Garnet Rose Mangus Sorenson

Jan. 24, 1938 – May 31, 2015

Caramels, fudge, peanut brittle, raspberry jam, raspberry syrup, banana cream pie, worker, service, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend. These words and much more describe Garnet Rose Mangus Sorenson, who was born 77 years ago on Jan. 24, 1938, in Lovell to Clarence and Leola Mangus. She got her name from her sweet aunt, Garnet Dale Wells, and her middle name from her Grandma Rose Mangus.

Garnet Rose Mangus Sorenson
Garnet Rose Mangus Sorenson

She was greeted by a brother, Kenneth, and a sister, Shirley. Later, other siblings joined their family: Sidra, Sandra, Sylvia and John Lee. On March 28, 1956 she married Newell J. Sorenson in the Salt Lake Temple. Six children were born to this union: Pat, Scott, Sherry, Jay, Max and Chris.

During their early years the family lived in Lovell, Oceanside, Calif, then Cody and Cowley, where Newell taught school. They spent many summers on their ranch in Dryhead, Mont. The family has many memories of their time there.

In 1965 Newell got a teaching job in Tooele, Utah. During this time, Garnet went to college and got her teaching degree, graduating from the University of Utah in 1973 and then getting her Master’s Degree in 1980. In 1985, Garnet received her administrative degree from Utah State. She taught school at Grantsville Elementary and Tooele Jr. High until her retirement in 1997. She was Teacher of the Year.

After she and Newell retired they moved to Garden City, Utah. In 2008, they decided it was time to move back to “good ole Wyoming.” They loved their time in Lovell where they renewed old friendships and made many more. In late January of this year they moved to Payson, Utah, where their daughter Sherry could help them with their health needs.

Garnet was active in her church and always went the extra mile in her callings. She was a very active member of the Tooele Civic League and the Lovell Woman’s Club, serving as president of both organizations. She was also elected State President of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs for the State of Utah.

Garnet died on May 31, 2015, in Payson, Utah. She leaves behind her husband, Newell, and five children, Scott (Patty) of Richmond, Ky., Sherry (Allen) Taylor of Payson, Utah, Jay (Tara) of Provo, Utah, Max (Tanna) of Clarkston, Wash., and Chris of Tooele, Utah; a sister, Sylvia (Pat) Crosby, and a brother, John Lee (Tricia) Mangus, both of Lovell; 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who have given her a lot of love and care during her time in Lovell. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Pat; two brothers, Kenneth (Jeri) and Clarence Fay; and three sisters, Shirley Ruth (Don) Tew, Sidra Davis (Brent) Goodman and Sandra (Terry) Benson.

Garnet was a wonderful servant of our Heavenly Father. She was always serving others. You could not visit her without taking something home with you. She has been a very supportive and loving wife to Newell and he is going to miss her dearly. We will all miss you, Rosie.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Lovell LDS Stake Center. Interment was in the Lovell Cemetery. The family will be having a “celebration of life” at a later date in Tooele.

To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101