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Obituary: Margaret C. Sorensen

1918 ~ 2004

Margaret Christensen Sorensen died Sunday, Oct. 3 in Salt Lake City.

She was born May 6, 1918 in Logan, Utah, the daughter of Ruth Maughn Jones and Parley Alma Christensen. She grew up in Provo, attended BY High School and graduated from BYU in 1939 where her father was chairman of the English Department. Following her graduation she went to Washington to work for the War Production Board. In Washington she met Utahn Parry D. Sorensen, at the time a photographer for the Washington Post. They attended a press party at the White House where Parry proposed to her in the White House Rose Garden.

They were married July 12, 194l in the Washington LDS chapel.

Following Parry's war time service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which took them to Connecticut, New Jersey and Los Angeles, they moved back to Salt Lake City in 1946. Margaret was active for six decades in university affairs and served as president of the University Women's Club. Along with her Women's Club activities, Margaret took part in numerous civic affairs, including the Women's Legislative Council. She was an active political volunteer and a life-long Democrat.

She shared her talents for many years in LDS Relief Society where she taught classes in a variety of subjects - from Othello to omelets.

She loved to play Scrabble and bridge, and usually won.

Her children and grandchildren were at the center of her life. She always encouraged them to do their best. Above all, she was a mother who imparted to them her high standards and clear values. Her large circle of family and friends admired her graciousness, her intelligence, and her


She is survived by her husband of 63 years; her children, Richard (Mary) North Caldwell, N.J.; Daniel (Alexis Fernandez) of Brisbane, Australia; Holly (Buzz) Thompson of Stanford, CA; Michael (Connie) Salt Lake City; and William (Alexandra) Bronxville, New York; and 13 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Betty Parker of Tempe, Ariz., and her brother , Harold Christensen of Salt Lake City. Her brother, Horace Christensen, died in 2000.

The family is grateful to Liliane Prietzel for her care and friendship during the last few years.

Funeral services will be 12 noon, Friday, Oct. 8, at the Foothill

Fourth Ward, 1794 S Texas St. (2405 E) Friends may call at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and at the chapel one hour prior to the memorial service.