ASHLAND – Margaret Ellen Dean Sorenson, 88, died on Sept. 24, 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M. at her daughter's home.
She was born at home on Aug. 14 1920 in Ashland to Ada Mary (Keller) Dean and Ralph Sydney Dean.
She grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School in 1938. She remained in Ashland for a year after graduation while she worked at the movie theatre. She saved money so she could attend the Grand Island Business School where she learned secretarial skills. Her next move was to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the federal government.
While in Washington she met Carl W. W. Sorenson who was a lieutenant commander in the Navy. They were married in 1943. After the war they lived in various towns and cities including Toronto, S.D; Brookings, S.D.; Kansas City and Dallas. The family spent a year in Nigeria in 1966/1967 where Carl worked for the U. S. Agency for International Development helping the people improve their agricultural skills. During that year the children where spread out in schools in Africa and Europe. Their time in Nigeria was cut short by a war and they had to leave many of their possessions behind.
Carl died in January 1987 after a short period of poor health. After his death Margaret spent a large part of her time traveling around the country visiting her children. She attended many different Elderhostels and also traveled to Equador, China, and Hawaii. The trip to China involved smuggling Bibles into the country.
In November 2004, Don Everman, a high school sweetheart, invited her to visit him in Lake Panasoffkee, Fla. She remained there until July of this year when she moved to her daughter's home and entered hospice.
She is survived by Don Everman; children and their spouses, Thalia Powell of Albuquerque, Faith Sorenson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ellen and J.C. Watkins of Rockwall, Texas, Anita and Joe Kellerby of Cody, Wyo., Eric Sorenson of Boulder, Colo., Joy Sorenson of Boulder, Colo. and Sonja and Clay Arnold of Greenville, Texas; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and sister, Esther Cornelius of Aurora.
Those preceding her in death were her husband, an infant daughter, Bonita, her parents, her brother, Vernon Dean, a sister, Lillian Dean Bailey and a niece, Jeanette Cornelius Marlatt.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Toronto, S.D.
Published in Ashland-Gazette (Omaha, NE) from Oct. 7 to Oct. 17, 2008.