Lois Jean Rassmusen Wolfe Greene
Lois Jean Rassmusen Wolfe Greene, age 85, passed away from natural causes on May 7, 2011, in St. George, Utah. She was born in Gogorza, Utah, otherwise known to many as the Jeremy Ranch area, on March 1, 1926.
Lois was the daughter of Osmer and Stella Robison Rassmusen. After Osmer passed away in 1929, Stella married his paternal-twin brother, Osmond. Osmond was known as "daddy" by the children and later as "Grandpa-Shorty" to their grandchildren, so named because he was a few inches shorter than Osmer, although he was still about 6 feet tall.
Lois attended elementary, junior high, and later graduated with honors from a high school in Park City, Utah. She then spent a semester at the University of Utah. At age 19, Lois married Lester Wolfe and immediately moved to Washington, D.C. After her divorce from Lester, she married Roy Lennie Greene in Mt. Rainer, Maryland, and they were later sealed in the Washington D.C. LDS Temple.
She retired from National Geographic Magazine after 25 years, where she received mail from world leaders and then distributed it for membership, and even such people as Jane Goodall, Dr. Leaky and the Dalai Lama.
Singing was a great passion in her life. Lois was well-known for her music and voice. In her youth, she traveled to Salt Lake City and took voice lessons from Richard Condie, director of the Tabernacle Choir at the time. She sang with the National Folk Festival in the early 1960s. Besides music, Lois had a passion for history and collected many historical items from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. This interest has blossomed in the lives of her family. She also loved reading historical novels and wrote many pages of poetry and short stories. She frequented the National Archives in Washington D.C. and the Library of Congress in her research in Genealogy.
In her middle years she treated herself to a trip to Europe, which fulfilled a lifetime dream. For a girl born in the mountains of Utah, she took the tools she received from her kin and magnified them.
She served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Washington area in the late 1990s up to 2002. She did language extraction for genealogy, loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ, counted on the Lord, and trusted his guidance in her challenges.
In 2002, she moved to Hurricane, Utah, from College Park, Maryland, and spent the rest of her life with her son Marc and daughter Michelle Mathisen, her husband, Chris Mathisen and her grandchildren in close proximity, and we are thankful for the time spent with her in her final years.
Keep in mind that, through all her efforts, she never drove a car in her life. Many of Lois’s accomplishments had a great impact on everything and her influence will live on.
Her children appreciate their mother and grandmother for instilling in them diversity and what it has to offer. She even took her children to see the Mona Lisa when it came to the National Gallery of Art, and even took them to a presidential inauguration in the freezing January cold. Cool!
Lois shared her childhood with her brother, Craig Rassmusen of Park City, deceased; Jackie Mason of Heber City, deceased; Clara Rassmusen of Eggleston Troy, Montana, deceased; and Sharon Rassmusen Womac, lively living in Alaska, who we thank for being here at this time and her sacrifice is appreciated. Her daughter, Kathleen from Piedmont, California, is appreciated for her support while here with her mother, Sharon.
She is survived by her children, Marc Wolfe of Nebraska, Craig Wolfe of Maryland, Michelle Mathisen of Utah and our brother, Lance Wolfe, who is deceased; daughters-in-law Diane Middleton-Wolfe, Mary King-Wolfe, and Debbie Stillwell-Wolfe. She had 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren from Alaska, Maryland, West Virginia, Kansas, Texas and Utah.
There was a private family gathering in Utah. Small family services will be held in Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign her guest book at http://www.spilsburymortuary.com.
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