to in Dulce, Seaview, Wash. and Grand Cayman Island.
Kathleen is survived by a sister, Alice (Bill) Shaw, of Walla Walla, Wash.; Perry (Norma) Poulson, of Aztec; seven children, Lois (Kim) Miller, of Sanford, Dixie (Lynn) Hutchins of Ft. Garland, Colo., Gordon (Lanae) Mortensen in the Philippines, Peggy (Carl) Haynie, of Dallas, Texas, Marsha (John) Aland, of St. George, Utah; Rod (Jan) Mortensen, of Sanford; and Neal Mortensen, of Sunset, Fla.; 52 grandchildren and 119 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Mortensen; sisters, Evelyn (Jay) Jackson, Morjie (Phil) Wilson; daughter, Tamara Mortensen; son, Monte Mortensen and three grandchildren, Lee, Jessee and Cass Miller.
A loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend; Kathleen will be dearly missed.
A gathering will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the home of Kim and Lois Miller, 1125 Ninth Street in Sanford, Colo.
A grave side service will follow 11:30 a.m. at the Sanford Cemetery in Sanford, Colo.
A visitation will then be 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanford LDS Church in the Relief Society room, with a memorial service at 2 p.m. in the Sanford Ward chapel, in Sanford, Colo.