Anna Jeannette Mortensen, 86, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at her home in Emery, Utah with her family by her side.
Jeannette was born on November 6, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Christian Farrell Mortensen and Veronica Wagner Tuckett. Her mother died when Jeannette was only 2 years old and she and her brother, Charlie, moved to Sugar City, Idaho to be raised by their grandmother Annie Mary Mortensen.
At age 16, Jeannette started working at Rocky Mountain Bank Note Company in Salt Lake City and that is where she met her sweetheart, Clell W. Mortensen. They were married on July 28, 1951 and later sealed to their family in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
In 1977, Clell and Jeannette moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where Jeannette completed a 28-year career for Rocky Mountain Bank Note Co. A few years later, they moved to Clell’s hometown of Emery, Utah where Jeannette worked for several years for the town. Literally taking their house with them, they returned to Nevada in 1990 where Jeannette ran the “Layaway” department for the local K-Mart. In 1998, they made one last move back to Emery.
Even though she stood less than 5 feet tall, Jeannette was full of love for her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, always ready to give big hugs and kind words to her loved ones. Jeannette loved music, dancing, visiting with friends and family, preserving food and watching musicals.
Jeannette is survived by her husband, Clell W. Mortensen of Emery, Utah; her son, Wyatt Clell (Connie) Mortensen of Logandale, Nevada; son-in-law, Rick (Shauna) Withers of West Valley City, Utah; and 6 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles F. Mortensen; her son-in-law, Randy Riser; and her beloved daughters, Marlene Mortensen Riser and Teresa Ann Mortensen Withers.
Jeannette will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a lovely woman and a great example of goodness and love.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 am at the LDS chapel in Emery, Utah. The graveside service will be held immediately following the viewing at the Emery Town Cemetery.