Barbara Densley Loertscher

January 13, 1932 — May 4, 2024

Barbara Densley Loertscher

We lovingly announce the graduation of our mom, Barbara Densley Loertscher, to her next estate on May 4, 2024. We know she was met by dad, Dwain Vickers Loertscher, and their love story, interrupted for nearly 24 years can now continue into eternity. She was welcomed by our brother, Tad, and countless other loved ones. Mom was born on January 13, 1932 in her parents’ home on Redwood Road in Riverton, Utah. The 4th of 8 children, Mom grew up in a busy little home that was shared with her grandmother. Being the daughter of a bus driver/janitor/cemetery caretaker/shepherd, she knew poverty and making do with what you have. Mom’s childhood and youth included adventures like selling wild asparagus, being tied to a tree, cutting a chicken’s head almost all the way off, cleaning house for the local “wealthy” neighbor to buy Joyce shoes and Janson sweaters, playing the drums and going hoodle-e-dinking in Butterfield Canyon. One of the greatest love stories of all time began with meeting Dad as a young adult. Their love letters throughout his mission were mushy and adoring. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Mom gave birth to 9 darling children and devoted her life to making home into heaven. She became well-known for her sewing skills. Her talents in the kitchen were amazing, whether baking bread, canning, dipping chocolates, or cooking meals. We knew Mom loved the Lord because she served Him all her life in a variety of church positions. Over the years she created quilts, embroidered dish towels, crocheted Christmas ornaments and hot pads, and tatted doilies. Mom passed on many of her skills to others. The years of sacrifice for Dad’s scouting passion exemplified her deep love for him. After Dad died in 2000, Mom served a mission to Brisbane, Australia and returned home to serve a second mission at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. She volunteered at the local elementary school and spent countless hours indexing for Family Search. Mom considered her many years of service at the Jordan River Temple and Draper Temple as sacred. Her biggest love was her 37 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. She happily hosted 16 years of Cousin Camps and joyfully said, “I’m the owner of this mess!” Mom delighted the family when she participated in water fights, roller blading, and riding roller coasters into her 80’s. She even made Sunday dinner special each week. As time and age took its toll, we had the blessing of serving Mom more and more. The Union 6th Ward loved her dearly and she cherished those friendships. Mom passed away less than 15 miles from where she was born.

We cannot begin to adequately thank all those that loved Mom at Summit Senior Living. They enriched her days and gave her reasons to be joyful when life became unbearably difficult. The staff and residents of Summit became precious to her.

If you’d like to join our celebration, there will be a viewing Thursday, May 9th at Cannon Mortuary, 2469 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 South) Cottonwood Heights from 6-8 PM. Viewing held Friday, May 10th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4932 South 3200 West, Taylorsville from 9-10:30 AM. Funeral at 11AM. Interment next to Dad and Tad at Riverton Cemetery, 1500 West 13200 South, Riverton

We love you, Mom, and delight in the blessing you now have to care for us from the other side with Dad.

Your adoring children—Tawnya (Al), Shane (Gaye), Kyleen (Jeff), Devin (Ronda), VaLee (Todd), DaLon (Kris), Kayle (Jill), Bard (Tammy)

Please click the link below to join the webinar the day of the service at 10:45 am:
https://zoom.us/j/98989683423

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