Mary Lou Douglass Allred Sorensen
August 8, 1935 – July 17, 2021
Mary Lou Douglass Allred Sorensen, 85, passed away peacefully in her home with family members by her side.
Mary Lou was born August 8, 1935 to Logan, daughter of John Bingham Douglass and Mary Florence Watson Douglass. She was the oldest of six children, Wayne (deceased) (Shirley), Richard (Jone deceased), Dallin (Jan), Melvin, Ada Gaedcke (Roger).
She married Delwyn B. Allred on June 29, 1954. They then divorced. They had two daughters, Nancy Lengyel (Jim) and Annette Loveland (Kenny).
She married John E. Sorensen on June 17, 1969. They shared their love of the outdoors and were happiest boating and camping with their combined children, Alice Vialpando (Dave, deceased), Janet Hopkins (Ron ), Michael Sorensen (Cherie), Jill Sorensen (Rob), Helen Yost (Darreld) and their beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She attended Ogden town schools and graduated from Weber State University, Cum Laude, in 1968.
During her 30-year career, she taught elementary school and was a media specialist in the Ogden City School District. She has taught at Hillcrest, Mound Fort, Wasatch and Horace Mann. With love, she still remembered most of her 1,000 students and kept track of their accomplishments with newspaper clippings in her photo albums.
She also taught at school in China and South Korea, making friends forever.
She spent 18 summers in her beloved Hawaii at BYU-H, extending her tender mercies to her precious Polynesians and others around the world who affectionately called her “Mom.” Later, she traveled to Samoa, Tonga and Singapore to visit some of them.
She loved to explore and camp. She and John spent 17 winters in sunny Arizona and St. George, Utah
Most recently, she was a member of the Harrisville 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had previously served in Sunday School, Elementary, and Stake Primary in the Canyon View Stake.
She loved to correspond with over 50 pen pals from all corners of the earth. During her career years, she would wake up an hour early every morning and write a letter to someone, somewhere in the world. She continued to write for decades and dictated her last letter just days before her death. She loved her family and her posterity so much and her happiest times were when she was with them. Her favorite quote was: “Families are forever.
She wrote before she died: “No more trips to the South Seas, just Heaven all the time!
The funeral will be on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 435 West Harrisville Road. Friends can visit family on Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden and on Saturdays at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Burial, Evergreen Memorial Park.
Mary Lou’s service will be streamed live on her obituary on the Myers website www.myers-mortuary.com where condolences can also be sent to the family.