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Carol Sorensen

January 26, 1933 — December 1, 2013

Gwen Carol Penfold Sorensen, 80, of Rigby Idaho, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at her home. She was under the care of Onesource Hospice. A special thanks to Amy and Neeley for their kind care.

Carol was born January 26, 1933 in Driggs, ID to Virgil Penfold and Georgia Hillman Penfold. She grew up on a ranch in Teton Valley where she learned to love the mountains and appreciate the beauty of God's creations.

Carol was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was married to Philip Floyd Sorensen in the Idaho Falls Temple on August 6, 1952.

She is survived in death by her children Sonia Colleen Sorensen (Lynn Murdock) of West Jordan, UT; Philip Kim Sorensen (Susan) of Rigby, ID; Carolyn Sorensen (Keith Haroldsen) of Menan, ID; and Robert Lyman Sorensen (Lisa) of Dacula, GA.

Her posterity includes twenty-three grandchildren and fifty-eight great grandchildren, with one due in April.

Carol was the youngest child in a family of six. She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, four sisters, her husband and one granddaughter.

Carol was a talented and accomplished daughter of God. She graduated from Ricks College with her Associate's Degree in 1951, Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in 1961, and her Master's Degree from BYU in 1971. She loved the arts and was gifted in Drama, Speech, Debate and Literature. She taught school in Boise, ID, at Teton High School in Driggs, ID, Sugar Salem High School in Sugar City, ID, Madison High School in Rexburg, ID, the Idaho Department Of Youth Correction in St Anthony, ID, Granite School District in Salt Lake City, UT and Jefferson School District, Rigby ID.

Carol enjoyed life to the fullest and with her devoted husband Philip, spent their years of retirement traveling and serving missions for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They served their first mission together in 1989 in the Salta Argentina Mission. While serving in Argentina, Carol broke her wrist, and they returned to the United States and completed their mission in San Antonio, TX. They were then called to serve in 1992 in the Bagio Philippines mission. Because of illness, they returned home and finished their mission in Louisville, KY. In 1996, Phil and Carol were called to serve in the London England Mission. After her dear spouse passed away, Carol was called to serve in the Family History Mission in Salt Lake City, UT.

Carol loved the mountains and enjoyed hiking and skiing. She passed her love of nature on to her children and grandchildren. She taught them to love reading, art, music and one another.

Carol enjoyed membership in many clubs and groups. She belonged to Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and sang in her ward choir as well as the Regional Singles Choir. She belonged to the Holiday Dance Club and the Upper Valley Square Dance Club. She enjoyed entertaining and especially loved her monthly Sugar City Women's Club. She loved playing cards with dear friends and family.

The funeral service will be held at the Rigby 2nd Ward building at 364 North 4100 East, Rigby, ID on Saturday, December 7th at 11 am. Viewing will be held before the service on Saturday at 9:30 am at the same location. Interment will be held at the Pratt Cemetery in Alta, WY at 2:00 pm.

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