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Obituary: Velma Mauss Torp

Velma Mauss Torp, 98, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother, sister, and friend died peacefully June 3, 1999, at Holladay Health Care.

Velma was born to Michael and Charlottie Mauss in Murray, Utah. She, her sister and her brother were born triplets on October 16, 1900. The third, fourth and fifth children in a family that eventually included nine children. They were born in a small adobe home. The premature triplets, each weighing about one pound, survived by being kept in their fathers shoebox in the warming oven above the family stove. They lovingly referred to each other as "Womb Mates." Velma was the last of the triplets and the last of the nine children to pass away.Especially during their childhood the triplets were the objects of much publicity, once being on display at the 1907 Utah State Fair, where photographs of them were sold for 25 cents. The triplets enjoyed notoriety as they turned 90, appearing on "Good Morning America" and in People's Magazine as possibly the oldest living set of triplets in the world.

Velma married Emil Torp January 26, 1926. They had one son, Kenneth Wayne Torp. He was her pride and joy. They both preceded her in death. Velma worked as a telephone operator and supervisor at AT&T for more than 30 years. She was always proud of her association with AT&T. She was an avid sports fan and loved to watch baseball and basketball games. Velma adored her pet poodles and was noted for her delicious cooking. She was an accomplished seamstress. By far, her most loved attributes were her dedication to family and care giving, always performed with generosity and loving humor. She was a member of the LDS church.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Emma; two daughters-in-law, Patricia E. Torp McGowan, Judy Torp (Roen) Hale; four granddaughters - Kristine L. (Mont) Millerberg, Elizabeth A. (Scott) Walker, Kenna Torp Hale, Danielle Torp Hale; and one grandson Mitchell (Elizabeth) Torp. She had 12 great-grand children and two great great-grandchildren.

Velma lived a long and productive life. She had a zest for life. And left a legacy of love to all who knew her. We Love You Grandma!

The family wishes to thank the staff of Holladay Health Care for their kindness and support.

Funeral services will be held at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State St., Monday June 7, 1999 at 1 p.m. where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment in Murray City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to Primary Children's Hospital, 100 N. Medical Dr., SLC, 84113 or a charity of your choice.

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