Flagstaff High School
Laurel Peterson Ellsworth - 8/22/2009
Class of 1936Laurel Peterson Ellsworth- Passed away on August 22, 2009 in Provo, UT surrounded by family. Laurel was born November 16, 1918 in Thatcher, AZ to Andrew C. and Eleanor Post Peterson. She was the youngest of seven children. She spent her early life in Flagstaff, Arizona enjoying many outdoor activities. She graduated from BYU, in Elementary Ed, where she lettered in basketball. She taught school in Heber, UT and in Safford, AZ. While in Safford she met and married Reed W. Ellsworth on January 22, 1942 in the Mesa Az. Temple. To this marriage came ten children. They raised their family in Elbert CO and Safford AZ. Reed was killed in an airplane accident shortly before the last child was born. Although this was a severe trial, her faith in Jesus Christ never wavered.
Her whole life was one of service, to her family, to her church, to her community and to the students that she taught. She served in the Louisville KY Mission in her 70’s and was teaching the young girls in Activity Days at the time of her death.
She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She learned to find the good in people and had a spirit about her that lifted and touched those she met. Her sense of humor remained with her until the end.
She is survived by her children: Bill (Pat) Ellsworth, Austin TX, Barbara Curtis, Safford AZ, Bryan Ellsworth, Yuma AZ, Sandra (Hargus) Sexton, Versailles KY, Linda (Angus) McIntosh, Craig CO, Ellen (Doug) Bringhurst, St. George UT, Debbie (Bill) Kempton, Safford AZ, Scott (Annalisa) Ellsworth, Phoenix AZ, Sheri (Harold) Haynie, Cedar City UT, Reed (Vicki) Ellsworth, Lindon UT, 55 grandchildren and 110 great-grandchildren and her brother Dale. She is preceded in death by her husband and daughter-in-law, Dorothy Ellsworth and her brothers Glen and Arman and her sisters Pearl, Eleanor and Myrtle.
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