Ruth RoLayne Rasmussen Ferrin was born in Murray, Utah on January 13, 1927, the first child of Leonal E. and Ruth Thompson Rasmussen. RoLayne, along with her younger siblings, Richard Rasmussen and Maryann Newman, and many other close relatives and friends of the extended Rasmussen and Thompson families, enjoyed a wonderful childhood in and around Midvale, Utah.
From an early age, RoLayne had a passion for the arts. She participated in theater and drama throughout her primary and secondary education at Jordan High School and majored in theater at the University of Utah. While at the University, she affiliated with Chi Omega sorority, was homecoming queen, and was featured in a number of dramatic productions. She remained active in community theater, choral groups, modeling, and other artistic and dramatic pursuits throughout her life. RoLayne also possessed an adventurous spirit and enjoyed exploring culture and belief. She was equally comfortable with, and impassioned by, performing a dramatic reading from a holiday oratorio, dry fly fishing a riffle on a small stream or sharing the basis of her faith.RoLayne shared over 50 years of her life with her husband and ardent admirer, Arnie Ferrin. They were married on June 22, 1948, and thereafter, they collaborated on their passionate, unending love affair. With Arnie, RoLayne was the mother of four children: Tres Ferrin, Bard Ferrin, Louanne Ferrin Davis and Shawn Ferrin. RoLayne was the champion of her children; she fostered in them, and their friends, her energy and zest for living, and guided them in developing respect, acceptance and individualism. She was quick to welcome her children's spouses, Sherry Ellis Ferrin, MaryAnn Morley Ferrin, Robert R. Davis and Charlotte Johnson Ferrin, and was the proud matriarch of four generations that includes eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
RoLayne loved ethnic foods, poetry, diet coke over ice, a game decided at the buzzer, alliteration, dark chocolate and red licorice, eloquence, Pablo Casals, and making people feel welcomed, comfortable and engaged. She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in numerous church roles. The most rewarding allowed her to interact with, and counsel, young women.
With excellent medical care, support from friends and family, and unremitting self-determination, RoLayne survived and overcame the disabilities of brain tumors that developed in her mid-30's and again in her 60's. She was unable to survive the most recent assault of that disease. She passed peacefully at her home on Monday, September 27, 1999, surrounded by and in the arms of her devoted husband and family.
The Ferrin family expresses their gratitude to all of the generous individuals who helped take care of RoLayne.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Friday, October 1, 1999, at the Monument Park Stake Center, 1320 South Wasatch Drive (2520 E.), Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family may call at the Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, Thursday, September 30, 1999 from 6-8 p.m. and at the church the day of the service from 11 to 11:45 am. Interment, Larkin Sunset Lawn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Utah Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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