Ronna Lee Swenson Torgerson
On what would have been her mother’s 125th birthday, July 20, 2018, Ronna Lee Swenson Torgerson, our sweet mother, passed away and into the waiting arms of those who passed before.
She was born Feb. 4, 1931 in Fairview, Utah to Anthere and John Swenson, the youngest of 10 children. She married LaVern Torgerson June 30, 1947.
They have four children: Michael (Gail), Randy (Kathy), Jacalyn (Joe) and Gary (Lynne). Mom and dad spent many years in Wayne County, Utah before moving to Salt Lake City in 1956. They moved to Denver in 1962.
Mom worked for Frito-Lay in Denver for many years, driving 125 miles from one end of Denver to the other in rain, sleet, hail and snow. She left Frito-Lay in 1971 when they opened the first of their service stations.
They retired in 1986, spent a few years as Snowbirds in Arizona during the winter and summers at the cabin they built together in Coaldale, Colorado, then finally came home to Richfield where Vern passed away in 2004.
Mother lost her vision in 2001, but fought valiantly to remain independent. She moved back to Denver to be near Jackie and Gary and into Sunny Acres Retirement Center when she could no longer take proper care of herself. Dementia is an incredibly cruel disease, and mom gave the fight of her lifetime to combat it . . . but in the end, sadly, it took her.
She is survived by her children, nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, as well as many well-loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; grandson Anthony Porath; brothers Shirley, Ross, Jay, Harry and Dwaine; and her sisters: Wilma, Vanetta, Ora and Helen.
Viewing will be held Saturday, July 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt. Pleasant Utah.
Graveside service at noon in the Upper Fairview City Cemetery in Fairview, Utah. We will keep your legacy alive, mom with the love, kindness, principles, humor and hard work ethic you instilled in all of us. We love you forever and ever. Online condolences at rasmussenmortuary.com.