Quantcast

Obituary: STEORTS, PHYLLIS ELIZABETH

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 1 2014 4:42 a.m. MDT

Phyllis Elizabeth Steorts 1921 ~ 2011

On August 10, 2011, an amazing life's story came to a close as Phyllis Elizabeth Steorts rejoined her lifelong companion Lee. Born at home in Salt Lake City June 22, 1921, to Halvor F. Lund and Verda Robins Lund, she was the oldest of four children. While in high school, she met and eventually married her East High sweetheart Lee Steorts. Together for 69 years, they built a life full of skiing, sailing, hiking, travel and family. They did everything together; although he preceded her in death, she only let him make this final journey alone for four weeks. She began her business career at the age of 19 by hosting her own program at KUTA Radio focusing on pets. Actively engaged in the Salt Lake business community, in 1953 she went to work at the Hotel Utah. What began as a six-month trial period as a secretary grew into an executive career and love affair with that grand hotel. Over time she served as the hotel's Executive Secretary, Assistant Manager, Director of Public Relations and as Resident Manager. As International President of Executive Women International, she was instrumental in spreading the reach of the organization and in promoting the role of women in business. As a member of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Phyllis was a champion of the city she loved. During her years at the Chamber, she served as Chairman of the Central Business Improvement District, was a member of the Chamber's Executive Committee and served on the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber. Named by the Chamber as the Business Woman of the Year in 1984, she was the first recipient of the Chamber's annual Merit Award given to outstanding women in business as well as the Athena Award given for similar reasons by Athena International. Unwilling to retire, Phyllis spent an additional 20 years working as a volunteer with the Utah State Library for the Blind. She hosted her own radio program, the "Magazine Rack," where one hour each week she read a variety of current articles for the visually impaired. At 82, recognized and honored by Governor Leavitt for her service, she decided someone a little younger might like a chance at the experience. Throughout her life, Phyllis met thousands of people, and many became her friends for life. As a lifelong member of the LDS Church, her service brought her many cherished relationships. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lee, brother and sister-in-law Alan and Lou Lund and brothers-in-law Cliff Davis and Ray Bartonious. She is survived by her sisters Pat Davis and Bobbie Bartonious, children Scott (Kathy) Steorts, Wendy (Wilson) Martin, her grandchildren Ryan (Tricia) Martin, Paul Martin, Jason Steorts, Mitchael (Kathryn) Steorts, Dennis Steorts and five great grandchildren. A gathering of friends and family will be held Friday, August 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Services at Larkin Mortuary on Saturday, August 13, at 10 a.m. Interment in the Kaysville City Cemetery located at 500 East Crestwood, Kaysville, Utah. On-line condolences at www.larkincares.com