Maryann Rasmussen Newman, the epitome of grace, beauty, love and devotion, passed away peacefully of natural causes on August 2, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. At her passing, she was surrounded and comforted by the love of her family.
Born in Midvale, Utah, on June 24, 1936 to Lionel (Leon) Eustus Rasmussen and Ruth Iona Thompson, Maryann was the youngest of three children. Maryann adored her older sister RoLayne and older brother Dick, and loved sugar sandwiches with grandma Mette Marie on the porch on Center Street. The Rasmussen family love and enthusiasm for life filled her childhood and established patterns of joyfulness and togetherness which would last a lifetime. The other pattern established in the Rasmussen home was a love of food – Leon was a butcher and Ruth an excellent cook. Maryann herself was well-known for her chocolate chip cookies, pickles of all varieties, and other canned fruits and vegetables. Living in Arizona in later years afforded Maryann the opportunity to expand her culinary talents to include green chile and salsa as well.
Maryann also had an ear for music, and played the clarinet at Jordan High School. It was in the Jordan High band room where Maryann first met her eventual eternal companion, Elmer Newman. Though Elmer was a bit shy at first, Maryann and Elmer dated for several years and followed each other to the University of Utah, where they graduated in 1958. Maryann and Elmer were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple by Harold B. Lee on August 14, 1958, and had their first of three children in 1962. Maryann earned a degree in early education and taught first grade for a number of years after graduating. This academic learning and real-world training in teaching and development would greatly benefit her own children.
Maryann was a devoted and supportive partner for Elmer, so when Elmer’s employer transferred him to Kearny, Arizona, a small remote mining town in the Arizona desert, Maryann made the most of this new adventure. Maryann’s character and personality were a breath of fresh air in Kearny, and she had an immediate positive impact on the small gathering of Latter-Day Saints in the Kearny ward. Her life-long partnership with Elmer extended beyond periodic relocations (from Salt Lake to Kearny back to Salt Lake to Henderson, Nevada and finally back to Salt Lake) to include frequent travels to see the Utes and the Red Sox. If Elmer’s focus was on what was happening on the field of play, Maryann was equally focused on ensuring that everyone had a good time and was well fed, even if the outcome of the game wasn’t what Elmer hoped for.
Maryann’s primary interest and concern was always her family, and she supported her teenage children through the difficult transition from Salt Lake City to Kearny. This support took many forms – traveling for hours around rural Arizona to cheer on football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and tennis teams; late-night tutoring sessions around the kitchen table; and mending disappointments and broken hearts with a hug, a thoughtful word of encouragement and a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie. Maryann’s focus on her children continued after the kids left home, and allowed Maryann and Elmer the chance to travel the world and enjoy regular visits to Oceanside with the girls. While Elmer enjoyed the opportunity to see the sights and interact with the people, Maryann’s enjoyment came from experiencing the variety of flavors and aromas, and from seeing her grand-children. Grandma Maryann was always a welcome guest.
In addition to her beloved Elmer, her children, in-laws, grands and greats, and the extended Rasmussen family, Maryann loved and served her Heavenly Father and her Savior Jesus Christ. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Maryann loved the gospel and she loved serving. Maryann and Elmer dedicated themselves to their service mission as inaugural missionaries at the Church History Library. Maryann’s example of love and service positively influenced all those around her.
Maryann is survived by her three children, Tom, Steven and Amy; daughters-in-law Kathleen and Jane; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many adoring nieces and nephews.
The family expresses appreciation for the hospice nurses and medical personnel who attended to Maryann as her health deteriorated in recent months. Tom and Steven are profoundly grateful to Amy who was Maryann’s full-time care-giver for several months.
Memorial services will be held at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary (3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights) on Saturday August 12, 2023 at 11:00am. Visitation with family and friends will take place at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary at 10:00am, immediately prior to the memorial services. Interment at Memorial Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the LDS Church’s perpetual education fund or a similar education-oriented charity of your choosing.Service Information
August 12, 2023 at 11:00 am
Mountain View Memorial Mortuary 7800 south 3115 East, Salt Lake City Utah 84121