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Obituary for Arlene Ruoff Tensmeyer

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Arlene Ruoff Tensmeyer

October 18, 1923 - January 14, 2011

Arlene Ruoff Tensmeyer, 87, passed away on January 14, 2011, due to complications of pneumonia. She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on October 18, 1923, the oldest child of Charles and Nan (Larsen) Ruoff. She attended BYU, Texas Christian and Weber State University, graduating with degrees in sociology and elementary education. She married Burt J. Tensmeyer in the Salt Lake Temple on February 9, 1951. They and their four children made their home in Ogden, Utah. She taught first grade at Riverdale Elementary for 22 years, and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and served in many callings, particularly enjoying her callings as organist. She loved gardening, needlework, bird watching, traveling and spending time with her family. She was especially close to her sister Beverly.She is survived by her children, David (Gayle) of Layton, Mark (Julie) of Riverdale, Meredith of Ogden, and Ann (David) Christensen of Magna, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and her sister Beverly Critchfield. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 59 years.At Arlene’s request, there will not be a formal viewing or funeral. Family and close friends will gather at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011, followed by a short service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Aultorest Memorial Park.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church Humanitarian or Perpetual Education Funds. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at: .


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Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Arlene Ruoff Tensmeyer

Born: October 18, 1923
Died: January 14, 2011

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Mary Jo Allen posted on 1/22/11

My dear Merideth. You are in my prayers. You have my deepest love and admiration. I am here for you even though we are here at Primary Children's. This is not my ideal way of supporting you at this time. I do send my love. Mary Jo Allen


Dave and Marcia Christensen posted on 1/22/11

Dearest Merideth, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I am unable to attend because I have been ill myself and I am taking care of my mother inlaw after she has suffered a stroke. I have got no voice to talk. I would love to hear from you. I have a speciaql place in my heart for you. You are a great visiting teacher and a wonderful human being. I concider it a privilage to have you for a sister and a friend. May heavenly Father comfort you in this difficult time. You are in our prayers.Love Marcia and Dave and Not so little David.801-668-5455 give me a call when you catch your breath.


Kay (Stark) Berry posted on 1/21/11

Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Your family has been an important piece of my life and I will remember all of you with fond memories. I enjoyed talking with Arlene and Burt on many occations. My daughter Susan Loved being her student at Riverdale. Merideth, I enjoyed you so much in my classes at Mt Ogden Jr High, and you, Mark in church in Ogden, when I was first married. May you all find peace and joy in your memories and may God bless you all until you are reunited again.


Sherma DeDecker posted on 1/20/11

Dear Meredith, Your sweet mom always impressed me with her gracious manner and kindness was apparent in all she did. I liked seeing her up at the organ and always knew any greeting to her would receive a cordial response. Your mom is truly a 'great lady' and, of course, she will be missed. I was so appreciative that you and she came to speak to me the day I had spoken at your ward. I felt my thoughts to be so scrambled and was embarrassed and worried and her few words calmed me. A rather severe but as yet undiagnosed bladder infection seems to have been the cause. Best wishes to you. Sherma


Jim Manning posted on 1/19/11

I count myself lucky to have been a student (albeit VERY long ago) of Arlene in first grade at Riverdale Elementary. I still marvel at the wonderful legacy that she left on the hearts and minds of countless young students. I wish the world had far more like her.


RoyLeene Brooks Valdez posted on 1/19/11

Dearest Family,I loved your mom. What a wonderful woman. I so wanted her to see her garden with its beautiful flowers again this spring and summer. I will truly miss her. We laughed, we cried together over so many things over the years. She has put up with me and my children's antics for over almost 25 years. . She was so very forgiving, tolerant and independent. I admired her hard work ethic. Oh, if she wasn't so very hard on herself. Her best was not good enough for her. On the other hand, she praised anyone's smallest effort to help her. She was humble and kind. She was satisfied with small things. I wish everyone had a neighbor like her, a friend like her to brag about. The world would be a better place if we could be like Arlene. Dear family, my condolences. She was proud of each of you. I pray you have comfort and strength during this difficult time. Her absence will be mourned. Even Jesus wept for Lazarus. Tears do not show weak faith. ...


F Royce Carter posted on 1/19/11

Burt was my friend, coworker and mentor. I knew him well and miss him. I never did know Arlene well, I knew two of the family through professional relationships. It is well that the two of them are together a gain. Wonderful; people. My sympathy to the family. F Royce Carter R PHygs


James W Ellis DDS & Staff posted on 1/18/11

Dr David/Gayle, Mark/Julie, Meredith, & Ann/David, We have enjoyed treating your families for their dental needs. It was always a delight to have Burt & Arlene come in. They will both be greatly missed. May you find the needed comfort that is your at this time. Sally, Karen, April, Zena, Lacey, Melinda & Dr Jim Ellis.


Kevin Allred posted on 1/18/11

David, Mark, Meridith and Ann:I am so sorry for your loss. I know that even when you expect your parents to pass, it is still hard. However, I also know that she is sharing in the joy that awaits her. I am sure she is sharing in joy with your Dad and probably her parents and others. May you all be blessed with the comfort that you may need. A special thanks to you Dave, I truely enjoyed you being my doctor. May the Lords blessings be upon you all. Kevin Allred