Laurel Jensen Burningham Furse passed away peacefully in her home in Bountiful on Monday, Feb. 3, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Joseph and Bertha Jensen at home on a farm in Groveland, Idaho on Nov. 30, 1919. She was the fourth child of nine children.
She attended local schools and graduated from Blackfoot High School and Seminary in 1937. She went to Salt Lake City to work and there she met her future husband, Melvin S. Burningham. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1939. They spent their married years in Bountiful, St. George, North Ogden and then back to Bountiful. During those years they were very active in the LDS Church and served in many positions. After retirement, they served a mission in the Philippine Manila Mission. Melvin passed away April 1990 after 51 years of marriage.
Laurel’s greatest joy was that of serving as a wife and a mother. She learned many homemaking skills through the USU Extension Program, for which her husband worked, and taught these skills to her daughters and many young women through the 4-H program. She loved reading and joined many book clubs through the years. She was a member of the Alfred Park DUP and helped in the kitchen at Golden Years for many years. She enjoyed line dancing and square dancing, sewing, quilting, crocheting and knitting. She made many articles for her family and the humanitarian services. On Feb. 3, 1995 she married Orin A. Furse, a former friend and neighbor, and they were able to spend 15 years together. They thrived on the LDS Extraction Program, and she learned how to do Spanish and name extraction, and data entry. They enjoyed going to the temple and were able to travel to many places in the US and abroad. She sincerely appreciated the love and support of his siblings and children. He passed away in April 2010.
She is survived by her children: Joyce (Gale Larson), Logan; Ross Burningham, New York, NY; Marianne (Robert) Chamberlain, Farmington; Kristine (Kelly) Long, Orem; David Burningham, Bountiful; Cheryl (Mark) Shafer, Gig Harbor, WA; John (Lynne) Burningham, Sandy; Kalynn Olsen, Bountiful; and a brother, Vernon Jensen, Monroe, WA. She is survived by 26 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at the Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the Bountiful 28th Ward Chapel (Hidden Chapel), 1450 S. 350 West, Bountiful, with viewing and family prayer one hour prior at 10 a.m. Interment-Bountiful City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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