Prominent Salt Lake City native dies in California.
Lenessa Tingey Rumel died of natural causes June 29,1998 in St. Helena, California surrounded by her daughter and family.She was born to Lehi Needham and Gertrude Smith Tingey in Salt Lake City, Utah March 8, 1911. Except for brief periods living elsewhere she was a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City. She graduated from West High School where she was active in dramatics and social activities, and attended the University of Utah where she was affiliated with Pi Phi Sorority. She married photographer Hal Rumel December 24, 1934. They had one child. Hal died March 19, 1980.
Lenessa was active in many social organizations: She was Executive Director and later, President of the Salt Lake Council of the National Girl Scouts of America. She was a member of the Salt Lake City Junior League and of the National Assistance League. She was one of ten winners of a medal for excellence in photography from The Photographic Society of America. For many years she and her husband Hal had a summer photographic studio near the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. After the death of her husband she lived alone in a home high on the North Avenues surrounded by flowers and pictures. She loved gardening, beautiful things and the Southwestern United States.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Rumel Rose; son-in-law, Garry Rose; grandson, Michael; one brother, Ralph L. Tingey and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Tuesday, July 7, 1998 at 12 Noon at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery next to her husband Hal.
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