In Memory

Laurie Mitchell (Dean)

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03/05/15 03:23 PM #1    

Nancy Whittaker (Ward)

Beloved wife, devoted loving mother, daughter and sister, Laurie Ellen Mitchell Dean, passed away at home on Friday, February 15, 2002 at the age of 45 after a valiant battle with a rare cancer.

She is remembered by family and friends for her love of righteousness and beauty. Her greatest desire was to build an eternal family and share her love for Jesus Christ and His gospel with her loved ones and all whom she met during her sojourn in this life. Now she is free from pain and serving joyfully once again. She lived a life of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served as a pianist, chorister and choir director repeatedly. Her great talents of music and teaching combined to bless the lives of many people. She especially enjoyed teaching children the gospel through music.

Laurie loved the beauty of the mountains and all of God's creations. She enjoyed working summers at girls' camps at Brighton and Oakcrest. She served in the Italy Catania Mission for the Church in 1978-79. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Family Life from the University of Utah and received her Teaching Certificate from Brigham Young University. Before starting her family, she was an elementary school teacher for Jordan School District, first at Midvale Elementary and later at Heartland Elementary. She was involved with a gifted student program for Granite School District and was certified to teach music to young children.

On November 19, 1988, Laurie married Steven Scott Dean in the LDS Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. They are the happy parents of six wonderful sons: Richard Scott Dean (12), David Nicholas Dean (10), James Alexander Dean (8), John Steven Dean (7), Samuel Charles Benjamin Dean (5), and Michael Joseph Dean (1).

Laurie is survived by her husband and six sons, father Shirl V. Mitchell, mother Irene J. Sidwell Mitchell, sisters Kayleen M. Hill, Lisa M. Holbrook (Thomas), and brothers, Kevin Mitchell (Janet), Brian Mitchell (Wanda) and Tim Mitchell (Barbara).

Funeral service will be held on Friday February 22, 2002, 11 a.m., at the Canyon Rim Stake Center, 3051 South 2900 East. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East and at the Church on Friday from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be at the Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden on Friday at 3 p.m. An evening memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday February 24, 2002, at the LDS Washington Fields Chapel on Washington Fields Road, Washington, Utah for friends and family in Southern Utah. Funeral Directors: Holbrook Mortuary, Salt Lake City, Utah, 801-484-2045.

07/17/15 08:15 PM #2    

Jeri Petersen (Olsen)

Laurie was such a dear friend to me! She was such an incredible gal to associate with. When I think of her, I remember bursting enthusiasm, bubbling out in random singing and laughter. Her eyes twinkled with delight and joy! She truly loved life and all it offered her. She was intensely spiritual and reflective. Our senior year when the search was on for a District Seminary scriptural theme, Laurie prayerfully chose to submit the entry chosen, "I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love."  (2 Ne 1:15)  I believe that is where she is. Those are a few of my memories of her. What are yours?  

07/28/15 10:50 PM #3    

Norrie Knight (Brassfield)

Laurie and I worked together one summer at Brighton Girl's camp.  We were KD's (kitchen debs) and spent many hourse scrubbing dishes and preparing food for the campers.  Laurie was always cheerful and positive, often singing as she worked.  She had a beautiful voice!  She loved the mountains and used the beauty and solace of nature to bring her closer to God.  She was loving and caring and a lot of fun!

08/05/15 09:55 PM #4    

Celeste Taylor (Johnson)

Laurie was a crazy, enthusiastic, fabulous, origonal, wonderful ray of sunshine!  When a random memory comes to mind of her and our friends at school, it always makes me smile! 

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