OBITUARY

Elin C. Sorensen

April 15, 1943September 24, 2017
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Elin C. Sorensen, age 74, quietly passed away on 24 September 2017 at 10:33 pm in Seton NW hospital in Austin, Texas. The family wishes to thank the staff of Seton NW for their care and understanding as well as the kindness they showed in caring for Elin.

Elin has both a BS and an MS in Sociology and an MSW.

Elin went into the U.S. Army with a direct commission as a first lieutenant in Medical Services Corp and served as a Social Worker until retirement from the Army as a Major in 1993. After her retirement she served as a facilities inspector for Texas Child Protective Services for just over two years. In this capacity she was able to see many of the beautiful backroads of Texas.

Elin had the gift of music and as long as her health permitted sang for pleasure and for various groups. She loved to read. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary in France.

Elin spent about two years with her parents in Ethiopia (when Haile Selasi was still Emporer). Elin traveled to many countries in Europe (over a dozen) and also traveled by bus from Ethiopia to South Africa and back again. Many of the countries through which she traveled now have different names. She also visited Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Elin served in the Army at multiple bases in the USA as well as in Germany and Japan. Her last assignment was at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. She had a life-long love of Texas after being stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

Elin was preceded in death by her mother and her father. She is survived by her brother Peter Covey, her husband David Sorensen, her son John Sorensen, her daughter Mary Ann Kinsey and 5 WONDERFUL grandchildren: Vitya Kinsey, Seth Sorensen, Chloe Sorensen, Scarlet Sorensen and Violet Sorensen.

Elin was born in 1943 in Flint, Michigan, lived in Gila, Arizona until she was about 8 and then her family moved to Provo, Utah where her father was a professor. She attended BY High School, then received her BS and MS from Brigham Young University. This was followed by her MSW from the University of Utah. David and Elin were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 6 September 1968.

She performed in multiple musicals and sang in the regional tryouts in Utah for the Metropolitan Opera. We could also mention many other things she did however, her greatest joy was her husband (married for 49 years as of 6 Sep. 2017), her son and daughter, grandkids and the sweet relationship she had with the sisters in Shoal Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her grandkids call her Mina. Her husband, son, daughter and her grandkids find that there is a great hole in their hearts because they miss her so much. But they are sustained by their faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. They also find comfort from the sweet whispering of the Spirit that fills them with gratitude for this angel who brightened their lives. They are also born up by the assurance that they will see her again. Now their task is to live so they can all be together forever.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752. Interment will follow at 1:45 PM in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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FROM THE FAMILY

David, Elin, Mark Cheney and his three adorable kids.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin and David With Mark and Carolyn Cheny's adorable kids.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin and David at church about 2014.

Oh my darling Elin how I love you.

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Elin (believe this was prior to her family moving to Africa or about 1962)

FROM THE FAMILY

David, Elin and Vitya at the Texas School for the Deaf (about 2005)
Dear Vitya is so happy to be pushing Mina (Grandma).

FROM THE FAMILY

David, John amd Elin at John's Eagle Scout Court of Honor (Camp Zama, Japan about 1984)

FROM THE FAMILY

David and Elin at a Boy Scout Court of Honor (about 1984). Note that David is in his Boy Scout Uniform and Elin is in her Girl Scout uniform.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin and bonzai tree in Camp Zama, Japan (about 1984)

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Elin in BYU Cougarette dress. (about1962)

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Elin as Miss Liberty Bell (about 1963)

FROM THE FAMILY

David, Elin, Mark Cheney and his three adorable kids.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin and David With Mark and Carolyn Cheny's adorable kids.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin and David at church about 2014.

Oh my darling Elin how I love you.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin (believe this was prior to her family moving to Africa or about 1962)

FROM THE FAMILY

David, Elin and Vitya at the Texas School for the Deaf (about 2005)
Dear Vitya is so happy to be pushing Mina (Grandma).

FROM THE FAMILY

David, John amd Elin at John's Eagle Scout Court of Honor (Camp Zama, Japan about 1984)

FROM THE FAMILY

David and Elin at a Boy Scout Court of Honor (about 1984). Note that David is in his Boy Scout Uniform and Elin is in her Girl Scout uniform.

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin and bonzai tree in Camp Zama, Japan (about 1984)

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin in BYU Cougarette dress. (about1962)

FROM THE FAMILY

Elin as Miss Liberty Bell (about 1963)