LuAnn Merrill Sorensen1930 ~ 2012LuAnn Merrill Sorensen passed away peacefully at home in Layton, Utah on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the age of 81 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. The love that she and her husband shared grew even stronger during the final years of her life as they faced the challenge of her disease together.LuAnn was born on March 18, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Olonzo David Merrill Jr. and Ruth Bunney Perkins. She attended school in Salt Lake City; Richland, Washington; and Wilmington, Delaware. She attended college at Brigham Young University, where she met her eternal companion Neil R Sorensen. They were married in the Logan temple on September 18, 1952. She later graduated from BYU with a BA in fine arts. LuAnn and Neil have five children, 23 grandchildren, and 12 (almost 13) great-grandchildren. One of the highlights of her life was having all of her children and their spouses join her in the temple at her 50th wedding anniversary. LuAnn was active in the LDS Church. She served as Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society president, in Greenbelt, MD, Beaverton, OR, Chelmsford, MA, and Holladay and Layton, UT. Her home was a gathering place for youth throughout her life. She was a temple worker in the Ogden temple. She served with the 11-year-old scouts for years, where she had a great influence on molding the lives of young men. LuAnn had a lifelong interest in art. In addition to the painting and sculpture she did in college, she later studied pottery and stained glass. She enjoyed riding her Honda 90 motorcycle from her home in Holladay to her pottery class at Granite High School. She enjoyed sharing her talents with her family. Her grandchildren often speak of their time at Grandma's house working on art projects. She was a neighborhood volunteer barber. Family was important to LuAnn. She always made time to participate in family activities. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and boating with her family. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports, music, and theater.LuAnn is survived by her husband, Neil; her children Rob (Marie), Erica (Jim) Nordquist, Carl (Cindy), Phil (Kim), and Ken (Karen); and by 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her two brothers, Olonzo David Merrill III and Robert P. Merrill.Services will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Oak Forest Ward, 2250 N. 2200 East, Layton, at 11:00 am. A viewing will held on Friday, January 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Oak Forest Ward, and 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the funeral.Internment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, Utah, immediately following the funeral.