April 6, 1932 ~ November 14, 2011
Surrounded by her family, Mona Gay Torgerson Elder, took the stairway to Heaven on November 14, 2011. Mona was born April 6, 1932 in Koosharem, Utah to Sidney Voyle Torgerson and Anna Mabel Pearson. She was active in all sports, especially baseball and softball. She graduated from South Sevier High School in Monroe, Utah.
She began her working career in Fish Lake, and later worked in a café and the telephone office in Richfield. She was also employed by Barbizon and other sewing plants and ran the Big D Café and worked at the Ideal café in Utah County.
Mona married Earl Massey and was blessed with three children. They were later divorced. On May 20, 1960, she married Wendell Elder and they added three more children to the family. They were later sealed in the Provo LDS Temple and were married for 51 years. She loved her kids, grandkids, and especially Wendell, who was her soulmate.
She enjoyed camping, sewing, and was a great cook. Mona also loved pets and her greatest love was horses. She loved to surround herself with people and accepted everyone. She was friendly, welcoming, and fun to be around. Her motto in life was “Never Give Up” and she was a fighter. She didn’t let anything get her down.
Mona is survived by her husband, Wendell, of Salem, UT; children, Connie Massey (deceased); Randy Massey, Vernal, UT; Leah Massey, Mesquite, NV; Patricia (Jim) Liller, North Las Vegas, NV; Douglas Elder, Salem, UT; Kathy (Steve) Curtis, Highland, UT; stepchildren, Jana Kachur; Wendell Elder; Jon (Joanne) Elder; Stuart (Cindy) Elder; and Tom (MarJean) Elder. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, many step grandchildren; and four brothers, Lee (Cathy) Torgerson, Ronnie Torgerson, Terry (Brenda) Torgerson, and Jim (Collette) Torgerson, all of Salina, Utah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, brothers, DeOn Torgerson and Dolan Torgerson, sister, Jane Young; as well as Step Dad, Owen Pernigotti, and Step Mother, Lois Gates Torgerson.
The family would like to express special thanks to the SICU doctors, nurses, and staff at University of Utah Hospital, and especially Dr. Craig Selzman who was with us to the end.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. at the Salem City Cemetery, 130 East 965 South, Salem, UT. All friends and family are invited to attend.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuary.com
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