Mom went off to meet God and dance with dad in Heaven on October 31, 2021. Emma VaLoy Rasmussen Sudbury, age 92, passed away peacefully at home with loving family by her side.
Mom was born on April 2nd 1929, the second of five children, to Ira and Elva Rasmussen. She spent her childhood in Hunter, and graduated from Cyprus High School where she made many life-long friends whom she cherished. The class of 1947 held reunions every year until the last few remaining classmates weren’t able to leave home.
Mom married dad, the love of her life, Benjamin Eugene Sudbury on March 12th, 1948; they had six children, Kelly Sudbury, Jody (Mike) Moesser, Lori (Duane “Du’er”) Broadhead, Peg (Keven) Crowley, Nancy (Don) Simpson, and Mindy Sudbury; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
After renting housing in Garfield for the first few years of marriage, they bought a modest home in Kearns, where they raised their five daughters, and ultimately where they both passed away.
Mom led a very active and social life. She loved traveling, dancing, window shopping, and country music, but her life’s passion was always the dedication to her family; she not only worked full-time most of her adult life, but found time to tend her yard and prized rose garden, make our clothes, be a “Room Mother” to our elementary school classes, and cook all our meals.
Growing up, she insisted that we eat dinner as a family every night around the kitchen table, which are now very fond memories. All the neighborhood kids came to our house to play, and to hopefully get one of mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies. Our family Christmas Eve parties, always hosted at mom’s house, will never be the same.
A couple of failed back surgeries in her 80’s left mom in severe pain and she became less able to leave the house. Couple that with the progression of Myasthenia-Gravis, a neuromuscular autoimmune disease, she was housebound at the end, requiring 24-hour care, given selflessly by her loving daughters. Brave and stoic, she faced her pain and isolation fearlessly. She was a wonderful lady who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
Preceded in death by husband Gene, son Kelly, daughter Mindy, son-in-law Don, and great granddaughter-in-law Jordan. Survived by her four daughters, three sons-in-law, brother Kent (Tess) Rasmussen, grand, great, and great-great-grand-children, several dear friends, many nieces and nephews, and fur-babies Fancy (since deceased) and Molly.
Special thanks to Valeo Hospice and their wonderful staff, Kim, Mika, Katie, Kelly, Carl, Marie, and Camille.
A celebration of life will be held on December 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at The Webster Center – 8952 West Main Street Magna, UT.