Winnie Haynie Mortensen, 92, a Salt Lake City resident since 1961, graduated from the school of mortality into the hope of Eternal Life on Monday, July 14, 1997.
Seventh of ten children, Winnie was born in Oaxaca, and baptized in Morelos, Old Mexico, and moved with her family to Douglas, Arizona at the time of the 1912 "Exodus" from Mexico.Winnie is a graduate dietitian from Battle Creek College, Michigan, and, for advanced teaching credentials and degrees, attended 12 other universities. Her life here was more than a summary of facts; it was a pursuit of learning coupled with a legacy of service. Her teaching spanned more than 45 years and three generations of students in Arizona, Texas and Utah, and included children, Native Americans, and adult servicemen at military installations in Arizona and Texas as well as children with neuromotor challenges. Even while teaching, she and her husband raised seven children to maturity in the time spanning the difficulties of the Great Depression, World War II and the 60's and was yet, in the early 50's, selected as "Arizona Mother of the Year." She loved music, singing, and dance; she participated in them and taught them as well as archery, handicrafts, and a full spectrum of academics at primary, secondary and higher education levels in addition to her specialty in teaching the motor handicapped. She always enjoyed expanding her mind in the Gospel and serving in the LDS Church, seeking above all that her children lead active, faithful lives.
She is survived by an older and younger sister, Beulah (Mrs. Leo N.) Huish of Mesa, Arizona and Edna (Mrs. C Laird) Snelgrove of Salt Lake City; and a younger brother, Paul Haynie of Mesa, Arizona, She was preceded across the veil by her husband, Hyrum Knud Mortensen (1988); and a son, Leo Ether Mortensen (1959). Her posterity includes Hyrum Kay Mortensen, Winnie Rodell Johnson, Marten Calhoun Mortensen, J. Ross Mortensen, Jim Douglas Mortensen, and Mary L. Alger plus 39 grandchildren and nearly two score of great-grandchildren.
All who survive her join in thankfulness for her life "worthy of example." She loved much, served well, and endured nobly. The world is her beneficiary. Her Eternal family welcomes her.
Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 17, 1997, at 10 a.m., at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple in Salt Lake City, where friends may call Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Her earthly tabernacle will await the resurrection in company with her husband and son at the Thatcher, Arizona Cemetery. Interment there will be on Saturday, July 19, 1997 at 11 a.m.
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