Obituary: LUDLOW, LUENE LEIFSON

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30 2014 5:24 a.m. MDT

Luene Leifson Ludlow1923 ~ 2011On September 7, 2011, Hannah Luene Leifson Ludlow, 87, surrounded by family, left this mortal life to reunite with her eternal companion, Daniel Hansen Ludlow, whom she dearly missed.Born November 1, 1923, to J. Victor Leifson and Mary A. Bradford Leifson in Spanish Fork, Utah. Luene was extremely proud of her Icelandic heritage. She spent many years searching hand written records to find her ancestors and will be greeted by thousands who were blessed by that work. Graduating from Spanish Fork High, she married her high school sweetheart, Dan Ludlow on June 10, 1942, in the Salt Lake Temple. This began her true legacy.Mother was devoted to her family and raised 9 children whom she dearly loved, and who in turn dearly loved her. She is survived by her son Victor (V-Ann) Ludlow, daughters Sandra Ludlow, Diane (Doyle) Asay, LuAnn Rothe, Carolyn (Brent) Sweeny, Kathy (Mark) Smith, Shauna (Darrell) Smith, and Michelle (Garr) Judd; as well as 42 grandchildren and 73 great grandchildren. Also survived by her siblings Freda McKell, Thor (Loyce) Leifson, Allen (Mary Lou) Leifson, Afton Rosenbaum, June Leifson, Elaine (Dee) Pullman, and Mark (Freda Kaye) Leifson; and sisters-in-law Ruth Leifson and Marilyn Leifson. She also considered her husband's family as her own.Preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; both parents; a daughter Ruth (Nate) Pierce; a son-in-law Ed Rothe; her brothers Glen, Ted, and Jack Leifson; and brothers-in-law William McKell and Var Rosenbaum.Her life was full of love, kindness, and compassion for all. Everyone left her home with a full heart and stomach. She blessed the lives of so many while serving with Dan all over the world: the Holy Land, Egypt, Australia, Central and South America, Nauvoo, Hawaii, and more. She became the mother to hundreds of missionaries while Dan presided over the Australia Perth Mission, and also many students while Dan directed three BYU semester abroad groups to Israel. Luene served faithfully during her life in many positions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a deep love for the gospel, a fervent testimony she bore often, and she lived her life accordingly. She enjoyed reading, art, traveling, learning, and being with friends, family, and loved ones. Special thanks to family and many aides and nurses from Alpine Hospice and Aspen Senior Care. We were truly blessed to have many compassionate and kind individuals who lovingly cared for Mom the past two years.Viewings will be Sunday, September 11, 2011, at the LDS Church located at 2400 North 1060 East, Provo, Utah, from 5:00 to 6:30, as well as Monday, September 12, 2011, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Memorial services will follow at 11:00. Interment in the Benjamin, Utah Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.serenicare.com