Marilyn Badger Sorensen, 91, returned to her Heavenly home on Thursday, February 24, 2022. She was born January 26, 1931, in Holden, Utah to Burton Garr and Lila Bradfield Badger. She was raised with her brother in Holden and reminisced often about her fond memories of friends and relatives.
When she met Donald Sorensen she knew at that moment he would be her eternal companion. They were married and sealed for eternity June 21, 1951. They were blessed with 5 children, 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Several of her nephews, spouses and children were considered her kids too. She proudly proclaimed that her posterity was her greatest achievement.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and magnified her many church and temple callings. She loved genealogy and was always up for new programs on the computer to help her make it easier and faster.
She graduated from Millard High School and attended Brigham Young University and took classes at Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus.
She received many honors as an equestrian including being rodeo royalty. She was a horticulturist, PTA local and state lifetime member as well as being the State of Arizona PTA Librarian for several years. She was a beautiful writer of stories and poetry which won her honors in Arizona and Hawaii. She said once that her writing was only for family and friends but many were willing to be the recipients of those beautiful poems. Throughout her life she was active in all aspects of speech, drama, music, and dance. She did enjoy ballroom dancing and tap the most.
She was a “collector” of 4 legged and 2 legged strays. Her door and heart were always open to those who needed a place to stay, a listening ear, a motherly hug, and mending things including hearts, of all ages was her specialty.
She loved to travel and when she was not able, the written word was her vessel to explore and learn. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and enjoyed the friendships made there.
She will be remembered for her charitable acts of love and compassionate service over the course of her life. She had a way of making each of us feel special and our burdens lighter each time we left her presence.
She is survived by her children, Jeanette McCarthy; Gary (Bettie) Sorensen; Nathan (Shauna) Sorensen; Kathy Farmer; Lila (David) Pacheco; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Burton and Lila, her eternal companion Donald, brother William, sister-in-law Maurine, son-in-law David, and grandson Gary Jr.
There will be a graveside service and interment at the Holden Cemetery March 5, 2022 at 11 am. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.